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Old 06-26-2017, 11:39 AM   #16
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I bought two of the $399 Hondas at Home Depot as house warming gifts for my kids. I don't think you can go wrong with that mower. Both kids say they run great and cut great

You can get the more expensive deck, but IMO it is not really necessary.

If you don't want the annual $100 repair bill, add Stabil to the fuel, or use non ethanol if the mower is going to be in storage for awhile and you are not going to drain the fuel.
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Old 06-26-2017, 12:08 PM   #17
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That Nexite deck is a keeper and the electric start is just a nice bonus on the HRX217VLA
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Thats the model I decided on.

Wish me luck.

Next will be to decide what to do with my 5 yo Toro. I don't want to be like dad an let old machines pile up in case someone needs a part. Is it worth anything for scrape metal or should I push it to the curb.
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I have been told, but have no definitive information one way or the other, that many Honda motors found on non-Honda equipment are cheaper sub-contract engines intended to meet a certain 'price point'. The one that was pointed out to me was all black.
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I don't have any definitive info either.

However, I doubt Honda would be doing that. It's been done in the past by other Mfgs with other products. The result of cheaper lower quality products under the same name is, it drags down the rep of the name brand.

If the the mower mfg wants to cut corners, he has plenty of opportunity to do it elsewhere on the mower. Cut features entirely. Cheaper wheels, bag, handle, etc.

I wouldn't get too hung up on color. Honda sells a couple or mowers where all the the plastic engine covers are black vs the red and black combination that is more common.
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Thats the model I decided on.

Wish me luck.

Next will be to decide what to do with my 5 yo Toro. I don't want to be like dad an let old machines pile up in case someone needs a part. Is it worth anything for scrape metal or should I push it to the curb.
I put my 15 year old Troybuilt on Craigslist for $75, just so I wouldnl't be like your dad (no offense).

A guy called and offered me $50 and I took it. We were both happy
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Thats the model I decided on.

Wish me luck.

Next will be to decide what to do with my 5 yo Toro. I don't want to be like dad an let old machines pile up in case someone needs a part. Is it worth anything for scrape metal or should I push it to the curb.
Sounds like you went with top of the line. That will give you years of great service. Enjoy
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Thats the model I decided on.

Wish me luck.

Next will be to decide what to do with my 5 yo Toro. I don't want to be like dad an let old machines pile up in case someone needs a part. Is it worth anything for scrape metal or should I push it to the curb.
Wish you all the best, let us know how you like it after you've used it for a while, and if the Toro runs put it on Craigs list, nothing to lose.
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My review of Honda HRR 216, $399.

Learned subtracting house, patio, etc, my yard is .22 of an acre.

This Honda is noticably lighter than my 5 yo Toro which was too hard to use when the self-propelled feature broke once.

Honda has 2 blades for better mulching. My grass is thin and one blade was fine. Will this cost extra to sharpen and replace?

Love love love the speed. It can go faster than me. As a former runner I love it. I need to learn to ease back on speed at corners.

A few reviews said wheels were hard to adjust. LOL, they never tried it on a Toro or they wouldn't complain.

Next on reviews was that the speed lever tired some mans thumbs. My salesman said put your hands closer together an use heel of thumb to push speed lever. Worked for me.

Ok, the pro Lawn Co. Made my yard look neater but they mowed my wildflowers tucked here and there. A few clumps I put bricks around before they came. LOL. They mowed outside the bricks, good. BUT they used weed eater inside of bricks an decapitated my flowers. Nice thing about wild flowers is that they are
resilient!

I'm the only one in the neighborhood doing my own yard work.
I'm the only one in the neighbirhood not overweight.
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