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It has to be the best mower around
I bought one a couple of years ago (with a whipper snipper and blower) and its great for domestic lawns and some handyman jobs I do. Starts first go if you put Honda oil (or 10W-30) in the sump (not in the petrol). I put Victa 4-stroke oil in it and the engine turns over slowly and won't start in winter because the oil was too viscous. Some other minor problems require ongoing maintenance, like the rear catcher plate corroded out in the first year because wet grass stuck to it, and the rear safety rubber splits and needs replacing about once a ...year. Also the air filter is poorly located - in dustry conditions it gets clogged quickly. Being 4 stroke, like all of them, it is not so good on the side of steep sloping lawns as the oil can run out the air filter - so you have to mow with the air filter on the up side. Reliable, cuts slightly wider than other domestic mowers Catcher plate corrosion
Ive had the HRU 216 for 4 years now.
I am not a professional gardener i just own a large over-grown property on a slope.
Overall i'm really impressed - mainly the engine, so quiet always starts easily and sounds like a helicopter when it idles. Build quality and transmission also flawless.
Only weak point (and sadly an important one, and confirmed by many other reviewers) is the outlet shute - on anything beyong the dryest shortest grass you can be certain of clogging. I no longer bother bagging - grass rarely enters the bag anyway, as it c...
A very poor mower
This mower continually blocks up due to the small shute. The blade brake is a joke. Why does the public have to allow for idiots. Mowers have been around along time without the need of a blade brake. Honda should go back to the KISS method and once again produce a good mower
Reliable engine. Solid base(weight a slight issue)
Does not catch grass as shute blocks far to easily.
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Honda gone backwards
I've been a lawn mower man for 30 years,always loyal to honda, latest edition from honda is very dissapointing. the smaller chute clogs up far to easy, when the going got tough honda used to get going, now its useless. looks like the last honda i'll buy unless they widen chute!!!!
cuoldn't catch a cold.
HRU196K1 - Great engine but poorly engineered catcher design. Not worth the money.
I always wanted to own a Honda mower due to their 1 pull start and reliability so I purchased at HRU196K for $930 but was let down with the mower chassis and catcher design after getting it home.
I would not recommend this mower due to the catcher design alone because it is extremely frustrating even with dry grass and wish I had only come across this website before purchasing my mower…
Honda engineers should have done better - my 5 year old $350 Victa 2-stroke did a better job at picking up the grass and never missed a beat either.
very reliable,Honda reputation
Easy to start,but it gets heavy to push around if you have a large area.especially as the catcher fills.
Stalls easily with thick cooch grass unless you have the revs really high. Mulch function works very well.Probably built better to last than what's on offer these days
Easy start and well built
Can get heavy to push around and stalls easily in thick grass
I really like the safety features and easy starting and robustness of the Honda (that's why I bought it), we replaced an old honda with this one so I trust the brand but I have to say I hate the grass chute part.
Easy starting - one pull and it goes
Blade shut off - its great to know that you can move things and leave the mower going with no little fingers or feet being chopped off as once you release the handle and take you hands off the handle bar, the blades stop.
The tiny chute that the grass comes out of - even the slightest damp grass al...
Questions & Answers
|Category||Petrol Lawn Mowers||Petrol Lawn Mowers||Petrol Lawn Mowers|
|Catcher Capacity||60 L|
|Cutting Deck Material||Aluminium Alloy|
|Cutting Width||470 mm|
|Height of Cut||16 mm to 76 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||4 year(s)|
|Engine / Motor|
|Engine Name||Honda GCV160 OHV Iron Bore|
|Engine Type||OHV (Overhead Valve)|
|Release date||Sept 2010|
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