Loving my new Honda HRC-216

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rbljack, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. kawasaki guy

    kawasaki guy LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from USA
    Messages: 16,928

    that's good
  2. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,716

    i quit using honda because of the drive shaft break issue. they dont last as long as they should . at least with belt you can see when its time to replace the belt. the shaft just breaks when it wants too.
  3. yardmonkey

    yardmonkey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    I started out 12 years ago with the now discontinued HRC215's. Got several years out of a pair of those. Have used HRC216's since then. I always mulch-mow. A year or so ago I had a drive shaft failure, switched to my backup and had the same failure on it the next day. But these mowers were 5 years old. I might average 5 cuts a day, which maybe is not as heavy use as some people put on these.

    I later had a drive shaft failure on my newer HRC216 a year ago, after 2 years of use. So it does happen, but has not been a huge problem. Also it is not too hard to learn how to replace these.
  4. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,716

    its not hard to change -just expencive-about 100$ or so. the things are just too heavy and bulky to use all day long and they dont mulch as good as others. were great at bagging grass i do say.
  5. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 731

    For those who have said it doesnt mulch very well, i have to disagree. Today I just went to one of my "not so regular customers" and the lawn was pretty tall. I was mowing about 6 to 8 inches of bermuda and weeds back down to about 3 inches in damp conditions. Now i did have to take half passes and go real slow, but it did get through it. Today i was mowing SALAD with this thing. I wish I had taken a picture of what the yard looked like. its some type of overgrown weed that is a broadleaf plant, and it holds the moisture very well. The HRC went through, but did bog down a few times.

    not exactly the best mulching conditions.

    if your in the market for a good commercial grade 21 inch mower, and arent sure about the honda....dont look back! If I have problems with driveshafts down the road, i may change my mind, but im very pleased so far!
  6. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Messages: 1,416

    well it seems like the consensus is pro honda...i was very disappointed when i purchased mine, later to end up buying the exmark...i like the exmark better mainly because it is set up more like the old JD JX85's, the deck is a square, not a rectangle like the honda's...it's a lot harder to turn, it's just so much longer so it's not as nimble...i will say the honda bagged better than any 21 i have ever used, BUT that's because they use two blades that chop the clippings up much finer therefore you can pack more into a bag...hmmm, maybe i can add a blade to the exmark...the honda also wasn't a great mulcher, at least compared to the JX85, it does have two blades though so it's chopping up twice as much at the same time, that takes a lot of HP...all in all i guess the honda wasn't a terrible mower (well built, bagged well, liked the transmission), but i would prefer the exmark over it all day (unless bagging leaves, of course)
  7. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 731

    Ive had the mower for about two weeks now, and no complaints. I did discover something very important though....here in West Texas, that air filter will need to be cleaned often because of all the dry dusty conditions. Just wanted to throw that out there for others who use them, or are considering one.

    Its november, and the season is winding down...but Im hoping the warm weather will stay with us for just a cpl more weeks.
  8. chuacro

    chuacro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    I have had my hrc16 for 5 years. Still runs like new. I only replaced the throttle cable. My new dealer solved the problem with the levers to adjust the height that would seize up.
  9. yukon202

    yukon202 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    3 years on, how has it worked out and do you use it on Saint Augustine grass? any problems when it's really thick?
  10. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    I wonder how many folks here have had transmission problems when in reality all they needed to do was tighten up the left wheel bolt as it likes to work itself loose since the rotation works it that way. I had mine come loose several times, and every time it comes loose the mower acts like it's a transmission problem... But it's the left wheel bolt, I think the last time I added a dab of thread locker red to mine because I don't recall having had to fool with it again, end of that story.

    I've never once replaced a drive shaft.
    I did add an inline fuel filter as well.

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