5Honda HRX217

Honda HRX217

5Honda HRX217
3.7

37 reviews

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Build Quality
3.4
Value for Money
3.1
Ease of Use
3.6
Cleaning & Maintenance
3.6
Noise Level
3.6
Safety
4.5
Wet / Damp Grass Performance
3.4
Fuel Efficiency
3.8
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37 reviews
Craig K.
Craig K.South East Queensland, QLD3 posts
  HRX217HYU

Honda are not who they used to be

Paid $1500 for a honda mower because they're supposed to be a good brand. 2 weeks past the 2 year warranty and the clutch lets go $300 to fix Show details
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dmisso42
dmisso42Victoria21 posts
  HRX217HZU

Waste of Money

Bought 3rd February 2023. From the (non)start the electric start worked only intermittently.
Repairs were tried on a number of occasions. Then, last month, the decompressor failed and Honda issued a recall as the pull start was also jammed and operating the machine was considered dangerous.
The Service Centre rebuilt to engine three times without resolving the problem.
The Service Centre also rated my chance of getting Honda to replace the machine at Zero.
I'd never buy a Honda again. Show details
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Quinno
QuinnoNhulunbuy3 posts
  HRX217HZU

Great mower but with a couple of issues

I import this mower from the USA as they weren't available in Australia back 2013.
Never had a issue with the mower other then the battery going flat on the electric start, which are expensive to replace, I never did and the mower start second pull every time.
Other issues are the height controls on 4 wheels, pain to adjust, but I don't let my lawn get that high that I need to, other issue is the mulch/bag deflector, can be hard to move if it isn't cleaned after mowing wet grass, other than that I haven't had a issue with the mower. It's a Honda made in the USA. Show details
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Luke
LukeMetropolitan Adelaide, SA7 posts
  HRX217HYU

Awesome machine

Have had this mower for about 3 years, it smashes through anything including long buffalo with ease, it’s easy and a pleasure to mow with… But it is extremely heavy. My last mower was a commercial victa I had for 15 years, started first pull every time and never had 1 repair.
Hope I get this out of the Honda !! Show details
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Diane McLaren
Diane McLarenSouth East Queensland, QLD
  HRX217HZU

Used twice - been in for repairs for 6 weeks

This was the first mower I have purchased. Liked the idea of key start. Purchased 30/1/23. Used twice and then wouldn’t start. Returned to shop for service. Apparently a $20 part failed. The new part was estimated to arrive in August 2023 and service centre quoted 5 hours to repair. Honda disputed the time to repair. Agent requested a new mower as a replacement under the two year warranty.
Honda refused request. Having to pay someone to mow my lawns which I am
not happy about given I paid $1700 for a top of the range mower. I thought warranty offered protection for buyer. Would not buy another Honda due to the company refusing to provide a decent service . Show details
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ATIF
ATIFGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC16 posts
  HRX217HZU

Powerful and super easy to use

I bought this mower only 4 months ago secondhand. My lawn mowing is like a breeze. In my whole life it’s very first time when enjoying lawn mowing.

I have tried both bagging and mulching but found mulching is perfect for my requirements.

It cuts through sir Walter Buffalo like cheese cake. Auto propel and key start are amazing. Show details

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Carl D.
Carl D.Illawarra, NSW12 posts
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kmo11443
kmo11443Northern Region, NSW2 posts
  HRX217HZU

Fantastic Mower

Cuts wet grass and catches it easily,the versa mow function and Hydrastatic Drive makes mowing a pleasure.The Blade Brake function is one of the best ideas that I have seen incorporated on a mower,you can stop the blades and move objects or let it idle down before switching off.I would recommend this mower to anyone. Show details
Gerard
Gerard14 posts
  HRX217HYU

worst mower I've used for clogging

Unfit for my use, always stopping and hosing all the built up grass underneath or will build up so much it stalls the mower, even tied the flap up and still constantly clogs, the most expensive and most infuriating mower I've used Show details
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Bernie
BernieHunter Region, NSW13 posts
  HRX217HYU

Have had 5 since they arrived still going strong

I have had no problems with the 217 I keep the back wheels permanently on level 2 and adjust the front ones as required
Have never changed a drive belt still all on original spark plugs bags still good
Mow stacks of lawns in all kinds of conditions
From drought to flooding
Absolutely the best self propelled mowers ive owned since 2000
Bernie Show details
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Magilla
MagillaNorth Queensland, QLD
  HRX217HYU

What a disappointment!

I have owned or used many Honda mowers over 30 years. Could not fault them......until now. This HRX217 is an absolute disappointment. Before 12 months of age - Pull start recoil failed. Clutch would engage at idle on its own. Auto choke failed. Catcher bag stitching failed. before 2 years of age - major oil leak from timing gear shaft. Pull start recoil again. Clutch again. Just on 3 years old. Motor blown. Blades are expensive and wear very fast. Discharge chute blocks easily. Change over chute door seizes and hard to change over. Bad grass pick up. Bad cut. Does not like long grass. Show details
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Ray
RayMid North Coast, NSW7 posts
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Ttt
TttHunter Region, NSW
  Fair Incentive HRX217HZU

Won't do same mistake

Brought one and half year ago, already not starting, need to wait 3 weeks to check for repair Under warranty. Engine always stop when put on low level, suggest never buy it,only brand name ,poor service and quality.
Ian
IanTasmania48 posts
  Verified HRX217HYU

perfect lawn mower

recently purchased the Honda Lawn mower HRX217HYU to replace an older model, this mower is easy to use and very easy to start with the Honda quick start engine this model also has self propelled back wheels which makes mowing a larger area a breeze, simple to use controls it basically only has three controls one for the self propelled speed and the other is to select the power setting ie low or high, and the last one is to select mulching or collecting grass option, the only fiddle thing i find is the wheels all have there own hight selectors but once you find the right one for your lawn its easy as. great machine and very quite Show details
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Hari
HariPerth, WA5 posts
  Verified HRX217HYU
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Questions & Answers

Dawn H.
Dawn H. · HRX217

How. Do I change from mow to mulch. Can't seem to move lever. Is there a button to push to release it?

ATIF
ATIF  
Ken
Ken · HRX217

Hi,
Is it true that the maintenance on this mower is very high after the 1st year or so?

Bernie
Bernie  

I am a professional lawn mower I have 5 HRX 217 and have had No problems whatsoever since the first purchase 7 years ago feel free to contact me for any further information

Ken
Ken  
Herbert A.
Herbert A. · HRX217HZU (Electric Start)

Is it worth getting an electric start ?

Bernie
Bernie  

Not really

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CategoryPetrol Lawn MowersPetrol Lawn MowersPetrol Lawn MowersPetrol Lawn Mowers
Price (RRP) $1,329$1,529$829$699
Power SourcePetrolPetrolPetrol
FeaturesBlade Brake and Mulching CapabilityBlade Brake and Quick-Start MotorBlade Brake and Mulching Capability
Catcher Type CollapsibleCollapsibleCollapsible
Catcher Capacity88 L88 L
Cutting Deck MaterialAluminium AlloyPlasticAluminium Alloy
Cutting Width533 mm533 mm508 mm
Height of Cut19 mm to 100 mm19 mm to 100 mm95 mm to 102 mm
Number of Blades222
Weight43.6 kg46.1 kg45 kg
Manufacturer Warranty2 year(s)2 year(s)5 year(s)3 year(s)
Engine / Motor
Engine NameHonda GCV200 OHV/OHCHonda GCV190 OHV/OHCHonda GCV200
Engine TypeOHC (Overhead Cam) and OHV (Overhead Valve)OHC (Overhead Cam) and OHV (Overhead Valve)
BrandHondaHondaHonda

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