need some advise on the honda mowers..

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by onlythebest, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. onlythebest

    onlythebest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 536

    Hi, i have been looking at the Honda mowers a bit and am torn between the premium residential and the commercial units. the premium residential has more features whereas the commercial... well its very commercial grade! since my dad works at Honda i can get a good deal on both so i am just asking what is the better of the two for around 7-8 hours a week on small and some corner lots.
    Thanks a lot for the help,
  2. DJ'sLawnCareSvc

    DJ'sLawnCareSvc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    depends on your budget cuz their has been great success with residential honda units, im one that has had success although i dont push mow much
  3. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    Get the one which you think will take the greatest amount of abuse.
  4. outdoor

    outdoor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    Either one will do you i have had very good luck with the Honda
  5. deere615

    deere615 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,676

    I have 2 hrx 217's they are the top residental. They both have seen alot of abuse. Both work great, I do like some of the options they have over the commercial model. Only problems I had were the hrydro cables both have been replaced and I think one is going again
  6. onlythebest

    onlythebest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 536

    Hi, thanks fo the replys I also like the featurse o the resedential over the commercial... I think Im going to go with the second most expensive residentials (don't need an electric start) only because I feel I don't need a 12 month warantee versus a three month and because I really like the bag to mulsh thingy on the resedential. Again, thanks for the help guys you really make my decicions easier!
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  7. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,742

    Sounds like the HRX217HXA. That's what I've got, and I love it. Still, I'm just a homeowner, so my opinion may not be too useful.
    The blade clutch is my favorite feature.
    The lack of primer bulb doesn't bother me at all, as I've never had to pull the cord more than twice. I've got no idea why you would want a battery start on this. Honda's are just so easy to start.

    Just one word of warning:
    These engines have been known to have sticky valve issues with ethanol added gas (even just at 10%). I always use premium plus stabil, plus just a little MMO, and rotate my gas to keep it fresh.

    Oh, and there's no visible fuel filter in this unit (there may a screen molded in the tank, but I couldn't see it), so I cut the fuel line from the tank, and put an extra fine inline screen in there.
  8. RonAyersMotorsports

    RonAyersMotorsports LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 854

    The HRC model is shaft driven no belts. Will take much more abuse. Especially at your discount, I wouldn't even hesitate on the HRC. It will still be running 10 years from now.
  9. onlythebest

    onlythebest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 536

    hmmm yeah i cant really decide on which one to get... no place around here to test them out so i kinda just have to order the one i want. thats why i am asking for as many opinions as i can get because i need to make a decision based upon them. again like i said, the HRX has some nice features but the HRC is shaft driven like RonAyersMotorsports said and it has a commercial grade engine. wow this is a harder than i thought, hmm what to get what to get :confused::confused::confused:
  10. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,578

    I have the HRX model, electric start. It's a great mower. Very dependable, starts well and leaves a really nice cut. I have considered upgrading to the HRC model for '10. Main reasons: the gas tank is small, so you need to fill it up about every 35-40 mins of mowing. If you are cutting thick, lush grass, I've found that on mine, once it dies, the engine just shuts down and it needs 5-10 mins to "cool down" before it will start again. Usually at that point, I'll grab the comm toro 21 off the trailer to finish the job. Overall, the HRX is a great mower, just be aware of its limitations and dont overwork it. If you are using it for your own yard and possibly a few others that are maintained, it should perform to your expectations. If your intentions are to use it commercially and run it through hell with all different types of conditions, grass height, etc, you may face more frustrations then you want.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2009

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