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Honda HRX217VKA (21") 186cc Select Drive™ Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

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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

Innovative Select Drive™ Variable Speed Drive System
Use the speed adjust dial to set desired speed range
Let's you control your speed while you mow
Select Drive™ handle forms a comfortable, one-piece handlebar

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
Simple on/off design makes it easier than ever to empty

9-Inch Ball-Bearing Supported Wheels
7 position cutting height adjustment (3/4" to 4")

Quick Release 3-Position Handle
Easy height adjustment and folds up for compact storage


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Engine
Engine Brand
Honda GCV
Starting System
Recoil Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
CC
186 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
0.29 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
No
Torque
8.3 Lbs
Consumer Engine Warranty
5 Years
Commercial Engine Warranty
90 Days
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
3.6 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
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
89 Pounds
Dimensions
64.5L x 23.0W x 40.0H
Consumer Warranty
5 Years
Commercial Warranty
90 Years
UPC
786102003131
Model
HRX217VKA
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  3 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 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: 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 HRX217VKA 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
Easy To Use (22)
High Quality (17)
Reliable (16)
Durable (11)
Exceeded Expectations (10)
Cons
Expensive (16)
Heavy (7)
Unreliable (3)
Low Quality (2)
None (2)
91% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
151 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Matt H.
Mount Pleasant, WI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/24/15
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
16 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
29
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Quiet Mower, Groomed Lawn
Purchased this mower in April 2015, used about 10 times now. Mower is a pleasure to use-- takes the work out of mowing. It's operable one-handed, most difficult thing with mowing is deciding what beverage to hold while doing it. Twin blade system does a great job of leaving a smooth lawn and very small clippings. I would definitely buy again.
Matt Recommends This Honda Mower
Matt's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Easy to find what I was looking for on their website. great price, fast shipping... what else could I want?!"
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Kevin
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/4/15
Total Reviews
4 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
10
2016
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Not Worth The Price
Don't let the name HONDA fool you, this is junk in my opinion. First time I used it, one front wheel, and one rear wheel fell off. The third time I used it, the self propel mechanism broke and I had to bring it to a repair shop to get it fixed.

Just about every time I get it out to cut my grass, the rear wheels will not roll when pulling it backwards until I force them. The self propel mechanism feels like it is about to break again. This is junk!
Cons: Expensive, Heavy, Low Quality, Unreliable
Kevin Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Kevin,
Sorry you are not happy with the mower, but Honda mowers are very well made and have become one of our better sellers. They do come with a full warranty, so when something like this happens they will fix it.
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Kevin's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I've purchased from Mowers Direct a few times, and I have been satisfied with my purchases each time."
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Robert M.
Blanchester, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/15/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
14
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
I am very pleased with this mower. It comes 100% assembled, just add oil and gas and go. Very nice and smooth controls that have a wide range of adjust-ability.

Typical Honda quality fit and finish.
Robert Recommends This Honda Mower
Robert's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Instant and free shipping via FedEx."
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Deborah S.
Tecumseh, MO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/30/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
25
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Quality As Expected
I'm the garden manager for a seventy person community in the Ozarks. We have 4 acres of garden under cultivation.

This mower is very powerful. I was able to cut down three foot high Lamb's Quarter no problem (two runs over it, of course). Starts up great and is really fast. The versamow feature is convenient and useful in some situations.

I had a top of the line Honda fifteen years ago. The whole thing was made of metal and the controls were easy to use. This thing has a plastic chassis... more
Deborah Recommends This Honda Mower
Deborah's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"First time dealing with PED. Great stuff. I ordered this on a Thursday I think, and I expected delivery by the next week. They had this thing to me by that Saturday (thank you FedEx!). Really helped me out as the grass wasn't going to stop growing!"
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Terrence M.
University PL., WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/27/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
19
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Solid Product
This mower is a high-end walk behind. Assembly out of the box was about as simple as it gets without being done for you. It started on the first pull. Having said that, it can be a little reluctant to start if it is shut down before being fully warmed up. Be aware that the speed of the drive is considerably faster on hard surface than in the grass.

I made an unnecessary adjustment to slow it down. It is a heavy mower that tracks well when mowing. It should be noted that it takes a little... more
Terrence Recommends This Honda Mower
Terrence's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Mower actually arrived two days ahead of scheduled delivery."
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Andrew
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/29/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
13
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
I have had this mower for a few months, and it's a great mower. It can be hard to make sharp turns, but over time you learn how to use the self propelled to help make turns. No regrets buying this mower. I'm hoping for many, many years of good use.
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Reliable, Durable
Cons: Heavy
Andrew Recommends This Honda Mower
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David H.
Mooresburg, TN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/6/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
12
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Lawn God Smiles Upon Me
The short story post 4 mowings:
1. Been cutting grass for over 50 years
2. Own a very challenging lake lot about 1 acre with a 25% grade and a fair amount landscaping to navigate
3. I have had Lawnboys, Toros, and Sears B&S back in the dark ages of the 70's & 80's
4. Most recent Toro experienced a cracked head after 9 years of hard labor
5. I maintain my equipment because I thoroughly dislike spent money on things I do not consider fun toys, i.e., cars, boats and beer
Now the... more
David Recommends This Honda Mower
David's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
5/5
"When you expect less - that is exactly what you will get! 1. I expected the mower to be on my doorstep as promised - it was 2. I expected the contents to be as described - they were 3. I expected the shipping container to not be damaged - it was delivered in excellent condition 4. i expected the instruction for start-up to be clear and concise - they were 5. I expected the mower to start as advertised - it did 6. I expected PED to be easy to do business with - they have been so far 7. Done"
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James H.
Maple Falls, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/6/15
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
14
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Impression After First Cut
Why I chose this product:
I bought a house in the country recently and I needed a mower to help care for a sort of postage stamp sized lawn. I have a reasonably small yard, this is the smallest yard I've ever mowed actually. I'm accustomed to having to mow at least 1/2 an acre.

I have owned numerous vehicles and operated yard care products powered by Honda, I was displeased with the price of the mower but I decided to give them a chance.

The post cut breakdown:

The versa mow... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, Light Weight
Cons: Expensive, Low Quality, Packaging, Questionable Construction
James Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Ron T.
Bismarck, ND
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/13/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
JUN.
07
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Bagging Mower Ever
Mower lives up to it's reputation of being a great bagger, especially on steeper slopes. A minor con is that it wants to crab some with rear wheels sliding down- slope so your run line on the up-slope side has to be adjusted accordingly. Local dealership says that a piece of mountain bike tire screwed to the relatively smooth (minimum grip) hard plastic rear wheels would help, according to one of his customers.

Only other con is the spring-loaded cover over the bag needs a lock in the up... more
Ron Recommends This Honda Mower
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Ronald A.
Marion, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/12/16
REVIEWED
JUN.
06
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Great Mower
Shipped fast, easy assembly, added oil provided and filled with gas. Started on first pull. I have had the mower for about three weeks now. Starts on the first pull every time. Engine surges for 5-10 seconds when cold, runs great after that. I can mow twice as long on a tank of gas as my old mower, which is still a good mower (Craftsman 6.5 self propelled, with big rear wheels).

Old mower didn't mulch as well as my new Honda. I like the select drive, works very well. Like the mulch and bag... more
Ronald Recommends This Honda Mower
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Errol T.
Simpsonville, SC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/26/16
REVIEWED
JUN.
01
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Boring Mower.
No drama with this mower. It does everything with ease and no coercion on my part. I really like the hard polymeric material which makes up the body. My friends say you could hit it with a hammer and it not dent or break, but I'm not trying that - this thing when filthy with grass and dirt, just washes off to an as-new look.

It's really true that it starts with just ONE pull. How did Honda do that? The dual blades are a great idea. Why aren't all mowers like that? Negatives ? not many....... more
Errol Recommends This Honda Mower
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