GCV200 Hydrostatic Self Propelled Gas Lawn Mower


Final Score

3.1 / 5 from 12 users

HONDA HRX217HYA | Tools Official
HONDA HRX217HYA | Tools Official
HONDA HRX217HYA | Tools Official

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We spent 5.4 hours reading reviews from customers and experts. In summary, here's what users think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The Honda HRX217HYA has a non-metallic deck which is resistant to rust and has a lifetime warranty. (3 reviews)

    • “I bought this mower because it has a non-metallic deck”

    • “Plastic deck has a lifetime warranty and does not rust.”

    • “I like the power, the cut and love the deck.”

  • Features a blade brake mechanism that allows the engine to continue running even when the blade is disengaged. (2 reviews)

    • “There is a blade clutch, the engine does not die when you release all the controls.”

  • It starts easily, often with one pull, even after being stored for the winter. This shows the mower's ignition system is reliable. (2 reviews)

    • “After 2 years of operation it still starts on one pull, even after winter storage”

    • “Auto choke system - should guarantee an easy start every time.”

  • Equipped with rear-wheel drive to enhance traction and control while mowing. (1 review)

  • Has a shift lever and a drive clutch lever (bar) for varying ground speed, offering more control and ease when mowing around obstacles. (1 review)

    • “To adjust ground speed, you use the shift lever but you can also use the drive clutch lever (bar) to vary ground speed”

  • Changing from mulching to bagging is easy with a clip director knob. (1 review)

    • “Switching from mulching to bagging and vice versa using the clip director knob is easy”

  • The quality of mulching is reported as very good, indicating efficient operation. (1 review)

  • The mower is noted for its strong and reliable engine, which helps make it last a long time. (1 review)

    • “The mower is very powerful, dependable and durable”

5 reasons not to buy

  • A customer found the mower to be very big and heavy, making it difficult to maneuver around the yard. (2 reviews)

    • “Very big and heavy, difficult to maneuver.”

    • “I did find the regulation of exact speed using the transmission bar a little awkward, as I have to do a lot of speed adjustment due to a yard full of obstacles and turns”

  • The mower was noted to be sensitive to fuel quality, leading to carburetor issues that are not covered by the warranty. (2 reviews)

    • “Sensitive to fuel quality. Carburator issues are not covered by the warranty.”

    • “Apparently these carburetors have such small passageways that leaving fuel set for even two weeks will clog them up.”

  • Some users are worried about how long the plastic gears on the drive wheels will last. (2 reviews)

    • “The drive wheels have plastic gears and it seems unlikely they are going to last.”

    • “Three rear wheels have needed to be replaced 3 times in the 6 months since I bought the mower. They are made of plastic and shred easily.”

  • Adjusting the mowing height at each wheel individually was seen as inconvenient compared to a single-lever system. (1 review)

    • “Mowing height must be adjusted at each wheel individually. I am missing a single lever at my Yardman.”

  • Pulling the mower backwards was reported to be not very easy by a user. (1 review)

    • “Pulling the mower backwards is not very easy.”

Bottom Line

Get the HONDA HRX217HYA for a powerful mowing experience. It's got a rust-proof deck with a lifetime guarantee and starts with a single pull, even after winter. The blade brake lets the engine run while you stop the blade. Enjoy easy control with rear-wheel drive and speed levers. The switch between mulching and bagging is a breeze, ensuring a top-notch cut. However, it's heavy and may struggle with fuel quality, plus the plastic gears and individual wheel height adjustments could be a hassle.


Cutting Width (in)21 inch
FeaturesMulching, Bagging, Side Discharge
Max Cutting Height4"
Min Cutting Height3/4"
Power SourceGas
CategorySelf Propelled Mowers
Warranty5 Years
Weight97 lbs
Additional InfoHonda GCV200 Engine, Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System, Leaf Shred Feature, MicroCut® Twin Blades, NeXite Mowing Deck

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Tips for Honda HRX217HYA

  • It is highly recommended to use Ethanol-free gas as Ethanol can damage small engines. A handful of reviewers have noted that Ethanol treatment will not be adequate in protecting your engine long term.
  • It is advisable to run the mower out of gas or use a gas stabilizer before storing it.
  • To keep it in the best condition, clean the mower after each use.

Special Features

  • Full Manufacturer Warranty: You're covered if anything goes wrong because it's guaranteed by the company that made it.
  • 21-Inch Mowing Deck: It cuts a wide strip of grass so you can finish mowing your lawn quicker.
  • 4-in-1 Versamow System: You can chop up the grass, collect it in a bag, spit it out the side, or shred leaves without needing extra tools.
  • Self-Propelled with Hydrostatic Cruise Control: The mower moves by itself; you just guide it, and you can set the speed just like cruise control in a car.
  • Roto-Stop Blade Stop System: You can stop the blades but keep the engine running so you can move stuff out of the way without having to restart the mower.
  • MicroCut Twin Blades: Cuts the grass super fine so it looks nicer, is better for your lawn, and you can fit more in the bag.
  • Durable NeXite Deck: The part that covers the blades won't rust, dent, or break easy, which means it lasts a long time.
  • Adjustable Speed Control: You can change how fast the mower goes to match how fast you want to walk.
  • 7 Position Cutting Height Adjustment: Lets you change how short you cut the grass for different types of grass or when it's wet or dry.
  • Ball Bearing Wheels: The wheels roll smooth and are built tough so they last longer and make pushing easier.
  • Large Capacity Grass Bag: You don't have to stop and empty the bag of grass clippings as often, so you can keep on mowing.
  • Ergonomic Handle Design: The handle feels good in your hands and you can fold it down to save space when you're not mowing.
  • Easy Start GCV200 Engine: The engine starts up quick and easy and has enough power to cut through thick grass without trouble.


  • Q:

    Can the handle fold over to save on storage space?

  • A:

    The mower’s handle is easy to adjust flat or vertically for storage.

  • Q:

    Is the mower’s rear-wheel-drive belt driven?

  • A:

    Yes, this mower is belt-driven. Its belt will also last for years before it requires changing.

  • Q:

    Is the mower capable of rear or side discharge?

  • A:

    Once the mower’s bagger is removed from the rear, a discharge guard swings down to allow clippings to be discharged from the mower’s rear deck.

  • Q:

    What is the Honda HRX217HYA’s non-metal deck made of?

  • A:

    The mower’s deck is made out of an extremely durable polymer material called NeXite.

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