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Honda HRU197
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3.5

22 reviews
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  • Build Quality
    2.5 (2)
  • Value for Money
    1.0 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    1.5 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.5 (2)
  • Product is used
  • Noise Level
    4.0 (2)
  • Safety
    2.5 (2)
  • Wet / Damp Grass Performance
    2.0 (2)
  • Fuel Efficiency
    2.5 (2)
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white teeth

white teethHobart, TAS

Excellent engine, but !

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Purchased at Roberts Hobart.

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Product is used Weekly
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Paul R.

Paul R.Central, SA

  • 2 reviews

Honda HRU197 15 year review

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Jason

JasonGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC

Worst mower ever

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Crap crap crap worst mower ever wont get rid of grass have to move it by hand for the price I paid and was told it was the best mower will never buy another Honda product

Purchased in January 2017 for A$1,300.00.

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Wish I had done more research about this mower.

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I have had mower for a few months, starts really well but terrible at getting rid of the grass. I dont like using catcher, in a normal mower the grass, especially when it is wet would fly out, but not with this. The grass gets stuck and you have to manually get grass out with your hands. Very disappointed.

Date PurchasedJan 2016

For an expensive mower expected better in design

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Date PurchasedAug 2016

Clogged up, catcher empty

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this mower starts always first or second time, but unless the grass is thin or patchy its always clogs up. always tipping out a half empty or less catch bag of grass. i cant understand why the shoot is so small. would not buy another honda unless redesigned. there seems to be other models with a honda motor that look ok.

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James H.Honda
Peter

PeterSydney

  • 4 reviews
  • 1 like

HRU 197 Hard to start

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The Bull is good once its going, but takes around 15 pulls to start (its been the same since new) and the cord does not retract readily (it does eventually, but not straight away which is what I would expect from a new, premium-price mower).

Overall its ok, but disappointed as I went out of my way to recommend that we buy this mower (for a small lawn at a block of flats). The mower is only 2 years old.

Once going, it cuts well and seems to be economical and reasonably quiet.

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seanudal

seanudalWide Bay-Burnett, QLD

  • 31 reviews
  • 23 likes

Works every time.

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This mower is fantastic. I have had it for a few years and always starts. It does not rust away like my others and has heaps of power. Spare parts are easy to find in our city and service and support is great. This is the best lawn mower I have ever owned. Way way better than my older Victas. Well done Honda.

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James H.Honda

Thanks for your review seanudal. It is terrific to hear you experience with the HRU197. - Sarah

Neil

NeilGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC

  • 7 reviews
  • 8 likes

Simply the best

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Have owned this mower for 5 years, it starts first or second pull every time, is a breeze to use and is still rock solid, it feels as though you could drop it off a cliff and it would keep running.
I won't buy another Honda because I'm not a fan of the nanny handles on the new models, but the way this one is running I'll never need to buy another mower anyway.

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James H.Honda

Hi Neil,
Thanks for taking the time to review the Honda Buffalo Bull HRU197. It is fantastic to hear that this model is exceeding your expectations.
-Sarah

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sucker graham

sucker grahamemu plains

omg

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Too heavy to push or lift. Easy start ha ha try 20-30 pulls. Need to use aero start to get running. it seizes up if not started weekly. Total waste of money should have gone with a briggs and stratton. Height lever fouls on bushes etc. Will swap for new victa if someone interested. Forgot the useless engine brake and no choke system.

Alex

Alex

  • 9 reviews
  • 8 likes

Exceptional cut quality and so much power

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Great motor but....

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Great mower, starts and cuts fine but can get clogged when mowing damp or wet grass. The safety bar is rather a pain to use especially when having to mow under an obstacle or shift an item when mowing. The brackets that hold this bar are a right pain and catch easily on chain wire fences, shrubs and the pockets of my clothing. Should be mounted inboard of the handle bar.
Starts easy
Safety bar brackets

thumper51

thumper51AU

  • 7 reviews
  • 9 likes

Engine great but trouble even with damp grass

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Marcus p

Marcus pDarwin

The highs and lows.!

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As my first mower that I bought for my mowing business was very disappointed when it clogged up when mowing wet grass. Totally frustrating as a contractor trying to get through numerous jobs with myself stop and starting to clear chute. Reliability and starts first time is fantastic and a big plus!
Starts first time, powerful and easy to maintain.
Clogs up in the chute when grass is wet, chassis is weak as chips and cracks in it after a year of use, heavy to lift .

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Greg60

Greg60Townsville

  • 3 reviews
  • 2 likes

Just OK

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Very disappointing expensive and doesn't pick up the grass that well. When using the cater it clogs quickly. The salepeople said all mowers clog when the grass is wet but our 15 year old mower didn't. The shute is way to small and after I complained the shop admitted that is a problem. Didn't tell us that before we bought it. It only comes with 2 blades as new but they gave me an additional set when I complained. It really does need 4 blades. You'd think they would fit 4 when new.
Easy start but then all mowers start easy these days.
Poor pick up of grass, small exit shute clogs easy, heavy to push, over priced and definately not value for money product.

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ANDREA BYRON

ANDREA BYRONBallarat

Very Disappointed

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mastertech

mastertechAU

  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

Absolute dream machine

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wise awl

I agree with your review, but this model is not as good as the HRU 196 with hard plastic catcher with full rear opening, the mowing contractors hate the blade brake, height adjustment lever on other side, its more heaveir than the HRU196.

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iandr

iandrAU

  • 6 reviews
  • 6 likes

Great machine

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As a moing contractor I'm very happy my 1st one just stopped working after 4 or 5 years having done i guess 8000-10000 maybe more lawns in that time so would highly recommend these but would also recommend as someone else has getting the Victa snap on snorkle kit keeps the airfilters cleaner and heaps cheaper to replace
Reliable and easy to start which are two very important features to a contractor
Not fitted with a snorkle a standard bu then it's only about $50 to buy a Victa snap on one and there easy enough to fit yourself

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joh31

joh31Sydney, NSW

  • 34 reviews
  • 19 likes

Excellent

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staffiez4eva

staffiez4eva

  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

Excellent

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Bought this mower recently after starting up my own business. Settled for the 197D, as it has more power than the 196D and is a lot lighter. Previously owned a Briggs and Stratton and after now owning a Honda I will never go back. They are worth the $900 +. Highly recommended. For an extra $50 get the snorkel fitted. My local GYC mower shop fitted the Victa kit with the wide pipe that screws straight on and seals perfectly. Makes the engine last longer and air filter replacement is far cheaper.
Everything. Fantastic mower with loads of power and reliability to boot.
Nothing whatsoever.

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