Updated: June 8, 2015
Finding the Best Lawn Mower - Honda Lawn MowersEveryone's familiar with Honda automobiles -- the Civic and Accord have long been best sellers around the globe. But Honda's real area of expertise has always been in motors, whether for cars, motorcyles, or lawn mowers. They've been selling lawn mowers since 1979, and their Honda Power Equipment group now puts out more than one and a half million small engines per year to power all of Honda's equipment. When it comes to selecting the perfect lawn mower for you, you first need to consider how large your lawn area is. If you are on a small 8000ft lot in a tract home development with 600sf of grass, chances are you don't need a riding mower! You might even be fine with just a plain old push mower. As your lawn size increases, so do your options for gas powered mowers, self-propelling mowers, multi-speed transmission mowers, etc. Honda's line of residential lawn mowers are all power mowers powered by gas engines. In this guide, we will take a look at the various models, check out prices and customer reviews, and find out which is the best lawn mower for you.
Honda Lawn Mower Models - How Much Do They Cost?The Honda HRR216K5PDA Mower is the base model. It is powered by the very solid Honda GCV160 motor, but that powers the QuadraCut (2 blades) cutting blades (21" width) only -- this is a push model only, with no transmission or self-propelling features. All of these Honda mowers are fairly heavy -- this one weighs 75 lbs. It rolls pretty well on 8" poly wheels, but if you have real thick grass or lots of square footage of lawn to mow, you might wish you had a model with a power transmission to help move the weight of the mower without so much work on your part. It has 6 mowing heights and a standard recoil ignition -- MSRP = $439. The HRS2163PDA is an even smaller and lighter model (63 lbs) with a single cutting blade and optional catcher bag ($389 MSRP). Once you move up to the HRS2163SDA ($439) or HRR2165VXA ($579), you get a 1-speed transmission in the former and the multi-position SmartDrive in the latter. The 1-speed transmission moves along at a comfortable 2.5mph pace, while the SmartDrive can go from 0 to 3.8mpg -- you pick the pace that is best for you. The SmartDrive is a thumb controlled lever you push on to engage the transmission -- let it go and the mower stops its forward momentum. You can set it and lock it to a speed you like, but you have to keep it held down to keep the mower moving. The HRR2165VXA also has larger 9" wheels and comes with the Roto-Stop BBC (blade brake clutch) blade control -- you can stop the blades while the engine is running to remove the bag, move over dirt or sidewalks, whatever. My old yard had over 20,000sf of lawn, and for that you definitely want a self-propelled mower. Some neighbors even opted for riding mowers, but that to me is overkill unless you have a farm-like property. The higher end HRX2172HMA ($899) features a Hydrostatic transmission, Nexite deck (rust free), electric starter for those who don't want to tug the starter, MicroCut twin blades (for finer clippings), and variable speeds up to 4mph thanks to the larger premium GCV190 engine. The fuel tank holds about 1/4 of a gallon which usually runs for a little over an hour under normal use.
Annual maintenance on these mowers includes changing the oil and air filter, sharpening blades if needed (some people manage 3-4 years between sharpening, your mileage may vary..), lubing the transmission drive gears, and draining the oil if you will be shutting your mower down over a long cold winter or for storage -- all stuff you can do yourself without too much hassle (apart from blade sharpening, which you might want a pro to do). Honda's have a pretty good reputation when it comes to engine reliability and lifespan. Chances are you will never need to take it to a dealer for service, but you never know. The manual start rope pull ignition is also very reliable and will hit on the first pull normally 80-90% of the time, with a second pull only occasionally needed. I'm not sure I would pay extra for the electric starter option. Honda's are also known for having "quieter" engines (no gas powered engines are really QUIET) compared to other manufacturers, which is a bonus, especially if you have a smaller property and don't want to ruin your neighbors weekend with a loud yard cleaning operation. So overall, we like the performance and reliability of these Honda mowers. We wouldn't object to seeing prices a little lower, but not much you can do about that. These mowers have a reputation for durability and dependability -- just what you want from a mower.
Finding a Local Honda Lawn Mower DealerTo find a Honda Lawn Mower dealer near you, visit their website. The Honda website has a dealer locator -- just punch in your ZIP code, and it will show you the closest dealers in your area. Visit: http://www.hondapowerequipment.com/dealerlocator/
I think Home Depot used to carry Honda mowers, but I don't see them these days at either Lowe's or Home Depot. Amazon sell some parts and supplies, but for mowers, we recommend you hit up your local dealers found from the website above.