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Just Purchased A New Honda HRX 217

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by jntaylor, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. jntaylor

    jntaylor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    Does anyone have experience, or use a Honda HRX 217's? I just purchased one today from Home Depot and so far extremely pleased with my purchase. I realize these aren't commercial grade, but damn, it's one hell of a mulching mower. I took it out earlier today and had a hard time putting it up for the night.


  2. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,597

    I've never ran one but have heard alot of good things about them. I love my Cub Cadet push mower but when it dies I think I either want a Honda or a Snapper. Both seem to be really good mowers. My neighbor has a Snapper and I'm really fond of the way it bags. Mulches good too.
  3. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Ran two of them at an old job. Hated them.... always chose the old commercial hrc216 that sat around unused. Really don't care for that plastic, bulky deck. It just felt like an awkward mower to use.
  4. bobcat48

    bobcat48 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,176

    They seem like nice mowers,honda is good.
  5. wild willy

    wild willy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    I had one for many years and loved it.I was surprised by the strength of the deck...sadly one of my guys hit a hidden pole support and bent the crank $430 later, used it for 2 more seasons then I hit something else, decided not to refurbish.
    Great mower, watch for the wheel engagement cable its not as robust as the commercial ones but I used a bicycle sleeve and cable as a replacement..... get and keep on hand the springs that return the handles to neutral..nice to have on hand when they "disappear"
    have fun with the new toy!!!!!
  6. Oakleaf landscape

    Oakleaf landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 624

    Iv had mine for 4 years or so and I love it, starts on the first pull still. Wouldn't trade it for anything, great investment!!
  7. jntaylor

    jntaylor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    Thanks, I guess for the most part, mowers are a personal preference. After using the HRX I can't see myself going back to my commercial HRA 216 ( it will be my backup). Both are great mowers, but the HRX just feels better, lighter, and I actually like the plastic deck.
  8. deere615

    deere615 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,676

    I have 2 and love them-best mower out there I think
  9. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    That "plastic" deck (it's actually Nexite) is awesome. I have run one for 5 yrs now and love it. It is light weight, tougher than the decks on the 21" Prolines I used to run, and I have NEVER had to scrape it.

    You should be very happy with your choice.
  10. jntaylor

    jntaylor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    Thanks, I heard they make make metal guards that attach to the sides to protect the mower from sign posts, brick retaining walls, etc. Does anyone use those?

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