Honda HRC216HXA, Purchase help please??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dirtforlife, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. dirtforlife

    dirtforlife LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Posts: 10

    Hello,

    I'm in the market for a new self propelled mower. When do the 07's come out? I was looking at a HRX217HXA, but I heard so much bad stuff about having to use your thumb on the controls that I decided to look into buying a commercial mower from Honda. I haven't seen the HRC in person, it doesn't have the thumb controls, right? From Honda's website, it doesn't appera to have the thumb controls. I thought about getting a commercial mower because I have to cut about 2 acres once a week. Ditches, houses, fences, trees, takes a good 3 - 4 hrs to cut the grass and trim. Cutting season starts in around March and ends in around November where I live.

    What's a fair asking price from a local dealer, MSRP is $1,129.00? I live in GA.

    Worth the money?

    Thanks
     
  2. dirtforlife

    dirtforlife LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Posts: 10

    I do also own a riding lawnmower with a 46 in cut and 2 other self propelled push mowers. One is a rear self propelled which I like, the other is a front self propelled that I am retiring. I really don't care for the front self propelled mower I own, the rear mower pulls better. They are both low end mowers.

    Thanks
     
  3. dirtforlife

    dirtforlife LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Posts: 10

    TTT, To the Top, Thanks
     
  4. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 941

    I think I paid $1059 for the last one.
     
  5. dirtforlife

    dirtforlife LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Posts: 10

    I checked around at my local Honda dealers today. The 2 stores I went to both sell them for $999.00. Seems like a pretty good deal.

    Pros and Cons about the mower?


    Thanks
     
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,961

    Honda is a good little machine don't worry about the controls lot of homeowers use them, even women so you won't have any problem.
     
  7. saw man

    saw man LawnSite Bronze Member
    from utah
    Posts: 1,020

    The HRX you mentioned doesnt have thumb controls, only 2 models have it(HRR216VXA, and the HRX217VKA)

    I would suggest you buy the models they have now before you get too far into spring, Nothing is really changing on the new models but prices will be going up. $1,169.00 is new retail

    Good machines!
     
  8. P&C Lawn Care

    P&C Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 373

    DO NOT buy the HRR model with thumb controls. I have one and it was a mistake to buy. I bought it for my kids to mow at the house and no one likes the thumb controls. It is a good mower but the HRC's hydrrostat's are the best.
     
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,961

    I am curious why you like the hydro Honda....compaired to older units that had the driveshaft and gear box? The reason I ask is that I never had any probllems with the gear boxes?
     
  10. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,157

    I just bought the honda commercial 21" last November. It was a leftover model and the dealer had it on sale for $500 off list price. I used it on a couple of final cuts and it is a very nice mower. The hydro tranny is sweet, much like the automatic in a car. It bags great and the bag empties directly into the paper yard waste bags we have to use in this neck of the woods. Only drawback I found was the controls. You have to keep the lever that has the yellow button for the BBC up against the main bar for the entire time you are mowing. It's o.k. on a straight path but very awkward on turns, all of the times, the bar would slip out. So, I used a bungee cord to keep that bar in place and now it works well. I am looking forward to seeing it in the spring. I also own a toro proline 21" mower and between the two, I like the toro better because it's more ergonomically designed and mulches better. It's only drawback is that it does not bag as well as the Honda and its bag is cumbersome to empty.
     

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