Honda HRX217 Series Premium Residential Lawn Mowers


The Honda HRX217 Premium Residential Lawn Mower Bridges the Gap Between Entry-Level and Commercial Needs

Looking for a lawnmower that offers more than entry level without going all the way to commercial build and price? The Honda HRX217 series of lawn mowers step into the gap to give owners a better option.


Honda HRX217 Series Lawn Mower Range

The range consists of 5 models: HRX217VKA, HRX217VLA, HRX217VYA, HRX217HYA and HRX217HZA. Each of the 21-inch mowers offers a variety of features to make maintaining your lawn easier.

What they have in common

Honda HRX217 series

The HRX217 series uses Honda’s GCV200 engine, which is a nice upgrade from Honda’s HRN216 series GCV170 engine.

They are also all equipped with the brand’s Versamow 4-in-1 system with Clip Director. The Versamow system can shred, bag and side discharge your clippings, as well as shred leaves. The system can even provide a combination of mulching and bagging. What’s great is that you don’t have to keep track of a plug or other attachments – it’s all built right into the mower.

Each mower is equipped with a 21-inch rust-free, dent-free NeXite cutting deck. Honda is so confident in their durability that they back them with a lifetime warranty.

As we’ve come to expect from Honda’s top-of-the-line mower, you get MicroCut stacked blades. These mower blades offer four cutting surfaces that create finer cuts that allow for better mulching and easier bagging.

Common characteristics

Here’s the full list of what each mower in the range has:


  • GCV200 engine
  • Automatic choke
  • Certified 50 States
  • NeXite 21 inch chainring
  • MicroCut Twin Blades
  • 10 Position Versamow Clip Deflector
  • 9 inch ball bearing wheels
  • 3 handle positions
  • Easy to fold quick release handle
  • Fuel shut-off valve
  • Cutting height from 3/4 to 4 inches
  • 0-4 mph drive speed
  • 2.5 bushel bag

How they are different

Here’s a breakdown of the features you can expect on each of the five Honda HRX217 models:

Honda HRX217VKA

  • Infinitely Variable Selection Drive
  • Recoil start
  • 89 lb dry weight

Honda HRX217VLA

  • Infinitely Variable Selection Drive
  • Electric start with recoil backup
  • 95 lb dry weight

Honda HRX217VYA

  • Infinitely Variable Selection Drive
  • Recoil start
  • Roto-Stop (stops the blade without stopping the motor)
  • 95 lb dry weight

Honda HRX217HYA

  • Hydrostatic cruise control
  • Recoil start
  • Roto-Stop
  • 97 lb dry weight

Honda HRX217HZA

  • Hydrostatic cruise control
  • Electric start with recoil backup
  • Roto-Stop
  • 106 lb dry weight

From there, you can select the model with the features you need for your lawn. Some of them include:

  • Roto Stop: This function stops the rotation of the blades without stopping the engine (available on VYA, HYA and HZA models)
  • Cruise Control Variable Speed ​​Control: This variable hydrostatic speed control provides precise, easy speed control that you can set and forget (available on HYA and HZA models)
  • Honda Select Drive variable speed control: easily adjust the speed of the mower to your stride by turning the speed adjustment dial (available on VLA, VKA and VYA models)
  • Quick Release Handle: Easy to adjust to 3 positions for comfortable mowing or compact storage
  • 5 year warranty

Honda HRX217 vs. HRN216

What’s the difference between Honda’s high-end HRX217 residential mowers and their entry-level HRN216 series? We’re glad you asked!

Series HRX217 HRN216
Engine model Honda GCV200 OHC Residential Engine Honda GCV170 OHC Residential Engine
Departure Recoil/electric (depending on model) Recoil/electric (depending on model)
Choke system Automatique Automatique
Emissions 50 state certified 50 state certified
throttle control Fixed or manual N / A
Versamow system Mulch, bag, landfill, leaf shredding Mulch, bag, landfill
music video director 10 posts 2 positions
bag capacity 2.5 bushels 1.9 bushels
cutting height 0.75 to 4 inches 1 -4 inches
Number of cutting positions seven seven
self-propelled Select Drive continuously variable or hydrostatic cruise control N/A or smart variable position drive
Blades Two-blade MicroCut system Two-blade MicroCut system
Roto-Stop Models VYA, HYA and HZA N / A
cutting deck NeXite 21 inch 21 inch 16 gauge steel
wheels 9 inch with ball bearings on all wheels 8 inch with sintered metal bushing on the rear wheels
To manage 1 inch steel tubing with 3 height positions and Easy Fold quick release and ErgoActive design 1 inch steel tube with 2 height positions and Easy Fold quick release
Dry weight 89 pounds – 106 pounds 73 – 87 pounds
Residential warranty 5 years 3 years
Bridge Warranty Lifetime 3 years
Price scale $769 – $1079 $509 – $629

Honda HRX217 Lawn Mower Price

Honda’s high-end residential mowers range from $769 to $1079 and all have a 5-year residential warranty. Here is the breakdown:

  • HRX217VKA: $769
  • HRX217VLA: $879
  • HRX217VYA: $879
  • HRX217HYA: $969
  • HRX217HZA: $1079
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