Honda Lawnmowers Background Information

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Honda Power Equipment markets a complete line of 21" walk behind lawn mowers for commercial, premium residential, and consumer applications. The product line consists of 12 models in four different series, including HRX, HRR, HRS, and HRC.

Each product family incorporates a number of features and accessories for versatility and convenience: a variable height adjustment system; a large capacity standard rear easy on/easy off grass bag; the exclusive, Honda twin-blade MicroCut System® for precise cutting and finer mulching; discharge chute and leaf shredder options; and a choice of two mowing decks depending on model (heavy-duty steel with up to six height adjustments or resilient, easy-to-clean NeXite® that comes equipped with a lifetime warranty). Honda lawn mowers are the only of their kind to offer advanced and durable maintenance-free Cruise Control hydrostatic transmissions or Variable Speed Transmissions with Adjustable Smart Drive™ that allow for infinite drive speed variation.

In keeping with Honda's tradition of technological and environmental leadership, all Honda lawn mower models feature Honda's easy-starting engines that deliver smooth, quiet, reliable four-stroke power. The compact, lightweight OHC (overhead cam) GC Series offers maximum power and high-efficiency combustion for home use; the GS Series provides power for premium residential and light-duty commercial markets; and the OHV (overhead valve) GX Series delivers rugged, commercial grade performance. Honda's full line of lawn mowers meets rigorous California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA emission requirements, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states.

The Honda HRX Series

Introduced in 2004, the Honda HRX Series pioneers the unique Versamow System™ with Clip Director® that, for the first time on any lawnmower, easily enables simultaneous distribution of clippings to both the bag and the ground.

The Honda Versamow System™ is designed to be a complete four-in-one mowing system delivering the ultimate in flexibility.  A Clip Director® lever located behind the engine cowling operates a sliding door between the lawnmower deck and the grass bag allowing the operator to easily:

  • Rear discharge;
  • Mulch 100 percent of clippings;
  • Bag 100 percent of clippings;
  • Simultaneously mulch and bag or rear discharge in varying degrees through 10 separate settings.

The system also offers a setting for leaf shredding where leaves are re-circulated until they are small enough to pass into the bag. All this can take place without tools or attachments required on most conventional lawn mowers.

Honda expanded the HRX Series in 2008 with the launch of the premium HRX217VKA.  Equipped with the five-position Smart Drive™ Variable Speed System, the HRX allows the user to easily control the lawnmower’s speed simply by resting his or her hands on the handlebars – adding still more convenience and ease of use to what already is the most user-friendly 21-inch lawnmower on the market today.

For 2012, Honda introduces a new HRX Series model to the lineup – the HRX217VLA.  This self-propelled, Variable Speed Smart Drive™ Nexite® lawn mower is a self-charging, electric start model equipped with a small Cyclon sealed lead-acid battery for easy and convenient starting. The battery is mounted on the lawnmower’s handlebar and integrated with a convenient automotive-style key switch.

The HRX models are powered by the four-stroke, single-cylinder GCV190 OHC engine. In HRX electric start models, electricity is fed to a small starter motor incorporated in the GCV190 engine. All HRX models are available nationally through Honda Power Equipment dealers.

Targeting best-in-industry bagging performance, the HRX is able to mow 40 percent further before the bag is full, allowing the operator to empty the bag 40 percent less often. This is accomplished through the use of a 2.5 bushel grass bag, and Honda's MicroCut® offset twin-blade cutting system that results in finer clippings that pack the bag more efficiently. Additional HRX features and benefits include:

  • The exclusive, easy-to-clean, rust-free NeXite® mowing deck, which allows clippings to circulate naturally for maximum mulching; the deck comes with a lifetime warranty;
  • A newly designed variable speed hydrostatic transmission (smaller and lighter than on previous models) that offers infinitely variable speed control and the ability to set and maintain a constant pace regardless of conditions. Speed is easily adjustable with the speed control lever;
  • The Honda Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System provides quick blade stopping without shutting off the lawnmower – allows for bag emptying without restarting the engine and self propel without the blade engaged.
  • Seven individual cutting heights – ¾" to 4"
  • 9" ball-bearing wheels
  • Sealed control cables
  • A five-year full transferable warranty

Model

Propulsion

Standard Design Features

HRX217VKA

Variable speed Smart Drive™ System

4-in->1 Versamow System™ with Clip Director®; bag, mulch, leaf shred or rear discharge – no tools or attachments required;
flywheel brake and auto choke system.

HRX217VLA

Variable Speed Smart Drive™ System ; electric start system featuring Cyclon sealed lead-acid battery technology

4-in-1 Versamow System™ with Clip Director®, bag, mulch, leaf shred or rear discharge – no tools or attachments required; Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System; auto choke system with full throttle control.

RX217HYA

Hydrostatic Cruise Control transmission

4-in-1 Versamow System™ with Clip Director®, bag, mulch, leaf shred or rear discharge – no tools or  attachments required; Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System; auto choke system with full throttle control.

HRX217HZA Hydrostatic Cruise Control transmission; electric start system featuring Cyclon sealed lead-acid battery technology 4-in-1 Versamow System™ with Clip Director®, bag, mulch, leaf shred or rear discharge – no tools or  attachments required; Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System; auto choke system with full throttle control.

The Honda HRR and HRS Series

The Honda HRR Series consists of four different models, each containing a number of standard features and benefits, including:

  • An easy-starting four-stroke, single cylinder GCV160 OHC engine designed to reduce weight and increase lawnmower maneuverability;
  • The world's first internal timing belt on a lawnmower with reserve power for the most demanding mowing conditions;
  • The exclusive offset twin-blade MicroCut System® that results in finer clippings that pack the bag more efficiently;
  • The Honda HRR 21" heavy-duty steel mowing deck;
  • An easy on/easy off grass bag (2.4 bushel capacity) for low-effort emptying;
  • An EZ Fold, adjustable two-position handle incorporating easily accessible controls, designed to maximize safety, comfort and convenience;
  • A height adjustment system, offering six mowing height adjustments ranging from 1" to 4" for different mowing needs;
  • Variable speed transmissions with Smart Drive™ Control; (all models except PKA);
  • A redesigned rear axle that improves lawnmower cutting performance at lower settings;
  • A three-year full transferable warranty;
  • 8" rear ball bearing wheels;
  • For 2012, all HRR models now include six new designed parts for improved performance: guard and discharge; mounting plate (minimize grass blow-by); grass bag frame (new shape); grass bag (new shape); and a one-piece return spring.

Introduced in 2006, the HRR Series lawnmower line is designed to deliver exceptionally easy operation, high performance and superior fuel efficiency. For 2012, Honda introduces a significant design upgrade for all HRR models: the inclusion of the 3-in-1 Clip Director®.  With just one touch, the operator can quickly switch from mulching to bagging, eliminating the need for a mulch plug. The HRR lineup incorporates a newly designed, lighter weight GCV160 engine for increased maneuverability; the new GCV160 model also has a redesigned fan cover for improved cooling. In addition, an improved scroll and ramp design allows for improved mulching performance by optimizing recycling of fine clippings.

The HRR216PKA push-type model is equipped with auto choke and the 3-in-1 Clip Director® for an infinitely easier lawn mowing experience at an affordable price. The HRR216VKA and HRR216VYA models incorporate the Honda Adjustable Smart Drive™ Variable Speed Transmission Control System that allows the user to easily control the lawnmower's speed simply by resting his or her hands on the handlebars. By placing either one or both thumbs on the lever, the operator can easily control the lawnmower's speed and even mow with one hand. For 2012, both VKA and VYA models now boast a ground speed of up to 4 mph (an 11 percent increase over HRR models in previous years).

The HRR216VKA and HRR216VYA lawn mowers also are designed with the 3-in-1 Clip Director®. The HRR216VKA includes an auto choke feature while the HRR216VYA incorporates the auto choke feature with adjustable throttle control.

For 2012, Honda introduces a new model to the HRR Series of lawn mowers – the HRR216VLA, a self-propelled, Variable Speed Smart Drive™ lawn mower with electric start capability for easy and convenient starting. The company’s newest HRR model also is equipped with the 3-in-1 Clip Director®, MicroCut® twin blades, and the new scroll and ramp design.

Honda HRR models, powered by the Honda GCV160 OHC engine, are available nationwide through Honda Power Equipment dealers and The Home Depot retail stores.

Following is a snapshot of the HRR Series models:

Model

Propulsion

Standard Design Features

HRR216PKA

Push type

3-in-1 Clip Director®; Twin Blade MicroCut System®

HRR216VKA

Smart Drive™ Variable Speed Control System

3-in-1 Clip Director®; Twin Blade MicroCut System®

HRR216VYA Smart Drive ™ Variable Speed Control System 3-in-1 Clip Director®; Twin Blade MicroCut System ®; Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System
HRR216VLA Smart Drive™ Variable Speed Control System; electric start system 3-in-1 Clip Director®; Twin Blade MicroCut System®

The Honda HRS Series includes two side discharge, mulch models featuring the OHC/OHV Honda lightweight engines and 21" heavy-duty steel mowing decks. These models are easy to start and deliver efficient power. The compact design of these engines also makes the lawn mowers easy to maneuver. The extremely efficient combustion of the OHC/OHV configuration means one engine certifies to emissions standards in all 50 states. Both HRS lawn mowers are covered by a three-year warranty.

Model

Propulsion

Standard Design Features

HRS216PDA

Push type

Side discharge/mulcher

HRS216SDA

Self-propelled, single speed

Side discharge/mulcher

The Honda Commercial Series
The Honda HRC Commercial Series offers two models: the self-propelled, hydrostatic drive HRC216HXA and push-type HRC216PDA - both which offer the best combination of features and durability for the professional landscaper. The legendary performance of the HRC Series is enhanced by offering Honda's exclusive MicroCut® twin-blade mulching technology.

Honda HRC lawn mowers are designed with a number of standard features and benefits, including:

  • Dome-shaped deck design that facilitates both bagging and mulching while delivering finer clipping particles;
  • Offset twin blade MicroCut® System (the only 2-blade 21-inch commercial lawnmower);
  • Hydrostatic Cruise Control Shaft Drive transmission for increased durability (1.8 – 4.0 mph); (HXA model only);
  • Front bumper provides lawnmower deck and engine protection; also allows for convenient transport tie down;
  • Durable, lightweight NeXite® wheels with axle protectors.

Model

Propulsion

Standard Design Features

HRC216PDA

Push type

Honda GSV engine with aluminum uniblock construction; cast iron sleeve dual-stage air filter; MicroCut® twin blades for optimum bagging and mulching performance.

HRC216HXA

Hydrostatic Cruise Control transmission

Honda GXV engine upgrade and Honda Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System; MicroCut® twin blades for optimum bagging and mulching performance.

In addition, the introduction of the push model HRC216K3PDA features the Honda GSV160 overhead cam (OHC) engine, while the self-propelled HRC216K3HXA utilizes Honda's legendary GXV160 engine. Both engines feature all-aluminum construction and a cast-iron cylinder sleeve.

At the heart of every Honda lawnmower is a world-renowned, easy-starting engine that delivers smooth, quiet, reliable four-stroke power and low emission levels. All Honda lawn mowers offer the same exceptional level of quality, performance and reliability as every product that carries the Honda name.

Editor's Note:

Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snowblowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines.

Information for media regarding Honda products is available at www.hondanews.com.
Consumer information regarding Honda products is available at www.honda.com, www.powerequipment.honda.com, www.hondaengines.com, and www.hondamarine.com.

Updated October 2012

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