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Old model was MUCH better!
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.
The best mower ever
I have owned a hru196 for 3 years now, my first thoughts on it are that the blade brake is a fantastic addition, when fingers and toes are important the blade brake is a godsend. I live on a regular 50' x 150' block on a steep hill with stepped grass landings and the weight is a big issue, on the bright side I don't need to go to the gym as often. The bag works fine for me and the mulcher works a treat. I live in far nth q'land aust and if you don't keep covering up the tree roots they just raise above the ground or the rain washes away the top...soil, whatever. I mow my lawns, put the clippings on the tree roots and then mulch them. Only takes a few minutes and keeps the lawn flat and easier to mow. When feeling lazy I just mulch whole lawn, it really does an awesome job, even the leaves disappear.
I run a lawn mowing business, have for the last 12 yrs. Never a problem with the old design and the new. I have four buffalo 19", each rotated every 2 days. These mowers get flogged every day Monday to Saturday, never missed a beat, but you must, like anything look after them. Change the oil, blades, filter etc weekly. In regards to the clogging on the new models, don t mow wet grass, looks shithouse, take the day off. I have two new models, bit heavy for a weak person, but you shouldn't be lifting them onto a ute without a ramp anyway. Cuts lo...ng grass no problem. At the end of the day its not the mower that's the problem, its usually the person pushing it doesn't know how to operate it correctly. I know contactors that have been using the same Honda mower for 15 years plus, maintenance is the key though.
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..
Best mower ever
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.
Dylan from Honda
Brilliant motors, Stay away from Black motors(from China i have been told)
One star for the Motor, which is brilliant.
Now for the bad: Widen the Chute to full. Which means move the gearbox up and forward-so than all decks are wide chutes. The little Honda's are absolutely useless. We need mowers to pick up grass, that is what they are for. Do not get fancy and turn these into front wheel drive(4x4 yes) but not front wheel only, because when we turn at the end, we lift the front wheels.
Increase the size of the Disk s...
Why do we have to pay for the bigger bag? it is a problem with the mower so why dont honda pay for it?.I have had a HRU196m1 for a week and im not happy with it.I mowed my back lawn(18x14 metres) the shute blocked 3 times and the grass was only slightly damp.My 25 yr old victa never blocked up.I think honda has a hide to tell us to buy a so called remedy for a design problem they know about .
This mower clogs up all the time. Had to use the cheap back up mower to do the lawns properly and it did not clog at all. Honda might think that they are good coming up with these new ideas but having less than half of the back of the mower to eject the grass is just stupid!! Not happy!!
Clogs with grass all the time.
What I needed
Spent a long time thinking if I should spend the money on this lawn mower. Just after my third cut I thought to myself, should've been bought a long time ago.
It has a quiete engine and runs smooth. Good on fuel too.
Had this for three months now and still starts first time. Well see after a year.
Makes my job easier and better
Too too heavy
Wanted ,cant buy this model in New Zealand any more
In the job of lawn care, I have found this model great, I would like to buy 2 more, but the dealers tell me they don't sell them any more ,so I brought a new hru196,and found that it is to heavy ,doesn't like to pick up wet grass , I have tried different blades ,people in the lawn care game want then they are like gold, Time is money and doing a good job , come on Honda sell me 2 of them.
Light weight ,catch in any weather, great engine,
the only thing i could say is the handle for gound adjustment, make stronger
Happy Honda !
I have two Honda mowers and they are the best I have them regularly serviced. If you want a machine that the professionals use and will do the job every time then get a Honda. They can be expensive to buy however you get what you pay for and they are worth it in the long run.
Quality , reliability and durability.
none to mention.
Today I stopped buying and recommending honda push mowers
Honda Power Equipment you have lost the plot with your mowers.Useless clutch adds 10kg & complexity.The half blocked shute design is stupid.Look like they have been designed by a Uni student who lives on campus and has never mowed a lawn.Why take a great product and turn it into a useless crapbox.Went into Dealer to buy two HRU196D mowers today.Looked at them and thought it was a joke.
The new design handle mounting bracket.
Uneeded heavy clutch.A shute that I couldnt pass wind out of.
Worst Mower Ever
The Honda HRU21 Self Propelled Mower was sold to me as the "Must Have Mower" for the commercial operator. I have had the mower for 3 months and used it 6 times. As a commercial lawn contractor I mow lawns most days. This mower is the worst I have ever used!!!!!! It is the most heavy, cumbersome and back breaking piece of equipment I have ever used. Please....do not buy one. The mower is impractical and extremely overpriced. The drive engagement for far too "abrupt" and the drive wheels leave divots and marks. This is mainly due to the excessive...weight of the machine. I cant stress enough how ridiculously heavy this machine is. In addition, Honda's after sales service was terrible. When I raised my concerns they said that I should be cutting grass at the highest or close to the highest blade setting. That's not real helpful! Easy to start but arent all brand new mowers. Far too heavy. Drive system engagement far too abrupt...Leaves divots and Marks every time it is engaged.
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.
Waste of money
When i purchased a top of the market product i expected it to do a top job, it hardly does. why have honda put that stupid shoot on it?. it clogs up with the shortest of grass. the catcher is hopeless because it gets 1/4 full and the chute clogs up. any moisture just adds to the pain, the enguine is spectacular though, always easy to start and never stops. so why honda do u put a great engine on a poor base???.
i have given up so many times and pulled out the old kmart gardeners choice mower so many times because it doesnt clog up every 10 ...secs, no matter how long the grass is. ive now got a 12 month old mower that i paid $950 for 12 months ago and dont know what to do. Enguine is reliable, powerful, easy to start Clogs up with grass constantly
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.
Honda Mower - HRU-196M1 - Well & truly met my high expectations!
I had a Briggs & Stratton that was purchased from Aldi break a wheel axel and found I could not get parts to repair, despite the engine being fine, so this time I did some research on line and the majority of reviews pointed to Honda, particularly from guys who use them for a living and I am happy to say that this mower has well and truly lived up to the expectations I had. I have had this mower for approximately 6-8 months and it DOES actually start first time every time, which I was actually surprised by. It is extremely solid and certainly a...ppears well built. It's pretty quiet, which is great if,like me, you have young kids that sleep at lunch time on the weekends. The mulching function is extremely handy, especially if you have a lot of leaves, which I do during autumn. It's also good when the lawn is not too high to mow without the catcher and put the mulch straight onto the lawn. The safety of the blade brake is also reassuring if you have kids and with this particular model you can leave the motor running whilst the blade is actually stationary. I did see "ligedyletch" review which raised the issue of the catcher chute getting clogged, but I have not experienced this unless the catcher was absolutely full to the top, but I dont know whether the mulching funtion would assist in alleviating this issue perhaps. You certainly get a lot in the catcher as a result of it being finely cut etc. I find the handle on the cloth catcher really easy to use, but not sure whether the catcher will have the longevity, being constructed of cloth etc. Reliable, solid, great features, especially in relation to safety, quiet The only slight down side would be that it is a little heavy, which is a reflection of the solid construction, but if you are a little older or think this may be a concern especially if you have a large lawn with a slope or hills then perhaps have a look at the self propelled model.
the best by far
i have been commercial mowie 18 years and i can tell u Honda easily the best i tell u why, ive had the same two Honda's 15 years and im not pulling your leg, been regularly serviced, they are tough machines, in this time i bought other brands and they fall apart, do yourself a favour do not buy anything else
if you regular service them and look after them they will go on forever.
cuts grass very clean, never drops leaves
cant think of one
Superb mower that just purrs along and never misses a beat, the mulching function really works and is no gimmick. I never have had the need to use the catcher so I cant comment on it.
Love it, powerful quiet and economical. This mower has its work cut out, we live on 1.5 acres, and obviously it's not all lawn. However there is still the equivalent of 4-5 smaller blocks. The Honda powers thru the job without any hint of giving up. The finish is superb, any better than a professional ride on mower man has achieved. If you want a serious mower buy this Honda....
None that i have found yet.
Best. Mower. Ever.
After years of near apoplexy caused by lawn mowers designed by people who hate me, I finally caved and bought a "real" mower. My only regret is that I didn't do it a long time ago. This Honda is strong, grunty, reliable, and does a great job, especially mulching. The HRU196D starts first time, every time, even after it has sat for months with fuel in the tank and carb after I forgot to drain it before going overseas. Duh. My only criticism is that the handle locking bolts (halfway up, where you fold it) can come loose and fall out after a few hours mowing. Make sure you periodically check them.
Strong, grunty, reliable, effective.
Watch those handle bolts.
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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