Starts with little effort
Cuts grass cleanly
Blade brake system works well
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve used a lot of different mowers in my time as a professional mowing contractor, and there are reasons why more contractors use this model than any other machine available in Australia. At nearly $1000 it is an expensive machine but it is also the best machine available. The spare parts network is vast and the availability of parts for machines even as old as 25 years is very reliable. I’ve never been in a situation where I’ve been waiting 6 weeks for parts to arrive – the longest I’ve had to wait is about 3 days, but most common parts ar...e stocked. Our mowers do about 40 hours per week each and we use Castrol Magnatec oil in the engines to protect from start-up wear. Our Honda engines outlast the rest of the mower by a substantial margin. Even with fastidious maintenance, we will have replaced 40 wheels, 20 rubber flaps, 26 air filters, and 5 spark plugs in the mower’s 5 year life but the engine just won’t die – even after 8,000 hours of work and around 12,000 lawn mows it still isn’t blowing smoke or using extra fuel. In that same time we would have already replaced a Briggs & Stratton Intec engine (their OHC engine to rival Honda) 7 times. So in the long run, the Honda engine and Magnatec oil saves us a lot of money, even if more expensive initially. When this model was first released with the new Chinese-made engine, I had a few reservations about how it would perform compared to the previous model. Honda had changed back to the metal engine housing, and the old air filter design. I was pleasantly surprised, though, at the amount of extra power the engine has, even with 4 high lift blades mounted. The ball bearing wheels are nice and big so the mower doesn’t fall into every crack and undulation, the chassis is made from aluminium so it can’t rust and it’s a bit lighter, the single-lever height adjuster is also nice and the 11 height positions provide a good range of cutting heights. If well maintained and not run too fast, the engine will run for around 4 hours on a single 2L tank of fuel (if filled right to the top). The engine is very easy to start and usually starts on the first pull of the rope, and the catcher fills right to the top if the metal catcher screen is regularly cleaned with a scrubbing brush. The mulching plug is also well designed, such that the mower will do a nice job of mulching even if 4 high lift blades are used. The quality of the mulching finish is as good as a dedicated mulcher. In their latest product brochure, Honda touts this model as being suitable for the “serious contractor” yet on-going issues with the model remain unaddressed and Honda seems to have a track record of disregarding criticism. As a professional mowing contractor I’ve found this model has wheels that wear out a lot faster than the previous one. We now change 4 wheels every 6 months at a cost of around $33 each. The rubber flap on the back of the machine wears out every 3 months, and all the joins on the catcher need to be reinforced with self tapping screws and bolts to stop it falling apart when the grass is compressed by foot. There is a hole in the deck, designed for washing the underside of the machine, but while the machine is running, this hole directs grass and dirt into the air filter directly above it – consequently, Honda sells me LOTS of air filters. There is also no way of being able to tell how much fuel is left without unscrewing the cap and letting dirt or water (rain) into the tank. This could be fixed with an LCD display fuel cap or just making the tank out of clear plastic like a line trimmer. The mulching plug is also not a tight fit so up to 6L of grass will sit on top of the plug and, if not regularly emptied, will rust the back hatch – the hatch is made of painted steel, but the side facing the blades understandably loses its protective coat of paint fairly early in the mower’s life.
Eight years old and still going like its new. very economical. Takes me about 3.5 hours to mow our block. We bought a ride on for $3500 dollars it lasted two months and fell to bits but did the mowing in about 40 mins. At least I deserve a beer after pusing the Honda.
Please make a Honda ride on mower.
Starts first time, Great cut, cheap to run, easy to service,
will outlast me
I run a mowing business that I have been running for 7 years a I have always used hondas and this model Is my pick of the lot, I have newer and older models
Honda reliability and performance, power
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.
You get what you pay for, and this is worth the extra investment.
After my parent's Honda push mower surpassed 25 years (still going strong), I wanted to get a Honda as well. However, the price was a bit high, so we did lots of research. It kept coming back to Honda for the best long term product value.
It's definitely ideal to have the rear wheel drive, especially on hilly lots. It has the power to work up the hill, so you don't have to. Starts up first time, every time. The mulch and catch feature is fantastic. No grass in bags, and the cuts blend in well with the grass. Also the unique three speed option is perfect for switching between long stretches of grass and more cramped spaces.
Reliable brand, easy start, great features.
Accelorator bar could probably be a bit more robust at the hinges.
this mower is the best ive ever used. all the contracters use honda becuase it is the best mower brand you can buy but dont get mich mach a honda.
this mower is the best ive ever used. this mower is bullet proof water proof the only prt not water proof is if you chuck it in a dam. it has a qud cut dish so you can have 1,2,3 or 4 blades 4 blades is the best for mowing around the house but 2 blades is the best for slashing.
i wasnt very impressed with the starter cord half way up the handle so i took it off.
Put simply, the best mower on the market. I have owned one of these mowers for about three years now, always starts first pull of the cord.
Highly recommend this product.
Great mower, cuts beautifully. I love using it and try to beat my husband to it. Fuel usage is great and blades last ages.
Easy to get parts (blades, spark plugs etc).
Reliable, and easy to use
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