Honda Buffalo Buck HRU19D has been replaced by Honda Buffalo Buck HRU19M1.
A great mower and very reliable
I've had this mower for 17 years. It's been serviced once by a professional in 17 years, although I have changed the oil and air filter about 3 times myself and cleaned and reset the spark plug about 3 times. It starts reliably 1st pull every time and doesn't miss a beat. I had a period where I had a contractor mowing my lawns and didn't start it for almost 3 years. It started 2nd pull after not having been started in 3 years.
It can be a little finicky picking up long and wet grass into the catcher, which is a problem shared with countless...other mowers cheap and expensive alike. New / Sharp blades help a lot in both cutting the grass and picking up grass into the catcher. The other thing that helps a lot with picking up the grass is not to try cutting long grass in one pass. I have found that if the grass is long, cut it high first then run over it again a couple of days later knocking it down another 3 notches and it picks the grass up fine. The other regret I have is that I did not buy a self propelled mower. 17 years on from new and it seems a lot heavier than it was when it was new and that will be all down to the older operator and not the mower. Overall its been an exceptionally good mower and when I get too old to push it, I will buy a Honda self propelled mower.
Purchased in May 2004 for $800.00.
Carburetor plays up after about 3 years
First 3 years were great
After that the mower began to die after 20 mins of mowing
Took it to an experienced mower place, they said you need a new Carburetor that cost 3/4 of the price of a new mower! Even they recommended buying a new mower and not wasting money on it (they were not trying to sell me a new mower either)
It wasn't fuel or the spark plugs etc
The mower still starts first or second pull but it will not rev to a high speed and recently has started seeking before just dying, rendering it useless
I paid a lot of money for this Honda, I expected to get 8+ years out of it, to get just over 3 has left me with an aversion to buying Honda again...I'm now looking at a Makita battery mower, which cost more but I bet I get more than 3 years out of it before running into trouble
Purchased for $799.00.
Fantastic domestic mower, mulching plug works well. small rear opening can get blocked if grass is moist but still ok. clippings fertilize grass and grass appears greener after mulching. start first time everytime!!
Purchased in November 2010 for $750.00.
What A doosy
Wont pick up the Cut Grass.
Get used to it. Had my HRU 19 for a number years. Wont load the catcher consisitantly. Basically leaves 80% of cuttings on your lawn. Done the blades cleaned the catcher many times. These are just the poorest design I have ever seen especially being regarded as a good brand. Easy to start just buy a few rakes for your entire family at the same time. The Motor does seem slightly under powered just able to cut a medium to low lawn. Very quiet.
I'll stick with the previous brand and retire this to the farm for small trimmings where the cuttings can stay on the lawn. Honda should have got onto this before releasing these mowers.
Purchased in January 2016 for $950.00.
Perfect for 27 years
Purchase 27 years ago finally wore out. It mowed large blocks of grass, with lots rocks. A great mower to have and I am about to purchase another one. I will not have to buy another after this.
Purchased in May 1992.
Good but a bit heavy for me
Bought second hand last year from gumtree. Was not planning to buy Honda because this one is heavy however have some mate doing the strata maintenance that gave me great review on them they say the engine keeps going after decades its still going only the body is damaged and need to be fixed/replaced but the engine it self working great. After hearing that I decide to get one second hand and it has been good so far.
Purchased in July 2018.
Mower for Life
I bought this mower in the 80’s so it close to 35 years old! I love my Honda because it cuts grass time and time again without fail, starting easily and strong enough to cut the thickest buffalo or kikuyu lawn.
Simply designed, rugged, made of real metal, big ball bearing wheels. I doubt you could buy such quality in the 21st century.
I paid $350 recently on it to overhaul the wheels,starting coil unit, etc, and it is like new again. I figure it will go another 35 years.
My only complaint is it’s inability to pick grass up effectively. Not...
6 months under water and still goes
I service and repair garden equipment as a bit of a hoppy. Not a fan of the new long range buffalo. The only mower I have ever paid money for $1100 only to sell it 12 months later at a big loss. Far to heavy and the reduced discharge Shute it clogged and bogged very easy. They don’t build em like the used to. I’m currently working on the older ohc 19D 6 months under water and then a few years sitting in a paddock. I have had to replace is the governor springs and throttle cable for obvious reasons. I gave it a major clean up and I was amazed when second pull she fired up. It ran a little rough but with a tune and some further running it runs like a charm. I’m gonna keep this old girl as an experiment and see how long she will run for
Fairly decent mower
This mower cuts well when the grass is dry and not too thick. The less than perfect design flaw of having only a half a chute means it struggles with thick and/or wet grass and constantly clogs up, requiring the user to stop and unclog it. I also find the engine brake a pain, as every time you take hand of the holder, the mower stops. However, the mower like most Hondas, is a reliable starter, starting first pull every time. It does actually cut the grass really well when my lawn is not thick or wet.
Best I ever had
I got my Honda hru 19d from the metal recycling yard for $20 so in other words i gave it a new life did some maintaince on and it put some fresh fuel in it pulled it over and it runs like a horse even tho the blades have no lift it still cuts the grass very well i don't even have it's catcher or mulch plug
They don't make them like this anymore
This was the first new mower I have ever bought. That was 15 years ago, and its still going strong. It does an extremely good job, has a full width shoot so doesn't get clogged up with wet grass. It's nice and light so very manuverable. Another high quality Honda mower.
Don't muck around with mowers, buy a Honda
I asked the Father-in-law's colleague who ownd a mower store and then sold it but still worked there, what should I buy? He said "Don't muck around with mowers, buy a Honda!" I wasn't buying off him as I was interstate but following his advice I bought the HRU 19D in Dec 2008. I run it on 98 unleaded and it starts first go whether it me or my wife starting it. For maintenance I've only had to change oil, spark plugs and blades and it's 8 years old.
I also bought a Honda trimmer (UMS425U) and I look forward to yard maintenance day as once again it is reliable and easy to start.
Easy Start doesn't always
I've had this mower for a few years. Thought I would go upmarket after my 30 year old Rover finally gave up.
Both the mulching and catching function work well. The "safety bar" throttle took a little getting used to but works fine... the mower runs at a pre-set speed. However the "Easy Start" function doesn't always. The dealer is an hours drive away (we are in the country) and although they fix it, I haven't been able to find out what the problem is. Poor starting is my biggest complaint, apart from that it is tough, well built and does the job.
heap of rubbish
have a hru 19 d here in nth qld gets used for 3 months a year during the wet for 2 hrs or so at a time no more than 20 hrs a year attempting to use it , to cut the grass i cant reach on the ride on ie round trees etc am so sick of it machine has to be serviced every year at over $180 a pop , still looks like brand new just never works or starts !! empty fuel out when packing it away always put fresh fuel into it i bought with the idea that it was a good brand and would keep going like my old victa 2 stroke for 20 years with the ...little use that it gets so am back to using a $50 second hand victa again which starts when i pull the cord contacted honda head office and got a automated reply from them and that was the total honda interest honda has no quality any more and will never buy another honda product ever !! or recommend it to anyone and will go out of my way to discourage anyone from buying one
Honda You Can't Beat Them, Had For 5 Years Now Awesome Product Hru19d
I hope this model lasts a long time, it seems the new Honda's don't cut, why Honda just do the maintenance and everything is good, can be heavy when loading, etc. catcher good size and fuel economy. Very good, use 98 octane fuel grade lasts longer.
Don't buy cheap rubbish from big stores not worth the dramas even wifey can start this one lol, just remember cheap expensive, expensive cheap for product like these
ps: I'm not shouting caps stuck.
Questions & Answers
Trying to find an owners/service manual online. I’ve done several google searches but they all direct me to the model that replaced this one. Other links that say “click here to download Honda HRU19D manual” redirects me to pages that have nothing to do with mowers.
Any help would be appreciated
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|Category||Petrol Lawn Mowers|
|Features||Blade Brake, Deck Clean-out Port and Mulching Capability|
|Catcher Capacity||54 L|
|Cutting Deck Material||Plastic|
|Cutting Width||470 mm|
|Height of Cut||16 mm to 80 mm|
|Number of Blades||1|
|Manufacturer Warranty||4 year(s)|
|Engine / Motor|
|Engine Name||Honda GCV170|
|Replaced by||Honda Buffalo Buck HRU19M1|
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