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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
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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 (112)
High Quality (102)
Reliable (74)
Features (73)
I'd Buy It Again (65)
Cons
Expensive (95)
Heavy (34)
None (33)
Unreliable (14)
Difficult To Use (10)
88% 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
15306 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
24 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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Rick L.
Lemars, IA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/25/14
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
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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Dj C.
Hermitage, TN
Total Helpful Votes
17 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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Steve J.
Colleyville, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/29/17
REVIEWED
NOV.
23
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
First Honda Mower
Have used the new mower 4 times and I am satisfied overall. There are a few characteristics of the mower that I will just have to get used too. First, the mower is heavy and not easy to pull backwards while mowing. Second, the extra control lever for the blade clutch is just one too many controls to remember to keep engaged. It can be easily remedied by using a clamp once the mower has been started. Last item is the variable speed control. My preferred mowing speed seems to fall between... more
Pros: High Quality, Reliable, Features, Durable
Cons: Expensive, Heavy
Steve Recommends This Honda Mower
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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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James H.
Powder Springs, GA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/26/17
REVIEWED
APR.
17
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
2nd Use Left Wheel Fell Off
I received the product in a timely manner. It was easy to get the mower set up and running. I was surprised at full throttle the engine did not seem that powerful and stalled on not so long grass. I used the mower to cut the lawn twice. On the second cutting the front wheel came off. I tried to put it back on but I couldn't get it on straight. I took it to a warranty service dealer and I am waiting on the outcome. My guess is they will say it is my fault. For $722 I thought I was buying a... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, Easy To Store
Cons: Expensive, Unreliable, Low Quality, Front wheel fell off after using mower twice
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
James,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I apologize for any inconvenience that the wheel has caused. You were correct in taking it to a certified repair center for the work as this should be covered under the warranty. If you need any additional assistance, please give us a call. We are happy to help. Otherwise, thank you for your business and I look forward to dealing with you again in the future.
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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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David I.
Rochester, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/25/16
REVIEWED
OCT.
10
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Issues From Day One Now Engine Needs Replacement
Purchased this mower mid season. Day one out of the box this mower was excellent. After the 4-5 time mowing the mower started to get hard to start. By the 6 mowing the easy start function was not working. The recoil on the mower pull cord was so strong the cord would rip from my hand at the time of starting. After starting the mower two times this way the handle on the cord snapped back so hard it broke. I brought the mower in for service and it was found that the easy start system was... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Features, Easy To Store
Cons: Expensive, Unreliable, Low Quality
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Alan R.
Albany, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/12/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
02
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Hopeful
When my Honda HRX217HYA arrived the packaging was in pristine condition, however when I removed the mower from the box, filled it with the provided oil, and started it I was extremely happy. However, disappointment followed. The blades would not engage. Therefore, what to do. I contacted Mower's Direct and they told me to take it to my local authorized Honda service center because they are akin to a big box store once the product leaves their facility it's yours along with any issues which... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Features, I'd Buy It Again, Quiet
Cons: Honda was slow to respond to my issue.
Alan Recommends This Honda Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Alan,
Thank you for providing feedback about your experience and we apologize for the inconvenience it may have caused you.
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Alan's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
5/5
"Mower's Direct sells a great line of products, however that is all they do. They sell. If there is an issue after the sale it is the buyer's responsibility to resolve the issue. I don't believe the issue I'm having with my Honda HRX217HYA is the result of anything Mowers Direct did."
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