View Full Version : 21" Mower - Toro Proline Vs Honda HRC216

01-02-2005, 11:40 PM
Which one would you guys get? I currently have a Honda HRC216 and I dont mind it...

I will mostly be bagging, err actually 85% bagging with high lift blades.. the other 15% is mulching with the gator blades only! that will be din the summer time!

Toro Proline or Honda??? :dizzy: :dizzy:

01-02-2005, 11:43 PM
get a real mower alpo

saw man
01-02-2005, 11:47 PM
If you are mostly bagging stick with the Honda! I think the Honda does better at bagging than the Toro and I had no problem with the Honda mulching even at full speed! I think the Honda is better built as well!!!!

01-02-2005, 11:49 PM
Those are real mowers buddy, I can only use 21" mowers.. I can't even use 32" mowers...


01-02-2005, 11:51 PM
I have a Honda HRX 217 and absolutely love it!

01-02-2005, 11:55 PM
I'd say for you - get another Honda since you are used to it, can use the same parts, and so on. If you were starting from scratch, looking for a 21" Commercial, I'd say get a Toro just because they mulch VERY well. I have used several different brands of 21" mowers and the Toro is unmatched (+ Exmark) in mulching performance. I'm not sure I like the bag set-up though, my favorite bagging 21" mower would have to be the Snapper commercial Hi-Lift.

But, once again, I think it'd be more economical to buy another Honda HRC216 since you already have one. I'm sure the Honda will do excellent in the conditions you are putting it through.


01-02-2005, 11:56 PM
Wait till the new Honda commercial comes out this spring and then give it a try. If it is as good as they say I will have one. If you are bagging I would definitly stick with Honda.

01-02-2005, 11:57 PM
I guess Honda's are the way to go!

Wait til Spring'05 and the new mowers are out? is that for Canada too or just USA..


saw man
01-03-2005, 12:38 AM
I have also heard about a HRC217 push mower. It has the over head cam 6.5hp, cast iron sleve engine, with the comm. deck in a push style. This was in an update, but havent seen pic or anything yet.

Five Diamond Lawns
01-03-2005, 11:08 AM
I have both the Honda and the Toro. Love the cut on the Toro but hate the bagging. If you pickup and mow in the wet I would only use the Honda.

01-03-2005, 01:00 PM
Yes, with our rainy weather.. I will be picking up wet grass ...

01-03-2005, 03:37 PM
For several years, I used a LawnBoy, mostly with a side bagger. The tranny wore out during the season and had to make a quick decision on a new mower. Most of our work is bagging, weekly mowing on pretty good turf.

I bought a Toro, 21" with 5.5hp Sizuki. The engine really is great, but bagging was marginal -- (1) Clogging in the chute, (2) Bag management. We used it for nearly two seasons, but this past Spring, the grass growth was heavy, the weather damp and wet. The Toro was really slowing productivity because of all the clogging. I bought another LB with side bagger, and the difference in difficult bagging is huge. The LB will bag nearly anything, but the Toro is marginal.

I know you didn't ask about LB, but my point is that Toro bagging is not very good for my kind of mowing, kinds of turf, etc.

I rebuilt the tranny on the old LB, so we use all three mowers, depending upon the situation. For quality of cut -- LB is the best. I hate to see the great Sizuki engine sit idle, so we used the Toro mid-season and beyond when bagging was easier. Leaf mulching with the Toro is superb, much better than the LB.

01-03-2005, 05:48 PM
I have both the Honda and the Toro. Love the cut on the Toro but hate the bagging. If you pickup and mow in the wet I would only use the Honda.
I agree!!! My Toro 21's cut great but I rarely bag!!! :cool2:

01-03-2005, 06:03 PM
Thats not good, I dont think I'll go with toro anyhow now.. I'm going to pickup another honda commercial mower ... :rolleyes: