wide area commercial HONDA walkbehinds

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  1. IXINRGIXI

    IXINRGIXI LawnSite Senior Member
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    are the honda commercial walkbeind (wide area) like 36", 48", 52" any good i see them pop up on craigslist here and there and they are cheap and similarly built like the old bunton mower. i was just wondering from anyone's personal experience

    heres and example of the mower im talking about and link:http://stlouis.craigslist.org/grd/3260305959.html

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  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    Everything I've ever read about them said that they're great. But they do have a major problem that kept them from becoming popular. Parts for them were difficult to get and took forever to get. They were apparently an all Honda design and manufacture in Japan and because there weren't many of them here in the States, most parts had to come from Japan. If you've never had to wait on a part to arrive from another part of the world you're in for an experience. It takes a minimum of 3 to 4 weeks.
     
  3. IXINRGIXI

    IXINRGIXI LawnSite Senior Member
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    well thanks for the incite cause i mean it look to be a cool design and all but i had always wondered. and yes wait for parts sucks
     
  4. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
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    i have a fleet of robin powered snappers and waiting for parts from japan used to be an issue. no longer a problem-there arnt any parts to wait for anymore
     
  5. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Robin engines dont need parts....lol

    I did have a time getting stuff for my 6.0 robin engine on the old snapper 21, had to get some of the little brackets welded.

    I have a mini excavator madie in "China" and its a real challenge to get parts for.
     
  6. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
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    lucky they dont need parts often. yes the 6,5 is the hardest to get parts for. i was lucky to get 4 spare motors so i just use them for parts. -i once waited 6 months for just an air filter
     
  7. robert@honda

    robert@honda LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
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    Here are a few details:

    HRC7013: 13hp, 36" or 48" deck. Twin hydrostatic drive motors. Based on Bunton frame/deck and final assembly done at Bunton Co. in Louisville, KY.

    HRC7018 / HRC7020: 18/20hp with 52" or 60" decks. Twin hydrostatic drive motors.

    HRC7113: Gear-drive version (lower cost). Slightly different controls.

    The HRC7013 (first built in 1993) is the oldest, and generally speaking, the older the unit, the more likely parts will be discontinued or No Longer Available. For example, the carburetor for the original HRC7013 is discontinued.

    -Robert@Honda

    Caveat: I work for Honda, but the preceding was my opinion alone.
     
  8. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
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    You down off westside parkway in alpharetta?
     
  9. robert@honda

    robert@honda LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 143

    Close. That's the Honda Parts Center; I'm about 5 miles northeast, at the Power Equipment HQ building, 4900 Marconi Drive, Alpharetta, 30005.

    -Robert
     
  10. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
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    Oh cool, you're right down the road from my office. For my 8-5 Corporate job, I work off Deerfield.
     

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