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Honda cutting height

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TheGrassGuy, Jul 8, 2002.

  1. TheGrassGuy

    TheGrassGuy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    I bought a Honda HRR216 mower over the weekend. I have used it a couple of times and the height of the mower is not high enough even on the highest setting. I am ready to get rid of it already if the Toro Super Recycler can be set higher. I am not happy with the mulching capabilities either - maybe because it does not cut as high as I am used to.

    Any modification for this or help?

    Max height is 3.25"
  2. rkbrown

    rkbrown LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    Toro prolines only go to 3.25" from what I have read. This is the case with most 21's, even with commercial. It would be nice if they had a 21" that went to 4 or 4.5
  3. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    And the power, and suction to give an excellent cut at that height. Very few pushmowers cut well at their top height setting. They have to be the easiest decks to make cut well. Think about it....You can only push them so fast, they are only 20-22" wide with as much as 7hp, the blade is fully surrounded by a baffle.... Why is it that so many pushmowers cut poorly above 3", when my big 60" Lazer cuts like a dream up high?

    Done ranting...:rolleyes:
  4. rkbrown

    rkbrown LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    Good point, TLS. I guess I wish it would cut just a bit higher. I get a very nice cut at 3.25, but I'm sure you are right about the decks.
  5. i think the problem is the blade speed, only 3000 rpm for most 21". most big deck turn at 18 000

    next winter I'll try to see if i can do something on my toro bbc with the pulley and belt.

    quality of cut decrease over 2.25"
  6. turfman33

    turfman33 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 226

    I hear ya with the Honda. I just took mine back. The grass stopping the blade was the last straw. The blade stopped while the engine still ran. Made for a nice burning smell. Anyway, when I took mine back I was told that honda wont raise the deck height. I was scalping with mine as well, even with the deck raised to the roof. I swapped the Honda in for a JD JX85 after a recommendation from a user on this sight. The mower rocks. It has a three and half inch top height with a single mulch blade instead of the two with the Honda. I have put this through some thick grass and wet at that.....NO problems. try it and let me know what ya think.

  7. TheGrassGuy

    TheGrassGuy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    I'd like to return it but don't know if the dealer would take it. The Toro I looked at only goes to 3". There is a guy who may start bringing in Husqvarna 21" mowers but again only cut to 3.5". Only other option would be to special order the John Deere - no other dealers in the area.
  8. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,403

    My toro 21" mowers match the height of my toro walk behind and exmark lazer z when they're set at 4", but mine aren't proline. They're the top end homeowner version.
  9. ilovethisgame

    ilovethisgame LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    As far as mulching w/ a 21" goes Toro Prolines are what I've had the best luck w/. And yes, I have mulched w/ just about every other type of 21" commercial grade mower. Gald to hear the JD's work well. I may have to go that direction soon seeing as my new toro dealer is an a**hole. That and the ban on 2cycle mowers here in CA, or else it would be another proline for me.

  10. proline32

    proline32 LawnSite Senior Member
    from 98383
    Messages: 278

    The Lawnboy Commercial has a max height of 3.5 inches but with that little adjustable wheel you can crank up the rpms to get some pretty good speed at the blade and it really can cut good.

    I have mine set pretty high, to the point where the grass bag is real tight from the air pressure pushing against it and it really packs the grass in there, I'm also impressed with it's mulching capabilities as well.

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