- HRX217HYU (Recoil Start)
No issues, great machine.
I have used for 10 months now and happy with it. Easy to start, will start after few tugs even after a long stop between use. Height adjustment is not difficult at all. I was afraid of injuring my fingers after reading another review but this is not an issue at all.
Only design fault is that you only need the lowest 3 settings, other settings are too high to cut Australian grass.
Does snot slip on wet grass even on the slight incline I got. 200cc motor is very powerful and self propeller can be controlled easily to my pace. It’s a pleasure to...
Purchased in August 2019 for $1,300.00.
Should have bought one years ago
The JS48 started being problematic so it was time to go. Settled on this new Honda, after a lot of comparing the various Honda models, because of it's self propelled and electric start options. Love the safety features where you can stop the blades but still have the motor running when you have to empty the catcher. Cuts so much finer than previous mower and with the bigger chute it doesn't clog and the catcher is bigger, but it can get heavy when full. It actually cuts so fine that the garbage truck dropped the first bin that I put out full of...wet grass. Has a mulch and bag option without having to put in plastic plugs into the chutes like the John Deere. Only thing is that it doesn't have a side discharge but the flap at the back is designed so it allows the cuttings to come out as you mow, if you don't have the catcher on. Also has constant trickle charging for the battery , unlike my old one which you had to periodically put on a charger. Also has a lever for adjustable speed, which can be preset, so you don't have to worry about losing speed or the mower starting to get away from you. The only thing I find is that the key seems very flimsy, Only time will tell how long it lasts.
Purchased in June 2020 at Benalla Mowers & Chainsaws for $1,459.00.
Very nice machine! I do various of runs throughout my yard and it makes my lawn look mint everytime! I like the latch to dismount the excess grass and the capacity is also quite big which was what I was after. The motor inside has plenty of power and hasn't broken down within the time I have bought it (about 9 months ago). I recommend this mower to anyone who is after great performance at a reasonably good price with that reliability that many mowers do not offer!
I'm Lovin' It
This mower is great, no issues, plenty of power in the 190cc engine and starts 1st or 2nd pull. I've had this mower about 18 months, used for 250m2 flat lawn weekly, sometimes twice a week and the cut is great. I'd never go a non-self propelled mower after this. The variable speed settings makes it easy to get the right speed and the ability to have the engine and self propelled on while the blade is not spinning is exactly what i needed to get up my steep driveway. The composite deck is not a problem, i was slightly concerned at the start. My only concern is the fixed blade, if it hits anything I've read it destroys the engine/mower, if that happens the cost of replacing will hurt.
Really nice mower
Just purchased one of these to replace a Proscape self propelled mower. Don't be put off by the composite base as opposed to steel or aluminium bases. The base on this is tough and stands up to punishment. The choice of 7 speeds makes mowing so much easier and the fact that it can also be pulled backwards while cutting (my old mower could not) makes things so much easier when getting into tight spaces. It starts instantaneously which my wife loves. It almost makes mowing the lawn fun.
Im a mowing contractor and have been using Hondas for many years now. The 216 was very good but when the front wheel axle grommets wear you start getting an uneven cut.
I was very cautious about buying a plastic mower but when I saw Honda was providing excellent warranty conditions I was finally persuaded.
The individual wheel height adjustment gives much better stable even cut, I'm always impressed when I look back at the lawn I just cut. With careful adjustment to the mulcher control you can seriously reduce the amount of clippings withou...
Easy to handle
I live on almost an acre block and it is a massive chore to mow the yard. I find this mower light weight and easy to start as the old one I would have to get my partner to start. Starts first go. I still hate mowing yet I enjoy using the new mower so not as much as a chore to have to mow the yard now. I love my partner for purchasing this. We sometimes argue over who gets to use it. He he.
I bought my hrx217 last August, It's my first honda for my business. Runs great and very light considering it's size. The only problem I have is I operate on the coast and the blades don't last long because of the sand. I asked the local dealer and they told me you can't get a conversion kit to use swing back blades.... so I made my own have been using it for about 2 weeks. The mower is even better now
Best mower I have ever had. It's an amazing machine. Starts first time every time and it's fairly easy to manuvore. The engine is huge with plenty of grunt. I would highly recommend this machine to anyone from weekend mower to contractor. The gearbox on these things are also fantastic.
I picked this mower up used (but only a year old) a few days ago and got to use it on one of my jobs yesterday. I must say Honda has definitely lived up to my expectations, and in many ways exceeded them! This mower is a dream come true compared to my old 19" Morrison and 16" Rockwell push mowers. The Honda is light, massive, powerful and fast (at times I was jogging to keep up with it!). The transmission is fantastic and I love the blade brake system. I have not played around with the Versamow function much yet but it looks great. Starting the...mower is very easy and I don't need to choke it which is great. One thing I really liked was the HUGE 88L catcher. I can mow so much more now without having to empty the catcher. This and the self-propelled function have cut my mowing time in half! Overall I am very impressed with this mower and I really look forward to using it again next weekend! :D
Top of the line
I own two of these for a lawn maintenance business. The nexite body definitely lives up to it's reputation. The cutting width makes quick work of even larger size jobs, and the inbuilt mulcher makes it easy to change on the spot. The variable speed control works a treat, as does the blade brake. If you want a top-quality mower, this is it! The ones I have are currently 1 year old and have cut hundreds of lawns. No mechanical issues as yet, just general maintenance. Beautiful machine.
The best is worth it
For anyone looking for a self propelled mower you simply won't find better than this. It is so flexible In regard to speed, cutting modes (rear discharge, bag or mulch, or combinations of these) with plenty of power. This enables the user to find a mowing mode that suits exactly the type of lawn, terrain and physical ability of the operator. These modes can be easily changed on the go as conditions change. A truly magnificent, safe machine with legendary Honda reliability. It may cost a little more than some others, but it is worth it.
This mower makes the job of mowing on steep ground easy!
I purchased a Honda HRX217HYUA self-propelled walk-behind lawn mower in late-2015 to take care of the 450 sq.m of buffalo grass on my sloping (1:6 or 10 deg) residential block on the mid-north coast of NSW. I have used it several times and found it to be fantastic - it starts first time every time, has adjustable driving speed to match your preferred walking speed, is relatively quiet at full revs and is easy to operate. I found it is best to mow when the grass is just damp rather than wet, because there is a little bit of wheel slippage on the...wet grass that requires some manual pushing to overcome. If I had to list any improvements, I would suggest more rugged tyres on the driving wheels. The mower leaves a beautiful, even finish on grass that leaves my garden looking like a bowling green!
Questions & Answers
Has anyone found a practical solution to adjusting the height on the rear wheels? I am constantly struggling with this, not to mention the poor skin on my knuckles would appreciate it. Ive tried lifting the mower which sometimes helps a bit but not always. Seems like a design defect to me?
I found it easier to put a brick under each corner and take the weight off the wheels to adjust the height then when I got it right just take it off the bricks. Its a bit like the clutch. It was a nuisance holding it all the time so I use piece of velcro tape . A couple of wraps and the clutch is on and just leave a tab up to unwind it quickly if you want.
can not move lever across from bag to mulch what causes this. Greg
Greg, I suspect there is lawn caught in the bag-to-mulch sliders. Have a look from underneath and clear grass caught between 2 black plastic sliding panels.
yep that was the problem not just grass but mud as well , now that has been cleaned out. bought this mower second hand, wow what a mower would recommend to any body looking for a top mower thanks honda.
Can you pull the mower backwards
You can pull the mower backwards but remember it’s designed for self propelling and therefore is a bit heavy to pull backwards on a regular basis
Yes. It’s easily pulled backwards. It won’t propel backwards. Nothing to change, just pull back. I’m not a big person but I pull it back easy.
You can but it's slightly heavier than a mower that isn't self propelled.
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|Category||Petrol Lawn Mowers||Petrol Lawn Mowers||Petrol Lawn Mowers||Petrol Lawn Mowers|
|Features||Blade Brake and Quick-Start Motor||Blade Brake and Mulching Capability||Blade Brake and Mulching Capability|
|Catcher Capacity||88 L||88 L|
|Cutting Deck Material||Plastic||Aluminium Alloy||Aluminium Alloy|
|Cutting Width||533 mm||533 mm||508 mm|
|Height of Cut||19 mm to 100 mm||19 mm to 100 mm||95 mm to 102 mm|
|Number of Blades||2||2||2|
|Weight||46.1 kg||43.6 kg||45 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)||2 year(s)||3 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Engine / Motor|
|Engine Name||Honda GCV190 OHV/OHC||Honda GCV200 OHV/OHC||Honda GCV200|
|Engine Type||OHC (Overhead Cam) and OHV (Overhead Valve)||OHC (Overhead Cam) and OHV (Overhead Valve)|
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