FYI on Honda mower stress fracture

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jsf343, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just FYI for anyone with the micro-cut Honda commercial mowers (21") We had a stress fracture that occured at the base of the handle bars, right where the three bolts are that attach it to the back of the deck. I was really quite frustrated especially since the warrenty was up in late May. I took it in to get it fixed and shortly after getting back home my crew calls saying the same thing happened on another Honda. Ended up talking with my sales guy to tell him the whole sory and how I think it is a manufacture's defect or poor design. He called Honda and come to find out it is starting to happen on the new micro cuts quite a bit, they agreed to cover it.:clapping: So, if you have one keep your eyes open for this stress fracture, you don't want to be broke down in the field.

    Also, Honda does now have a fix, we will see how well it holds up.


    Just FYI for all my lawn care brothers... and sisters:laugh:
     
  2. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Huh, I ust be the only one with Honda mowers? :confused: Maybe nobody else is having issues. Good to see.
     
  3. john_incircuit

    john_incircuit LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
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    What is the fix from Honda, do you have any pics?
     
  4. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    they slightly beefed up the handle bars (although I can't tell) and put in shorter bolts. Not sure what the results will be yet, we will see. As for pic's I will try and take some when there is time. (Company coming in from Idaho)
     
  5. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Senior Member
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    We had the bars break on one of our Honda.
     
  6. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,767

    Did you say... "Dang it man!"

    talk with Honda or better yet the sales rep.
     
  7. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Senior Member
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    Actually, it was still under warranty. The dealer had it fixed the day after we dropped it off. I think that when the mower gets clogged with wet grass, we were using the handle to tip it on it's side. The older models have a stronger handle with a cross brace and could take the stress. Now when we tip the mower, we don't use the handle.
     

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