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Honda HRR216K9VKA 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Gas Mower Review

I’m going to review the Honda HRR216K9VKA 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Gas Mower today. It’s a mower that I didn’t know a whole lot about before I began this review, but it’s one that surely had my attention by the time I was finished with it. Let’s see what this little baby can do, shall we?

The first thing that I noticed is that it was fairly easy to setup. While it wasn’t as easy to setup as some of its competitors, I was still able to have it up and running in a matter of minutes. I also liked the fact that the oil dipstick was easy to find and remove, so I was able to quickly put oil (and gas) into this lawnmower. The same thing can’t be said for some other mower models.

The next thing that impressed me was how easily it started. From a cold start, I was able to get this lawnmower started with just two pulls. That’s probably because it has an auto choke feature, which allows it to start from a cold start. Which is very convenient. Hopefully, this auto choke feature works as well down the road as it does when it’s fresh out of the box.

After I had it started, I then proceeded to cut my grass. While I thought that the Honda GCV160 engine had acceptable noise levels for a lawnmower, I know that some people have complained that it was kind of noisy to them. In my opinion, it doesn’t purr like a kitten but it isn’t loud either—especially when you consider that it is a gas powered lawn mower, so it’s not going to be that quiet.

I immediately began to mow my grass with the Honda HRR216K9VKA 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Gas Mower and began to experiment with the thumb-controlled variable speed controls. While I liked the ability to slow down the speed of the motor or speed it up, as I see fit, I don’t like where the controls are located. Using the thumb control for a period of time kind of made my thumb feel numb, probably due to the vibrations from the mower. I imagine that if I had to use it for a really long period of time, then it would be extremely annoying.

Another thing that I didn’t like about this rig was that the wheels were kind of small. This fact, combined with the rear-wheel drive, would occasionally make the mower pop a wheelie on one of the hills I had to mow. It’s not a constant problem, but it does happen every once in awhile and is worth mentioning.

However, I think those are the only negative impressions I had of this mower. As far as cutting the grass, I think that it did an exceptional job. That Honda engine really does a good job of propelling those twin blades. And speaking of the twin blades, I really like the fact that they cut the grass so fine, it basically is like increasing the size of the bag. Which is a plus for me because I always hate having to empty a mower’s bag. Even though I have to say that this mower’s bag was pretty easy to remove as well, so maybe I’ll have to rethink how much I hate bag changes.

Well, that does it for my review of the Honda HRR216K9VKA 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Gas Mower. Sure, it had small wheels and I didn’t like the controls for the variable speed control, but everything else worked very well. It handled my yard, even the hills, and pretty much simplified my yard work. This makes this mower something I’d definitely recommend.

9.2 Total Score
Bottom Line

It's powerful, great at mulching and cutting and is easy to maintain and handle. To me, this is an excellent self-propelled gas lawn mower. I would definitely recommend it.

Performance
10
Features
10
Ease of Use
9
Value
8
Quality
9
PROS
  • Easy to start
  • Twin blades make for finer clippings
  • Bag is easy to empty
  • Has an auto-choke
  • Self-propelled
  • Easy to store
CONS
  • Variable speed control button is awkward
  • Wheels are kind of small
  • Some people complain about engine noise
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