Easy to manoeuvre
Durable build quality
Prone to clogging
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.
Very well designed mower
Bought a Honda HRU19 a few months back. Wasn't sure about the absence of a throttle but seems to run at around 75% power which is enough for most lawns. It has the GCV170 engine and stops very quickly when you release the safety lever. This helps with not getting a face full of grass when emptying the catcher. Great, quality mower.
Purchased in May 2020.
Carburetor cleaning is tricky
My mower has the 2010 Honda GCV160AO engine. This Honda engine has the auto choke carburetor where auto choke has always worked fine ( I think the cylindrical thermowax 16620-Z1L-841 does not seem to be problematic whilst the square thermowas 16620-Z8D-842 does fail). I had surging at Revs (this mower has the safety lever so its either on at full revs or off). I took the carby off and cleaned it a number of times with compressed air and compressed can solvent fluid. Nothing worked. Gave it one last try and this time used a thin copper wire to ...clean out passages. There is a 5 x 6 mm screw covering the pilot jet. I poked in there and whilst I didn't see any crap dislodged this is the only hole I didnt touch before and after reinstal the high rev surge stopped. There is a PDF from Honda on How to Clean a Honda Carburetor.pdf look up PJA54159 should find it. It suggest using jet cleaner 07JPZ-001010B . It is more cost effective to get a new carby I think but I just had to nut this one out.
Purchased in December 2010 for $800.00.
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.
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.
Good cuts dry or wet, high or low. Catcher is just big enough, however solid. Starts most times first go, but don't leave it idle to long as it heats up rapidly. Always clean under deck as blades will stay sharper for longer. Copes with lawn and shabby rentals grass. 6/10.
Purchased in February 2018 at Best Buy mowers for $850.00.
Good, reliable unit
Had mower now for 9 months, block of land is half an acre, easy pull start and cuts grass easily even when wet. Dont catch grass in catcher, use it on its mulch setting.
Purchased in July 2018 at Melbourne mower centre for $700.00.
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...
We have had two Honda mowers. The first for 21 years. New one is great and starts every time. The only frustration is the grass catcher, as grass gets caught between the steel rod and the soft catcher. It gets emptied many times during each mowing session. Is there a hard plastic catcher available for this model.
Very happy wih the mowers cutting results. Very easy to maneuver and with great ease. Very easy to operate and to maintain is very quick and easy. I am very pleased with my purchase and i would definitely recommend this mower to friends , family andall fellow work colleagues .
Ever reliable Honda
The first Honda mower I purchased gave up after 23 years of mowing an acre of lawn. Pretty good effort so I purchased another and it has not missed a beat since I purchased it about 2 years ago. I expect this to last longer as it is visibly a stronger mower and using it as a mulcher mower gives me a clean cut surface even on tough Kikuyu lawn. Starts first time every time and is used weekly.
Easy to operate
We could not be happier with this mower. It's easy to maneuver, easy to operate and maintain, and it cuts better than any other mower we've owned. It starts easily as well. It's quite solid so it's a bit heavier than we expected it to be but that's not entirely a bad thing.
Good mower, a bit heavy
The mower stars easily and cuts well. I haven't had any blocked chute issues mentioned in other reviews but I don't use the catcher. The mower is heavy but I like the solid build and alloy base and I expect the mower will last for 15 years or more, especially considering it does light duty at my place. My previous Massport only lasted 6 years before the base rusted out and it's briggs and statton motor was smoky.
EDIT: After owning the mower for several months I have had the chute block up in long or wet grass. It's not a big deal for me but would be very frustrating if this was my main mower.
Good mower used commercially
I run a mowing business - it’s a tough little mower. 2 summer seasons of solid use (in rain and summer heat) and it just keeps going. I run through a set of mower blades every month to give you an idea of its durability. This is a domestic mower so I find this impressive. The only gripe I have is that the clippings chute is narrow - I believe to increase air velocity into the catcher, but it clogs easily if the grass you are cutting is wet or too long.
Questions & Answers
Am using this mower for the first time What do I need to do to start the motor?
Turn the fuel flow on, if it isn't already on, push the throttle all the way forward as far as you can (this activates the choke) then pull the cord. Once the engine fires pull the throttle back midway and let it idle and warm up. I never turn my fuel off and the mower starts 1st pull 98% of the time and always on the 2nd pull if it didn't start 1st pull.
On my mower, turn fuel on (I also always leave mine on), hold the engine brake lever on the handle in, and pull the starter.
Get an answer from our members
- The Honda HRU19 is a petrol push mower that’s ideal for medium sized lawns.
- It has a GCV170 4-stroke engine, which is lightweight and easy to start.
- The mower has a tough alloy deck, making it durable and able to withstand harsh conditions.
- An auto choke system automatically sets the choke to provide the optimal start in all types of cutting conditions.
- A lever to adjust the height of all 4 wheels lets you cut in a way that’s comfortable for you.
- Debris is easily caught with the mower’s full open discharge shoot.
- This product has a 4-year domestic warranty.
Points of praise:
- Most reviewers found that the lawn mower was simple to start and started reliably - many reviewers also said that it started on the first pull every time they used it.
- Reviewers also found that the mower was easy to manoeuvre around their lawns.
- According to reviewers, the build quality of this mower is exceptional; many found that they had very few issues with the mower and rarely needed to service it, even after many years of use.
A point of pain:
- Some reviewers found that the chute of the mower clogged up too frequently. While some found that this only happened with damp or wet grass, there were also reviewers who noted that the mower also clogged up when they cut dry grass.
|Category||Petrol Lawn Mowers||Petrol Lawn Mowers||Petrol Lawn Mowers||Petrol Lawn Mowers|
|Features||Blade Brake, Mulching Capability and Quick-Start Motor||Blade Brake, Deck Clean-out Port and Mulching Capability||Blade Brake, Deck Clean-out Port and Mulching Capability|
|Catcher Capacity||60 L||60 L||54 L||54 L|
|Cutting Deck Material||Aluminium Alloy||Aluminium Alloy||Aluminium Alloy||Plastic|
|Cutting Width||470 mm||482 mm||470 mm||470 mm|
|Height of Cut||16 mm to 76 mm||16 mm to 76 mm||16 mm to 80 mm||16 mm to 80 mm|
|Number of Blades||1||1||1||1|
|Weight||34 kg||34 kg||31 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||4 year(s)||4 year(s)||4 year(s)||4 year(s)|
|Engine / Motor|
|Engine Name||Honda GCV160 4-Stroke||Honda GCV160 4 Stroke||Honda 170cc OHV/OHC 4-stroke Engine||Honda GCV170|
|Engine Type||4-Stroke||4-Stroke||4-Stroke, OHC (Overhead Cam) and OHV (Overhead Valve)||4-Stroke|
|Engine Displacement||170 cc|
|Release date||Sept 2010||Sept 2010||Sept 2010|
|Replaced by||Honda Buffalo Buck HRU19M1|
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