New Honda 21"..does it mulch better than previous Hondas??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GarPA, May 11, 2005.

  1. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    Have to breakdown and replace my old Honda 21". I was leaning towards the Toro Proline because allot of you say it mulches better than any other 21". My previous Hondas were lousy at mulching ..both of them.. but the new marketing hype from Honda talks about them improving the mulching capability. I think the new modek number is like hxa217?? The HOnda also allows the cutting height to be raised to 4 inches..the Toro can only go to 3.5 inches.

    ANy of you out there have first hand experience with the newer Honda commercial mowers ..if so, hows it doing with mulching the wet spring growth?? thanks much.
     
  2. firefighter

    firefighter LawnSite Member
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    I purchased a Honda HRX217HXA for mowing this year. Consumer reports rate this mower as #1 in mulching. So far it mulch's great. I have had no problems with the mower. You can also adjust how much you want to bag.

    Firefighter
     
  3. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 4,154

    The new Honda is still HRC216HXA. Reports so far that I have seen say it mulches much better than the old model. The old model can be modified. Mine will out mulch my Suzuki Proline 21. My new Toro sits on the trailer as a back up. If the grass is wet, long or has leaves my modified Honda HRC216 is the machine of choice. This is on cool season grass. Here is a link to the new Honda.

    http://www.hondapowerequipment.com/ModelDetail.asp?ModelName=HRC216HXA
     
  4. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
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    I have the new one and I still think my Toro's mulch better.
     
  5. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 2,222

    Toro Proline w/6hp Kaw & Silly Plastic Recycler Kickers Removed Mulches better than Any Honda...The Key to Mulching in Lush Turf is Maintaining RPM when You Hit Thick Stuff...The Kaw. will Do that Better than the Honda..
     
  6. turf9

    turf9 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 234

    I bought this one too works great I have to bag most days but i just keep the clipping deflector 2 notches away from mulch and no bringing the garbage can to the back yards :p .
     
  7. AuburnGuy

    AuburnGuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 279

    I have not had much heavy mulching yet this year, but i have a new honda and a toro proline. Well, i will be selling the toro to buy another new honda.
     
  8. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 4,154

    Nice theory, my Honda out mulches the proline because of two blades and a deep deck along with my other mods. Horsepower is helpful, but can't replace a shallow deck. My Honda mulches just as good as my 36 TTHP in lush turf with it's little underpowered engine...........................
     
  9. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 2,222

    There Must be Something Wrong w/Your TracerHP....Try Double eXcalibur Mulchers w/Micro Mulch Kit...No 21" Will Touch it.

    Clumping and Windrows Starts when RPM's Drop on the 21"'s...The Honda Engine Doesn't Have the Guts in Thick Thick Stuff...Especially w/Twin Blades.
     
  10. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,656

    The new Honda HRC not only mulches well now, it cuts and bags the tall thick stuff better. They really did improve them alot.
     

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