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It's great for what I want
Purchased just after the drought breaking rain, this Honda is an adjunct to the 10 year old Honda HRU196. The old mower was very heavy but pretty near indestructible. On the basis of the old clunker's reliability I thought I'd have a shot at the HRN216PKU.
The cutting deck is wider and the mower itself would have to be 20kgs lighter than the old one. My property is beset with steep hills and sataria. I push mow about an acre and a half. It's thinking time and exercise.
The first two mows after the rains in Northern NSW were industrial and vic...ious, the various grasses (what a rural property laughingly calls 'lawn') at least knee-high. The new Honda works a treat. I'm not sure if I like the auto-turn off where as soon as you let go the lever the engine stops. That's a small quibble for having a mower that's robust enough to get through pretty heavy duty grass while being light enough to tackle the steep bits. The dual blades are an interesting innovation. The design brief is they cut grass and that's what they do. I'll explore this more as I get used to the mower. Wet grass doesn't seem to be a problem but I guess that's contingent on the height settings and the grass type.
Purchased in February 2020 at Tweed Mower City for A$729.00.
Reliable commercial use
I purchased my Honda HRU216 new about 4 years ago and have been using commercially 5 days a week ever since in my lawn and garden business.
The machine has never let me down. I change the oil twice a year myself, replace the the plug at the same time and air filter.
The blades last me about 4 weeks which is normal seeing as we use it approx 3 hrs per day x 5 days x 4 weeks = 60 hrs mow time
I spoke with other contractors prior to buying and they all said to give the machine a slight push being engaging the self propelled lever as this takes ...
I have been mowing lawns for a living over thirty years this is the only mower on the market that will stand up to constant commercial use .
The mower is quite expensive compared to other brands but the the long life makes it well worth the extra money
Big and powerful, but not perfect for all applications
This is a big, powerful mower. Ideal for cutting through tough, tall grass.
This mower is not ideal for all applications. Weighing in at 54kg, it is not possible for the average person to lift this into the back of their vehicle. Yes, I know some people can lift 54 kg, but it's an awkward shape and not all that easy to wrangle in my view. If you are moving this mower from location to location by car, I'd suggest using a ramp or at least some sort of method to assist getting it in and out of a vehicle other than just lifting because it's too ...difficult to do on your own on a regular basis. Having said that, for situations where you have a large area to mow and you either cannot afford or is not practical to use a ride-on mower, this mower will give you results that are almost as good. To be fair, ride-ons are a different category, so I won't labour that comparison too heavily, but this is a good alternative if you are thinking you need something less than a ride-on but more than a regular mower. Looking at the speed settings on the self-propelling side of things: this mower has three speeds and I tended to use 1 for the first mow over very tall grass, then switch up to 2 or 3 once I'd cut the grass down to a managable size. I was also mowing over uneven and rocky ground, often with rubbish (such as cans and plastic containers) strewn around so I didn't want to go too fast. Your situation may be different to mine. If you're doing residential you are less likely to deal with these problems. My only issue with self-propelled is the manouverability around obstacles such as trees was a little tricky, I had to disengage the self-propelled features and manually push around the trees. Depending what type of mowing you are doing this will either be a nuisance or irrelevant - I rarely encounter problems navigating trees as I'm mostly mowing open spaces and verges. The blades have had to be replaced after about 4 months of regular use. I'm sure results will vary depending on use. I was using this mower in situations where there was rocky, uneven ground with rubbish that obstructed the blade (often not visible due to long grass so went through mower). I fully accept that my use of the mower probably put more stress on the blades than a normal domestic situation would and I am also willing to accept that the replacement of blades will depend on how you are using this machine.
I got sick of buying a cheap lawn mower every couple of years. This starts 2nd pull every time. Only down side is the weight of it. Its very heavy and makes it difficult lifting in and out of the back of the ute. Thats the only down side even has the water wash point to clean the deck without flipping it over.
Quality Mower Worth The Purchase
As a commercial mower in 2008 I purchased one of these to make my life easier when doing the tuff and dirty jobs (high grass and big bumpy blocks) i was so impressed i purchased a 2nd one and wouldn't use anything else...great finish and durable not to mention time saving, even the missus could use it on the days she tagged along!
I bought the HRU216 about 2 weeks ago very used and broken. After virtually rebuilding it I have used it for 2 days with my business ( testing the repairs before the busy season). It runs great and cuts well, although I haven't used it on thick grass yet I think it will handle it well. I only have 3 minor issues which probably won't affect most users. The handle is quite a bit lower than I like (I'm 6'2") some adjustment would be nice. It is slower than a hrx217 I'm use to an almost jogging pace. The speed can't be changed while moving, if I approach a thick patch of grass I have to stop to change gear. Like I said these are minor and it will be a good 2nd mower for my business.
Easy to use
The honda hru216 is easy to use and saw to use. It make relatively low noise and cut grass nicely. Since I bought the machine I begin to love cutting lawn. Overall it is a very good lawn machine and I really recommend to everyone who consider to buy it.
Used it found it Cool. Good power strong equipment Would recommend to anyone. If it dies I would buy another Honda for sure
Maneuvering is easy and cutting results are excellent with this mower
About maintenance not much is required except the normal oil change routine and spark plug cleaning along with air filter cleaning
Very good mower, but not perfect
I ran a mowing business for 7 years and have used 3 HRU216s in that time. The good points are.
They start easily
They are easy to maintain for example regular oil changes, filter cleaning, and blades are easy to change.
They tend to just keep going.
Motor is great never had a problem.
I loved the catcher set up as it is so easy to empty and collects a lot of clippings although they do wear out.
It does give a great cut.
The height adjustment is good and easy to change.
But when you mow 10 plus lawns per day 5 days a week and putting it ...
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.
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,
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.
Questions & Answers
What is the difference between a honda Hru216 and Hru216D ?
I’ve just bought and have not cut lawn with it, got it started and theres no throttle adjustment, it just runs at Idle, or will the revs pick up when cutting?
I have a mower (Honda buffalo classic HRU21D,I am wishing to purchase a catcher to fit my mower please
|Category||Petrol Lawn Mowers||Petrol Lawn Mowers||Petrol Lawn Mowers||Petrol Lawn Mowers|
|Features||Blade Brake, Mulching Capability and Self-Propelled||Blade Brake, Foldable Handle, Mulching Capability and Self-Propelled||Mulching Capability|
|Catcher Capacity||70 L||70 L||66 L|
|Cutting Deck Material||Plastic||Aluminium Alloy||Steel|
|Cutting Width||533 mm||530 mm||533 mm|
|Height of Cut||16 mm to 76 mm||16 mm to 80 mm||25 mm to 100 mm|
|Number of Blades||1||1||2|
|Manufacturer Warranty||4 year(s)||4 year(s)||2 year(s)|
|Engine / Motor|
|Engine Name||Honda GXV160 4 Stroke||Honda GXV160||GCV170|
|Engine Type||4-Stroke||4-Stroke||4-Stroke and OHV (Overhead Valve)|
|Engine Displacement||160 cc||167 cc|
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