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I purchased the Honda HRU 19M2 after my trusty Honda HRU194 bit the dust after 26y of faithful service. Originally wanted to purchase the 196 with blade brake, but unfortunately stock is pretty much non-existent here in Melbourne at the moment. Although I did find one without the blade brake, and after pushing it around in the showroom found it rather heavy. So had a bit of soul searching to do.
I rang my local mower store (Ranch House Mowers) and discussed my dilemma. They quite rightly reasoned, that I did not need to spend the additiona...l $400 to get a machine that was overkill for me and I would not fully appreciate. Especially as it is significantly heavier. I am on half an acre, and have a fully landscaped garden with 7 smallish lawns around the place. As it happened they had one coming in a few days, so I decided to buy one. Picked it up and off I went mowing. It worked fantastic for about ten minutes and then stopped. Waited 5 min started it again ran for 10 min and stopped. I was not happy, and just today went back to the store. Although the staff were under the pump, they looked at my machine immediately. They found the the carby had gummed up due to Honda putting a fuel preservative in it while the machine is transported around or sitting at the store. In any case all fixed and working beautifully. High praise to Andrew and the team. I was initially apprehensive about the engine brake, lack of an accelerator and the auto choke. In any case as far as the engine brake is concerned, you can use a bit of velcro strip to keep the engine running. Have to say that I quickly came to like these things, and after mowing some thick couch no issues. Cuts beautifully and love the mulching attachment and light and very easy to maneuver around. Just what I needed. So far I am impressed and glad that I did not purchase the much heavier HRU96.
Purchased in November 2020 for $799.00.
Honda finally did something right.
The brief was simple. The mower had to be light and easy to push. It had to be efficient and not fumey. It had to be easy to start. It had to withstand the abuse my employees deal to my mowers, specifically the chassis and wheel combinations. I had to have quick access to cheap parts.
I think Honda has finally hit the mark, and they didn't even mean to.
It all started in around 2015. I bought a brand new Honda commercial grade mower, with the blade brake, cloth catcher, stout handles, the works. Over $1100. After becoming fed up with my ques...t to become He-Man to push it, fed up with how long and low the handles are for my 6"4' frame, the utterly STUPID one-size-fits-all half chute grass clogging chassis design to accomodate the self propelled system, even though my model was not self propelled, I sold it at a major loss. Swearing never to buy another Honda piece of equipment again, I carried on my business with the alternatives. You can find the review by clicking my username. Fast forward to 2020. My entire fleet of mowers and handheld equipment is now exclusively Honda. That's not to say my experience with comparable B&S engines has been bad, or my small GX25 and GX35 Hondas have been flawless, it just ended up that way. I ordered my new HRU19M2 with newly designed GCV170 from BW Machinery in Melbourne and it turned up the next day. I easily assembled the catcher, unfolded the handles, put some oil and fuel in the engine and pulled the cord. First start, off she went. Warmed her up. Mowed my minimal nature strip with the catcher. Beautiful. Rolls like it's on rails and cuts like a mower should. Unbelievable how light it is and how easy it is to turn around at the end of your run. Put a few hours on it and forced it to power through some foot-high kikuyu. No dramas at all. Runs all day on the one tank of fuel. So 2 of the "design brief" have been ticked off. But what about the chassis? Well you'd be glad to know that Honda have put their new GCV170 engine on the same chassis that they adorn the venerable GXV160 engine and market towards full time contrators and councils. The chute? Full chute. No grass blockages. A no nonsense catcher and mulch plug that's easy to install and remove.
Purchased in June 2020 for $799.00.
- Buffalo Buck HRU19M2
It's a Nice Mower But ....
Firstly, this is a great mower. It's probably the most mechanically reliable mower that I've ever owned. BUT - this is a mower for the muscle men (and women). At 44kgs, it's like pushing two bags of concrete around. Unless your block is perfectly flat and you want a good workout instead of going to the gym, maybe this isn't for you. When the time comes to get it into the car for servicing, it's definitely a two person job.
I suggest that unless you're a body builder, gym junkie or are married to a chiropractor, spend the extra money and ...get the self propelled version especially if you're no longer in your twenties. Yes - I know it sounds like a huge indulgence but pushing this thing around in summer for an hour or two and it's a choice between a heart attack, a stroke or both. It is an incredibly reliable machine that starts every time and the engine is brilliant.
Purchased in March 2020 at Mower Specialist for $1,229.00.
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Bundaberg Qld 2020
Purchased the Honda Buffalo HRU19M2 on 3.2.20. It is hands down the best mower I've ever had. It is light, easy to push, starts first time every time. The catcher is easy to remove and install. There is no tortoise or hare lever (fast or slow), just the one pace which is great. The safety release feature took a couple of goes to get used to but it is there for a reason. My grass was thick and high after the rain so I mowed it high and without the catcher or mulcher for the first two hours, then went over it all again on a lower level with...the catcher. It did fill up quickly but was to be expected given how long the grass was. The feature of connecting the garden hose to clean the underbody is unique but creative. I love my Honda mower.
Purchased in February 2020 for $880.00.
- Buffalo Buck HRU19M2
New HRU19M2 Buffalo Premium (November 2018)
This is the new HRU19M2PKU Buffalo Premium with the ‘wide open discharge’, currently $799 with the $100 Honda dollars off.
Purposely mowed part of the yard while it was wet to see if the new 'wide open discharge’ would block up as per previous models and it was all good, did an excellent job catching the wet grass with no cuttings left on the lawn.
Mowed the bulk of the yard with the mulching plug installed and as expected it mowed and mulched.
Surprisingly I liked the engine brake bar, thought it would be a PITA, but you don’t even n...otice it and it’s very easy to restart, so big thumbs up to Honda for the added safety feature. If you need to regularly stop to empty the catcher you might not like it, but it’s nothing a bit of Velcro couldn’t fix. Other than that what else can I say, it’s a Honda and it cuts grass
EDIT** Have just purchased a new 2020 model after regrettably selling my 5 year old buck reviewed below for a commercial 196 model. Absolutely love the new machine even moreso than the old version! Seems to be a couple kilos lighter, prefer the newer deck design, full chute and plastic catcher. I'm taking a punt the auto choke issues have been sorted by now so here's hoping it won't have any issues like the early auto choke models did.
I mow commercially and bought this for it's ease of starting (extremely easy it's ridiculous) and legendary r...eliability. It hasn't disappointed. I love mowing with this thing! And the cut and cutting options? Unreal. This thing is unbeatable in my opinion (my new model pictured along with the old model on the day I sold it still working like a champ) Have had the new model HRU19 with gcv170 engine for a few weeks now and am loving mowing with it. The weight is pretty well perfect after coming from the heavy HRU196 and after finally cutting an overgrown lawn with it today I can say it really does have more torque than the 196 too. Didn't big down once and just powered through the wet long grass like it was nothing. I love mowing with this thing and in my opinion after owning and using all these models every day this buffalo premium trump's them all. Engine is stronger, deck same as 196, lighter weight, catcher is good, fuel efficient, not overly noisy, it's fantastic
Purchased in June 2020 for $899.00.
Questions & Answers
I'm torn between the HRU19M2 and the HRU196M2 (yes, I know it's commercial - but the decks are identical) The HRU19 has the updated 170cc, but of the lower "C" class, not the "X" so it has more cc's but inferior in build. I don't care about engine speed control or the blade brake the HRU196 has - but the mechanism protection guards and the metal engine/exhaust cover/air filter housing etc (vs plastic everything on the HRU19) appeals. The main thing I'm torn about is that one is commercial quality and the other isn't. I've got a price match for $799 on the HRU19M@ and $1099 on the HRU196M2, so just $300 between them. Any input from HRU196M2 users? (not the M1 please)
I have a HRU196M2PBUH version of the mower. It depends on how flat your yard is. The mower is commercial grade and weighs in a 44kg empty so it's heavy. Really heavy after an hour or two mowing in the sun. It's a two person job to get it in and out of the car when it needs servicing. That being said, it is incredibly reliable. Apart from the weight, I can't fault it. Probably worth the $1229 I paid for it.
Thanks for the replies. I’ve heard from a source that the 160cc engine is being changed in all commercial Honda mowers. So I’ll wait for that to happen :)
That mower (if the blade brake model) is the $999 one.
Picked up my new mower and used today, fantastic mower, cuts beautiful, but the catcher blows grass
out the vents majorly, all over me, i covered the vents with heavy duty tape, is this good or bad?
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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||Aluminium Alloy|
|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 170cc OHV/OHC 4-stroke Engine|
|Engine Type||4-Stroke, OHC (Overhead Cam) and OHV (Overhead Valve)|
|Engine Displacement||170 cc|
|Release date||Sept 2010|
- MPN: HRU19M2
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