I have owned a Honda lawn mower for about 10 years and I've had really good
service from it. It is a self-propelled 'Hydrostatic' mower.
I am considering replacing the mower and may get another Honda mower.
I have seen Honda mowers in the big box stores (Home Depot I think). Of
course, Honda dealers will tell you that the Honda mowers that they sell are
better than the ones at the big box stores. The Honda dealers will also
charge more for their mowers, sometimes a great deal more.
Are the Honda mowers at Home Depot the same quality as the ones at the Honda
dealer, realizing that there may be differences in the various models?
The model I purchased from Home Depot is the EXACT same model that is
available anywhere else, including my local (small) mower dealer.
I would have purchased from the local guy as his price was virtually the
SAME as HD - but I bought on a Sunday when the little guy was closed.
You might want to at least look at some other alternatives. I had a
Honda for years, and it was bullet proof and a great little lawn
mower, just to small for my new yard, so I bought a new one. I have
not been happy with the new Honda at all. It does a terrible job
cutting grass, it clogs up when the bag is less than half full and
after 2 years the Carburator had to be replaced.
My neighbor bought a Sears for less money at about the same time and
it is superior to my Honda in how it cuts grass, he can cut far more
grass before he has to empty it than I can with mine and hasn't had
any problems with it.
On my 3 year old Ariens with a Kawasaki engine... it ran/runs GREAT.
But this year I couldn't get it started. No how - no way. So I
brought it to the dealer who had to install a "new" carburetor to the
tune of $150+ (Ouch).
What is it with these carburetors? I NEVER had to have one replaced
in all the older units I've ever had. Also, do they not make rebuild
I think its just easier for the repair shop to just bolt on another
carburetor. I was away and my wife took it in. If I was home, I would
have at least tried to pull the thing apart and clean it, which I
suspect is all that it really needed. I can't imagine what else could
have been wrong with a carburetor that new, but who knows.
I have not caught grass clippings since I bought my mulching mower.
I bought a personal pace, mulching Honda about six years ago and it does a
terrific job. The only time I use the catcher is in the fall when I am
preparing my lawn for overseeding.
I bought it from a mower shop, but I checked the price from a number of
stores on line and the price was about the same everywhere I checked.
Mulching is definitely the way to go. The only problem is that you
have to do it when the grass isn't very high and relatively dry, and I
seem to always wait too long. If I try to mulch with this Honda lawn
mower when the grass is over an inch high it just leaves clumps of
grass all over and the grass is cut unevenly.
I was experiencing similar, less-than-satisfactory bagging with my Honda.
I replaced the bag and the improvement was amazing. The fabric on the
old bag was apparently clogged. The new fabric allowed significantly
greater air flow thereby improving bagging performance.
Not necessarily a bad thing, unless the no-name deck is utter crap. I
bought an MTD with a Honda engine like that 3 years ago, and it still
runs great after lots of abuse. Considering it was half the price of a
'real' Honda of the same size, I'm happy. As long as you stay away from
self-propelled (which I never understood the appeal of), most of the
failure points are in the engine anyway.
I had a Home Depot-bought Honda 214 self-propelled with an aluminum deck
that I kept for 16 years of heavy use (big lawn, southern state, mow from
March to early December). It needed nothing but routine maintenance-- which
I did myself so I know it was done right. It just ran and ran and ran--
always with a one gentle pull start (remember the Clara Johnson test?).
Eventually it got tired/loose/worn. I suppose I could have fixed it up--but
I sold it on craigslist for $175, replacing it with a Sam's Club SS deck
mower-- Honda engine on an MTD deck. Been using it hard three years now-- so
far so good.
Only thing I don't like is the government mandating the engine to quit when
I release the deadman lever on the handle....a real PIA to restart all the
On Wed, 6 Aug 2008 07:18:35 -0400, "command.com" <bad or missing
command interpreter> wrote:
I have a MTD/Honda from Sams and the weak spot is the self propel
transmission. They replaced one under warranty and I think it is fix'n
to go bad again.
When I fix it this time I am going to disconnect the deadman and
connect the SP cable to the handle grip instead of that little
trigger. I have had a velcro strap around the handle since I bought
it, sliding it down when I want the mower to stop.
I also made the choke a manual deal. That "open the throttle all the
way" thing never worked.
I am in Florida and mowing is a once a week thing, pretty much all
year. I can get away with every 2 weeks in the winter.
It is a "one pull" mower tho. The Honda engine is great.
Real easy cure for that one- 4 'super' magnets stuck to the handle, that
hold the deadman lever down, but still let you flip it up easily to use
as a kill switch when you want to. First thing I did when I brought
mine home. 2nd thing was to add padding to the handle, and 3rd was to
use a king-size zip tie to fasten that silly hanging rear skirt in the
up position, so I could pull the thing backwards. Sorry, OSHA, but in
the real world, mowers do need to back up. (Yes, I wear real shoes and
long pants when I mow.)
Try it sometime, Jack Benny.
The self-propelled feature, particularly rear-wheel drive, is easily
worth the added cost, particularly if mowing uneven or sloped terrain.
I have owned two self-propelled Toro mowers and one self-propelled Honda
over the past forty years and NEVER (read: not once) had a drive
failure. This included a LOT of "commercial" use when I was a kid using
my first Toro to earn money.
I bought a 30 year old Case Ingersoll hydraulic drive with 44 inch mower
deck and snowblower for $300. Put a new engine in it and been happy ever
since. And I don't have that bull crap deck shutting down when I back up
or the engine dying when I get of the seat. I did put new bearings in
the mower deck, now it's the quietest machine on the block. ( doesn't
sound like a flock of angry bees when it's mowing)
The Honda dealer stocks the commercial versions. Probably the engine is
the same, but the rest of the mower may be different.
I bought a mower with a Honda engine at Costco, but it's not a Honda
mower. I think it was around $180. So far so good (about three years).
My pressure washer also has a Honda engine (five years so far).
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