Is that an old one? I bought an early model when they first came out. I
was really ticked off when I discovered year 2 of use on a small lawn that
it had a broken belt for the self propelled wheels which cost $90 to
replace back in the late 80's. I dumped that thing after the repair.
IMO dumping it was a mistake. I bought one long before yours
apparently (early 80s). Have replaced 1 fuel filter, 1 plug, 1 clutch
cable and the rubbers on the rear tires twice. Front wheels now need
replaceing as they are so loose they wobble. Mowing 1/2 acre regulary
plus another 1/2 acre every so often over rough ground. Still starts
first pull every time. Yes, parts for Honda are spendy. Not nearly as
costly as annual fix-up costs on other mowers I had in the past. I
now have 2 self prop Honda and 1 rototiller. None have given me any
trouble except as mentioned above.
I had another couple irritations with the Honda. The system they used to
install and remove the grass catcher was like a mouse trap. Incredibly
strong spring. Could barely get the darn bag on or off. Plus the self
propelled was way too slow. Worse mower I ever owned. Fortunately it had
good resale value.
Compared to new ones, the bag system on mine is probably old hat. At
the time I bought the first one it was a quantum advance in design,
the only one on the market that could be removed one handed. I never
had a problem with lifing the cover nor did my 70 year old mother. As
for the speed, yep, there you are right. I have one 2-speed, one 3
speed. 1st is too slow, 2nd in both is too fast and 3rd in the one
would only be useable in mower races. I wish I had bought the hydro
drive vs the gear at that time.
You are the only person I have ever heard bad-mouth a Honda self
I think yours was at least a year newer than mine. I saw on the following
year model that they got rid of the mouse trap design for the bagger.
Believe me you would have hated it. Your 70 year old mother could not have
worked it. At the time I jogged at least 3 miles a day.... was probably
about 33 years old and in good shape and the bag was constant aggravation.
It was designed to be a no tools/no parts conversion to mulcher. If you
removed the bag the spring had sufficient pressure to keep the back closed
and made the thing into a mulcher. Unfortunately, it also had sufficient
pressure to prevent the installation of the bag unless you were a
Nope, It had (and has) the "mousetrap" door. After 20 plus years it
is still strong enough to hold the door closed. It doesn't take that
much to do it. It will also keep in place the clippings spreader that
clips into the same mount as the bag. I bought the 2nd one in about
1999/2000 range and it is the same design. You took a dislike to the
mower which is fine with me, but you're trying to justify it with bs
reasons is not.
On 19 Aug 2004 19:01:16 -0700, email@example.com (Harry K)
Here's another. My Honda self-propel has had a repair every year
after its 2 year birthday, and now the plastic Xenoy deck is cracking
all over in its 5th year. I kept good care of this mower. Now I own
a Toro--much more power and half the price of a Honda. I can't see
spending over $500 for any 21" mower.
Not up on the current models but I was never aware of any Honda built
mower with a plastic deck. Aluminum and steel were all that I saw
available in 99 (may have been earlier than that when I bought the
last one). They may be making them now tho. There are a lot of mowers
that have Honda motors but other decks.
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