Honda HRX217VKA Ratings
PERFORMANCE - 95%
DESIGN - 94%
FEATURES - 93%
The HRX217VKA is a great model. We love that it has an adjustable speed and numerous cutting positions and that it allows you to select between discharging the grass, bagging it, or mulching it.
Finding a good mower can be very difficult. Nevertheless, it all comes down to your individual needs and preferences. Still, there are some models out there that seem to satisfy the needs of even the most pretentious gardeners, and the Honda HRX217VKA is one of those select models. Its price tag is slightly higher than what we are used to when it comes to such machines. Nonetheless, the price is justified by the many amazing features and the top of the line technologies that it comes with. Is this model the right choice for you? Let us find out!
This model is gas powered. This means that it is not very quiet and that it requires the occasional maintenance. Nevertheless, the 190 ccs Premium engine packs enough power to handle any yard and most mowing conditions. The engine features an automatic choke system that ensures easy start-ups. This is a great feature as it will allow you to use it even in colder weather, without having to manually choke the engine. For safe transportation and storage, the unit features a fuel shut-off valve that is very convenient. It also features an oil dip stick that allows you to check the oil periodically. The gas cap is very easy to use. Moreover, it also comes with an air filter that can easily be replaced. The 21-inch blades cover a wide area, ensuring that you will be done with mowing the lawn as quick as possible.
The most interesting feature of this model is probably the intuitive Select Drive System. You can control your speed using the control handle or the speed adjust dial. It is very easy to use and very convenient. The Versamow system is another great feature. You don’t have to worry about finding a mulching mower, one with a grass bag or one with grass discharge, as this model combines all of these choices. All the features are built-in and all that you have to do is adjust the clip director and choose either bagging, mulching, leaf shredding, rear discharge or a combination of these options. As far as mulching goes, the unit features a clever technology that prevents clumping. It delivers tiny clippings, thus fitting more grass into the bag than similar models. This is possible due to the twin blade system that you can only see in Honda machines. It can reach a top speed of 4 mph, which is great for a walk-behind model. Since everything about it is adjustable, we are not surprised that it comes with 7 cutting positions that range from 3/4 inches to 4 inches. For safety reasons, it features a flywheel brake system that turns off the engine when you let go of the flywheel brake lever.
It weighs 88 pounds. It has a compact design that allows it to be easily stored. It is made with top quality materials that are meant to last a long time. The Nexite deck is made of a durable polymer designed to resist the test of time, corrosion, and rust. This material is similar to that used for car bumpers and football helmets. The shape of the deck is not only a matter of design, but it also improves performance, ensuring a better vacuum lift and a precision clearance between the blades and the deck. The grass bag has a 2.5-bushel capacity. For storage purposes, the product comes with a convenient cover. The wheels are large and ball bearing, so it is very easy to maneuver, even on uneven surfaces.
Warranty and support
Generally, you can tell how durable a product is by the warranty that it comes with. Given the fact that this model is covered by an overall five-year warranty and a lifetime warranty on the deck, we can conclude that the Honda manufacturers are very confident in its durability. Moreover, they are also quite confident in its performance, since it is sold with a 90-day commercial guarantee. This means that if you are unsatisfied with the product, you can return it within 90 days of the initial purchase. With it, you also benefit from an excellent support from Honda. On their website, you can find everything from owner’s manuals, shop manuals, support videos, fuel recommendations, and much more. Moreover, you can also contact the support team online or over the phone. Last but not least, you should know that this product is certified to meet the EPA and the CARB emission standards.