Redesigned Honda mowers promise more power: GIE+EXPO

Honda unveiled redesigned mowers in its HRX series at the GIE+EXPO
Honda's redesigned mowers focus on increased power. (Photo: Honda)

Honda Power Equipment unveiled redesigned mowers in its HRX series at the GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Kentucky.

The primary benefit is the GCV200 engine, which Honda says delivers 10% more power and torque than the GCV190 engine that it replaces. The engine is specifically designed to serve residential applications, and is available across all five HRX models.

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The more powerful engine helps cut thicker, taller grass without stalling, and is also lighter than the older GCV190.

Honda also redesigned the engine layout to make maintenance easier, including refueling, checking and changing oil, and accessing the sparkplug and air cleaner. The redesigned mowers feature larger fuel tank spouts, longer oil fill tubes and a tool-less air filter.

Honda’s Auto Choke System aims to provide more reliable starts in any temperature without levers or cables.

“The Honda Vision for 2030 is two-fold:  growth through the pursuit of quality and serving people worldwide with the joy of expanding the potential of lives. The newly revamped HRX Series of lawn mowers aspires to achieve this Honda vision,” Will Walton, vice president of Honda Power Equipment, said in a statement.

The redesigned models include:

  • HRX217VKA
  • HRX217VYA
  • HRX217VLA
  • HRX217HYA
  • HRX217HZA

All of the models feature a rust-free, impact-resistant deck, seven cutting heights and a five-year, full, transferable warranty.

The VKA, VYA and VLA models include the Select Drive system and the Versamow System with Clip Director, which allows for mulching, bagging, leaf shredding and discharging without tools and attachments. The VYA model includes Honda’s Roto-Stop blade system that stops the mower blades without shutting off the mower.

HYA and HZA feature a redesigned hydrostatic cruise control transmission that is smaller and lighter than older models, and the Roto-Stop system.

The VLA and HZA models include a self-charging electric start system, which starts the GCV200 with a small absorbed glass mat battery behind factory-sealed glass.

The new line will be available through dealers in January 2019.

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