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Honda HRU196
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Mower is good, catcher is crap.

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The catcher is bad enough to put you into a fit of rage. Won't throw all the way to the back, only ever half fills, even after cleaning the screen.
Love the mower, hate the catcher. My advice would be to spend the extra for the next model, or look at another brand.

Date PurchasedMay 2017
Brad

BradNewcastle

  • 22 reviews
  • 7 likes

High Quality Engine. Superb finish to lawn, when it works.

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Date PurchasedJul 2016
Self Funded Retiree

Self Funded RetireeCentral Queensland, QLD

  • 9 reviews
  • 12 likes

HRU196M1 Heritage

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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.

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Self Funded Retiree

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

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SPJ

SPJCairns

  • 3 reviews
  • 7 likes

Design flaws

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James H.Honda

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

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James H.Honda
Christer

ChristerAU

  • 4 reviews
  • 8 likes

The chute clogs up

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The mower is generally really good with a strong motor and efficient cutting. It works even in long grass. However the chute clogs up in no time and you end up tying the cover up which means you get grass cutting all over you when you mow.
After having used this mower for a long time, I realise the chute doens't clog up if the grass is properly dry but as I live in the tropics, the grass is almost always a bit wet.

Chute is a real problem. If you mowe wet grass you want another mower.

gardener george

gardener georgeSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 67 reviews
  • 30 likes

good mower for the dry, if grass isn't too long

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EmilyBieman

EmilyBiemanAU

  • 5 reviews
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Too heavy for the average female

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Too heavy for the average female.
I found the double handle bars a little awkward.
Manual does not explain about how the Mulcher works/ grass bag placement. Lever gears are not user friendly, the choke ought to be at the top of the 3 gears- so you just need to push lever all the way down to go.
Gets blocked in thick grass.

But Petrol lasts for ages and to be able to stop the blades quickly in a bare patch is good. Not too noisy, and don't have to bend down to pull starter.
Petrol lasts for ages. Can stop the blades quickly in a bare patch
Too heavy for the average female.

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Questions & Answers

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.

Julian C.

Julian C.asked

HRU196

My Honda Buck HRU19 (3 years old) starts well but annoyingly surges and fades when under load. I'm guessing the exhaust filter is the problem so I'm continually blowing clear for any dust or grime. Within minutes it's back to the coughing problem.
Any suggestions?

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jeremy.ieraci
jeremy.ieraci

Sounds like your carb needs a clean. It will be a little bit blocked, unable to get enough fuel under load. If you've cleaned the muffler it's not that

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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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