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Honda HRX217VYA Reviews
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 5
Pros
Reliable (10)
Easy To Use (8)
Features (8)
High Quality (7)
I'd Buy It Again (5)
Cons
Expensive (7)
Unreliable (2)
Low Quality (2)
Difficult To Use (1)
Poorly Designed Roto-sto... (1)
85% 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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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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Gueorgui P
Eau Claire, WI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/31/17
REVIEWED
APR.
24
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Nice Mower
I can not say enough how awesome this mower is. I have a sloppy yard that was very difficult to mow with my old mower, but the Honda makes it a breeze... Very easy to maneuver and navigate around trees. Love it so far!
Pros: Reliable, Easy To Use, Features, High Quality
Cons: Expensive
Gueorgui Recommends This Honda Mower
Gueorgui's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I ordered over the phone. It was very pleasant experience. Thank you!"
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Charles W.
Webster, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/22/17
REVIEWED
APR.
18
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Lawnmower
i just received the mower but as they said it was easy to pull it out of the box, put on the bagger, add oil and gas and it started right up. I only used it for a few seconds to pick up and mulch some leaves as a test and it worked well.
Pros: Features, Durable, Exceeded Expectations, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Expensive
Charles Recommends This Honda Mower
Charles's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"So far so good, best price I could find, and received mower as expected."
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Robert B.
Johnston, IA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/25/17
REVIEWED
APR.
17
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
Mower is high quality and on the first pull it started out of the box.
Pros: Reliable, Easy To Use, High Quality, 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
"The best company to buy from"
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Matt C.
Emmaus, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/5/16
REVIEWED
MAY.
09
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Should Be Rated A+++
Not sure why this mower is not rated an A?!! Shocking! My mower is a treat. I barely have to pull on the cord to get it started. And it's astonishingly quiet for a lawnmower. The blade stop feature is great! I can let go of the handle and the blade stops but the engine runs.

Now, if a branch or debris is blocking my path, I can stop and remove and not have to restart my mower. Dual cutting and mulching blades make mowing easy. Absolutely the best mower out there for those who want to get... more
Pros: Reliable, Features, Quiet, Exceeded Expectations
Matt Recommends This Honda Mower
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James T.
Coatesville, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/1/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
07
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
My Honda Mower
I ordered this mower when my Lawn Boy died. I checked with Consumer Reports and this mower had a great review. I took it out of the box and followed the directions. It runs and cuts like a dream.

control lever on the left side of the frame is in a spot that if you go under low branches, the lever slides into the off position.
Other than that, i love my mower.
James Recommends This Honda Mower
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Joseph B.
Airmount, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/11/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
26
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
Assembled easily filled with supplied oil and added gas.

It started on the first pull. It cuts very evenly and mulches without leaving clumps. I have used it twice started on the first pull again. The only possible complaint is the variable speed control on the handle.

It's a little hard for me to keep a constant speed as I walk. This will probably resolve itself as I get used to it. This is my second Honda and I like it allot.
Joseph Recommends This Honda Mower
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Michael D.
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/7/16
REVIEWED
JUN.
01
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Honda Beats John Deer
This lawnmower exceeds all expectations when it comes to reliability, handling and endurance.

The rear wheel drive proves itself over and over to be able to out perform those mowers with front wheel drive.

Had JD stepped up and created this mower, Honda would have still beaten them for quality.
Michael Recommends This Honda Mower
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William H.
Amarillo, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/13/16
REVIEWED
MAY.
06
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Wow
I I'm very impressed! Easy to start, easy to handle, and excellent mowing. This mover totally exceeded my expectations!
William Recommends This Honda Mower
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Craig S.
Greenwood, MO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 11/7/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
29
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent, Quality Mower!
Have only used once to mow and mulch leaves. My first impressions are this mower is a high quality product. My Toro Recycler was starting to wear out after 9 years and decided to go with this mower instead of throwing money at the Toro.

Glad i did, as everyone states very easy to start and engine has plenty of power. No bogging down going through the deep stuff and the Select Drive is similar to the Toro self propelled unit. Overall, pleased with the purchase. Only down side is the... more
Pros: Features, Easy To Use, Quiet, High Quality
Cons: Expensive
Craig Recommends This Honda Mower
Craig's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Shipped right away and received in 3 days."
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Daniel T.
Universal City, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/8/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
02
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My Honest Experience
It is a heavy lawnmower so be aware. I was not familiar with rear wheel drive since all I have ever used in the past were front wheel drive so it takes a bit of learning curve. That is not the mower's fault of course. Just heads up for others who have only used front wheel drive.

My last mower had this same Honda engine - reliable, strong engine. I abused it for years and it was still running strong. New mower easy start. Dual mulch blades are significant improvement over single... more
Pros: Reliable, Easy To Use, Features, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Heavy
Daniel Recommends This Honda Mower
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Henry T.
Bella Vista, AR
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/8/17
REVIEWED
APR.
04
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
My last Honda mower made it 32 years, with regular maintenance. Hope this one lasts as long. New features are definite improvement from my old mower. Sad I had to replace my 32 year old Honda mower but this is a great mower.
Pros: Reliable, Easy To Use, High Quality, Price
Henry Recommends This Honda Mower
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Tim C.
Edmond, OK
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/11/17
REVIEWED
APR.
03
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Ergonomic Nightmare
This machine's self-propel will bring on carpal tunnel syndrome for sure. I am contacting Honda on this because using the thumb levers to operate the self-propel is difficult, and in no time at all a person's thumbs are hurting. It is very uncomfortable! Also, the discharge system doesn't distribute grass clippings well. My old Honda had an optional discharge chute that was very effective. It's a mystery to me why Honda abandoned this method for the current one. I'm sorry, but I have nothing... more
Cons: Expensive, Difficult To Use
Tim Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Tim,
Thank you for the review on this mower. I apologize for the low level of comfort you are experiencing while operating this machine and that the discharge is not to your satisfaction. We will be passing along your concerns to the manufacturer. I appreciate your business with us and I hope we are able to do business again in the future. Thank you again for your purchase and I hope you have a great day.
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Andrew G.
Weslaco, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/27/15
REVIEWED
JUN.
18
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Good Mower
This mower replaced a 13 year old Toro Personal Pace that just wasn't producing the power anymore. The Toro had an electric start and blade brake. I saw that the top of the line HRX had both of those features but I didn't like the way you had to pull on a bar to 'propell' it forward. I saw this mower with the Select Drive and thought it might be comparable to the Toro's Personal Pace. I also hoped that the easy-start reputation that Honda had was true. The electric start on the Toro rarely... more
Andrew Recommends This Honda Mower
Andrew's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
4/5
"I haven't had to use the Mowers Direct customer service but, their Website and shipping is top notch."
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Phillip F.
Shawnee, OK
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/6/15
REVIEWED
APR.
27
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Mower.
Had Lawn Boy mowers for years. Purchased a Cub Cadet self-propelled as a back-up several years ago. When my last Lawn Boy finally gave up the ghost, started using the Cub Cadet as my primary mower. Good mower, but very heavy. Did my research for a new mower and settled on Honda.

Initially I was looking at electric start, but opted for the model with the blade brake clutch. This makes bagging the grass so much easier since you don't have to stop and then re-start the mower each time. ... more
Phillip Recommends This Honda Mower
Phillip's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"The website was easy to use and the order shipped quickly. I believe I placed the order on a Monday evening and the mower arrived on Thursday. Unpacking the mower was easy, and there were directions inside the top of the box. Unfolded the handles, assembled the bagger, filled the oil, added gasoline and the mower fired-up on the 2nd pull. Will have to change the oil after another 2 mowings of the yard."
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Andrew K.
Ashtabula, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 2/10/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
10
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Very Nice Mower , But !
The mower itself is very nice . Cuts well, starts easy and the select drive works very well . The brake clutch is the only problem I have with it. You must take the blade control lever and push it all the way to the right, then blade will engage. The problem is as you are mowing you'll hear a snap and the blade disengages. It is a design problem I don't know, but becomes a pain in the butt after a while. Other than that great lawn mower.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Fast, Reliable
Cons: Unreliable
Andrew Recommends This Honda Mower
Andrew's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Mowers Direct is great."
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Brent L.
Jacobus, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/27/15
REVIEWED
APR.
21
2015
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Don't Waste Your Money
This is my second review since my first review was not posted. When this mower arrived at my home, I took it out of the box, added the oil and gas and proceeded to try and start it. I almost forgot, it didn't come with the clippings bag. Way to go Honda! It took me 6 pulls before the engine finally started. I let it run for about 3 to 4 minutes before trying to engage the blades. What a joke.

I pressed the Roto-Stop Button and then pulled the Blade Control Lever (all this as... more
Cons: Low Quality, Expensive
Brent Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Brent,
Brent- We have talked a few times on the Phone and I did call Honda with the information you gave me and was talking to the Rep you talked to at Honda and she advised me that the Service Center did fix your mower. After talking to her, they said the mower should work properly.

If you feel it is not fixed correctly, you can take it back to the dealer for any issues. They never mentioned anything about replacing the mower since the service center did work on it. It is up to the service center to say if the Mower is a lemon and they will contact Honda to get it replaced. I will call you later to discuss.
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Kenneth T.
Bolingbrook, IL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/26/15
REVIEWED
AUG.
06
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Quality But Little Engineering Annoyances...
Very good quality mower cuts and runs well. The paddle variable speed drive system on the handle is a great addition to the old two speed model Honda I owned.

Yet the mower was designed by an engineer that probably doesn't cut his own grass. The discharge bag is larger than the standard paper yard waste bag which makes emptying it difficult and messy.

Also, the clip director door does not seal completely when on mulch and plenty of grass gets behind the door and must be cleaned out when... more
Pros: Features, Reliable, High Quality
Cons: Engineering Quirks
Kenneth Recommends This Honda Mower
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Robert S.
Wellington, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 2/3/15
REVIEWED
APR.
03
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Horse Of A Lawn Mower!
I have a minor blade engagement/linkage issue that was easily remedied.

I live in Florida and decided to adjust the cutting height to 4", the highest available. I cut once and allowed the grass to grow for ten days. With the Florida sun, the grass grew, even under the shade of trees. I cut again and it looked marvelous.

Here is the best news. The grass in our back yard, next to a golf course, grew to about 8" high. That resulted in grass 4" above the cutting blade. ... more
Robert Recommends This Honda Mower
Robert's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"First time buyer, long time wishlister! I really like the site and will use it in the future for odds and ends. I really like the HOW TO tips and videos too."
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Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Robert,
Thank you for sharing your experience. We truly appreciate your feedback, and are happy to hear that it's working so well for you. Feel free to stop back and post a follow-up review later. Best wishes, and have a great spring!
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Mike S.
South Beloit, IL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/22/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
14
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Mower That I Ever Owned
Was interested in a quality mower that would last and do a fabulous job mowing my lawn. Checked a couple of web sites, and that's where I found P.E.D. I ordered my mower, and have had a smile on my face every day after. Thank you.
Mike Recommends This Honda Mower
Mike's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great people to work with."
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Michael P.
Westlake, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/31/16
REVIEWED
APR.
25
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
New Honda Experience
I bought this mower to replace a 20 year old Honda. Assembly was no problem. The most difficult part of the assembly was attaching the cloth catch bag to the wire frame but no big deal. My old mower had a chock feature that has been eliminated on the new one and I was a little concerned. Pleasantly surprised by how little resistance there is on the pull rope. The mower started on the very first pull.

The only issue I have is that the self propelled feature is a little finicky. On concrete... more
Michael Recommends This Honda Mower
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Ciro P.
Flowermound, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/3/15
REVIEWED
JUL.
28
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Honda Hrx217vya 190cc
This mower operates as I expected it to. I would not have any other brand.
Ciro Recommends This Honda Mower
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Brent L.
Jacobus, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/27/15
REVIEWED
APR.
06
2015
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Disappointing Purchase
I've owned a few Honda mowers over the years that were less expensive than this model and worked extremely well. To be honest, I'm very disappointed I spent the money on this mower. When the mower arrived, I took it out of the box, assembled it and added the oil and gas. The mower started up after 6 pulls. I let it run about 3 minutes (according to the user manual) before trying to engage the blades.

After the 3 minutes of run time, I pressed the yellow Roto-Stop Button and then pulled... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Quality Engine
Cons: Expensive, Poorly Designed Roto-stop Button
Brent Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Brent,
We have talked a few times on the phone, and I did call Honda with the information you gave me. I was talking to the rep you talked to at Honda, and she advised me that the service center did fix your mower.

After speaking with her, they said the mower should work properly. If you feel it is not fixed correctly, you can take it back to the dealer for any issues.

They never mentioned anything about replacing the mower, since the service center did work on it. It is up to the service center to determine if the mower needs to be replaced. I will call you later to discuss.
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