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    Honda Select Drive

    Today I now have mowed my yard a total of six times. Five of the six times were light cuttings. I lowered the mower one more notch today to the last one to try it out over the whole yard. The rear wheels were not hard to adjust as others have complained since I always lift the wheels corner...
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    Honda Select Drive

    I have completed two total yard cuttings(1st one mostly weeds, 2nd one light grass) and 2-3 pine straw pickups so far. In between time I played around cranking the mower every few days to see how many pulls it would take to start. With the warmer weather it only takes 1-2 pulls. In cold...
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    Honda Select Drive

    Interesting, I had figured the GCV190 would have been easy to start just as my GCV160 is since they are both basically of the same prior design.
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    Honda Select Drive

    gotomow, did your HRX217 have the GCV190 or the GCV200 engine? My old Honda had the GCV160 engine that would crank 90% of the time on the first pull and in real cold weather you may have to add 1-2 pulls. After playing around a bit I think the trick in cold weather is to "prime" the engine...
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    Honda Select Drive

    You have been agreeing with my original assumption of fuel vaporization. I was looking for possible answers other than fuel vaporization, if any, that I have overlooked. The engine would probably start on first pull every time if I would squirt a little fuel into the carburetor throat first...
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    Honda Select Drive

    That is the physics class information you where learn about the characteristics of the transition of a material between the three physical states. Thermodynamics courses takes a deeper dive. My question is exactly what basic action is occurring during the longer wait times between engine pulls...
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    Honda Select Drive

    The weather here has been crazy as it was in the rest of the nation. It has been either too wet or too cold to cut the few winter weeds in my yard. During this time I did some testing with starting my new Honda HRX217YKA mower. I am retired so I have the time and with a engineering degree the...
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    Honda Select Drive

    Thanks!
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    Honda Select Drive

    Yesterday I used the Lowe's Chat window to check on my Honda HRX217VKA mower order as it never showed any status change since ordering 4days before. The computer chat said my mower had been delivered two days prior. I finally got a real person chat and they stated it would take 5-7 business...
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    Honda Select Drive

    My Honda HRR216 deck is developing more holes on top around where the last three inches of the blades spin. Every time I use the mower I believe another small hole appears so the steel deck is rotting away over a large area and a new deck is outrageously over $300. Replacement steel decks for...
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    Honda Select Drive

    I have been looking at swapping out the Smart Drive controls on my old mower to replace the Select Drive controls on a HRX217 which may be my next purchase. I finally noticed the obvious. Duh! Honda Select Drive pivots from the bottom and Honda Smart Drive pivots from the top. Too bad or it...
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    Honda Select Drive

    Thanks, I'll still be researching a little more while waiting to see if a HRX end of the year deal becomes available. My old mowers will end up going to a local men's drug rehab center that cuts grass for support. My Toro has given me more trouble with the wheels locking up when backing up than...
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    Honda Select Drive

    I have updated my pros and cons list and ranking due to additional information I have received. I am still leaning towards the Honda HRX217 instead of the Toro 21382 Super Recycler. I normally(Honda better) bag and rarely mulch(Toro better). Aluminum will eventually corrode if grass is left...
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    Honda Select Drive

    gotomow, Thanks bunches for your replies. You are slowly turning me back towards the Super Recycler with a Honda engine. So if I understand what you said correctly, the Toro Super Recycler should have bearings on all wheels and the rear drive shaft. whereas the Honda HRX217 has bearings on all...
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    Honda Select Drive

    Thanks for letting me know about the grease nipples on the wheels. That is a real plus! The Toro drawings appear to show only sleeves for the wheels so it looked like the wheels did not have ball bearings. For the Honda where are the plastic bushings? I have never seen any on the Honda I...
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