6Honda Buffalo Classic HRU196

Honda Buffalo Classic HRU196

6Honda Buffalo Classic HRU196
3.5

115 reviews

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58% · 6739 · 34%
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Build Quality
4.2
Value for Money
3.6
Ease of Use
3.4
Cleaning & Maintenance
4.1
Noise Level
3.2
Safety
4.2
Wet / Damp Grass Performance
3.4
Fuel Efficiency
4.0
Starts with little effort
Cuts grass cleanly
Blade brake system works well
Heavy
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115 reviews
Master
MasterMetropolitan Adelaide, SA
  Top Review HRU196D

Perfect lazy gardeners lawn mower

I have had this lawn mower for 10 years never had a issue with it very little maintenance. Use the mower weekly during summer and a lot less frequent during winter. I have only change the blades, pull cord, oil and cleaned out the filter every three or four years. It starts every time all the time even after long periods of not using it during winter starts first time every time. I clean my mower after every cut so I don't have any problems with the catcher blocking up the next time I use it. Just remember everything mechanical needs to be maintained there is no magic about it. Just like taking care of your lawn you need to maintain it for it to look good and serve you well.
  • Product is used: Weekly
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Belly
Belly
  Top Review HRU196D

First time I have purchased a Honda Lawn mower and I am very disappointed

Same as other reviews, the shoot continually blocks and doesn't pick up the grass clippings. I mow my lawn every 2 weeks when its is dry, and it is still a burden. It also seems to be under powered and I have returned mower to dealer in Bunbury W.A. regularly complaining of low throttle speed, as I thought that this was the reason for grass blockage, nothing has improved. Also my clothes continually get caught on the protruding throttle cable guide. Very disappointed. It is no longer a pleasure to mow my lawn.

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ozboy
ozboySydney31 posts
  Verified HRU196M1

One of the best Petrol Mower i ever had

I bought this Honda HRU 196 Blade brake mower in September 2021 and i have been using it, need to mowe only once and very nice one and still start in one pull. Only issue i am having is, it very heavier, around 45kg and hard to push or pull sometime. I could have got the self propelled version of this, but i like the GXV engine and alloy 19inch chassis are built like a tank. Show details
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Yogi B.
Yogi B.Sydney, NSW
  HRU196M1
Cookie
Cookie2 posts
  HRU196M1

I love this lawn mower so much if i could i would park it up in my bedroom

I always own a honda lawn mower and this one is the best one ever i always can't wait to mow my lawn next time around. Very impress with it Show details
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Stephan M.
Stephan M.North Queensland, QLD3 posts
  HRU196M1

Most overated mower I have ever purchased

Listened to the hype from friends and purchased 2.5 years ago.
At 18 months old mowing a standard yard weekly the bearing in the clutch were done.
Even though still in 2 year warranty period was told by Honda dealer that this was fair wear and tear so had to pay.
At 2 years the big spring that helps adjust deck height broke.
Beyond that any type of moisture in grass this mower will not collect in catcher, chokes in the chute.
Save your money and buy something cheaper that actually picks up grass.
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Disappointed
Disappointed2 posts
  HRU196M1

this is a fair weather mower, leave it at home when wetter

mower doesn't catch well as lawn gets wetter, good when conditions are good. its heavy, and cost a lot, not this one ever again Show details
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Andy D
Andy DGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC4 posts
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Michael S.
Michael S.Sydney, NSW
  HRU196M1

Best value for money

I have a lawn and garden care business,

brought 2 of these mowers and have changed the oil 1 time in the space of 3 years.

Still running like brand new Show details

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Peter Miller
Peter Miller2 posts
  HRU196D

Great reliable lawn mower

I’ve owned this mower from new for about 15 years & it is excellent. Starts easily, the totally reliable very powerful & can’t fault it. Honda are pure quality & well worth the money. Show details
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Peter
PeterDarwin, NT3 posts
  HRU196M1

A good mower after a couple of modifications

I had similar issues as others I have had with the poor quality of catching grass, but I did the following which improved the mowers performance. 1) I had the dealer lift the revs by about 10% after warranty expired. 2) I am in Darwin where there is a wet and dry season and only use a wet weather Dacron bag in the wet season as it has no plastic bottom or top cover and the flow of air through the catcher helped pick up wet grass. 3) Make sure that 4 Hi Lift blades in good condition are installed. All the above fixed my issues so I am okay with using this mower now. Show details
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Theplug
TheplugDarling Downs, QLD3 posts
  HRU196M1

Pile of crap

It's a utter complete crap mower the throttle keeps slipping the handle bars were twisted, I rang the dealership up they said that there will be someone up hmmm..still waiting Show details
B . LAW
B . LAWSouth East Queensland, QLD2 posts
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Sandy B.
Sandy B.
  HRU196D

perfect for me

It's a bit heavy for me as a senior citizen so I can't lift it into my ute therefore have to do all maintenance and work myself. I learned quickly and it's pretty simple. West Coast, South Island, NZ where the rough wet land is a challenge. Not so for the 196, I love it. Used weekly in summer and on dry days in winter so it gets a lot of use. I can not fault it. Thanks Honda, the best mower ever for me. Hint: Do not lend it to anyone!! They don't want to give it back.  Show details
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John
John2 posts
  HRU196M1
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Questions & Answers

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Bernie M. · Buffalo Classic HRU196D

How to start

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Bernie M. · Buffalo Classic HRU196D

hOW TO START

cluso
cluso · Buffalo Classic HRU196

hi i am looking for a leaf catcher for a Honda 196.hp mower. i am in Maryborough Qld

Details

Features:

  • The Honda HRU196 Push Mowers have 4-stroke technology, giving them the power and torque to tackle medium to large lawns.
  • They have cast iron bore engines that are made to last, and a swing back blade cutting system that gives your mowing a professional finish.
  • The HRU196’s blade brake has technology that stops the blades within 3 seconds of you releasing the mower’s handle while the engine continues running. This lets you leave your mower safely running while you remove any obstacles in your path, empty the catcher, or take a breather - all without the need to restart the engine.
  • A rear safety shield gives extra user protection from flying grass and debris.
  • The mower has a full open discharge and a large catcher, meaning less time spent unclogging the chute.

Points of praise:

  • Most reviewers found that this mower started easily on the first pull or second.
  • Reviewers also appreciated that the mower gave a clean cut in a variety of weather conditions, whether it was wet, dry, or dusty.
  • They also said that the blade brake system works well for those who need to regularly move obstacles or take a quick break, which made mowing a lot easier without needing to continuously restart the engine.

A point of pain:

  • Many reviewers found that this mower was too heavy for their liking, saying that it was difficult to push around, particularly if they were covering a large area. A few users said that this weight created significant tracks when mowing damp ground, resulting in an unsightly lawn.
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CategoryPetrol Lawn MowersPetrol Lawn MowersPetrol Lawn Mowers
Price (RRP) $1,169
Power SourcePetrol
FeaturesMulching Capability
Catcher Type Collapsible
Catcher Capacity60 L
Cutting Deck MaterialAluminium Alloy
Cutting Width470 mm
Height of Cut16 mm to 76 mm
Weight44 kg
Manufacturer Warranty4 year(s)
Engine / Motor
Engine NameHonda GCV160 OHV Iron Bore
Engine TypeOHV (Overhead Valve)
BrandHonda
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