If you want better answers you might give some more info.Bump bump bump
Used my 2 new ones (HRX217K2HXA, cruise control) for about 4 hrs on Friday doing some early season "low mowing" & cleanup. Worked flawlessly so far. VERY, VERY easy starting. QUIET engine. Easy rolling. The BBC is great, but does bog the engine when engaging, but quickly comes back up to speed. Have experienced some minor engine surging as related by others, but has not been a problem. Will change the oil on Monday, and will use them again next week for a couple of hours. When mowing season starts in earnest, the will be getting a good workout. Plan on keeping an on-going assessment of my experiences.rreyn... Yes, you are right about my posting about this machine. To the OP, do a search. I have written extensively about his mower.
For me, it was an excellent choice, one that I ran for 700 hours last season. Two problems arose, ground drive speed selector cable (not properly installed in manufacturing), and broken handles. But, the hydro transmission held up well, and the GCV engine did well. All the running gear is in good shape, and I needed no repairs during off-season maintenance to bring it back to good condition. The plastic deck has only a few surface scratches and shows no sign of failure or deterioration. I've used it once this Spring for a cleanup job, and worked just like it did all last season.
Does it have another full season left? I don't know, but am planning to run it hard again to start a full schedule of mowing in another couple of weeks.
Be aware, HRX217 comes in two models. One with Cruise Control (mine, and I think that is the model number referenced), the other with Thumb Drive. Apparently, the transmissions are much different, and the Thumb Drive models are much less reliable. Stay with the Cruise Control model.
Used mine today in rear discharge mode. Just remove the bag, move the lever over to "bag" and she's ready to go. I mowed some very, very heavy grass in rear discharge mode, and it generally works pretty well, but if real heavy, it will clog. Mine was so heavy, that I had to stop a couple of times and clear the chute. After discharging, I put it into mulch mode again (just move the lever over to "mulch") and ran over the heavy discharge and it completly mulched it up. Overall I'm pretty satisfied, but have had a couple of problems. Mainly, something gets into the gas and caused the mower to run rough. Had to remove the carb bowl and dump, then it was back to normal. Have also had an intermittent problem with one of the mowers (I have two) that it doesn't want to roll backwards at times. Worked pretty well today, but sometimes it just locks up when you try to pull it backwards.I understand that these mowers have a rear discharge option. How does it work? Is it functional or just a gimmick?
I mow a lot of lawns every other week and sometimes there is just too much to mulch.
Hi Roger,I'm not sure where you got your "large" characterization of those sized yards.
Just for reference, our HRX217 did these jobs today:
1. 10,000 sq ft
2. 12,000 sq ft
3. 5,000 sq ft
4. 12,000 sq ft
5. 18,000 sq ft
6. 8,000 sq ft
7. 10,000 sq ft
All sizes are approximate, but are part of 0.50-0.75A properties. The remainder of the mowing for these properties was done with a JD 717A, 48" deck. The smallest sized property (total mowing area) is about 10,000 sq ft.
Your HRX217 will last a lifetime mowing those small properties!