Honda HRX review

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Roger, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. robert@honda

    robert@honda LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 154

    Here's a few photos from an old brochure....

    Honda made a series of hydrostatic versions, with various deck sizes; these were based off of Bunton, Inc. designs and assembled at the Bunton plant in Louisville, KY.

    • HRC7013, 13hp single-cylinder engine, 36 and 48 inch decks
    • HRC7018 & HRC7020, 18hp & 20hp twin-cylinder engine, 52 and 60 inch decks

    There was also a gear-transmission model, the HRC7113, also a 13hp unit with a 36 and 48 decks. It had a transmission made by the Auburn, Inc. company.

    All had mulching kits and massive side-mount grass bags, as well as the ride-on Sulky...

    See attached .PDF file for images..

    Caveat: I work for Honda, but the preceding is my opinion alone.

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  2. kawasaki guy

    kawasaki guy LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from USA
    Messages: 16,257

    thanks! :waving:
  3. lietzke

    lietzke LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Does the HRX2173VKA use a cone-clutch, or the new slipping belt arrangement that you mentioned? What was the reason for the change? Thanks for your information!
  4. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    i think it uses cone clutch and a belt but i'm not 100% sure about that.

    i'm glad this thread was brought back up since guys on here were bashing me about suggesting someone use an hrx model for commercial mowing. this thread proves that it is a good mower for lawn care business owners especially if they don't use a 21" mower that often which is the case for most of us.
  5. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,940

    Here is the link to the parts diagram. The last drawing in the set includes the transmission. It looks to be a full gear transmission, input pulley with transaxles.
  6. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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  7. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    i figure it would be similar to this honda mower since it has smart drive too:

  8. saw man

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

    That is a constant tension belt and will not need to replaced very often!!
  9. robert@honda

    robert@honda LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 154

    The HRX2173VKA is a discontinued model, and uses an internal cone-clutch to adjust speed. The belt is under constant tension between the crankshaft and input shaft on the transmission.

    The HRX2174VKA uses a belt-tension design to adjust speed. The belt slips/grips as you move the control lever to adjust speed, and the "4" weighs about 1 lb. less.

    Otherwise, all the features, controls, warranty, etc. are identical. You may find the "3" at a slight discount, but really depends on the dealer/retailer.

    Caveat: I work for Honda, but the preceding is my opinion alone.
  10. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,379

    thanks robert. that clears things up.

    i guess it works like my craftsman mower with honda engine. the more you pull the lever the tighter the belt gets and makes it go faster. i've had the original belt on my craftsman for over 10 years now so the belt will last a long long time unless you mow 8hrs a day everyday or something. i only have a few yards where i use a 21" for about 15min each time so not alot of use. i did use the mower i have to cut my 1/2 acre yard for a few seasons at my old house. the belt drive design is a more simple design and better since it's easy to replace a belt rather than a transmission. i'm glad honda did that. i'll definately be getting a hrx2174vka for my next pushmower when the time comes.

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