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Honda HRX217VYA (21") 186cc Select Drive Self-Propelled Lawn Mower w/ Blade Brake Clutch

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Model: HRX217VYA
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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
33 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

Innovative Select Drive™ Variable Speed Drive System
Use the speed adjust dial to set desired speed range
Let's you control your speed while you mow
Select Drive™ handle forms a comfortable, one-piece handlebar

Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System
Step away from the mower without having to stop & restart 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

9-Inch Ball-Bearing Supported Wheels
7 position cutting height adjustment (3/4" to 4")

Quick Release 3-Position Handle
Easy height adjustment and folds up for compact storage


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
Oil Filter
No
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
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
786102005210
Model
HRX217VYA
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  2 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: 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 HRX217VYA Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
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
Reliable (15)
Features (11)
High Quality (10)
Easy To Use (10)
I'd Buy It Again (7)
Cons
Expensive (10)
Difficult To Use (2)
Unreliable (2)
Low Quality (2)
Heavy (1)
88% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Quin R.
Rock Hill, SC
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
AUG.
07
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Pity Those Who Dont Buy A Honda
My cub cadet broke the first year I owned it I paid 450. Under-powered and unreliable drive system on Cub Cadet. Honda is the best mower I have ever owned. Powerful even when lawn is wet and the drive system is beautiful. It will never rust too! 190 cc engine is just right for any speed you want to cut. Doesn't bog down at all!
Quin Recommends This Honda Mower
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Shane H.
Fort Wayne, IN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/10/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
APR.
18
2017
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Do Not Buy A Honda Mower With Roto-stop
I was hesitant about purchasing this model which features Roto-Stop technology, but was reassured that Honda had fixed the issues that has plagued the brake clutch feature. Turns out, they have not. I have used it once so far and the blade disengaged 4 times while mowing. Very frustrating and disappointing. It is also very troubling that I am most likely stuck with this model now that is has been used once. I should have bought the model without Roto-Stop, I just thought it would be a... more
Cons: Expensive, Low Quality, Unreliable, Faulty Blade Clutch System
Shane Does Not Recommend This Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Shane,
Shane, sorry to hear of the trouble with your Honda mower. There was a Service Bulletin issued a few weeks ago that sounds like the problems you've had. The issue is possible poor fit of Roto-Stop lever, which may cause it to release. Any Honda dealer can inspect and make a repair, as this is a warranty item. Or, if it is easier, I can send you instructions on how to do the job yourself. It's a simple procedure, requiring only a small bit of protective tape and a tape measure to make an adjustment.
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Algirdas G
Wilmington, NC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/30/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
23
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Mower
A bit disappointing with the 'improved' speed control. My previous Honda mower, once the speed was set, maintained the speed very well while going up slight incline or down. This one evidently controls the torque, and when trying to go up grade at low speed, just sits there, need to increase the speed but then when things get level it is too fast to walk.
Pros: Reliable, High Quality
Cons: Expensive, Difficult To Use
Algirdas Recommends This Honda Mower
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Sid W
Hutchinson, KS
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/30/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
22
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Experience
The mower I replaced is also a Honda - the commercial unit with hydrostatic drive. the quality is excellent as would be expected, but very heavy - and I had to modify the drive controls so it wasn't so clunky. I sometimes think the guys that design these need to mow with them for a summer before they finalize the design.

The HRX217VYA mower is a great product. Took me 10-15 minutes to assemble & fill the oil & gas. And yes, it started first pull, just like they said. I'm curious... more
Pros: Reliable, Easy To Use, Light Weight
Sid Recommends This Honda Mower
Sid's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Mowers Direct delivered the mower a few days after I ordered it - 5 days sooner than I expected it!"
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Scott R
Quaker Hill, CT
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/27/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
20
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
I Went Back To A Honda
I had a Honda 17 years ago. When it came time to purchase another, I tried a Husqvarna AWD with a blade brake. I just sold it after 3 years...it runs but the bearing growl told me to unload it. The AWD is not as great as I thought. The drive system constantly slipped......anyway, I back with a Honda.
After reading all the reviews, there was concern about the Roto stop. Mine works perfectly and the 190 cc engine is the perfect match. My last Honda had the 160 cc and it lacked in power. I... more
Pros: Reliable, Features, I'd Buy It Again, Quiet
Cons: None
Scott Recommends This Honda Mower
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Glen J
Houma, LA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/20/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
14
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Mower!
This is an outstanding mower. It started on the first pull. It's quiet and powerful. I love the adjustable handle. I'm 6'2" and it is very comfortable. In seconds I can lower it to fit my grandson. Honda's quality, reliability and features are like no other. It's a little pricey but you get what you pay for. It was delivered on time. What a convenience to have it delivered to my front door. Simple to assemble. I cut the sides off the box, rolled it out, folded out the handle,... more
Pros: Reliable, Features, High Quality, Quiet
Glen Recommends This Honda Mower
Glen's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"The buying experience was very pleasing. No surprises. The purchase was simple and accurate. Excellent communications."
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Paul G
Lincoln Park, MI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/4/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
09
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Grass Shreddin' Madman!
Some mowers cut the lawn. This mower makes the grass quake when it starts, and actually cut itself in humble submission. Loads of power, quiet, fast, and two blades for more mulching goodness. It's expensive, but like a good top shelf scotch it pays you back with less maintenance and longer life. The blade clutch is worth a few extra coin, less pulling on the string every time you run over another of junior's toys. In my short time with my mower, we've started bonding over a few cold... more
Pros: High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Exceeded Expectations, Fast
Cons: Expensive
Paul Recommends This Honda Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Paul,
Thank you for the kind and funny review - it made our day! If you have any questions about your unit or ever need assistance with a warranty claim, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We are here to help folks just like you. When you're ready for some accessories or power equipment for any other tasks, you know who to call. Thanks again for leaving this awesome review and happy mowing!
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Paul's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Good site, easy to order, and shipping was lightning fast. I would order again, except I hope to have my new yard buddy for many years. Saving some coin with free shipping and cutting Uncle Sam out is a real plus."
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Gary T
Wray, CO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/5/17
REVIEWED
APR.
28
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
High Quality Machine!
Still very new but I have had the chance to check it out, having a large lawn and thick spring grass. I have never owned a Honda mower before, mostly Craftstman, and could not be more pleased with this machine so far. Very much like the fact that you can mulch a certain percent and bag the other percent when you are encountering thick grass by the simple movement of a lever. The twin blades really does a great job mulching the grass before depositing it back into the lawn. Have never had a... more
Pros: Reliable, Easy To Use, Features, Quiet
Cons: Expensive
Gary Recommends This Honda Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Gary,
I'm so pleased to hear that you are satisfied with the performance of your new mower. If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to give us a call. We are here to help folks just like you with their power equipment. Thank you again for your business and I hope you have a great day!
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Gary's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
5/5
"Glad I stumbled upon the Mowers Direct website. Caught my attention right away. No taxes and no shipping is what put it over the top. So easy."
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Greg P
Delta, CO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/3/17
REVIEWED
APR.
26
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Good But Be Aware The Body Is Not Metal
I really like the blade brake clutch which is one of the primary reasons I purchased this particular mower. The engine operates well and started on the first pull right out of the box. It cuts well and is easy to operate. My only concern is the body is plastic and I wasn't aware of that until after I purchased it on-line. I had looked at competitor products that had a metal body. This one has the appearance of metal but is not. Although it works well now, I am not sure how well it will hold up... more
Pros: Reliable, Features, Light Weight
Cons: Durability, Plastic body
Greg Recommends This Honda Mower
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Trish M
Burlington Twp, NJ
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/29/17
REVIEWED
APR.
25
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Super Mower!
Everything I read about this mower is true. Looks great, performance is awesome. First time owning a self-propelled machine and I just love it. We have bad shoulders, so starting was not a problem at all. This compares to our riding mower pretty well so far. Like I said, just got it so hopefully it will be a good one.
Pros: Reliable, Easy To Use, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Trish Recommends This Honda Mower
Trish's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Easy and quick with the best price."
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Larry K
Columbiana, AL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/1/17
REVIEWED
APR.
25
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Honda All The Way
Have only mowed twice with it, but it is performing as advertised. There were few options for a residential mower with blade brake clutch, which was a must. I am a long-standing Honda supporter. This is my third Honda mower.
Pros: Reliable, Features, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Packaging, Poor Warranty Explanation
Larry Recommends This Honda Mower
Larry's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I'm not the computer person, so my wife shopped and compared the Honda mowers via the website, based on our criteria. She gave the website a 10 and received excellent service on the one call we made to Customer Service."
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