Honda HR21 mower - is this a good one?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by hummingbird3d, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. hummingbird3d

    hummingbird3d LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    I'm looking to get a Honda Commercial grade lawnmower - HR21 and I was told that it is about 12 years old. $125 for it and the owner says it runs "great" since it had been serviced lately.

    Is this a good backup 21" mower?
  2. runofthemiller

    runofthemiller LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    ok...was it well maintained by the previous owner? if youre not sure, ask him about it, find out if he had regular maintenance performed on the mower. as far as i can tell you, hondas will run and run and run forever, and the older ones are pretty much bulletproof. if it looks good (if theres something wrong with the deck, i.e. rust holes, dents, cracks, it was abused. i said hondas are SOLID), runs good, and has been regularly maintained, it should last you years, and will start reliably as a back up. mine fires up every time, first pull. that is, WHEN i use it:laugh:
  3. runofthemiller

    runofthemiller LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    oh and, "serviced lately" does not necessarily mean regularly maintained sooo...find out haha:rolleyes:

    IRRITECH LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    only thing I would worry about is the drive. If the self propel works and is fast enough for you then great. If you have any doubts about the speed or condition of it I would pass. A self propelled mower that will not go uphill is worthless.
  5. greenviewlandscaper

    greenviewlandscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

  6. 1141520

    1141520 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Got a Toro Recycler, it wouldn't pull hills. Got an eXmark Metro 21" today, can't wait to try it out!
  7. FYS777

    FYS777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,305

    Have an older hr21 I call it the tank, is this one your looking at have a gear drive or belt drive, the one i have is gear drive awesome, its better then the quad blade i bought two years ago, start it up run it and if works good buy it, you can get parts for it also, if you have to.
  8. GreenThumbInTraining

    GreenThumbInTraining LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I'm looking at one too. The seller states the deck material is aluminum and therefore will never rust. Were any of these made with aluminum decks? It also says automatic choke so it requires no priming.
  9. XYZLawnPros

    XYZLawnPros LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 395

    What is the exact model number of the machine? Most Honda mowers start with the verbiage HR21. Could be almost any model. You seem to be missing some information I gather.

    I would recommend taking a look at this website to try and find the exact model number for that machine. There is a lot of helpful info there to get you started especially if you're going to be purchasing an older machine.

    I have an original 1986 Honda commercial 21 inch machine. I have been using it since the day it was purchased by my father for me to cut grass with (I was 12 years old). In the last 3 years I have replaced every single part on the machine courtesy of that website. You wouldn't be able to tell the mower is almost 30 years old. It looks brand new off the dealership floor. :) More importantly, it runs and cuts better than our new commercial model HRC 21 inchers. Just not quite as fast.
  10. Southern Lawn Care  LLC

    Southern Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 314

    I personally wouldn't buy anything that old that is going to be used for daily accounts. For a little more you can buy a new one basically.

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