Honda HRX217K5VKA Review

Our Verdict

The Honda HRX217K5VKA is more of a high-end lawn mower which is ideal for commercial customers rather than residential customers.

Pros

  • It is self-propelled.
  • It has a “Select Drive” – which is used to control the hydrostatic transmission of the lawn mower.
  • It has 4-in-1 clip director – bag, mulch, discharge, and leaf shred.
  • It has a pretty big grass catcher bag. Therefore, you do not need to empty it frequently.
  • The mower deck is made of Nexite composite – which provides a lifetime warranty.
  • It comes with twin mower blades with a micro cut system.
  • It comes with an easy electric start button.
  • A 5 year warranty is covered for this lawn mower.

Cons

  • It is quite expensive for a lawn mower.
  • Each wheel needs to be adjusted separately.
  • This lawn mower does not have a side discharge option.

Honda lawn mowers have made it amongst some of the top lawn mowers in the industry. Honda is known for incorporating technologies and features in their lawn mowers that cut down the mowing time as well as ease the overall mowing experience. Particularly, Honda’s engines have long been known to be durable in the long run as well as reliable.

Honda HRX217K5VKA Review

Performance and cut quality

Types of terrains: No matter how uneven the terrain, or how many steep grades there are – the Honda HRX217K5VKA has a remarkably powerful engine that can provide high quality performance on all types of terrains. According to my findings, this lawn mower is at its best performance, producing its highest quality cuts, when the yard is flat and mid-sized.

Wet conditions: The Honda HRX217K5VKA is particularly a winner in terms of its horsepower. As this lawn mower’s engine is exceptionally powerful, its performance and cut quality is of high quality – even in wet conditions when the grasses are difficult-to-cut, such as wet grasses.

Types of grasses: Whether they are easy-to-cut grasses, such as short and thin grass, or difficult-to-cut grasses, such as tall and thick grass – this lawn mower has got it all covered. No matter what type of grass it is, this lawn mower’s engine holds enough power to produce high quality cuts in all types of grasses. To add on, with the seven different cutting levels to choose from, you can cut any type of grass in the height that you want to.

Overall Point: 10 out of 10.

 

Ease of use

Moving it around

The rear-wheel drive of the Honda HRX217K5VKA is remarkable. Even when the clipping bag begins to become heavy and full, this lawn mower does not lose any traction. As a result, it is easy to push this lawn mower through turns.

Cordless

The good people of Honda made their HRX217K5VKA cordless in order to ease its usage by the users. As a result, you are not limited to only mowing around areas where there is a power source nearby. To add on, this feature is also a plus point for people that have bushes, trees, benches, or any other objects in their yards – that a corded mower could get entangled with. Therefore, with the Honda HRX217K5VKA lawn mower being cordless, you do not need to worry about cord management at all.

Overall Point: 10 out of 10.

 

Special features

Select drive

With this feature, you are able to set your desired cutting pace with adjustable speed control. In the handlebar of this lawn mower, there are thumb controls with which you can select the amount of propulsion you require. This is an extraordinary feature that gains multiple plus points from me.

Overall Point: 10 out of 10.

 

Design

Appearance

The Honda HRX217K5VKAis a well-designed lawn mower. The Nexite mower deck, hard rubber wheels, and Honda’s signature engine – all provide a pretty modern kick to this lawn mower’s overall appearance.

Build quality

The Honda HRX217K5VKA has a solid feel to it. As it is made from a Nexite composite material, it will not rust. Moreover, the Nexite composite promises a lifetime warranty to the lawn mower.

Setting up

The Honda HRX217K5VKA arrives mostly pre-assembled in its box. Once you take it out of the box, you just need to adjust the handle to your desired height, add the oil and fill it up with gas – then you are good to go. It is a pretty easy final assembly in my experience.

Handlebar

The handlebar of the HRX217K5VKA is really comfortable as well as easy to manage. Moreover, this lawn mower has a variable drive system – which you can control using a thumb lever instead of a bar. The thumb controls are located in the middle of the handlebar.

Overall Point: 10 out of 10.

Cost-effectiveness

Warranty

The Honda HRX217K5VKAcomes with a 5 year warranty. This is a pretty long enough period to make this product cost-effective as it is possible to get the manufacturer give you a replacement, in case of malfunctions.

Product quality

I find that Honda incorporated careful thoughts into every single part of this lawn mower – in order to really make this mower durable in the long run, for example the Nexite composite that provides a lifetime warranty. To add on, Honda has definitely gained its trust throughout the years in terms of durability and enduring performance in their products.

Overall Point: 10 out of 10.

 

Grass collection and discharge

Mulching

If emptying a grass catcher bag is not your cup of tea, or you simply want to fertilise your yard, the Honda HRX217K5VKA comes with exceptional mulching abilities. The mower blades of the HRX217K5VKA deserve a lot of praises. The twin mower blades create remarkably small grass clippings – which are then dispersed into your yard for fertilizing it and making it more resistant to drought. Therefore, this mower surely gains points for great mulching and discharge abilities.

Grass catcher bag

As the grass clippings produced by this lawn mower are finely chopped and small – its grass catcher bag is able to contain plenty of clippings in one go.  Therefore, you do not have to keep on emptying it every now and then. To add on, I found that the grass catcher bag is pretty easy to remove – even when the bag is full – as it has quite a wide mouth.

Overall Point: 10 out of 10.

 

Manoeuvrability

Self-propelled

The good folks of Honda made their HRX217K5VKA gas mower self-propelled, in order to ease manoeuvrability for their users. As it is self-propelled, you are not required to continuously push this mower around your yard and tire yourself. To add on, one of the exceptional features of this lawn mower is that you can choose the amount of propulsion you require.

Height adjustments

The Honda HRX217K5VKAcomes with seven different cutting positions to choose from. If you happen to experience a lot of resistance when mowing, you can adjust this lawn mower according to the length of your grass for an easy manoeuvrability. However, the only minus point I would give is to the fact that you need to adjust each of the wheel’s heights separately – it can be quite time-consuming.

Overall Point: 9 out of 10.

 

Maintenance

Bagging

The Honda HRX217K5VKA comes with a superior bagging system. As the twin blades produce remarkably tiny grass clippings, the grass catcher bag can hold 30% more clippings as compared to a single mower blade. As a result, you can be mowing large portions of your yards without having to stop in between to empty the bag. Therefore, the bagging system definitely makes for an easy maintenance and gains plus points from me.

Overall Point: 10 out of 10.

What should I choose between Honda HRR and HRX

The HR series of mowers by Honda is classified according to different price ranges – from low to middle to high-end lawn mowers. The HRX series refer to the high-end, premium models, whereas the HRR series refer to the mid-range models. Even though the differences between the prices of the HRR and HRX might seem like these two series have major differences between them, it is quite untrue.

Not only do you save money with the lawn mowers of the HRR series, but they are also able to perform almost equally to the ones from the HRX series. With only a few additional features, the HRX lawn mowers are good for people who want to get extensive yard work done. Below are the specification upgrades that a person would get with the HRX series lawn mowers:

Mower deck

The mower decks of the HRX lawn mowers are made of Nexite composite – which is meant to be resistant to corrosion, rust, as well as dent. On the other hand, HRR mower decks are made of steel which are sturdy as well. However, the Nexite composite of the HRX mower decks provide a lifetime warranty that the steel mower decks of HRR series do not. I personally find that the steel mower decks of the HRR series promise to be durable enough for residential customers. The “lifetime warranty” given by the Nexite mower decks might be more suitable for commercial customers – who would use the lawn mower for heavy duty work.

Engine

The engine of the HRX mowers are Honda’s GCV190, whereas the HRR mowers have the GCV160 engine. These two engines are very close to each other. However, the major difference lies in the 5 millimeter wider bore that provides an extra 30cc and 1 horsepower. Besides the slight extra power difference, both of these Honda engines come with a potentially long life expectancy. Once again, a residential customer might not have much use out of this small additional power in the HRX mowers.

Starting

The starting option of the HRX lawn mower is a premium feature as compared to the HRR lawn mower. To start the HRX lawn mower, you just need to push an electric start button. However, to start the HRR lawn mower, you need to pull a cord – which could be quite time-consuming as compared to the electric start button of the HRX lawn mower. Even though it should not be much of an issue for someone that can pull a cord, both residential and commercial customers might prefer an electric start button for ease of use.

Transmission

The HRX lawn mowers come with a “Select Drive” system – which is used to control the hydrostatic transmission of the mower. On the other hand, the HRR lawn mowers have a “Smart Drive” system – which is an automatic variable speed control system, where a user chooses pre-set speeds from 0 to 4 mph. The “Select Drive” system of HRX lawn mowers is favourable in the sense that a user can control the speed precisely, instead of making use of pre-set gears like you need to in HRR lawn mowers.

What is in the box?

1 x Honda HRX217K5VKAGas Mower.

1 x 10W-30 oil.

1 x Grass catcher bag.

1 x User manual.

Some common FAQs

Is it easy to push around if I choose the push type option?

Answer: The Honda HRX217K5VKAis a self-propelled lawn mower that does not require any manual pushing around. However, this mower is easy to carry around your yard almost tirelessly due to its ideal weight and height.

Would this be suitable for mulching?

Answer: Yes, absolutely. The Honda HRX217K5VKAcomes with high quality twin mower blades that produce small clippings – therefore, a great mulching experience overall.

Should I get electric start?

Answer: The Honda HRX217K5VKA comes with an electric start button, which allows you to swiftly start your lawn mower in just one push.

Does it have a clutch to stop blades?

Answer: Yes, it comes with a blade brake. You can stop the blades from rotating, without cutting off the engine.

Can I cut thick grass with it?

Answer: Yes, you can. The Honda HRX217K5VKAcomes with enough horsepower to produce high quality cuts even on difficult-to-cut grass, such as thick grass.

Is it better than Toro mowers?

Answer: I find that Honda mowers are much lighter and easier to manoeuvre as compared to Toro mowers. Therefore, in my opinion, you will find Honda mowers to be more convenient if you are a residential customer.