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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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4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
166 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

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 (54)
Features (44)
Easy To Use (39)
I'd Buy It Again (28)
Reliable (25)
Cons
Expensive (45)
Heavy (21)
None (11)
Low Quality (5)
Unreliable (4)
89% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
166 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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Kelly J
New Orleans, LA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/25/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
AUG.
16
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Not Thrilled To Be Honest
So I guess I'm old school but this thing is not really for me. We all know Honda products are quality and will last but this ones a different take. The key start is super nice. Happy to not throw my arm out starting a lawnmower. However this clutch to make it move is annoying. Too many levers. One to keep the blade engaged. One to keep it moving. Makes it hard when making turns. Actually going back to my $100 craftsman my grandpa gave me that's been running for 15 years. Went high tech and... more
Pros: High Quality
Cons: Expensive, Difficult To Use
Kelly Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Roger B.
Monona, IA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/14/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
06
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
For a guy with arthritis and a shoulder rotator cuff injury this mower allows me to keep an extensive yard and ground in tip top shape. It readily climbs steep ground and has the power to get through taller grass. The mulching feature does an excellent job.

I find the bagging feature to work well, with significant improvements on bag release and emptying compared to Honda mowers of the past. My last Honda mower, bought in 2001 still works like a charm but doesn't have the features I... more
Pros: High Quality, Features, Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: None
Roger Recommends This Honda Mower
Roger's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"The mower arrived just a couple days after I ordered it. Easy set up - great product."
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John T
Ballwin, MO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/27/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
05
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Sorry Never Again
at first i was delighted to receive this machine, then I used it, the height adjustment is either defective or useless. I have it setting on the highest level and it scalps my lawn.
i shut the mover off after 10 mins run time. to say i am disappointed is a understatement.
Pros: Features, Easy To Store
Cons: Expensive, Heavy, Difficult To Use
John Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
John,
Sorry to hear about the scalping issues that you're experiencing. Please use this link to locate your nearest Honda certified repair center to see what can be done with your machine under warranty: Honda Service Centers

Thanks and I hope you have a great day.
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Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
John,
Double-check and confirm each knob/lever is in the "4" position. It helps to lift the mower slightly to take the weight off the wheel when adjusting. Could be something simple, like the blades installed upside down. For sure, I'd have a dealer inspect and evaluate the mower to confirm nothing is amiss. -Robert@Honda
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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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Michael P.
Pottstown, PA
REVIEWED
NOV.
12
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
I Love My New Mower Honda Hrx217hza (21") 186cc Self-propelled
So easy to use. When I get tired I can adjust the speed of the mower. I love its size . Its the right size to fit between the pool and spa/hot tub. Mulching is a breeze. When my wife left the vegetable garden full of old dried up plants I ran over the plants once and they were gone. The battery is great. It sat over the winter months and still started on the first try. That is two years straight that this had happened.
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Features, Reliable
Cons: None
Michael Recommends This Honda Mower
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Howard M.
Little Rock, AR
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/29/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
10
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
I Love Her!!!
I call her little Beastie. She will eat up anything. She will go over anything. She will go up anything. She will go down anything. The speeds on the transmission are phenomenal. The cut is fantastic! The amount of clippings, the bag will hold is unbelievable. On my Toro 22-inch Recycler, I had to empty the bag three times at least.

On little Beastie, just one bag, and I still had room to spare, due to the Fine Mulching of the twin blades. There is a learning curve however, if you're not... more
Pros: High Quality, Features, Reliable, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Expensive, Learning curve if you're not used to rear wheel drive
Howard Recommends This Honda Mower
Howard's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"They were very informative answering all my questions and shipping was fast. No sales tax! No brainer!"
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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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