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Honda HRX217HYA (21") 186cc Self-Propelled Lawn Mower w/ Blade Brake Clutch

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Model: HRX217HYA
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4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
382 Reviews
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Grade
Mid Grade Lawn Mowers
Style
Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers
Surface Area
Medium Home
Medium
Terrain
Flat Terrain
Flat
Width
21

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

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

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

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

5-Year Residential Warranty/ 90-Day Commercial Warranty


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
Torque
8.3 Lbs
Consumer Engine Warranty
5 Years
Commercial Engine Warranty
90 Days
Deck
Cutting Options
4-in-1 (Rear/Bag/Mulch/Shred)
Deck Material
NeXite
Blades
2 Blades
Deck Positions
7 Positions
Cutting Width
21 Inches
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
Engine Guard
No
Hour Meter
No
Arm Rests
No
Front Bumper
No
Mulcher Kit
Included
Headlights
No
Wheels
Front Tire Size
9 Inch
Rear Tire Size
9 Inch
Tire Type
Plastic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
96 Pounds
Product Length
64.5 Inches
Product Width
23.0 Inches
Product Height
40.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
5 Years
Commercial Warranty
90 Days
UPC
786102002226
Model
HRX217HYA
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  6 Questions
Q: Does $729 include tax and shipping?
by Gilbert Fernandez from Arizona on July 05, 2016

A: Gilbert,

The $729.99 price will be the out-the-door price for the mower. We do not charge for shipping and as long as you are outside Illinois, you will not be charged sales tax.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Another question: Storage space for the mower is limited. Does the handle fold over or somehow raise to the vertical position with ease? I cannot store it in its operational configuration.
by L N Engel from New Mexico on June 30, 2016

A: The handle is easy to adjust vertical or flat on the mower for easy storage.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Is the rear wheel drive belt driven? If so, how often does one need to replace it and how difficult is the job?
by L N Engel from New Mexico on June 30, 2016

A: This mower is belt driven and the belt will last many years before changing it.

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 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 HRX217HYA Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (106)
High Quality (96)
Features (69)
Reliable (68)
I'd Buy It Again (64)
Cons
Expensive (90)
Heavy (31)
None (29)
Unreliable (13)
Low Quality (9)
89% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
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Total Reviews
90 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
15026 Helpful Votes
Mowers Direct Recommended

The Honda HRX217HYA self-propelled lawn mower combines easy of operation with unsurpassed reliability to create a truly remarkable mowing experience.

The Honda HRX217HYA is powered by the reliable Honda GCV190 engine and features the Honda Auto Choke™ system for easy starting. No engine choke required! Just start the mower and go! Once you're mowing, you'll appreciate the Roto-Stop® blade stop system. You can step away from the mower without having to stop and restart the engine. Move... more
Jose Recommends This Model
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Adrian M.
Grove City, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/19/16
Total Helpful Votes
22 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
09
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Most Satisfied With My Honda Mower - Hrx217hya
After having basically the same mower for 15+ Years without issues, I decided to configure the same mower and this HRX217HYA mower is about 99% the same as my old one minor changes in bagging/mulching.

I ordered the mower on May19th, and it shipped the same day (unbelievable) and was at my place May 20th. Hard to believe. I took it out of the box, filled it with oil and gas and it started on first pull. It has performed perfect each time.

So happy with its quality, and the service was... more
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Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Expensive
Adrian Recommends This Honda Mower
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225
Kevin H.
Ramsey, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/2/13
Total Reviews
6 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
41 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
NOV.
04
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Wait A Minute, Not So Fast...
This is the third review I've posted on this issue, all under the same title if you want to read them all. After having to file a customer complaint with Honda USA for their initial refusal to cover the broken connecting rod on my 3 year old mower under their 5 year consumer warranty, a week went by and they reversed their decision. Great news! However, it would have been nice if someone would have notified me of the decision, I received no contact and again had to take my time to follow up... more
Pros: Features
Cons: Expensive, Durability
Kevin Recommends This Honda Mower
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154
Dj C.
Hermitage, TN
Total Helpful Votes
16 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
14
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Tall Person Mower Or Self Propelled Mower Period!
I've owned this mower for three years. At 6'5" it was the only mower I can actually adjust the handle at a comfortable height. The slightly less expensive mower won't go higher. I find the blade engagement and self propelled hydro attic system very easy to control the speed from snail pace to a fast walk. Most the time I don't use the speed adjustment at all. The lever on the handle allows full articulation of different speeds.

The bigger wheels also make a noticeable difference on... more
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Dj Recommends This Honda Mower
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Slav M
Warwick, RI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/27/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
18
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Just Love It
Looks like my lawn like it to
Pros: Easy To Use, Features, Quiet, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: None
Slav Recommends This Honda Mower
Slav's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Product was very well described, easy to bye, I used my Pay/Pal account to pay for it. Good service, thank you Mowers Direct!"
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Jeffrey W
Hudson, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/11/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
04
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Solid Mower
Mower arrived undamage, excellent packaging. Mower is very heavy, needs the self propulsion. Very easy to start, starts on the first easy pull each time. The engine is very strong, no change in speed under max load. Mulches very well. Rear wheel height setting has no markings which makes you count the position noches from the front and replicate on the rear wheels. Not convenient. The clutch handle is very cumbersome to use. It must be partially or completely released to turn the mower,... more
Pros: High Quality, Reliable, Quiet, Durable
Cons: Expensive, Heavy, Difficult To Use
Jeffrey Recommends This Honda Mower
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Kevin H.
Ramsey, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/2/13
Total Reviews
6 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
41 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
14
2016
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Not So Fast... Wait A Minute Continued... Bad
Well.. after taking my mower to a Honda warranty service center, the diagnosis is as I expected.. broken connecting rod. Sounds like something that would be covered by Honda under the 5 YEAR WARRANTY... Again, not so fast... I just heard from the service center after a week, and Honda doesn't want to cover the repair. The explanation I got was that " if the connecting rod was defective, it would have broken in the first season for sure " What??? I have no idea on how long Honda... more
Cons: Expensive, Unreliable, Durability, Low Quality
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Kevin,
We apologize for the inconvenience you have experienced with the local Honda service center. We would strongly advise reaching out to Honda directly to make them aware of these issues regarding your repair. Honda can be reached at 770-497-6400. If we can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you
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Rick L.
Lemars, IA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/25/14
REVIEWED
APR.
06
2017
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Worthless Warranty
Bought this mower from this site. The mower worked great until the engine seized up. I had this mower for two seasons into the 5 year warranty. I changed the oils every spring and checked it periodically between uses. I know several people that have this mower and don't even check the oil. I took it into to get it looked at by an authorized service center. Honda's response was that it was run out of oil and will not stand behind the warranty. I know that the oil got low because the motor seized... more
Cons: Durability, Useless 5 year warranty
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Rick,
I'm sorry to hear that your mower is giving you problems. I know how frustrating that can be. Please give us a call and we will do what we can to work with Honda regarding your warranty. While we don't perform service on the units we sell, we can assist with getting a warranty claim reviewed by a manufacturer. Thank you very much for your business and I hope to hear from you soon.
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Joan P.
Longview, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 2/20/17
REVIEWED
MAR.
16
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Poor Lawnmower Quality
Great customer service and prompt delivery... the bad: used one hour, took short break and noticed fuel dripping out of air cleaner. it is now in shop waiting for repair. Disappointed with Honda right now.
Cons: Low Quality
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Barry D.
Aliquippa, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/29/16
REVIEWED
DEC.
12
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Trouble Starting
This is the second time I've purchased this exact mower. I love it, especially the clutch/idle feature. This new one started on the first pull out-of-the-box. However, since then, it takes 6 to 8 pulls to start. My old one ALWAYS started on the first pull. Very disappointed.
Pros: High Quality, Features
Cons: Expensive, Difficult To Use
Barry Recommends This Honda Mower
Barry's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Amazing shipping schedule. I ordered it on Sunday afternoon. It arrived on Tuesday afternoon (Chicago to Pittsburgh)."
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Ron B
Dadeville, AL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/6/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
19
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Honda 21" Self Propelled Lawnmower - Excellent Mower
This is a quality mower and easy to do final assembly out of the box. Starts on the first pull with little resistance. I had a honda mower that lasted for years until the clutch went out. The engine was still solid but I decided not to invest more money and bought a new one. This one is even better from an ease of use perspective. The speed adjust on the fly is a very nice feature. Looking forward to many years of use. Would not hesitate to recommend this mower.
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again
Ron Recommends This Honda Mower
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Alex B
Stillwater, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/31/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
17
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Stepped Up To The Versa-mow, Mulching Model After 20 Years
The finest mower I've ever owned. Starts easily, runs without issue, and does its work without fuss. The combination of mowing features and self-propulsion controls make for a smooth operation. I love the flexibility I have in running the machine without having to hold on constantly because of the blade brake clutch the on-the-fly propulsion speed adjustment is an evolutionary improvement over the previous model it replaces, which continues to work some 20 years since it vastly improved on its... more
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Reliable, Durable
Alex Recommends This Honda Mower
Alex's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I had an easy experience buying from Mowers Direct -- It's been great."
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