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Honda HRX217VLA (21") 186cc Self-Propelled Electric Start Lawn Mower

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Model: HRX217VLA
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4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 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
Fuel efficient and powerful for reliable performance

Self-Charging Electric Start
Simple, effortless key start with no need for "plug-in" charging

Adjustable Select Drive™ Variable Speed Transmission
Variable speed self-propelled drive system powers the mower
Easily control the forward speed from the handle

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

9-Inch Ball-Bearing Supported Wheels


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
Oil Filter
No
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
3.6 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
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
Weight
93 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
786102005197
Model
HRX217VLA
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  3 Questions
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: 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
Honda HRX217VLA Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5
Pros
High Quality (26)
Easy To Use (24)
Features (17)
Reliable (16)
I'd Buy It Again (15)
Cons
Expensive (21)
Heavy (11)
Unreliable (2)
Difficult To Use (2)
No Cons (1)
88% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Randall G.
Wilmington, DE
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/26/17
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
APR.
18
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Ever!
This mower is the best we've had! We were always a Toro family but the last one we had was somewhat unreliable so we decided to give Honda a try and are very pleased with the way it handles and the large grass bag. It comes off and goes on very easily and quickly. We made a great decision!
Pros: Easy To Use, Features, Exceeded Expectations, Quiet
Randall Recommends This Honda Mower
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Tina L.
St. Louis, MO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/18/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
APR.
18
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
I'm Having Problems
The lawn mower works fine sometimes. Other times it burns oil and stalls out and then just won't start. I'm not doing anything differently from one use to the next. I wanted a consistently dependable lawn mower.
Tina Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Tina,
I apologize for any inconvenience that has been caused due to the mower not starting. Give us a call during business hours and we will try to help troubleshoot. If we can't help, we will put you in contact with some certified repair centers in your area who can all perform warranty maintenance at no cost to you. Thanks for your business and please call when you are ready.

Phone: 1 (800) 837-8247
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David S.
Freehold, NJ
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/24/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
08
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Initial Impressions
The mower saves you trime as it starts up instantly and mows very fast as the self propelled can be adjusted thus enabling fast walking when desired. As for quality and durability, time will tell as it is just a month or so using it.
Pros: Easy To Use, Easy To Store, Fast
Cons: Expensive
David Recommends This Honda Mower
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Reymundo P
Denver, CO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/13/17
REVIEWED
JUN.
05
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Awesome Mower
Everything I had hoped for with this lawn mower. New inbox, easy setup, add fuel and oil, started first try with key electric start and charges battery while mowing. Cuts nice and even, moves easily, hardly have to use the self propelled feature.
Pros: Easy To Use, Features, Reliable, Quiet
Cons: Expensive
Reymundo Recommends This Honda Mower
Reymundo's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I have had a great experience with Mowers Direct, everything was as advertised. New product in box that appeared to be shipped with care. Also financing available that I took advantage of. No hidden surprises. Very Happy."
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Tony N
Dumont, NJ
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/28/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
23
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Good Except For One Thing I Wouldn't Expect On A Honda
Very good on all points but one. I was disappointed in the rear height adjustment because it has little room to pull it out to move it. Honda usually thinks of everything. Could have been better. Everything else! Cuts nice and the bag fills all the way. First one I ever had that did that. The drive controls are nice and easy to use. Handling the mower one handed under shrubs is really nice. The electric start is hooked up to a charger no more plug! It also folds down nicely bag included and... more
Pros: High Quality, Features, Reliable, Durable
Tony Recommends This Honda Mower
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Glenn O
Baytown, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/12/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
03
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Purchase
Probably the best purchase as far as self propelled mowers go! Out of the box and cutting within 15 minutes. The select drive system was very easy to adjust without issues, pick your pace and go. The keyless start worked without fail on every attempt ...the first time, as it should and as I expect from a Honda product. Engine noise was considerably less compared to other brands, but I still use ear protection. The gas consumption was definitely on the plus side using far less than I expected.... more
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again
Glenn Recommends This Honda Mower
Glenn's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Although I did not speak directly to a salesperson, the mower arrived in 4 days! Great delivery service."
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Robert C
Kenosha, WI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/16/17
REVIEWED
APR.
28
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Best In Quality And Performance
The mower is better than expected. All the options work as describe and exceeds my expectation. It starts quick and easy with a turn of the key and not having to plug it in to charge the battery for the electric start makes it a use and forget option. No more coming back to use the mower to find a dead battery! The self-propel system on this mower works at any pace I choose unlike my old mower. It takes most of the work out of cutting the grass.
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, I'd Buy It Again
Robert Recommends This Honda Mower
Robert's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great information on the website. Having it delivered saved the hassle of getting home."
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Michael M.
Bellport, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/25/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
27
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower Overall
Having the key start is a nice convenience. A little heavy when turning around and pull back when you are trying to get into a tight spot that is too much for a weed wacker.

The personal pace works well as does the bag/mulch selector. This is my 2nd Honda (1st one was a push mower) and I hope this one lasts forever. Don't want to have to buy another ever again.
Michael Recommends This Honda Mower
Michael's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Easy ordering. Quick delivery."
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Steven S.
Madison, WI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/3/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
26
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
This mower works so much better than Toro I had before. I used it in wet grass and it worked great- no stalling at all, even in deeper grass. And the double blade really chops up the grass so it looks much better after mulching.

The only surprise was that I have to push the steering "wheel" with your thumbs to speed it up or slow down. With my old Toro that was an automatic feature, based on how hard I pushed it forward. But you get used to it. Sometimes I feel like I'm... more
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Features, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Expensive, Heavy
Steven Recommends This Honda Mower
Steven's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I couldn't believe how fast the mower came, with free shipping and no state tax!"
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Michael C.
Brooksville, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/23/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
18
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Honda Quality
This is the first Honda mower I have owned and the first self-propelled and electric start. This model lives up to the legendary Honda quality and performance.

However the self-propelled speed control tends to move around a bit during mowing and doesn't stay at the set speed all the time. Other than that this meets all my expectations.
Pros: High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Durable
Cons: Expensive, Heavy
Michael Recommends This Honda Mower
Michael's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"This is the first mower I have bought on-line and I was very satisfied with the entire experience. Delivery was sooner than promised and undamaged."
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Gary E.
Mesa, AZ
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/13/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
08
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Very Good Mower
The mower works great. I had a Honda mower before but it started to have problems with the drive and the electric start would not engage. This mower works well the only concern is that the drive seems pretty weak. I hope it does not get any weaker.

My old Toro was OK but unless you bought the hundred dollar or so tune up, it would take 3 to six months to finish any warranty work. I took my old Honda in for electric starter issues (non warranty) and they gave it a tune up without even... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, Features, I'd Buy It Again
Gary Recommends This Honda Mower
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