- Aug 4, 2013
I think you're going to like the HRX. My issues with mine were that it was very hard to pull back on when trimming. But if you didn't have that trouble with your HRR, then you should be fine. The Honda is more susceptible in dusty conditions which sounds like you don't have. The other reason my HRX was aggravating me was it was very hard to restart when the engine was warm in cold weather. When it came time for leaf pickup here in michigan its often cold.
Be aware that changing the belt on the HRX is an involved process and not at all like the HRR. Give yourself more than a few minutes.
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 the Honda but neither was than bad and I never had a problem when restarting either mowers during our mild winters. I have a neighbor that cuts his grass every Saturday like clockwork. 2-3 years ago it snowed here and that neighbor was cutting his grass with snow covering half of his yard and bagging it too?!?!?!. Out of the last 40 years it has only snowed here 4-5 times unlike other places I have lived. The land here is almost all fine black silt. Rock hard when dry and mushy as pudding when wet. The land was created over thousands of years by sedimentation from flood waters. When my yard is soaking wet my mower tires will sink in the dirt(silt) along my fence bottoming out the mowers to the deck so cutting the a strip next to about 300' of fence is tough 5-6 times a year adding another 15 minutes and a workout for those cuttings. I also use my mower in the winter to chop up leaves but also to bag pine straw for mulch to put around trees. Bagging pine straw with your mower is a heck lot easier than raking.