Honda HRR216K9VKA Self-Propelled Gas Mower Review

The Honda HRR216K9VKA 3-in-1 model deserves all the accolades of a machine that was built for optimum performance. In this Honda lawn mower review we take a look at one of the flawless models from a household name that has more positives than shortcomings.

Despite the little shortcomings, its all-round performance on any tough lawns forces anyone with an eye for quality to give it deeper consideration.  And yes, despite the high price tag associated with this gas propelled lawn mower, it still passes as one of the best true deal-breakers out there.

Specifications

  • Powerful Honda GCV160 engine
  • 5 automatic speed transmission system
  • 21-Inch 12-gauge steel deck
  • Traditional pull cord with an auto-choke starter
  • Micro-cut twin blades
  • Thread wheel tires
  • Rear-wheel drive system
Honda HRR216K9VKA Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

So what really makes this Honda model a worthwhile investment?  To answer this question let’s take a closer look at some special features:

Features

Variable Speed

A quick look at user reviews on most lawn mowers and you will discover complaints about the heavy nature of these machines, and the slow pace of mowing. The Honda HRR216K9VKA tackles this problem by utilizing lightweight materials to produce a sturdy machine that weighs just 84 pounds, and a speed control mechanism to suit the needs of the operator.

Combining a lightweight nature with a variable speed control mechanism is an effective combo that allows users to carry out mowing task at their own pace. The feature of variable speed control can be accessed via the mower’s smart drive area with the cushioned lever handle.

Rear Wheel Drive

Efficiency is improved by the action from reliable tires. This mower features a smart rear-wheel drive system that is ideal for navigating past little obstacles. You will find this feature handy if your lawn is littered with pockets of flower beds here and there. The threaded wheels also offer improved traction and support by increasing the friction between the tires and ground.

Performance

Off course, potential users want to know about the performance of this lawn mower before investing their hard-earned money. We totally agree that this is a step in due diligence you ought to take.  However, it is unwise to compare the performance of a particular lawn mower across the board with others. The performance and efficiency you get from a lawnmower will depend greatly on how well you align your money to a mower that is specific to your needs.

Lawns come in different sizes and grass profiles, this alone makes it unwise to compare or seek out the biggest or most powerful lawnmowers you can lay your hands on. But you must judge how well a single mowing unit can take care of the profile features of your lawn. In this regard, judging performance is best viewed from users who have had hands-on experience with the mower.

Having said this, I can categorically tell you that the Honda HRR216K9VKA has enough muscle power from the engine that can easily match any competitive lawn mower for small to medium-sized lawns. The engine is a Honda GCV160 which is a small four choke resilient monster designed for premium residential lawns.

To get things going on smoothly, it features an Automatic 5-speed smart drive system to quickly get users to finish up mowing routines in time.

Twin Blade System

The grass cutting efficiency won’t be completed without the action of the fitted twin blades. The action of these blades is the bases for the inherent 3-in-1 feature of bagging, mulching and side discharge of grass clippings.

Ease of Use

While this model is relatively easy to use because of the numerous features, it is a gasoline propelled lawn mower and needs a high degree of regular maintenance to ensure you get the most out of it.  The unavoidable chores are; changing the oil, checking spark plugs and fueling are all part of maintaining a gas propelled lawnmower.

Despite the maintenance and monitoring, the Honda HRR is relatively easy to use considering the strong engine power.  The fitted and adjustable 41-inch long handle is cushioned with a foam-like material that helps users cope with unwarranted vibrations in tough terrains. The weight of 84 pounds doesn’t necessarily place it as a very lightweight machine but the weight still comes easy to push around by any averagely sized person.

In terms of ease-of-use the only drawback with using this mower and perhaps any gas mower is the occasional rough start from the pull plug system. However, the auto-choke system helps to mitigate this problem by soothingly out waking the engine from a cold start.

Cut Quality 

There are not many mowers in the market today with the cut quality offered by Honda’s HRR mower. I have personally driven and tested a number of lawn mowers and I must tell you that the grass cutting of this mower is way above the industrial average. The ease at which the twin Micro blades slice through grasses is simply astonishing.

I’d like to reiterate that the twin blade is a useful feature for smooth discharge of grass clippings via the side chute to the 2.4-bushel bags and mulching ability. The second blade promotes a finer cut in tiny grass pieces for mulch.

Maintenance

Maintenance will always be an issue with gas propelled lawnmowers. It’s easier to maintain an electric or motorless push lawnmower than to maintain a gas lawnmower. The Honda HRR is no exception, so potential users are advised to give the needed attention of changing out the oil, lubrication, changing spark plugs and sharpening the blades regularly.

What We Liked

What We Didn't Like

  • It offers powerful and clean grass cutting experience
  • Fantastic 3-in-1 mulching ability: Bagging, mulching and side discharge
  • Powerful and reliable gas engine
  • Good rear-wheel-drive feature
  • Durable and efficient
  • Variable speed control system
  • Might have occasional rough starting
  • No port wash feature for deck maintenance
  • Small wheel system
Qaiser
 

Qaiser, a 30-year-old gardener, co-founded Treillage with an aim to help educate the masses in green living. He heads the team responsible for testing and reviewing every gardening product that is featured on Treillage.

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