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Honda commercial mower issue

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jsf343, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,786

    so quick question for those who arre using the Honda HRC-216 (micro cut)...

    Are you having issues backing up the mower and the grass flap (stripe flap behind the 2 back wheels) getting in the way when you sart to move forward again? I swear they have made it longer or something. I have used commercial Hondas for 14 years now and never had ANY issues until recently. To me it seems like they have made it slightly longer. I am about to modify the stupid thing.

    My other frustration with this mower is the new style of gas tank, it is a pain in the rear to see into when pouring in gas.

    anyway, just my rant. Anybody else having issues?
  2. Jlawnmow

    Jlawnmow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154

    Its not just you... me too! I'm having issues with the same thing. I so like the old gas tank and I also am so close to taking off that grass flap!!!
  3. XYZLawnPros

    XYZLawnPros LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 395

    With 2 brand new model last year machines of the HRC216's, I
    can honestly say that we haven't had issues with the safety/striping
    flap as of yet. Will keep an eye on that part for sure.

    Only issues we have had till the season was over last year with them
    was both units, was slipping of the height adjustment handles out of
    place on rough properties. We cured that by using a fein multimaster
    to make the notches deeper. Worked like a charm!
    Also surprisingly on both units the welds that hold the pull start knob
    in their little catch loop halfway up the frame were supremely and
    horrendously substandard. Worked out for the better anyways as we
    just re-welded them facing inwards anyways which makes them a
    whole lot more safe. No more catching them on fences, brush, tailgates
    or what have you.

    I'll agree with you both on the gas filler neck. Pitch black hole, but very
    well built. But ya, WTF couldn't they have made even just the top part
    see through?
  4. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,786

    thats funny on the rope pull, now that you mention it we had an issue with that as well.

    I talked to the dealer today and he thought I was crazy. So I took him outside to a brand new Honda and showed him exactly what I meant, he was dumbfounded and had no idea it was that bad until I showed him. He is going to call the Portland Honda rep and talk to him about it.

    To me it is pretty simple, if it isn't broke, don't fix it or in this case change it.
  5. greenerman

    greenerman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    Don't worry about the rear flap, it will bust off soon enough. I replace mine with a strip of rubber cut from truck mudflaps. Way more durable and stiffer for a better stripe. The gas tank black hole is just another who cares from Honda. You can't tell me that no engineer saw that when they designed/built the thing? " Oh don't worry about that, people will still buy them"
  6. mikeypizano

    mikeypizano LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    Well they do recommend the NoSpill brand gas cans.
  7. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    and when a rock hit's an employee, and he Sues you,

    you may want to replace the safety fetures on your equipment
  8. siclmn

    siclmn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 364

    I trimmed about an inch off of the flap. No more problem.
  9. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,786

    after trimming that much off does it still stripe or even touch the grass? how did you trim the thing?
  10. siclmn

    siclmn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 364

    It's still a rock catcher because it drags on the ground. I think they made it longer so it would hit the ground if someone had the height all the way up.
    So if it's too long for you just trim it.

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