Easy to manoeuvre
Durable build quality
Prone to clogging
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Amazing Honda Equipment
Well after researching mowers for months I finally purchased the Honda HRU19K1 mower as well as the Honda HHB25 blower today.
The lawn did actually need a mow so I was able to use my new equipment straight away.
Well all I can say is among amazing amazing.
My old mower was a Victor Lawnkeeper with the V40 engine with only 2 blades. I bought it 7 years ago an only serviced it once. Still starts first time but man it just did not cut my grass well at all.
The extra money I paid today was absolutely worth it.
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.
Absolutely happy with this machine
I've had my Honda for a few years now and have been very happy with it. It still starts first pull everytime and the motor has enough grunt to get through thick, long turf that other mowers I use at work have no chance at pushing through.
I've never had to take it in for repair, but I do my own service at the beginning of each mowing season. I also like to run it on 98RON fuel (I think this is a good idea, especially given the Honda is a fuel miser).
When it comes time to replace my other garden machinery (which is too soon-husqvarna) I will take a closer look at the Honda gear because of my positive experience with this Honda.
Had one for 15 years, it starts easily except when I have not used it for a year or so, then the carby gums up. Easy fixed, just blow down fuel line with a compressor to clear. Does a nice neat job too.
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
Best mower I have ever had
Easy on the fuel
First time start and not too noisy
Classy piece of equipment if I can say that about a Mower.
After just buying our first house, I was keen to purchase my first mower and start cutting the lawns myself. Had read a number of reviews, and after talking to a few people realised that getting a Honda was the best option. Our lawn isn't large, but it has been there 20-25 years so is quite thick and tuff.
Not wanting to spend a fortune, went for the HRU19R1K which is the lower end of their range but more than suitable. 1st mow and I have some criticism;
Good points -
*Easy Start, first pull
*Not overly loud
*Cuts well, motor speeds up through heavier grass
Bad points - ...*Heavier than I expected, for a 19" I thought i would be easier to push around *Catcher has a small-ish volume, didn't take long to fill up *Small chute, doesn't clear out very well if fill. Even if catcher has been emptied. Overall for the money 8.5/10 - What bad points it has, make up in good points and in 15-20 years when it's still starting first pull, I'll have overlooked the bad points and moved on.
Worth The Wait!
Took A While To Save Up For, But Was Worth The Wait.The Wife Mows When She Wants Because It Starts Every Time Without Fail,Thank You" Honda "!!!!!!
Great Mower but you pay for the Honda Motor compared to others
Pretty good Motor, smooth, bit heavy but thats due to the very reliable and sturdy rustproof deck. I didn't understand it at first but once you start *bumping* into things such as trees and stumps you realise it doesn't dent and rust like other cheap ones from bunnings. Smooth, handy, don't really like the soft catcher but does its job definitely. Reliable with plenty of support and service centres. Lost one of my tightening triangle handles and easily replaced at the many honda centres around. Hope it lasts 2x as long as you do pay 2x as much as a basic lawnmower
At long last!
Finally bought a lawnmower that actually starts easily for a short petite lady! Tha lady at Mower Power let me start it before I bought it, so that I would be confident when I got home with it. I have had a few mowers in my time but this Honda is by far the best! In fact it is the only one I have not had to struggle with to start. The cord is so short and when you pull it, well you hardly have to put any effort into it at all. I was so surprised, especially after the horror of my Rover. So easy to use as well. It does have a safety bar that you hold down against the handle while it operates, but I find it easy enough even with my small hands. It' s a winner for me Honda!
Soooo easy to start.
Awesome mower, Kills any Briggs and Stratton motor
Compared Victa mustang (with honda motor) & honda HRU19 range of mower. Variable torque of honda motor is awesome (saves heaps of fuel too). Ironically some moron stole two of four blades and the mower still mows fantastically well on two blades
My old mower was a victa quadcut with B&S motor. Petrol tank would be empty half way through my mow, honda last twice as long. Honda is half the noise of the B&S engine
The engine stop is something I think honda had to do (assumable in response to some person getting their hand/fingers cut off). I th...
- Buffalo Buck HRU19K1
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Well worth spending the money on!
I purchased today this Honda Buffalo HRU19K1 together with the Honda Brush Cutter UMK425L and the Honda Blower HHB25 from my local mower shop, Zillmere Mower Centre at Virginia, Qld. (The Honda pictured on this review is not the latest model which I bought, the picture is from the old model).
This is the first time that I have bought a Honda product and after spending considerable time researching comparable products to replace my Masport Lawnmower, and I could not be happier with this mower. The Honda equipment is certainly more expensive...then similar items on the market but the quality of this Buffalo compared to many other makes on the market makes it a fairly obvious choice to choose this over it competitors. There is no throttle to worry about, the mower is sturdy and feels very solid in your hands as you push it along and the catcher is fantastic. The new chute design together with the new bag makes easy collection of cut grass and emptying it is a breeze. I initially was reluctant to buy this because of the new engine brake technology but from the moment I started using it I thought nothing of it and it doesn't feel out of place or uncomfortable at all. With a strong engine, easy manoeuvrability, rigid construction and 4 year domestic warranty, I actually feel pretty good that I now own a Honda. Quality, features and warranty
Honda HRU19M1 Mulch and Catch
Have just purchased this mower and am very pleased with it so far. I have a fairly large yard and some sections were overgrown so I have tried all the options.
1. Mulching on short grass. Great, the grass is chopped up very finely and it is hard to see the discharged grass in the lawn.
2. With the catcher, excellent, the catcher is 60 litres and due to the cloth sides fills right to the top. My only observation is that if you fill the catcher right up it will clog the discharge chute and this must be cleared by hand.
3. Without the catcher o...
Easy to start, easy to use. Simple mowing experience.
I purchased the HRU19M1 (Mulching version) and I am glad that I did. It's really easy to start and simple to use. The starter cord is extended up the handle frame so that it is within easy reach.
This mower has a 'motor brake', when you let go of the safety handle, the mower stops. It also has an auto throttle, no user adjustments in speed. These features made me a bit apprehensive about the purchase. In practice the mower is so easy to start that it doesn't matter that it turns itself off when you are not holding it and the auto throttl...e works well. The length of the handle makes it a bit awkward in tight spots, but also makes it easy to push. So far I have not used the catcher, only mulching. It has a quality feel to it, and does not seem as noisy as other mowers that I have used. It did not struggle to cut and mulch a wet lawn, even in the wild corners where the grass is a bit tall. Easy to start, point and cut. Did not stuggle, left a neat cut. Bit awkward in tight spaces. The tap fitting on the mower frame does not fully clean under the mower.
I have had the mower since Jun 08. Previous was a Rover and it lasted 27 yrs mowing 3 residential properties each fortnight Spring to Autumn. This new mower is just great. I only use the mulch attachment if the grass is short. It is so reliable and cuts really well. While I considered many mowers, in the end it was between the Honda and Massport. Rover was more expensive when compared to the Massport. Honda won on reputation.
So So easy to start, first time every time. My Wife could never start our old mower. Big Catcher, Big fuel tank and it doesn't evaporate from week to week.
Heavy to push especially as the big catcher fills up.
I Have had a honda buffalo hru model lawnmower since 1991,- yes 19 years and still going strong. In that time i have only changed the blades and had it serviced twice, starts well everytime, is quiet strong and capable, easy to use. At times this mower was doing 3 family lawns every fortnight. Its a credit to its designers and makers. I recall it cost me $680 dollars way back then, yes it was alot of money but I got obvious quality. If every honda product is this good honda must be doing something right. One of the best choices/purchases ive ever made.
Easy start,solid durable performer.
Fantastic mower. In my opinion the best mower on the market for domestic use. Buy the "D" model with the mulching option, it's great for your lawn. Don't pay more than $680 if it's a cash sale. Use premium fuel I find I can tell the difference. Try and change the oil once a year. If it's in your price range just buy it, don't even look at the others. The only thing I would change is that I would like a higher handle. I'm only 5 10 and it's still a bit low for me. I look forwrd to mowing. Now I just need a 4 stroke Honda line trimmer and I'll be in gardening heaven.
Reliability, build quality, low noise, low maintenance, powerful, easy to start, powerful.
Handle is too low, can feel heavy.
Honda specalise in small engine technology, they have been doing this for quite awhile now, these engines are self primed, so no fuel primming, have good quality parts on the mower body, no problems with spare parts, overall a very good quality mower
Honda the best , these engines will run under water, I have had a self propelled model for 8 years, starts 1st go every time,has been left out in all sorts of weather never misses a beat, you can not go wrong with this.
I have read opinions here about oil leaking from the governor and i know why!! TOO MUCH OIL IN CRANKCASE PEOPLE they only hold 550mls of oil but most people put 650+ in and its gotta leak out somewhere so make sure you buy one from a dealer who knows what they are doing when they set it up for you and you will not have an issue.I have bought 3 chinese mowers in the last few years and they did not last.Like most people im time poor so the Honda saves me heaps of time as no downtime and stuffing around trying to start it.I would recommend this mo...wer or any in the range to everyone.These things are built to last thats for sure.Dont skimp on the price just get one if its not in your price range then save up and get one it pays for itself the first 10 times you use it and less time mowing means more time with my family. starts first time everytime and uses very little fuel alloy base will never rust will go for ever on any lawn easy to maintain myself and mulching option is great engine has heaps of power in any terrain and will go thru knee high grass easily but it still requires some minimal maintainance but compared to other brands service intervals are doubled or tripled as engine has heaps or cutting torque low in rev range so doesnt work as hard as other engines. a little heavy but that means they cast the chassis to last filter needs to be cleaned reguarly but im mowing in dusty conditions so the filter is doing its job
I love moweing my lawn so easy to push.Just a lovely smooth machine.I wash my mower after use and spray a little wd40 after use very very happy retired gent.
Hi i have owned a HRU19D honda for 9mths now.Approx 50hrs use.Runs very well,but you must use 95 grade petrol or more to get it to run smoothly.I like the hole on the deck for a hose cleans under neath really well and fast to.Mulches very good to.Very easy to adjust height aswell
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I've had my honda for 11 years now and it's still going strong. I flog my mower over stones, tree roots, long grass, sticks etc and it loves it. Only had it serviced twice in that time. I have always had large yards 1000sqm + in Darwin and NSW.
Only problem I have had is the bolts on the handle come loose occasionally, the starter cord broke once and I change the air filter every 2 years.
I just clean it with the blower vac before i put it away. If you want a reliable, rugged, maintenance free mower get a Honda.
Starts first time
no mixing fuel
little maintenance needed
After many years of cursing & swearing at old victa 2 strokes and similar while trying to start them, and then having a poor result at the end of the mowing session I decided it was time for a change. When we purchased a 1/4 acre property after years in a small unit, I needed a reliable mower. I had noticed that whenever I saw a contractor/ gardener mowing, they always seemed to be using a Honda. Sure, they are a little more expensive than the average mower, but I was after a RELIABLE machine. This Mower starts first time EVERY time! I can ...mow twice on a tank of fuel, (try doing that on an old Victa 2 stroke) it is very easy to handle and the mulching feature is great. I couldn't believe how good the result was. Why didn't I buy one of these years ago??? I can't recommend one of these highly enough!! Very easy to start, ease of use, fuel efficient. Honda's proven reliability. Absolutely nothing......
This is my first mower and after tossing up between Talon (Dont you ever buy one - reports are shocking) and decided to spend the extra $ on a mower. What got me was that the salesman stacked his reputation on 99% of all professional gardeners using Honda and you know what he's right. Driving to work everyday seeing different gardeners at it, they all use Honda !
Enjoy it you wont regret it.
Amazing easy to start. In fact every time and its easy to clean and has incredible power.
Only very minor is the steel push handle and don't like the feel of steel after an hour mowing. So if you do buy it get some foam/rubber tube from Clark Rubber and slide it on. Works a treat !
i would only buy honda mowers, pay the extra money for it, you cannot regret it. i have used this mower on 1 acre block in dust rocks and left in the rain and in the sun. still works perfect
very good product never goes wrong always reliable
the warning sticker peeled off after about 2 years, thats all
Excellent. I upgraded to this from a 20-year old Victa Mustan, and it was like going from my Torana to a Camry. Huge difference. Spend the little extra and get the mulching version -- it saves time and having to dispose of grass clippings, and helps put nutrients back into the lawn and keep a bit of moisture there. Very helpful for us Victorians who are still on water restrictions.
Compared to a two-stroke, it's quiet -- not quite whisper quiet, but not as ear-splitting as my old Mustang -- and definitely a lot less smokier, easier to start ...and to push. Next time you pass someone from Jim's Mowing or some other pro, check out what they use. Since buying a Honda, I've noticed it's also the mower of choice for most professional mowers. That's gotta say something about it too! I bought the HRU19D -- the model that can mulch as well as use the catcher. What a great idea. Because the engine is a four-stroke, it can handle quite thick and long grass comfortably. However, it doesn't mulch well when grass gets past 6 or 7 cm. Mind you, that's pretty tall, and the catcher works just fine even with long grass.Wider body = more grass cut in a single pass and less mowingBigger wheels than most other mowers = easier to push on uneven groundAlloy chasis = no rust (very important with the mulch option, because grass is very abrasive, and combined with moisture rusts out a steel chassis very quickly). Also means AFTER it's cooled down, it can be cleaned with a high-pressure cleaner, and the alloy engine won't mind a little water splash (though it's not made to be hosed down directly -- and just make sure you take the paper-based air filter out before you do this!)Honda have a good support network, though it seems to be only through specialist mower retailers. That's probably not a bad thing though. And it compares favourably with some other companies who no longer have Australian support, but keep quiet about that. Oh, and it's got a two-year warranty.Huge catcher (55 litres!) = less stops while mowingRequires half the revs of every other engine on the market to fire a spark from the plug = easy easy EASY to start! Without fail, every single time, it starts with a *gentle* pull of the cord no more than around 45 cm. With the longer cord and toggle mounted on halfway up the handle, I don't even have to bend over to start it.Easy height adjustment, and good clearance.Unlike some other mulch mowers, the cutting system is four pivot-blades mounted on a disc, rather than a solid single blade. This means it cuts just as well at half the revolutions, and if you hit something solid with the blades they can 'give' on their pivot point. A solid blade like the Masports have can give, and because it's fixed to the crankshaft, you run the risk of bending the crank! Not so the Honda. Can be pricier than comparable mowers. Honda lists RRP as $739 for the HRU19R and $769 for the HRU19D. I bought my mower (HRU19D remember) from a really helpful and knowledgable mower shop in Keilor, Victoria for $695, and then got another $30 off for cash! At $665, the thing was cheaper than the equivalent steel-chassis Victa's and Masports available at places like K-Mart Garden and other retailers.The extra width can be a handicap in some tight corners -- if you have a little yard or lots of square corners with raised brick or timer borders you might find it a little harder to use.The downside of the alloy chassis is it could crack and fracture from stone-strike, where steel would just get a dent. This is not the mower for bush paddocks!Because it's 4-stroke, preventative maintenance is important. Need to get into a routine of checking air filter and oil for each use, and have separate supply of oil available.
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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