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Honda HRX217HZA (21") 186cc Self-Propelled Electric Start Lawn Mower w/ Blade Brake Clutch

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Grade
Mid Grade Lawn Mowers
Style
Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers
Surface Area
Medium Home
Medium
Terrain
Hilly Terrain
Hilly
Width
21

Cutting Inches
Engine
Honda Engine
Premium Honda GCV190 186cc 4-Cycle Engine
Longer engine life, powerful and easy to start

Electric Start w/ Advanced Cyclon Battery Technology
On-board battery charges automatically when the mower is in use

Hydrostatic Cruise Control Transmission
Allows infinitely variable, self-propelled speed settings

Roto-Stop® Blade Brake Clutch
Allows you to start & stop blades with the engine still running
Step away from the mower without having to restart the engine

21-Inch Worry-Free Nexite® Cutting Deck w/ Lifetime Warranty
High impact resistant material does not dent, rust, or corrode

Patented 4-In-1 Versamow System™ w/ Clip Director® Control
Mulch, bag, rear discharge or shred w/ no parts to lose
Maximizes the flow of grass clippings & minimizes clogging

MicroCut™ Twin Blade System
Four cutting surfaces to cut grass into tiny pieces
Mow up to 50% farther between "empties" when using rear bagger

High Capacity 2.5 Bushel Rear Grass Bag
Quick Release 3-Position Handle

5-Year Residential Warranty/ 90-Day Commercial Warranty


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Model
  Model Number:HRX217HZA
 UPC:786102002653
 ManufacturerHonda
 Made in USAYes
Engine
 Engine BrandHonda GCV
 Starting System12-Volt Key Start w/ Recoil
 Battery IncludedIncluded
 HP/CC186 cc
 Torque8.3 ft-lbs Net Torque
 Fuel Tank Size.29 Gallon
 Cycles4-Cycle
 Cylinders1 Cylinder
 Consumer Warranty5 Years
 Commercial Warranty90 Days
Drive
 SystemSelf-Propelled
 SpeedsVariable
 Drive WheelsRear Wheels
 Maximum Speed4.0 Mph
 Maximum Reverse Speed0.0 Mph
 Transmission TypeHydrostatic
Wheels
 Front Tire Size9 Inch
 Rear Tire Size9 Inch
 Tire TypePlastic Wheels
Deck
 Cutting Options4-in-1 (Rear/Bag/Mulch/Shred)
 MaterialNeXite
 Blades2 Blades
 Positions7 Positions
 Cutting Height0.75-4.0 Inches
Accessories
 Rear BaggerIncluded
 Mulcher KitIncluded
Overview
 Assembly RequiredMinor
 Weight98 Lbs. (44.45 kilograms)
 Dimensions64.5L x 23.0W x 40.0H
(163.83 x 58.42 x 101.60 cm)
 Consumer Warranty5 Years
 Commercial Warranty90 Days
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  6 Questions
Q: Who fixes the mower while on warranty?
by Chantel from Nebraska on April 26, 2016

A: Chantel - the Honda warranty is a nationwide warranty, so you can take the mower to any Honda authorized service center in your area should warranty repairs ever be required. We have a link at the bottom of our web site for "service centers" if you want to find the closest Honda authorized service center in your area.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Does the battery recharge from the engine, or does it have to be plugged into the charger often?
by Mike Barry from Nebraska on April 02, 2016

A: Mike - the Honda HRX217HZA has a self-charging system for the electric start that charges the battery automatically when the mower is in use.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: I am trying to decide between a Honda with electric start, and a Honda with both the blade stop and electric start. If I only get the electric start and have lots of start/stops will I wear that part out if I have 10 or more start/stops each time I mow? If that is not a problem, is there still an advantage to having the blade stop and keeping the mower running? Thanks!
by Dan Baker from Washington on March 20, 2016

A: Dan - if you anticipate starting and stopping the engine as many as 10 times each time you mow, then I would definitely recommend the HRX217HZA model with the blade stop feature. You will increase the lift expectancy of the on-board battery and the starter significantly by going with the blade stop model and not making all those starts and stops on your engine each time you mow.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Does it have a discharge chute rear or side capability is this a optional equipment
by Marty from Indiana on April 30, 2015

A: Marty - on the Honda HRX series mowers, if you remove the bagger from the rear of the mower, the discharge guard will swing down and and allow for grass clippings to be discharged out of the rear of the mower deck.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Does this mower have a pull cord in the event that the battery stops working?
by Jim from New Jersey on July 07, 2013

A: Jim - yes, all of the Honda HRX series mowers, including the HRX217HZA, have a recoil start (rope pull start) option on the top of the engine.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Good morning,

I see that the Honda HRX217HZA has a non-metal mowing deck (with a lifetime warranty). What material is it made out of and on an uneven surface will the deck flex? Thanks

by Floyd Sandlin from Washington on August 11, 2012

A: Floyd - the mower deck on the Honda HRX217HZA is made from "NEXITE", which is a polymer material that is very similar to what is used to make football helmets and car bumpers. The mower will not flex when mowing uneven surfaces.
by Jose, Product Expert
Honda HRX217HZA Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5
Pros
High Quality (18)
Features (15)
Easy To Use (15)
Reliable (10)
Quiet (10)
Cons
Expensive (14)
Heavy (8)
Packaging (3)
Awkward Turning Ratio (1)
Factory Quality Control (1)
90% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Damon C.
Granada Hills, CA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/3/16
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
APR.
12
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Electric Start Is A Must Have!
I forgot to mention in my previous review/post that having the electric start and self-propulsion are a huge benefit and one of the strongest selling points of this particular Honda lawn mower model HRX217HZA.

I have back injuries and both of my shoulders are damaged from years of physical labor so buying a new mower without electric start and self-propulsion was not an option for me. I'm sure there are many other consumers out there who have issues with starting a lawn mower with a pull... more
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Pros: High Quality, Features, Reliable, Quiet
Damon Recommends This Honda Mower
Damon's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great website, great staff!"
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Ralph F.
Bonita, CA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/28/16
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
APR.
19
2016
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Not Happy / Dissatisfied
When the lawn mower arrived, I found that the black paint was chipped on the handle for the grass basket frame. Every time I remove the basket to empty the grass clippings, I am reminded of the lack of quality control. Another disappointing concern is that the electronic start ignition does not work.

The lawn mower has operated for more than four (4) hours of banked run time and both fuses (the 3 amp and the 30 amp) tested okay and the battery terminals have a good connection. ... more
Ralph Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Ralph,
Sorry about the issue with the mower, this mower does have a full warranty that does cover the electrical system, I would recommend taking it to a local dealer which will cover the warranty and fix the mower. If you need help locating a dealer please let us know.
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Jason Z.
Dallastown, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/13/16
REVIEWED
MAY.
26
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
After years of using various other walk-behinds I finally took the plunge (and hit to the wallet) and bought this mower. I went into this after being introduced to Honda by having to borrow a mower. This thing is an absolute beast. I would recommend buying the side metal guards for it. I didn't, but I did make my own. Pros..easy on fuel and easy on the ears.

Mulching feature with dual blades is wonderful. And at times when the yard has gotten away from me...adjust for a partial mulch and... more
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Quiet, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Expensive, Heavy
Jason Recommends This Honda Mower
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Joseph C.
Ossining, NY
REVIEWED
MAY.
22
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Fit For My Use.
With this mower I can move at what ever speed I want with the hydrostatic speed control. With the blade clutch I can empty the clip bag with out having to restart each time. With the bag door I have cut down on paper yard waste bags, since I can adjust how much gets mulched back in the lawn.

This mower starts as easy and quick with the pull rope as the key switch. The larger diameter wheels seem to smooth out my yards ups and downs. It runs smoothly and quietly, and can be turned fairly... more
Joseph Recommends This Honda Mower
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Jeffrey M.
Phoenixville, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/10/16
REVIEWED
MAY.
18
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Cadillac Of Walk Behinds
This arrived VERY quickly and was pretty much ready to go right out of the box. Remove packaging, adjust handle, install bagger, add oil, add fuel, turn key, starts right up.

I love the adjustable cruise control and the blade stop so you don't have to re-start the motor each time you stop for a rock or stick. And the bag holds the clippings from my whole yards. I used to have to empty half way through.

It is HEAVY though. Which makes it a little difficult in the tight spots and turns.
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Quiet, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Expensive, Heavy
Jeffrey Recommends This Honda Mower
Jeffrey's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great website, best prices and crazy fast shipping!"
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Mike L.
Lake Charles, LA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/10/15
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAY.
15
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Louisiana Mowee 1 Year Review
After 1 year and 24 mulching mowings, the mower is performing superbly. Changing oil is easy, washing after each mowing is easy with the composite deck.

The speed, throttle and blade engage controls are ergonomically friendly. Love the electric start. Everything I expect in a Honda. Stay tuned in for next years review.
Pros: Features, Easy To Use, Quiet, I'd Buy It Again
Mike Recommends This Honda Mower
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Stan L.
Saint Louis, MO
REVIEWED
MAY.
15
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
An Impressive Machine.
Great transaction from Mowers Direct. I placed my order on a Thursday at 2 pm. and Friday it was delivered by 11 am. Super Fast. I have owned 2 Snapper mowers for over 30 years and love them, my current one I have had over 16 years and still going strong. I wanted an electric starter and blade brake with the new one. I love all the features on the new Honda.

I had one issue with the Honda mower that was a big deal to me, it was real hard to pull it backwards while cutting and made hard to... more
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Exceeded Expectations
Stan Recommends This Honda Mower
Stan's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great Purchase"
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Kathryn G.
Triangle, VA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/21/16
REVIEWED
MAY.
13
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Finally A Mower That Does The Job
We have a grassy slope to our back lawn. We have a tidal estuary for a neighbor. Our lawn is very dense, often wet and the grass grows tall very quickly. This lawn mower was able to cut that lawn but also pull itself up the slope. What a difference it makes when you have the right mower.
Kathryn Recommends This Honda Mower
Kathryn's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I bought this lawn mower for myself. I chose it after reading about the lawn mower rankings in Consumer Reports. I found it online at Mowers Direct. It arrived on schedule. i would recommend shopping with this company."
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Leonard H.
Portland, OR
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/19/16
REVIEWED
MAY.
11
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
Had to learn this is rear wheel drive. lifting the front end won't slow it down. Just about went off the curb and hit a tree but have it under control now. Really does a great job of bagging and can hold a great amount... wonderful mower.
Leonard Recommends This Honda Mower
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Nick N.
Durant, OK
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/25/16
REVIEWED
MAY.
10
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
So Far, So Good. An Impressive Machine.
This was my first Honda (after many other disappointing mowers, many of which were Husqvarnas), and I have to admit that it is a very impressive machine. The Electric Starting on the first try ACTUALLY WORKS! Every time so far. I have to also admit that using the mower is a "learning process."

Our yard has EXTREME slopes, as well as flat spaces. The mower will do some of the slopes, but not safely do all. Additionally, you must learn when to engage and disengage the... more
Nick Recommends This Honda Mower
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Steve B.
Youngstown, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/14/15
REVIEWED
JUL.
28
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Bagging Vs Mulching Settings
I had been using a Toro Personal Pace for 15 years and was happy with it, but it just got old. Since this will be my last purchase, I wanted it to be the best. After lots of research, I chose this model, based primarily on reviews.

First observation: it is heavy, but probably no big deal since it is self propelled. My issue here is that my yard is a little chopped up with lots of trees, beds and turns so, due to the weight of the mower, maneuverability is more difficult than my old... more
Steve Recommends This Honda Mower
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