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Honda 48" Walk Behind? Experiences?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by whoopassonthebluegrass, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    I have access to a Honda Walk Behind, 48", 13hp, 114 hours. They want $1,500.

    My thoughts are that something this old is gonna have parts failing left and right as I put it back into fulltime use, but maybe I'm wrong.

    Who has used one of these mowers, and what are YOUR thoughts?

  2. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,700

    I knew a guy who had one. It was a good mower. However, even 10 years ago he was having trouble getting parts for it. He finally junked it as he could never find parts. I would pass, unless it is free for the taking.
  3. 1whitetail

    1whitetail LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Messages: 149

    It is to old for $1,500 even though it is a good mower. You can get a newer mower for the same price.
  4. Maco Services

    Maco Services LawnSite Member
    Messages: 229

    RUN. I asked the my local shop mechanic the same question about some Honda walkbehinds that I could have purchased for 500-900 last year. He told me they are moneypits, and one in particular he changed three transmission at a very expensive parts price. He indicated they were too complex and not reliable enough in comparison to their walkbehind or tractor counterparts.

    Just my 2c, don't have any direct experience with them, this was a reputable shop with the best technician there. Engines are great, walk behinds were junk, their parts are always expensive, and it seems they get more expensive the older they are.
  5. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,133

    Money pits for sure, the parts are very pricey. Consumable parts like belts and blades, if you can find them, are 2-3 times as much compared to other brands (toro, xmark, ect).

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