After purchasing a HRT2162TDA ~6yr ago (was ~5yr old when I got it) when my B&S powered snapper bit it I have become a Honda mower for life kind of person. The Snapper was always hard to start (im 6'1" ~190) so there was no way my wife could have used it in a pinch. I had heard of Hondas rep for being a one pull and go mower and also after witnessing my father in laws ~20yr old Honda mower still start on one pull and never giving him an issue that I would jump on the wagon. I owned my HRT for 6yr and it never ever took more than a pull to start it (and im talking limp wristed pull too, never a full manly pull!). Even after running all the gas out of it to sit the 3.5-4 months during the winter when it wasn't being used. Since I use a service to fertilize my lawn (I cannot buy the products for cheaper then putting the time into the equation, its a no brainer) my lawn is quite lush and thick. Being that I sell cars for a living, I have to cut the grass when I can. Whether that's first thing in the morning when the dew is still present or after a rain. The HRT was great but the 160cc motor wasn't strong enough to mulch the grass and because of that I would have to double mow to get rid of the grass line. So began the search for a Honda mower with a 190cc motor. I could have just went and plunked down the $$$ for a new one but whats the fun in that!? After looking at the models with the 190cc motor I decided that I also wanted the BBC (stops the blade while the engine still runs during bag changes/stick removal from path/whatever) and I couldn't resist the Hydrostatic tranny. From what I have learned, its super simple and requires no maintenance at all unless broken/leaking. Some of HRX217's have the smartdrive and that just didn't appeal to me. This brought me to the HRX217HXA as the mower I would find and hopefully be using to cut my lawn within a couple weeks. I searched local craigslists for weeks finding a couple in the $500 range but every time they got picked up before I could make a move. Then after about 2 months of searching I decided to individually search craigslists from further cities. Finally I found a 4yr old HXA in IN that was being sold by an older woman. I had her call me as soon as she could so I could find out all the info on this specific unit. She purchased it new 4yr ago from a local lawn equipment company. After 2yr she had back surgery and did not use it after that. Though she still had the shop pick it up every season for their yearly tune up! Im leaving tomorrow at ~7am to make the 5h (one way) trip to pick her up and I be I wont sleep much tonight!!!