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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
344 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 (84)
High Quality (73)
Reliable (54)
Features (51)
I'd Buy It Again (48)
Cons
Expensive (75)
Heavy (26)
None (18)
Unreliable (9)
Difficult To Use (7)
89% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Mower Expert

Product Expert
Total Reviews
90 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
14109 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
19 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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193
John
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
51 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUL.
28
2016
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Bad Carburetors & Poor Customer Service.
I will not buy another Honda product. I purchased my Honda HRX2175HYA in March of 2015 used it for one season with no problem. This year I used it until July when I went on vacation for two weeks and it sat in the shed. When I came home, I started it and the throttle was surging up and down. So I call my Honda dealer (not worried because it has a Five year warranty) and explained the problem. He immediately told me it will need a new carburetor and that Honda will not cover it under warranty... more
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5114
Dj C.
Hermitage, TN
Total Helpful Votes
12 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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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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Wilbert S
Trail Creek, IN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/24/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
16
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Mower
This is an excellent mower. It starts on the first or second pull, cuts extremely fine with the double mulching blade, and even with the larger engine than my last Honda Harmony 215 - it is more fuel efficient. I can cut about 1 1/4 acres of grass in just about an hour at 3 stops below full speed. The only thing I would complain about is the very high price - but I justified it by thinking that my last Honda mower lasted 24 years and hopefully this one will too.
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Reliable, Durable
Cons: Expensive
Wilbert Recommends This Honda Mower
Wilbert's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"The gentleman I spoke with was very patient with me and answered all my questions. He had the mower I needed in stock and shipped out the next day. Overall I would rate the service as excellent. Thank you."
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Douglas W
Knoxville, TN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/20/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
13
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Worth Every Penny
I've had this mower a month. Couldn't be happier. Great performance. My lawn looks like a carpet mowed on setting 4. Mulches fantastic but love the clutch which allows me to empty the bag without turning the engine off.
Douglas Recommends This Honda Mower
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Lance E
Stillwater, OK
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/19/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
24
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Honda Mowers Are Awesome
You won't find a better quality mower than a Honda. This mower is so easy to start and makes mowing fun.
Pros: High Quality, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again, Quiet
Cons: Expensive
Lance Recommends This Honda Mower
Lance's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"This was the first mower I have bought online or from Mowers Direct. I couldn't be happier with my experience. I ordered the mower on Friday afternoon and it was delivered to my house on the following Tuesday. I saved hundreds!"
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Steve M
Port Angeles, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/2/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
24
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
I Just Love This Mower!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is the best mower I've ever had. It fills the grass catcher so full that i can barely lift it!!!!!!!!!!!

My old mower would only fill the bag about half full and clog up. Also you can leave this mower running while you empty the bag. Also you can go any speed you want.

I can hardly wait to cut the grass again because I like this mower so much!!!!!!!
Pros: High Quality, Reliable, Exceeded Expectations, Durable
Cons: None
Steve Recommends This Honda Mower
Steve's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I am completely satisfied. They did what they said and it was fast and easy. Just great to do business with. I am very happy with the whole transaction. Thanks!"
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Richard P
Jacksonville, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/27/17
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAY.
24
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Mower!!!!
I finally had to replace my 1994 OMC Lawn Boy because some parts are not available. I purchased the Honda and if it lasts anywhere near as long I will happy. The Honda is quiet and easy to use once you get used to the controls and the speed. The blade clutch was a must have since I bag my grass.
The mower was easy to set up out of the box and it started right up on the first try. Adjusting the mowing height is a little difficult but that is not a major problem. The price of the mower is a... more
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Features, Quiet
Cons: Expensive, Hard to adjust height.
Richard Recommends This Honda Mower
Richard's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"This is the 2nd item I purchased from Power Equipment Direct. The first was a pressure washer. Their service is next to none and the information they provide for all of their products is very helpful. They ship fast and take care of problems with no arguments. Excellent prices and NO TAX."
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Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Richard,
Thanks for the kind words and repeat business! If you have any questions regarding either unit, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We are here to help folks just like you. Thank you again for your business and happy mowing!
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Neil G
Greene, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/2/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
23
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My Favorite Toy
This is my second Honda mower in 32 years. Yes, 32. My first is still running fine but needs a second position.
The new one is everything I thought it would be. Best value for those that take pride in mowing their lawn with quality.
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Expensive
Neil Recommends This Honda Mower
Neil's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Better than I dreamed. I could not get one locally that fast or priced right."
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David M
Lorain, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/27/16
REVIEWED
MAY.
22
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Drive Problems
I'm having drive problems. It very hard to turn. I hear grinding when I turn the mower. It also seems to be driving on one wheel. Very frustrating to use. I hope its covered on the warranty......
Pros: Quiet
Cons: Low Quality
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
David,
I am very sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing. Has this been resolved? If not, I would recommend that you contact a certified repair center so that your machine can be diagnosed and repaired. Here's a tool that will help you locate a Honda repair center: Honda Repair Center
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