Buying Advice Review of my Honda HRX217HYA

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My HRX now has 86 hours (yes, I keep track) and has not skipped a beat. It continues to be a pleasure to use. :thumbsup:
Good to hear you have good things to say about it! I wish I put an hour meter on mine....sure would be nice to be certain of the number of hours my HRX's have.
 

woiim

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I am new here and would like to add my comments on this mower. I am in Australia and have just purchased the Honda HRX2175HYA. I have only used it twice but have found it to be extremely easy to start. The mowers self propelling speeds are ideal for me to adjust as I am 65 and not in the best of condition. Each time I have had to mow which was weekly, it was after rain and the mulcher didnt falter and produce a lovely finish to my couch lawn. Overall I am extremely pleased with this mower
 

robert@honda

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I am new here and would like to add my comments on this mower. I am in Australia ....a lovely finish to my couch lawn.
Welcome!

Help us Yanks understand, what is a "couch lawn?"

Also, the HRX217HXA is a USA-spec model. Is your mower an HXA, or an Australian "HYU" model?

 

Carscw

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Couch lawn is a full sun grass. Hates any shade. It's one of the cheapest of grass. Needs plenty of water.
 

woiim

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Couch lawn is a full sun grass. Hates any shade. It's one of the cheapest of grass. Needs plenty of water.
Yes 90% of Australian lawns are couch due to dry hot weather, mine is called winter green which handles our mediocre winters.
 

evident

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Well thanks to this review I upsold myself from buying the VKA model to a brand new HRX217(5)HYA. Briefly mowed the front yard yesterday and it's fast! provides a much nicer cut than my 16 year old troy bilt.
 

JBrzoz00

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I've been wringing my hands on what new mower to buy and after reading about this mower I think I'm sold.

I'm an electrician and I know any good tool costs good $ but is well worth it in the long run.
 

tencrore

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Well thanks to this review I upsold myself from buying the VKA model to a brand new HRX217(5)HYA. Briefly mowed the front yard yesterday and it's fast! provides a much nicer cut than my 16 year old troy bilt.
Bought the VKA and after reading so many positive reviews on the HYA, returned the unopened VKA for the HYA! Installed an hour meter and side guards on it yesterday. Planning on firing it up for the first time this afternoon!
 

robert@honda

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Bought the VKA and after reading so many positive reviews on the HYA, returned the unopened VKA for the HYA! Installed an hour meter and side guards on it yesterday. Planning on firing it up for the first time this afternoon!
Be sure to register your new mower purchase with Honda, and get +1 year of factory warranty (that would make it SIX years for your new HRX). To register, either

(a) fill out and mail the registration card that's in the box

or

(b) get the serial number off the back of the mower's deck, and go to this page:
Click here to register your new Honda online

Here's a few resources for the new Honda owner:

Shop Manuals; available in paper format only, direct from Honda via eBay or Amazon (free shipping).:
Honda Power Equipment Shop Manuals on eBay
Honda Power Equipment Shop Manuals on Amazon

Digital Owners Manuals (free):
Honda Lawn Mower Owner's Manuals

Official Parts Look-Up Page:
Honda Power Equipment, Engines and Marine Factory Parts Look-up
This is a look-up-only site; use it to get the correct part number(s), then either Google a part number to find a Honda Dealer selling it online, or use the next link to find your local dealer...

Find a Honda Dealer
Find A Honda Dealer Near You

Honda Warranty Information
Note: Any Honda dealer can provide warranty service. Does not matter if you didn't buy it from them, except some dealers might put those that did at the front of the line.

Support Videos:
Honda Support Videos
How to, set-up, operation, and maintenance tips.

Avoid the #1 Mower Service Problem:
Avoiding Fuel-Related Problems

FAQs:
Honda Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Honda Customer Relations: Can't get an issue resolved with your local dealer? Need more help, or just have a question?

—Honda Customer Relations
—4900 Marconi Drive
—Alpharetta, GA 30005
—(770) 497-6400 M-F 8:30-5:00 EST

Finally, if you'll drop me a Private Message with a mailing address, and I'll send you a few Honda stickers.
 

robert@honda

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Robert

Does the extension to the warranty still apply? Receiving my new HRX217HYA tomorrow...

Jim
Hey Jim:

Sorry, but the promo period expired at the end of May. You'll get the standard 60 month warranty on your new HRX. Thanks for choosing Honda!
 

SalukiJim

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Here it is, in all its beauty! My brand new HRX217HYA.

  • Less than 5 minutes from opening the box to ready-to-run
  • Started first pull (of course)
  • This thing is QUIET
  • Too wet to mow today - it thunderstormed - but I was able to run it and test all the basics


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Snapperfreak

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Ahhh that is beautiful. Congrats on the new awesome Honda! Almost don't want to get it dirty! Almost. Yep you'll really enjoy mowing with that.
 

robnav

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Likes: Powerful cut with no bogging when mulching; bagging convenient able to keep engine running when emptying; ability to switch bag to mulch on the fly; one pull start; able to set drive speed.

Dislikes/nuisances: Governor surges when blade is not engaged... cannot drop throttle to slow when emptying bag or engine will stall.

Mower is only in second season and has already had a warranty carb replacement. I love the mower but for $700 I expect it to operate per instructions... if surging is normal Honda should remove the slow throttle setting. End of this season it will be back to the dealer for another warranty investigation. I use 91 octane fuel with Stabil Marine.
 

robert@honda

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Governor surges when blade is not engaged... cannot drop throttle to slow when emptying bag or engine will stall.
That is usually fixed with a PROPER throttle cable and/or governor tweak. If you do get it back to the dealer, tell them that needs to be resolved. No reason the engine should surge at idle. A absolutely clean carb and correct adjustment(s) will get you to a smooth, steady idle.
 

horsey55

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New member here.I purchased one of these earlier this week from my local Honda dealer who has always taken great care of me with my previous purchases,a HRR216VKA and a HS520 snowthrower.My old mower had 5 seasons of pretty hard residential use,and basically needed minor repairs like new wheels and bearings,height adjusters,and a good tune up,but still ran and operated well.
I decided to trade it in and move up to the HRX217,it seemed to be a significant upgrade and worth it to me.Glad to be aboard,it is still in the box and I am looking forward to Spring to try it out and have a full report.Happy New Year to all!

Oh,I was going to put a coat of Race Glaze polish on at least the top side of the Nexite deck,I take that is not a bad idea?Thanks!
 
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