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Honda HRU196

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HRU196M1 (L/R, Blade Brake), HRU196D, HRU196K1
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  • Build Quality
    4.5 (11)
  • Value for Money
    3.6 (11)
  • Ease of Use
    3.5 (11)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.3 (11)
  • Product is used
  • Noise Level
    3.4 (10)
  • Safety
    4.4 (11)
  • Wet / Damp Grass Performance
    4.0 (10)
  • Fuel Efficiency
    3.9 (9)
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Self Funded Retiree

Self Funded RetireeCentral Queensland, QLD

  • 9 reviews
  • 12 likes

HRU196M1 Heritage

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3 comments
Honda
James H.Honda

Two years on what do I think?
My original comments remain extant. However, since buying a new house on a hill I've also discovered just how heavy the mow is to push on slight gradients.

Self Funded Retiree
Self Funded Retiree

Four years on. Worst mower ever. Sorry Honda you will not get anymore business from me.

SPJ

SPJCairns

  • 3 reviews
  • 7 likes

Design flaws

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1 comment
Honda
James H.Honda

Thanks for providing your thoughts SPJ. Please know I have passed your feedback onto the appropriate parties -Sarah

mowergirl

mowergirlsydney

im getting frustrated using my mower

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My mower is just over a year old, so relatively new. It constantly stops while i mow, this started a few months ago. I called the shop where i bought it, told them what happened. They told me to bring it in, i cannot as its too heavy. They told me it might be water in the fuel, so i removed all the fuel, bought new fuel from a different station, i changed the fuel a couple of times but same thing happens and still happening. Its so frustrating my old victa was so reliable but it fell apart, oh! How i miss it. I bought the Honda as i thought i was buying quality, but i feel ripped off. Did i buy a lemon? Does anybody else have this problem?

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Honda
James H.Honda

Hi Mowergirl, Sounds like you have an isolated issue. Could you please message us your suburb/ postcode and we will arrange to have your unit inspected?
-Sarah

mowergirl
mowergirl

All fixed now. My friend drained fuel through carburator, working fine now.

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Tinboy

TinboyMelbourne

  • 6 reviews
  • 6 likes

Over engineered quality mower just not executed correctly

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1 comment
Honda
James H.Honda

Hi Tinboy, Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback. Please know that this has been passed on. - Sarah

Langas

LangasPalmerston, NT

  • 2 reviews

Great

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I wanted to get a new mower and having other Honda equipment, wanted to get a Honda mower mainly for the ease of starting. After reading reviews, I was hesitant to get a Honda. I rang Honda and questioned them on the reviews and they gave me answers to all the questions I asked. I ended up buying a mower from the local Honda dealer and so far have been extremely satisfied with it. We had a huge down pour the day prior to mowing the lawn, and using a sensible height setting had no issues with grass clippings clogging up the discharge shute. So far so good, would recommend speaking to Honda or your dealer prior to purchasing if you have any questions.

1 comment
Honda
James H.Honda

Hi Kangas, thanks for taking the time to review the HRU196M1. Its great to hear that you thoroughly did your research.
-Sarah

Spog64

Spog64Adelaide

Still crap!

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Had another fun day with this $1000 piece of crap yesterday.......and yes Honda lady the grass was dry........not short though (the reason I was cutting it) but still had to manually clear the pissant little chute by hand no less than 4 times. Not bad for 160 sqm of lawn.

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James H.Honda
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Sparrow

SparrowSydney Surrounds, NSW

Honda - a great machine, but!

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1 comment
Honda
James H.Honda
Enzo44

Enzo44Greater Melbourne (Inner), VIC

  • 4 reviews
  • 5 likes

Can't stand using my lawn mower

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1 comment
Honda
James H.Honda
ManandhisMachine

ManandhisMachineSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 14 reviews
  • 24 likes

Reliable engine, Solid body -chute gets blocked sometimes

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2 comments
Honda
James H.Honda
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ManandhisMachine
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Joshy

Joshy

  • 4 reviews
  • 3 likes

Can't complaint

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I owned Honda HRU196D for about 7 years now and it getting the job done all the time. It hasn't given me any problems yet I think it's tough and durable mower. I changed spark plug and oil once a year and no need to take it to mower shop for services. Happy with the mower and can't complaint.

1 comment
Honda
James H.Honda

Thanks Joshy for taking the time to share your experience with the HRU196D. Its is great to hear your thoughts on this model. -Sarah

CamPoole

CamPooleGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC

  • 6 reviews
  • 9 likes

Does the job admirably. Sometimes.

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Lucky

LuckyDevonport

  • 2 reviews
  • 2 likes

waste of money

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Im a commercial lawn mower. The shoot is just to narrow ,I have the newer model with a "slightly" wider opening and a silly metal lip on the catcher- gets in the way when u try to empty into bags. The new mulcher plug that is available is terrible to put in properly and very hard to remove.

It sounds like the older version were a great unit and the R & D guys screwed the mower. However i do like the blade brake even if i had to cable tie the yellow button down on the top of the handle. (that button is a silly idea)

1 comment
Honda
James H.Honda

Commercial mower, but doesn't do the job

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1 comment
Honda
James H.Honda

Missing The Point

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2 comments
Honda
James H.Honda

Old model was MUCH better!

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Hi,
As a lawn contractor for over ten years I must say! You need a new design team! Someone who actually uses the product. Your older style was lighter, cheaper, and much better machine! Almost 10kgs heavier! For a blade or engine break. And yes they clog!!! I expect much more from Honda.

1 comment
Honda
James H.Honda
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gypsy

gypsySouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

The best mower ever

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1 comment
Honda
James H.Honda

Thanks for the feedback gypsy. - Sarah

Martin

MartinMelbourne

Great Mower

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1 comment
Honda
James H.Honda

Hi Martin thanks for your review. - Sarah

Oldmate

Oldmate

  • 2 reviews
  • 2 likes

Just Dont

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Catcher bag completely useless dust everwhere have too stop mowing wash out my eyes and mouth, my lawn is green but in dry conditions what a joke how to trash a great brand week 3 back at dealer for oil leak dealer advised many customers are unhappy with catcher dust issues no had plastic cat her available
Honda has gone to the dogs just buy a cheap bunnings mower
Do not waste your mony on this..

1 comment
Honda
James H.Honda

Hi Oldmate, sorry to hear that you had this issue!
If you would like to discuss this further or have any questions or queries please contact customer.relations@honda.com.au. Many thanks, Sarah

Best mower ever

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Have had this mower for 4 years now bought because i was working away easy and safe for the wife to use. Hunted around until i found a shop with a mower without blade break. All i have ever done is replace blades and added a snorkel. After leaving it sit for two years while on a job in Queensland i came home filled it with premium unleaded and it started first pull as always. When i bought it i took it to dealer for first service and they adjusted engine speed and the mower got much better at catching and just sounded so much better. So maybe if yours isnt catching and mulching quite right get them to investigate the speed.

1 comment
Honda
James H.Honda

Great to hear your feedback josh. - Sarah

Great Frustration

Great FrustrationCaboolture

  • 5 reviews
  • 8 likes

Honda Shoots

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1 comment
Honda
James H.Honda
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Questions & Answers

Michael-Regina S.

Michael-Regina S.asked

Buffalo Classic HRU196D

What year was this mower sold? I think it was around 2005.

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David B.

David B.asked

HRU196

Hi,
I'm about to remove the disc cutter with an impact driver.
Does anyone know which direction to undo the nut, Counter clockwise or clockwise?
My manual says the PTO shaft direction is counter clockwise, thanks.

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Crazyjohn

Crazyjohnasked

Buffalo Classic HRU196D

I have a problem with the handle at the back on the right hand side of the mower.The handle is badly corroded and interfere with raising and lowering the mower height.Where can I buy a replacement handle please? regards John.my email is crazyjohn42@icloud.com.Thanks again.

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Paul R.
Paul R.

I suggest you talk to your local friendly Honda dealer who may be able to source a new part for you or may have old mowers around that they can scavenge parts from to repair your mower saving you more money.They get plenty of very cheap trade in mowers ,many of which are handy for spare parts.Give them a call.

Crazyjohn
Crazyjohn

Thanks for your help Paul.

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Details

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CategoryPetrol Lawn MowersPetrol Lawn MowersPetrol Lawn Mowers
Price (RRP) A$1,169.00
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
Release dateSep 2010
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