what a steal!
21 years as a contractor...my right shoulder bears the wear and tear of literally tens of thousands of pull-starts...now at 63 I run hondas exclusively, because they are so much easier to start! Bought the old hru194 for $70, new plug, couple of quick oil changes, new blades nuts and bolts, air filter pre-cleaner and what a champion...easy to start and light as a feather....if you are a contractor and want some advice...buy up well looked after second hand Hondas with the snorkels if possible, if you get the right ones they are unbeatable value...and believe me, in the years to come, your shoulder will thank you!...the new motor on the latest models is nice but at this stage a snorkel kit is unavailable...not a good thing for commercial mowers imho....how about a snorkel on the new ones Honda?
Purchased in November 2019 for A$70.00.
Bought one for $70
I remember my parents having one of these in the 1990's, so when one popped up on Gumtree I wanted it. A new spark plug, air filter, blades and 3 oil changes later (I don't think it had ever had an oil change in its life) and it runs absolutely beautifully. Starts first pull every time, does not smoke, revs up smoothly and cuts grass effortlessly. These units were built to last unlike the cheap Chinese junk you buy today.
Purchased in June 2019 for A$70.00.
Aussie built and built to last !
Bought a HRU194 for $100 from an elderly gent who purchased it new sometime in the early 90's. Starts first pull, doesn't blow smoke and cuts very well.
Fitted the mulch plug as the previous posts suggested ( serial No. Differs with A10 being last 3 didgets), put on 4 new mulching blades and it works a treat. Had to replace all wheel bearings with genuine Honda as the generic bearings they tried to sell me were about 5 thou to big on the inside diameter.
If you can get your hands on a well maintained unit, you won't be disappointed.
Don’t believe there could be a better push mower made
Excellent mower, no complaints, mulching plug is well worth the price.
I was told by Honda that a mulching plug for the HRU194 doesn’t exist, just to reiterate what one of the other reviewers said - the plug from the HRU196D is a perfect fit (part number 76266-VK0-A11).
Wish my other investments this good
Purchased well over 20 years ago, since bought another Honda in anticipation the old girl would let me down one day. ( sorry to the feminists) Well, I'm still waiting, still starts first pull, minimal maintenance over the years. Second also good, just so reliable. Going to chance a third purchase with a Honda self powered, as I getting older. Fingers crossed Honda still on their game. So, three lawn mowers, what am I thinking. But I can't sell one. They will have to share.
Classic Honda - Can't be cloned
Hi all, recently purchased a used Honda HRU194 from Gumtree, what a bargain!
I research the crap out of anything I plan to buy and this has been another great outcome.
The reviews here helped and are 100% true!
When I met the seller he seemed a little shattered having to part with it, especially when it started first go!
He'd done his back and has since gone over to an electric mower for mobility, otherwise he wouldn't have sold it. It had never given him any problems whatsoever.
This thing is built solid, does what it's e...
Better than the Best
My dad bought our Honda HRU194 in 1988. Today was the first time the engine had ever been opened up, not because I needed to but I thought I owed it to the old girl to freshen her up a bit. Never has it given us any trouble. If you have a chance to get one, grab it while you can!
My dad traded in my Peewee50 motorbike in approx. 1988, in return for this mower. He passed it down to me 10 years ago. Still going strong, starts first time every single time but as you'd expect after 28 years of hard work, is starting to fall apart. If I could glue the whole thing back together, and put a mulch plug in, I would. An amazing mower that has done some seriously hard yards.
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Honda The Best
I purchased my Honda HRU194PU mower in 1989 for $569. Not a cheap option at the time but it has proven its value. It still starts first pull and I wouldn't have put more then 2-3 new spark plugs in it. I am now handing it over to my son and I will be buying a new Honda HRU196 with GXV160 engine.
Best mower I have ever
Cant remember when I bought this mower but I have been at my current address since 1991 and the mower came with me. Still used occasionally on some areas around the stables. My wife uses a ride on for the house yard and the Honda fills in when the ride on is out of action. Starts one pull every time even if not used for some months. Would not sell it ever! Just for interest Serial number is 8007613.
Forget the rest
I brought a Honda mower 21 years ago service it once a year,sharpen the blades with a dremel grinder.only had one set of blades. yes I do use it on an 1/3 acre house block,every 2 weeks.i mow the infernal grass.
also have a Honda bent shaft line trimmer 5 years no problem Now I am an old fart I want a blower. and the straw broom has nearly wore out. Please note my brother has had 3 new mowers and 2line trimmersin this time not Honda What does this tell you
I bought my mower in1993,it just goes and goes, it has never broken down and never been in for any service or repairs, I change the oil and blades when needed and that's about it I see other people buying new mowers every few years I tell them to get a Honda and it will last you a lifetime.
I bought my HRU194 back in 1995, it has been faultless, although its getting long in the tooth now it still performs as good as ever. I bought mine in Darwin and it has travelled with me to Qld and now NSW. I hose it down & underneath after every cut. I am impressed, nearly 20yrs and no complaints about it, even the Honda salesman said if I look after it, it will last me at least 20yrs....I thought yeah yeah heard it all before. Thank you Honda!!
I hesitated at the price at first but I can certainly see its value now
My Dad gave me the mower when he thought it was time for an "upgrade" 6 years ago, Dad has had another two mowers since then and the workhorse he gave away to me is still going strong! We've had the mower for as long as I can remember and I'm 24, it has been submerged in floodwaters and still starts first time. Fantastic mower and I definitely won't be giving it up to anyone.
Reliable, Strong, Starts first time
Doesn't mow the lawn for you
22 years old
I bought the HRU194 back in September 1991. It has always started first time everytime. I've always washed it after a cut and last wash I think I didn't let it cool enough and it's either cracked the head / block or maybe just a gasket. She's going in for a quote to get fixed. If it's too expensive, I'll be buying another Honda, no fear!... This old girl has worked hard all it's life and never missed a beat until now (my fault!)
Started first time everytime for 22 years!
Nothing, it's been great!
Does the job everytime!
12 years ago I had the choice of a new B&S powered name brand mower , or a traded-in honda, ex mowie unit for a bit cheaper. Decided on the Honda, 12 years later, after mowing 300m2 of couch grass every 2 weeks and an acre of rural block it still starts first time....OK, sometimes 2 pulls! Its my mower, 4 wheeled wipper snipper and mulcher. It gets serviced but gets used hard cutting couch. If your buying a mower and plan on living for a long time avoid the hassle, just get the Honda, you won't be disappointed. Even if later on you don't want it anymore you'll sell it in a snap.
Reliable, well made, great long term option
Can't use the excuse of "the mower won't start" to not do the mowing!
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