Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-19-2012, 09:54 PM
rbljack rbljack is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 542
Loving my new Honda HRC-216

I just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who posted info about their commercial mowers and helped me decide. I read through a bunch on posts on here, and finally decided to take the plunge. After a weeks use, im really liking the new mower. Its a lot to spend for a 21 inch mower, but I need one for most of the lawns I cut because the gates are so small to get into back yards.

It runs smooth, the handle configuration took a little getting used too, but isn't bad at all. I love the fact that you can leave the mower running and disengage the blades. It allows you to pick up trash or debris with ease, and get back to mowing with minimal problems. I havent bagged with it yet, but im sure that the blade disengagement will be handy for that also. The texas summer was hot and dry, but the grass has greened back up with recent rain, and im able to start putting this great mower to use.

The drive system runs smooth as silk, and although the unit is heavy as others have mentioned, it isnt to the point where its unmanageable. So far, im very happy with this unit. Hopefully years down the road, I can still be this positive about the mower.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-20-2012, 12:54 AM
zechstoker's Avatar
zechstoker zechstoker is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Modesto, CA
Posts: 975
The only complaint I have about mine is that the drivelines don't last very long in it, and they're somewhere in the ballpark of $100 when you buy a new one. It seems like I have to replace the driveline once every 5 or 6 months. Not sure what everyone else's experience is with this, but that seems like an awful short lifespan for that part. Overall though, I'm happy with the machine.
__________________
Zech Stoker
est. 1983
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-20-2012, 06:27 AM
GMLC's Avatar
GMLC GMLC is offline
LawnSite Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 4,367
Love my HRC 216. Never had a drive problem and its a 1996. HRC's drive is hydro.
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-20-2012, 11:08 AM
Paradise Yard Service Paradise Yard Service is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Formerly Kailua, Hawaii. Now Sacramento, CA
Posts: 447
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-20-2012, 11:15 AM
Paradise Yard Service Paradise Yard Service is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Formerly Kailua, Hawaii. Now Sacramento, CA
Posts: 447
I have had no drive issues. I have owned 3 HRC since early 90s. Weight has never been an issue either...use ramps if it is a problem. Love the handle bars and all the controls. Lots of suction. Excellent bagger.
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-20-2012, 01:12 PM
saw man's Avatar
saw man saw man is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: utah
Posts: 1,023
Quote:
Originally Posted by zechstoker View Post
The only complaint I have about mine is that the drivelines don't last very long in it, and they're somewhere in the ballpark of $100 when you buy a new one. It seems like I have to replace the driveline once every 5 or 6 months. Not sure what everyone else's experience is with this, but that seems like an awful short lifespan for that part. Overall though, I'm happy with the machine.
You do not need to buy both sides of the drive shaft, you can just buy the half that is worn.

Try not to slam the mower into drive as hard, try to be a little smoother with it. If you redlined your car and dropped the clutch every time the same would happen.
__________________
Don't sweat petty things....or pet sweaty things.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-20-2012, 01:44 PM
zechstoker's Avatar
zechstoker zechstoker is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Modesto, CA
Posts: 975
Quote:
Originally Posted by saw man View Post
You do not need to buy both sides of the drive shaft, you can just buy the half that is worn.

Try not to slam the mower into drive as hard, try to be a little smoother with it. If you redlined your car and dropped the clutch every time the same would happen.
I tried replacing just the half that was worn, but more than once, I ran into a problem of incompatibility with the new part. It's weird because I'd have the shop look up and order what should be the right part for this specific model of the 216, and everytime it'd come in, there'd be something slightly different with it. This has happened when I've given them the part number, and even when they looked up the mower's model/serial number, and found what "should've been" the right part. The last time I went through this, the shaft was too long, and I ended up having to cut it down to size just to make it work because I didn't have time to dink around with the shop at that point. So far, this modified drive shaft hasn't screwed up. Keeping my fingers crossed.

As for driving it more smoothly, I admit I was a bit rough on it at first, but I've learned to be more gentle with it. Especially gotta be more gentle with it when cutting a lawn that has a bad problem with thatch as I've noticed it has a bit of a hard time accelerating on those thick/nasty lawns.
__________________
Zech Stoker
est. 1983
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-20-2012, 02:44 PM
rbljack rbljack is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 542
for the people who have encountered driveshaft issues, do you primarily bag? Maybe the extra weight of the full bag of grass is putting more stress on the drive shafts?

Just a thought....i primarily mulch, so maybe that will help.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-20-2012, 02:48 PM
zechstoker's Avatar
zechstoker zechstoker is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Modesto, CA
Posts: 975
I bag grass all day everyday, and I do it with the Accelerator catcher, so that probably has something to do with it. There's rare occasions where I'll mulch, but it's next to never.
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-21-2012, 10:01 AM
bel-nor bel-nor is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: st louis mo
Posts: 174
rbljack i also have followed some of the postings recent and archived. I also just purchased one last week and was a little concerned on the price, performance and ease of operation compared to the JS series by JD that I have used for years. The wheel adjustments took getting use to and the turning of the machine. The lower power sound was suprising , however there is more torque and heavier parts compared to other Honda series. I purchased extra blades at purchase time and hoped for the best.

The first couple of jobs were overgrown with the owners wondering if they needed their lawns mowed due to slow growth/cooler weather.....Dahhhh. The served as a good training process and familiarization of the Honda. The test was yesterday was my daughters house which is the only lawn that requires a 21" front and rear. I was very impressed with the performance on the front hill. The rear is very thick but flat.

I am satisfied with the Honda HRC 216 I would recommend it to any one, and I will when needed purchase a second one. The price makes me a little leary of having a helper use one but proper instruction will be needed. I saw three guys Wednesday mowing a church with some beat up 21" mowers and I stoped to talk to them and they were all older HRCs. They were checking the oil, cleaning decks and making money. GO HONDA!
__________________
2012 Chevy Silverado HD 3500 Dump Body
2014 Chevy Silverado 4X4 Z71 LTZ ext.cab
Cargo South 7x16 V Nose Tandem axel
Big Tex 60SP 6.5x16 trailer
John Deere ZTRs 925aEFI 60" 920a 60" 910a 54" (2)
John Deere 7H17/WG32A
Honda HRC216HXA 21" (2)
Little Wonder Leaf Loader and Optimax 570V
Echo/Stihl handheld service equipment
Husquvarna 445/395XP
Western Pro Plus 8.5/ SnowEx SP-1075
Toro 826 OE Snow Thrower
American Family Ins
"making the st.louis area beautiful one lawn at a time"
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
commercial mower , honda , hrc-216 , mower

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:37 AM.

Page generated in 0.08700 seconds with 9 queries