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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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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
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
4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5
Pros
High Quality (39)
Features (28)
Easy To Use (26)
Reliable (20)
I'd Buy It Again (18)
Cons
Expensive (32)
Heavy (13)
Packaging (3)
None (3)
Unreliable (3)
91% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
140 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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Fred M.
Mckenzie, TN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/2/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
APR.
26
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Good Mower - What I Expected
Good mower so far - we have only used it twice. However, had to bend flat sections of handle to get them to fit into mower. No real problem. Starts good, mows good. A little heavy but what you would expect for this quality mower and size engine.
Pros: High Quality
Cons: Expensive
Fred Recommends This Honda Mower
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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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Abdul T
Aldie, VA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/13/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAY.
19
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Not Happy With Product
I purchased this lawnmower which I thought it was expensive and work wonders. I have mowed my lawn 5 times so far and just yesterday the back right wheel stopped working and tried to open the wheel to see what what causing it and everything mechanical behind the tires were disassembled .. now I have to go through warranty etc and go take the lawn mower for service. I have had a $100 lawn mower for the past 9 years with no issues
Pros: Features
Cons: Expensive, Heavy, Low Quality, Unreliable
Abdul Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Abdul,
I apologize for the issues you experienced with your mower wheel and I understand how frustrating it can be. You are correct that you must go through a Honda certified repair center to have the problem diagnosed. If you have any questions regarding that process, please give us a call and we will do our best to help. Thank you very much for your business and I hope you have a great day.
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Abdul's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"They always answer the phone and are very polite to speak with"
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Jason P
Santaquin, UT
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/2/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
16
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Walk Behind Mower Ever
I have owned a regular HRX217 for several years. It always did the job well, but only had 3 speeds, and was a pull start. It still ran like a champ after 11 years, but my daughters did not have the upper body strength to pull start it. So I upgraded to this one with the electric start. It is great. It has multiple speeds allowing me to find that sweet spot where it mows quickly, but doesn't leave tall stuff behind. The blade clutch is also great for dumping the bag. Leave the mower running with... more
Pros: High Quality, Reliable, Durable, Easy To Store
Cons: Expensive
Jason Recommends This Honda Mower
Jason's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
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David M
Billings, MT
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/23/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
15
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Plenty Of Power, Worth The Price
Pros: It's a top of line Honda HRX model mower, enough said. More than enough power and drive speed to literally force you to run to keep up with the mowers pace at the highest forward speed setting. I haven't had the need to push the speed setting past a little more than half way, based on my yard size. If you have a larger and longer yard, by all means open her up and get your cardio workout done for the day.

This mower replaces my 15 year old Toro Personal Pace 6.5 GTS that finally... more
Pros: High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Quiet, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: None, Yes, it's heavier and expensive. Deal with it.
David Recommends This Honda Mower
David's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Mowers Direct purchasing process was easy to navigate, and the shipping was on time and easily tracked."
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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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William S
Reno, NV
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/4/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
08
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Love This Mower
This is a very high quality product. Started up right out of the box. Runs very smoothly, and cuts grass effortlessly. Love the electric start. Great fold up handle for storage. The only con is this mower is a little difficult to maneuver in tight spaces.
Pros: High Quality, Features, I'd Buy It Again, Durable
Cons: Expensive, Heavy
William Recommends This Honda Mower
William's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I had a great experience with this merchant."
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Walden R.
Minneapolis, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/22/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
15
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Broke After Second Use
I thought after spending $800 on a mower it would be durable. After the second time using the mower the yellow button you push in for blade control quit working. Looked it up in the manual and it says something about adjusting the cable and tightening nuts. Really? Totally disappointed that after spending $800 I'm expected to start wrenching on the mower after the first mow.
Walden Does Not Recommend This Mower
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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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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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