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

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4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5
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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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Engine
Engine Brand
Honda GCV
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start w/ Recoil
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
CC
186 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
0.29 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Torque
8.3 Lbs
Consumer Engine Warranty
5 Years
Commercial Engine Warranty
90 Days
Motor
Battery Included
Included
Deck
Cutting Options
4-in-1 (Rear/Bag/Mulch/Shred)
Material
NeXite
Blades
2 Blades
Deck Positions
7 Positions
Cutting Height
0.75-4.0 Inches
Drive
Speeds
Variable
Maximum Speed
4 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Transmission Type
Hydrostatic
Drive System
Self-Propelled
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Included
Mulcher Kit
Included
Wheels
Front Tire Size
9 Inch
Rear Tire Size
9 Inch
Tire Type
Plastic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Assembly Required
No
Weight
98 Pounds
Dimensions
64.5L x 23.0W x 40.0H
Consumer Warranty
5 Years
Commercial Warranty
90 Years
UPC
786102002653
Model
HRX217HZA
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  8 Questions
Q: Hi again: Is t6he battery removable for winter storage?
by L N Engel from New Mexico on July 02, 2016

A: L. N. Engel,

Yes, if you wanted to remove and store the battery for the winter, you could do so.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Hi: Is the HRX217HZA the same mower as the HRX217HYA only with electric start? Is the electric start feature reliable?
by L N Engel from New Mexico on July 02, 2016

A: L.N. Engel,

Yes, the only difference between these two models will be the electric start feature. To date, we have not had an issue with the use of the electric start on these models, that we are aware of.
by Jose, Product Expert
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 (19)
Features (16)
Easy To Use (15)
Quiet (11)
Reliable (10)
Cons
Expensive (15)
Heavy (9)
Packaging (3)
Factory Quality Control (1)
Awkward Turning Ratio (1)
90% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
105 Reviews  Sort by 
 
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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Walden R.
Minneapolis, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/22/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
15
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Broke After Second Use
I thought after spending $800 on a mower it would be durable. After the second time using the mower the yellow button you push in for blade control quit working. Looked it up in the manual and it says something about adjusting the cable and tightening nuts. Really? Totally disappointed that after spending $800 I'm expected to start wrenching on the mower after the first mow.
Walden Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Jeff R.
Corpus Christi, TX
REVIEWED
JUL.
11
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice
This is a good overall machine. The infinity variable drive is a great feature. It allows for deep grass, trimming, etc... The machine is a bit heavy, but the machine saves so much operator energy, that it's not too bad to move around. I stopped being able to mow here in S Texas, because of the heat, but now I'm mowing once a week again.
Jeff Recommends This Honda Mower
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William R.
Houston, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/16/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
JUL.
08
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Lawnmower Ever
Okay, I got the mower because my riding mower was being repaired and I got rid of my manual trim mower. The grass was a little high. approximately 4 inches. and most mowers would have bogged down, but the 186 cc engine breezed through the tall grass without even slowing down. Now the best part they said the twin blades were great fro mulching. But I don't think even great is a good enough adjective.

I went over the grass and it all magically disappeared the best mulching I have ever seen. ... more
William Recommends This Honda Mower
William's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"This is my second purchase from Mowers Direct. I purchased a Snapper riding mower previously. Both purchases were flawless with no problems and on-time fast, efficient delivery."
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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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Clinton H.
Decatur, AL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/5/15
REVIEWED
AUG.
27
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Product
I had a John Deere with swivel front wheels. I have never had a great experience with that mower. Finally, the John Deere started increasing my mowing time, so I decided to shop for a new mower. I searched for many days, and the Honda fit mostly with what I wanted out of a mower. I opted for the electric start, and I sure made the right decision in that category. So far, I have used the mower twice (missed a week because of rain), and I have not had any issues. At first, I had a little trouble... more
Clinton Recommends This Honda Mower
Clinton's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I am glad that I found this website while searching online for a mower. No tax, free shipping, same price as big box stores - I'm sold!"
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Christopher M.
Indianapolis, IN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 11/1/15
REVIEWED
NOV.
23
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Awesome!
Mower came boxed, very little to assemble, easy what needed to be put together. Mower works great, already have had compliments by the neighbors. I have a big hill to go up, the throttle and self propelling feature made it way easier than my previous mower.
Pros: High Quality, Features, Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Needs Single Lever Height Adjust
Christopher Recommends This Honda Mower
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Christopher S.
Redding, CA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/19/15
REVIEWED
NOV.
10
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower, Delivered Damaged.
The Mower itself is an excellent machine. Although mine was delivered with a bent handle making the blades to never engage. After ordering new parts the mower turned out to be great. Just be forewarned the mower is shipped in its original package.
Pros: Features, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Packaging
Christopher Recommends This Honda Mower
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Damon C.
Granada Hills, CA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/3/16
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
APR.
12
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Well Worth It
As the adage goes, "you get what you pay for"–this applies to the Honda HRX217HZA. I ordered this mower on a Sunday and received it the following Friday morning. The box was new, in great shape, and did not appear to have been "torn up" in shipping. The shipping was free and I have no complaints.

The mower is very easy to assemble and operate. Unexpectedly, this mower started the first time with the electric start! How cool! I was impressed.
My last mower was... more
Damon Recommends This Honda Mower
Damon's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"The website is very easy to navigate and ordering was very straight forward. I received my shipment from FedEx with the mower in its original box–in great shape and with nothing missing."
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Kevin D.
Sikeston, MO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/21/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAR.
26
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
None Better
Great product: Followed manual, started first time without charging battery. Beautiful cut, amazed at how fine the clippings are.

Shipping: Super fast(33 hours), free & perfectly undamaged box.

Mowers direct: Unbeatable price, great customer oriented website with lots of information. Thank you, great transaction.
Kevin Recommends This Honda Mower
Kevin's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Superb transaction. Highest reviews!!!"
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