Honda HRX217 3 speed vs Honda HRX217 hydro

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by joed, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,202

    I was at my dealer today looking at honda's hrx217 line of mowers. He had 2011 models with the hydro drive and a few older models that were still hrx217 but they had a 3 speed transmission. The machines are brand new. Does anyone know anything about these 3 speed transmissions on the honda hrx217 models? The hydro is selling for $1099 and the 3 speed is going for $899. Thanks.
  2. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,398

    If you do a search, the consensus seems to be that the the 3 speed tranny is not as reliable as the hydro. I have the hydro and haven't had any issues with it yet. I purchased it about 1 year ago.
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  3. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,763

    Wow, your Canadian dollar really doesn't buy much!
    The HRX217HXA is $699 at Home Depot in the US, but I thought all the HRX217's were hydro, and the HRX216's were 3 speed. Maybe I've got it wrong. Could be price difference be for the Blade Brake Clutch. That is one of the best features ever invented! Way worth it.
  4. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,202

    You're right there. Things are very expensive here in Canada compared to what you pay in the U.S.

    Anybody else have any experience with the 3 speed honda hrx217?

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