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

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Model: HRX217HZA
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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

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


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)
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
Mulcher Kit
Included
Wheels
Front Tire Size
9 Inch
Rear Tire Size
9 Inch
Tire Type
Plastic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
98 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
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
4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
Pros
High Quality (55)
Features (46)
Easy To Use (41)
I'd Buy It Again (29)
Reliable (25)
Cons
Expensive (45)
Heavy (21)
None (12)
Low Quality (5)
Packaging (4)
88% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
168 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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Robert H.
Strongsville, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/2/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUL.
14
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Poor Craftsmanship
Started leaking gas after the 3rd time I used it. Took off the air filter to get to the gas line and only 2 screws hold on the filter, carburetor, and gaskets. Everything fell apart and very difficult to get back together. I will have to take it in to have it fixed properly since I can't do it on my own. I love the mower and it is my third in 40 years.
Pros: Features, Easy To Use, Reliable, Easy To Store
Cons: Expensive, Heavy, Low Quality
Robert Recommends This Honda Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Robert,
Thank you for providing feedback. We'll pass this review on to our Honda rep.
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Allan V.
Henrico, VA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 12/4/16
REVIEWED
JAN.
17
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
I have used this mower only a few times since I got it but I have put it through its paces cutting grass and picking up leaves. It does a great job chewing up whatever I pass it over. The electric start works great and it is the easiest mower I have owned to start using the pull cord.
Pros: High Quality, Features, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Expensive
Allan Recommends This Honda Mower
Allan's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Service was extremely fast and the free shipping can not be beat!"
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David R
Ray, MI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/28/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
19
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Mower, Top Quality, Great Warranty
I had to cut grass 6 inches tall that would bog down my old Honda HR214. But this mower worked perfect.
Pros: High Quality, Features, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Expensive
David Recommends This Honda Mower
David's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
4/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
5/5
"Good service. Placed order on Friday, received mower on Tuesday."
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Sondra H.
Grove, OK
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/14/17
REVIEWED
APR.
05
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Regarding Honda Hrx217h
I have only got to test this lawn mower. Ever since I received this machine, it has rained. The only thing I did not know about this before I purchased it, was you can not use a water hose on it. I am not sure I would have bought it. But I am going to keep it anyway. But it is a expensive machine not to be able to hose it down.
Pros: High Quality, Features, Durable, Easy To Store
Cons: Expensive, can't wash it with hose.
Sondra Recommends This Honda Mower
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Dennis H.
Corinth, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/22/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
27
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Check Out The Box
I want to start by stating I have run Honda Mowers for 30+ years and have had Excellent service from the previous purchases. 18 years plus on my present unit. Honda makes a excellent commercial product.

NOW, with their history in tow I wanted to purchase a quality mower w/ electric start for my Mom. Controls were the same as my present unit and easy to learn and use. Mowers Direct was easy to deal with and shipping was in the expected time.

The shipping company delivered the unit by... more
Pros: Easy To Use
Cons: Expensive, Packaging
Dennis Recommends This Honda Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Dennis,
We make sure to advise customers on their invoice, as well as on our Returns link:
"Damaged Products
You must take the time to inspect the goods before you sign the delivery receipt from the carrier. If you sign the delivery receipt without inspecting the shipment you will be responsible for filing a freight claim and arranging for a repair or return of the damaged goods. Concealed damage claims must be reported immediately.
Suspect Damage
On occasion, the outer carton may look damaged, but the product inside the box is perfectly fine. If you suspect concealed damage, notate "Possible Freight Damage" on the delivery receipt while the driver is present. This way, if you discover later that the product is damaged, the remedy of a freight claim is less of a hassle.
Obvious Damage
Do not sign for damaged products. If your product arrives damaged, please (a) REFUSE DELIVERY and (b) Call Us Immediately so we can process the appropriate claims and coordinate an exchange for you."
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Dennis's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
4/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
4/5
"The 5 is a hindsight rating. The Support team was friendly, easy to contact and provided excellent information in a very timely manner. Would I recommend? Not when you are only saving sales taxes on the unit. Your local dealer would likely work something out, IF they want your business."
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Michael W
Terrace Park, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/22/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
15
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Excellent Mower
Box came in 2 days. Nice job MowersDirect! Unboxed mower, filled with supplied oil added some gas and the electric starter got it going right away. The only problem I had is when I pushed the yellow button and pushed the handle forward the hook didn't catch and the blades wouldn't engage. Had to force the handle back. Now it is permanently engaged. Oh well.

Other than that the mower is fantastic. Used it 4 times. Starts right up. Cuts perfectly. It is a bit of a beast to turn. ... more
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Expensive, Heavy
Michael Recommends This Honda Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Michael,
I'm sorry to hear about the issues that you're describing. It sounds like this would be covered under warranty, so I would suggest that you contact a certified repair center so that your machine can be diagnosed and ideally repaired. I've included a few near you at the bottom of this response. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call and we will do our very best to assist. Thank you again for your business and I hope you have a great day.

Honda East, Inc.
529 Ohio Pike
Cincinnati, OH 45255-3338
(513) 528-8000

Bud Herbert Motors, Inc.
4050 Spring Grove Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45223-2640
(513) 541-3290

Honda of Fairfield
5467 Dixie Hwy
Fairfield, OH 45014-4107
(513) 858-1000
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John C.
Broken Arrow, OK
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/31/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
21
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Mowers Direct Delivers Great Service And Honda Is Great Also
First , the first delivered mower was damaged in transit the carrier. However, Mower Direct jumped in and got this fixed immediately with a retrieval of the broken mower and replacement with a another new mower.

The Honda has most of the available bells and whistles. Electric start, rear wheel drive, blade clutch.

Electric Start worked right out of the box and has not failed. There is available a charger but this is not with the mower. Otherwise the battery charges while you are... more
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Reliable, Fast
Cons: Expensive
John Recommends This Honda Mower
John's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Very good witth Mowers Direct."
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Ronandus J.
Kansas City, MO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/25/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
29
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Defective Product
Just took delivery of Honda HRX217HZA. Assembled the bag, filled the mower with new oil and fresh fuel. Ran it for for approximately 5 mins and shut it down. Fuel started pouring out of the air filter compartment and didn't stop until I shut the fuel valve off. What kind of quality control is this? Why is a brand new $900.00 lawnmower defective out of the box?! Is it a used, returned item? Reading through the reviews apparently leaks are not an uncommon problem with this product. Called... more
Cons: Defective out of the box!
Ronandus Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Ronandus,
I'm sorry you're having problems with your mower. We don't take returns of used units, and I can assure you it isn't a returned unit since those are plainly marked as Scratch & Dent models.

You may want to check to make sure the the fuel hose is snug at both ends (it may have vibrated loose during shipment).
Defects in materials and workmanship are covered by Honda's Factory Warranty, which is why we referred you to them.

I used the Honda Service Locator to find service locations in your area. There are 12 within 20 miles of your zip code. I would suggest calling before you go to find the shop with the shortest turn-around time. The closest are:
Smitty's Lawn & Garden Equipment
2300 N Rogers Rd
Olathe, KS 66062-4993
(913)642-2489

Northern Tool & Equipment Co.
12120 W 95th St
Lenexa, KS 66215-3805
(913)752-9119

Van Wall Equipment
1362 S Enterprise St
Olathe, KS 66061-5357
(913)397-6009

We appreciate your
Lawn & Leisure
706 Se Blue Pkwy
Lees Summit, MO 64063-4350
(816)524-6695

We appreciate your business, and apologize for any inconvenience.
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Paul T.
Bloomington, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/8/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
23
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Wonderful Mower - Strong Self-propelled
I bought this after several attempts at purchasing Toro mowers over the years. I was tired of visiting the shop every two years to replace the rear wheel that drove the mower. Every single visit would be a few parts that the service department stated, "Sir, you purchased a middle of the road Toro and these parts will need to be replaced every so often." Well, it's time to try something else!

I ordered this wonderful HRX217HZA from Power Equipment Direct and it arrived very... more
Pros: High Quality, Features, I'd Buy It Again, Quiet
Cons: Expensive, Heavy
Paul Recommends This Honda Mower
Paul's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I ordered this on Saturday and Power Equipment Direct shipped it out on Monday. It arrived on Wednesday and the experience could not be better. Great job!"
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Dean M.
Buford, GA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/6/17
REVIEWED
JUN.
29
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Lawn Mower Good - But Came Damaged
The mower itself is great. It took me a bit to get used to having a clutch and blade lever but have it down now. However, we ordered it from Mowers Direct.com and the first time we used it discovered the blade lever was not catching properly, then after getting it to catch we found that the carburetor was leaking gas. We took it to a certified Honda service center (Ace Hardware).

It was fixed within a week HOWEVER we had to pay $75 for the repairs as they said it was most likely due to... more
Pros: High Quality, Features, I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Store
Cons: Expensive, came damaged
Dean Recommends This Honda Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Dean,
Factory Warranties cover defects in materials and workmanship, so I'm sorry, they don't cover shipping damage. There is a very short window to file a shipping damage claim as described on your invoice and in our Return Policy.

We've sent 2 requests for photos of the damage to you through your account, but haven't received them yet. We need them to document your shipping damage claim with the folks at FedEX. We will also need a copy of the invoice from Ace so we can reimburse you properly. Please respond quickly- once the claim window closes we won't be able to process your claim.

We appreciate your business and apologize for any inconvenience.
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