Commercial Mower? NO WAY!
Had the mower for approximately 3 years. Blades wear way too fast, gearing is too slow, bag clogs up at the sight of wet grass, cables constantly snapping, gear box troubles: Had it replaced once under warranty, now 10 months on, same issues!!! Will never buy a Honda again, overpriced, underpowered and poor workmanship.
My 216 is up to around 700 lawns, pros: good engine life, good gearbox , 3 speed is an advantage. Cons: have now snapped drive cable blade engage cable, left hand handle bar nut always vibrates loose, it hates cooch lawns, had to bend govener spring to make it rev harder to get through most lawns , fabric catcher gets dirty quickly and blocks airflow not allowing grass to go into catcher. I think its pathetic to call it a commercial mower and not offer a commercial warranty! and I bought mine for au $1350 march 2014 they are $1750 now and I hear the price for exactly the same machine is going up to $1950 in the next month or so , far to expencive!! My next mower will be an after market model.
I am a contract Mower man. I have just bought my 3rd HRU216 second hand self propelled mower on line. The 1st 2 have been fantastic. They do an awful lot of work. The only negative I have is the chute opening. As others have said it could be widened to prevent clogging. Lets hope the 3rd second hand model is ok.
I own a Honda brushcutter which I regard as a brilliantly designed, reliable & easy to use piece of equipment. So when it came time to get another mower after using so many $300.00 throw away crappy things I thought I'd spurge on a Honda and purchased the HRR216PKUA.
I am sorry to say that I am pretty disappointed. Now, having said that, the disappointed maybe as much with myself as it is with the product. You see, it's clear to me now that I should have gotten the self-propelled model. I have a fairly large yard and when the lawn is f...airly thick this mower becomes one heavy mother. Now, to put it in perspective I am a 57 year old office worker - but I am not hopelessly unfit (I ride a bike, jog etc) - so I guess my point is - if I needed to be in my thirties and a gym junkie to use this mower - then I wish someone would have told me. I also agree with the reviewer who criticized the height adjustment. It seems to me if you want to mow low - you need to break your back pushing the mongrel - if you want to mow a bit higher - expect to miss most of the grass. On the bright it does start well and has great safety features. But do yourself a favour and get the self-propelled model. Cheers
Not worth the mpney
Brought the Honda 216 for my business, 4 months later needed a new gear box then 2 months later the new gear box broke again, to heavy when catcher is full, not worth the money, may as we'll just buy a push Honda
Have a commercial business and always use honda gear however very disappointed in my recently bought 216 gearbox broke within ten months. Think catcher size/weight when full is too much for it bad design and poor quality control
Going to kubota
Have had 7 Honda 216 models and the old ones were tougher than the modern (post ohs gear )
Have always had problems with Shute blocking up with clover or long paspalum . Have had three handles snap, am constantly replacing the discs, also no good support from Honda company or retailer.
Am trying the new kubota professional self propelled, as Newcastle council and some mid coast contractors have switched
A Honda by name but not by quality
Have had my new HR216 Honda Lawnmower for a few months and very disappointed in the design and quality. Not only is it heavy and noisy (for a Honda), today after only starting it about 6 to 8 times since new, the starter cord shredded and broke. This is caused by a very poor quality cord dragging over a sharp plastic edge in the recoil unit as it exits the housing. This must be common with this model, as it will continue to happen unless honda redesign and replace the recoil unit and cords on this mower. I have written to Honda, so it will be interesting to see their reply.
Starts easy, but thats all...wasted our money
Recently we traded our old Honda mower HRU19D, for a new HRR216PKUA lawn mower, as we never had any problems with the old one which made mowing easy.
What a HUGE let down for us. The new one is heavy and hard to push and the bag catcher is absolutely useless. My wife can no longer mow (which she likes to do) as she suffers from asthma and the constant dust through the bag sets her off.
The distance between cutting heights is a FAIL and the overall experience is terrible. We wish we had kept our old mower instead of wasting our money on this one.
Had Honda self propelled mowers for 25 years.
So, my second Honda Mower seems now to be pretty tired, (it is designated HRU 215 so I guess it is the forerunner of the 216) and will be replaced soon. I've been using Honda self propelled mowers for 25 years and don't remember the designation of the one I had originally....oh and did I say I've had only two in those 25 years?
This one still starts first pull, and seems comparatively quiet. I don't get clogging problems like the commercial operators. I can see their points in the various reviews posted, but as a home user this mower (well ...
Reliable but serious flaws
Mine came with the round I bought and is about 10 years old. I am impressed that it still starts first time but performance in the wet is poor (and as a contractor can't wait for sunnier days). It clogs up regularly (so what commercial mowers do have unobstructed chutes?). Length of the handle is a problem as is the lack of camlocks for folding the handle (takes forever each time it goes in or out of the van).
ok at the moment
Bought 216m2 , starts 1st time, feels strong but its bloody heavy for someone who uses it daily, shute gets clogged a bit and the spring on the self propelled cable twists itself around and jams the self propelled to open occasionally.revs feel slightly low (around 2900-3000) and feels like at $1650 it could be a bit more powerful . Not sure Ive made the right choice but time will tell.
Bought new $1550.00. Powerful engine, starts easily and pretty robust.
Mulch attachment was $50 and doesn't even fit properly, really heavy although I'd rather heavy and lasts long than light and falls apart.
Only had it 2 months so time will tell if buying a honda self propelled was worth it.
power, easy start, tough
heavy, mulch attachment doesn't fit properly for $50,
Inferior chinese poor quality parts
As a contractor, i have used this mower for years. A couple of problems i see are that Honda could move the gearbox out of the catch area and widen the catch area, afterall, we have to catch grass not leave it behind. The blades are far too thin and need constanly changing or the disc enlarged so the blades are shorter. The flute area on these blades goes within a a few hits of twigs or stones (For all those who say raise deck or collect sticks, there is no excuse, there will always be sticks or stones, even after mowing the same lawns for year...s). The gearbox is strong, really strong but the propel control wire snaps all the time. Motor is fantastic and has so much torque. The good bits however can't make the bad bits about catching grass go away. The customer only see that part. The blade spacers need to be stamped to the bolt desing because it puts too much pressure on the disc and wears out the disc bolt holes, meaning the disc than needs replacing. The wheels should be much sturdier on a contractor mower and maybe the handlebars raised to a higher position. The lay back too far and this causes turning problems where wheels hit trees because of movement forward when turning. I have snapped 3 handlebars in 2 years. They have no middle support and the metal is extremely thin, so thin that when welding back together they burn holes. The handle bar nuts could be replaced with lever action. Honda wont listen to any of this because they also want the after sale repairs. This is why i satyed away from Honda for so long and am thinking of staying away some more. Their motor and gearbox is absolutely fantastic but all those other niggling problems frustrate when trying to work. These mowers end up costing far too much money, gearbox and motor not included. The shaft between the motor and gearbox should be much stronger. This is Australia, we have tough conditions here, we need strength. No use have strong motors and gearboxes if the rest of the equipment does not perform. Motor, perfect. Gearbox, great apart from propel cable and shaft to motor Blades (extremely poor quality), disc(spacers can fix this), cables (stronger propel cable), handlebars (very poor, extra strength near cables, extra height), Wheels(Too much grunt for these garbage wheels)
King of the lawn
Could not miss a couple of bad reviews on this page so I thought I'd even the scales a little. I have a hru216 self propelled mower and I've owned it from new and it's now going on four years old. Now paying almost $1700 for a mower was hard to get over at the start but you get what you pay for. I live in north Queensland and I would have to say I have the best lawn in the suburb however I mow at least twice a week sometimes three and my mower has not missed a beat. Oil, blades and air filter every six months and it's trouble free mowing. Still...on original wheels, maybe the lads going through gearboxes and wheels should learn how to now on a cheapo bindings mower. Maybe then they will appreciate the Honda they had.I'll get ten years or more out of mine it still looks and runs like new, it will amaze people how long things last if you look after it. [censored word removed] good It cant operate itself
Cant live without it!!
I am a average sized female in late fifties with a big lawn of verdant buffalo grass and I haven't looked back since purchasing this beauty. So easy to start, cruises through the thick buffalo and even though it is heavy once you perfect the technique for turning it, no problems.
It has turned our yard into a beautiful lawn wheres our previous mower just got stuck in the buffalo and made an awful mess.
Was sold a Husqavarna self propelled but it wouldnt even move in the buffalo so got my money back, bit the bullet, paid the extra and havent looked back :)
Reliable, easy to start, cruises through buffalo
Heavy, but okay with the right turning technique.
Great cut and powerful engine
Fantastic lawnmower, much better then any other mower we have had previously. Great for larger lawns i.e. 0.5 to 1 acre. Love that's it self propelled, starts first time and can cut through pretty much any type of lawn/grass effortlessly. Comes with 4 yr warranty. Mulch and catcher works really well.
cuts well and efficiently, powerful engine, starts first time
nothing really, just that is it a heavy machine
Never buy another one give me my money back
All though warrant says 2years commercial by salesman, its for motor only, I have brought two gear box lasted less than 6 months on both, chasis has cracked on one chasis warranty 6mths, A commercial mower, WHAT EVER.
This mower or warranty seriously needs to be reviewed by manufacturer Honda Australia
Went well for about 6 weeks
Alll moving parts cables breaking wheels collapsing
Have been using a HRU216M1 for three years, as a professional, and it is still going strong. Just bought my second machine (the K2). Only repairs have been with areas where you would expect wear & tear, like the drive shaft to the gear box. Clogging of shute only occurs where grass is extremely thick and wet, and would be expected.
Works for me.
Who'd waste their money on a Honda?
I help an elderly widow out around her yard and have done so for over 25 years. Her yard is over 2.5 acres but it has too many trees to use a ride-on. She bought one of these time wasters in 2008 because we were told it would cut the mowing time by about 1/3. This piece of rubbish chokes at long grass, thick grass, wet grass & dust- which sums up their yard completely. I have a 30+ year old 2 stroke Victa which runs rings around it. If she had the money & I had the time, I'd throw it & get something to do the job a lot easier.
easy start, good size catcher, self propel function
chute clogs too easily, engine cuts out as soon as the going gets tough, self propel function could be faster, hard to restart when hot
Questions & Answers
Hi, my hru 216 self propelled mowers blades don’t disengage. I have replaced cable and sprayed crc under the deck but it is still not disengaging.? Please help. Cheers Brooke
Blade not disengaging
Hi my mower deck is not level how do I adjust it please?
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