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Very, very happy with this mower. It cuts well, feels solidly built and is easy to use.
The downside: there was a small production run of engines which had faulty throttles. Mine was unfortunately one of those, and it took a couple of trips back to the retailer (Haughton Honda, in Adelaide) to get it fixed. But since then it's been flawless and is a pleasure to use.
Terrible product - with narrow Shute !
I purchased a new Honda mower about 18 months ago , thinking it would be a great product - which is often used by professional tradesmen. Boy was I wrong ! It turned out to be the worst mower I have ever owned. With the narrow Shute it was constantly getting blocked , then not picking up the grass. I agree I let my lawns grow a little long at times and some times the lawn is damp - but this is no excuse for the mower getting blocked at the rear chute every 2 minutes.
I was so sick of this problem , I recently traded it after only 18 mo...nths of ownership, taking a $500+ loss. The dealers all seem to know about this problem and many many customers are complaining about the same problem . I really think Honda should have corrected this problem at no charge to owners. Be warned about this dodgy product! I have now bought a new Honda with same engine , with the old fashioned fully open rear design (Herritage ). The way it used to be ). Fingers crossed this is also not a lemon!
Avoid Honda Mowers At All Costs
I bought a Honda Mower thinking I was getting a top quality product that professionals used.
For a couple of years I have mowed my lawn, the catcher rarely has grass in it as the chute clogs and the mower just spays cut grass all over the lawn.
Extremely angry that I have paid double what other mowers cost to buy something has a major fault in design, I didn't know this until I read reviews that others have left to say they too were having the same issues.
Avoid buying when mowers half the price would do a better job.
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1st and only honda
Sara what good is it reporting our problems,we are still stuck with a bad mower.i am glad i kept my old victa when grass is damp out it comes and does the job so easy,$1000 worth of mower stays in the shed Great ad for honda.Plus mower is way way to heavy.
I hate the narrow chute and bag catcher...cloggs up all the time and PVC catcher is mutch better...the older buffalo 196 were a magnificent machine with the wide chute and PVC catcher..never buying a narrow chute mower again ever...go back to the old style mower...a lot of mowing contractors agree with me..
Won't get that time back
What a waste I had to sell it for half the price
It might be an ok mower in the desert but I would highly advice not to purchase any Honda with the back shoot half closed up.why they still building that way.
It gets blocked even if the grass is the slightest bit moist.so you have to mulch but that still stalls
The mower after 15 steps.
It is well built great handles good wheels it just is no good for Sydney conditions
Great mower. Small chute gap is OKAY because...
I have been using this model for a year now and I have figured how to mow my lawn and get the clipping into the chute properly. Basically at each end of the lawn strip, you have to let go of the blade lever so it's just the engine running. Then after you turn your mower around, push the lever for the blade to start spinning again, the the blades will create an airflow to the back of the chute. You can see the chute puffing up! Do this as you go up and down the lawn and the bag will fill up quickly. Please note when i purchase the mower, it came...with two blades, i purchased another set so i have 4 blades. The engine is great, i have been using 91 unleaded fuel. It is so easy to start with just 1 pull. There is a hose plug where you plug in your garden hose to clean the mower's blades and underside. The only issue i have with this mower is that it is quite heavy compared to many other mowers. I highly recommend you feel one in person before making this purchase as i do not recommend this for the elderly or anyone who are not physically fit/strong.
Very disappointing lawnmower for the cost
I wish I had done some research before buying this lawnmower. Where do I start.
1. I bought it because it was "commerical grade" thinking that would mean high quality. The engine seems underpowered to me but that is the least of it's problems. I cannot see how someone could use this mower if they had a mowing business.
2. The chute is too small. Way too small. It is also very poorly designed. I can see Honda have said there is no issue with it... but believe me there is. As an Engineer myself I can see straight that the design is e...
Should be replaced at no charge per ACCC
Honda know there's a problem with the small chute that is why they bought out a conversion kit for it I sold Honda mowers for many years and have spoken to the Honda rep and he informed me there was a kit made for this mower regarding this problem engine great design shocking
The best mower I have ever used
I've had one of these mowers for 6+ years and it's never let me down. I have a large lawn (500 sqm) with thick buffalo grass. This mower just powers through it - never stalls. I'm sure I'll still be using it many years from now (or maybe my son will!).
I had an old Honda commercial mower I'm a mowing contractor the guys affectionately called her Ronda this thing was unbreakable it had 2 decks replaced as the guys were so rough with it they kept snapping its base it was thrown onto the back of a ute 4 days a week and did no less than 3 lagans of 200 mill + a day TOP machine then I bought the new one well were do I start
1) So heavy we cant lift it onto the back of the ute regularly
2) it mulches like a champ once you work out how to get the plug in
3) throw away the catcher tho it...
im getting frustrated using my mower
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?
Over engineered quality mower just not executed correctly
I am a contracter and have been for 10 years.. Always used victa and masport, tried an old Honda once and it failed with low power & extremely heavy.. so after a long time thought I would try the range with blade brake, my knees where hurting at the end of the first day.. Still way too heavy.. First job clutch on the blade brake started to slip.. I was shocked.. 2 inch high grass made this mower fail.. Couldn't believe it..
I ended up removing 2 blades to reduce resistance in thick grass and it cut better but wouldn't mulch or catch very we...ll.. Was so happy when my mower shop said they would swap it for any other model.. So drove straight back and grabbed myself a commercial masport.. WOOH!! This thing is like a formula one car.. So light and yet heaps of power.. The Honda couldn't keep up with me and now I can't keep up with the Masport.. So happy and feel like a real man again.. Honda I live by a rule.. "Keep it simple stupid" you should too. Your engines and build quality are incredible!! The rest is disappointing..
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.
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.
Can't stand using my lawn mower
This mower is truly terrible. At the very slightest hint of moisture in the lawn, it simply blocks up and you need to stop mowing and clear the blockage. This gives you another 5 seconds of mowing before it happens again.
The little amount of cut lawn that does make it into the bag simply falls out onto the ground once the bag is separated from the mower because of the bag design.
I have seen the responses on other reviews from Honda celebrating the introduction of the Heritage mower that apparently doesn't have these faults. The only pro...blem is that Honda customers have already spent a lot of money to purchase our current lawn mowers which really don't work very well, so what are we supposed to do with the mowers that we have already bought? Saying that the solution is now spend a 2nd bucket of money to buy another Honda product when the first product doesn't work is disingenuous. If Honda cared about it's customers it would initiate a recall and do a voluntary swap for the Heritage if it indeed doesn't have these faults. Currently the worst product I own and I regret buying it.
Reliable engine, Solid body -chute gets blocked sometimes
On looking at mowers I first saw a Honda advertised for 599 or 699. I thought wow a Honda thats not too expensive. However I discovered the GC engines on the cheaper Hondas have a plastic cam shaft! (look it up on Youtube) Yep you get what you pay for in this instance. I had 2 Honda powered generators, both powered by GX engines and never missed a beat. So upon learning about the plastic inside the GC engines I chose this one because its got the old school GX engine in the Long Rang version. My lawn was 2 feet high in some parts when it arrived..., Got it tidied up on less than 1 tank and its a 900m block. After reading all the horrendous reviews on this site of the major brands and my own experience with them I researched the Hondas. Glad I found out about the GX engines. Got mine for $1159 and some free oil and most importantly which oil to use. And they are assembled in Australia! Ok Thought of a few bad points - When mowing without the catcher on it does block up from the chute sometimes. This is because the exit Chute for the grass is only half or less the size of the back of the mower - yes I know! Well I read this is because they use the same chassis for the one that is self propelled and has a gearbox. So there is this space thats blocked off. The catcher guard at the back is also made of plastic. In the old days that would have been steel. Anyway, still glad I got it, starts first go and if I'm mowing without the catcher I just lift the mower up a bit on its back wheels an it drops the grass. Sometimes I have to unclog it by hand. Having the blade disengaged via the blade break is reassuring here. My mum had a Victa that only lasted 12 months then would not start. Took to mower shop got fixed (Carby), then only lasted a month. I then tried to fix it but couldn't get it started. So I didn't want a repeat of that. Thats why I chose the Honda. I know, not perfect but where can you buy the perfect old school mower, with a decent engine ? Sounds like a business opportunity! Good Luck with finding whats right for you. December 22nd 2016 Update: Constipated mower i.e. full of crap (Chute gets blocked ALL the time) I'm writing this because my previous review can't be edited. Almost cut my hand off unclogging the thing. (Yes it is possible even with the clutch). It will drive you mad if it doesn't cut your hand off.
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.
Commercial mower, but doesn't do the job
I gave up using my 196 - having to stop so frequently to unclog the chute meant I was taking longer to mow each yard than I should, therefore losing valuable work time. I bought a $300 Makita that does as good a job cutting, without the clogging issue. I can buy and throw out 4 of these before I spend what I have on the 196.
The repeated comment from Marketing Dept about wet or long grass doesn't make sense to me. A commercial grade mower should be able to withstand whatever is thrown at it - not just lawns that lie within a 'regular mainten...
Missing The Point
Reading the responses from [name removed] at Honda makes one wonder if they really give a hoot. Words such as "May clog when cutting wet or long grass, not may [name removed] --- does. That's why contractors are not happy."
Maintaining lawns regularly should solve the clogging problem. We do, fortnightly and weekly if fertilized. Slightest amount of due on lawn and clogging problem occurs. No response to increased weight of machine or blade brake.
[name removed] these machines are sold as Commercial Lawnmowers for contractors and if anybod...
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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