Honda 21 HRC clutch bar issues?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Howard Roark, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. Howard Roark

    Howard Roark LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 805

    I went to test out a 21" Honda HRC hydro today, mostly because I was interested in the increased cutting height over the prolines. It ran quiet, was fairly quick and smooth, but I just couldn't get past their design for the bbc and drive. To let off the drive and make turns (at a reasonable pace) you need a hand like Andre the Giant. We service alot of small lawns, particularly in the front that require a great deal of turning and backing up. I'm curious as to anyone on here who uses these as their main mowers, how do the crews like them? Or are they suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome?

  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,370

    We have one Honda and it is a great bagger but not a good trim mower and nice on hills since both wheels drive. But it isn't good for getting around trees etc. We use commericial 21" snappers for jumping onto small curb areas and backyards with small gates.
  3. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    I have 6 of the HRC216s . We put on about 25 hours each week on 3 of them. No complaints from anyone. Once you get used to operating them ( a day or two) you wont think twice about it. We use them in really small areas of apartments with plenty of trees to go around to larger wide open areas and hills. The new models really out perform last years model, the double blade setup really works.
  4. Hank Reardon

    Hank Reardon LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    We have 2 of these in the fleet (the newest model and one that is two years old) and have no complaints. I use the new one regularly but don't tell anyone I'm a Superhero. :)

    They bag like no ones business and cut nice at a fast pace.
  5. saw man

    saw man LawnSite Bronze Member
    from utah
    Messages: 1,033

    just like any mower you need to get used to it! After time I think you will like them better than the Toro!
  6. Northwest

    Northwest LawnSite Member
    Messages: 138

    Ditto, it should only take one lawn for the coordinated or a day for the average rock headed employee to be able to operate efficiently. We have had no problems with the honda's, six years.
  7. Howard Roark

    Howard Roark LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 805

    Oh man you guys are going to send me back to the dealer for a second look!

    Well how about mulching?? I did do a search and from what I did read this year's model mulched very well. I need it to make pixie dust out of St. Augustine. :cool2:
  8. Howard Roark

    Howard Roark LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 805

    I should have added.....

    What do you guys pay for that air filter assembly? And can you get it online anywhere? I heard it was almost $20.
  9. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    The new Hondas mulch 100% better than the old models, but they still wont mulch up tall or thick lawns at speed. But I havent seen a mower that will. So we just bag everything with the small mowers, its faster.
    The air filters are available through many catalog companies for about 7 or 8 bucks.
  10. mkirby

    mkirby LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    My guys hate them but I keep telling them to get use to them. I have tried everything and they are built 10 times better then the competitor's and have the nicest cut!

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