Commercial Performance and Push Mower Simplicity Combined
If you’re looking for a commercial-grade mower that’s push rather than self-propelled, you probably already know that the pickings are slim. Sure, in places where you can’t use your ride-on mower, the self-propelled models offer convenience and require less energy to operate. But there are still those landscapers who don’t mind pushing. So let’s have a look at the features and design behind the Honda HRC push mower (HRC216PDA).
Editor’s Note: This mower made OPE’s list for the Best Lawn Mowers in the commercial push mower category. Find out what else made the list!
Honda HRC Push Mower Overview
- Model: Honda HRC216PDA
- Push only
- Cutting width: 21 inches
- Deck material: 16-gauge steel
- Commercial-grade GSV160 OHV/OHC 4-stroke engine
- Features MicroCut twin blades
- 2.5-bushel bag
- 8 mowing positions
- Heights from 3/4-inch to 4-inch
- 9-inch Nextite wheels on front and rear
- Fuel tank capacity: 0.25 gallons
- Weight: 99 lbs. (dry)
Part of Honda’s HRC Series, which also includes the Hydrostatic Self-Propelled (HRC216HDA) and Hydrostatic Self Propelled with Blade Stop System (HRC216HXA) variations, the HRC216PDA is push only.
Like its siblings, this model has a 21-inch cutting width best suited for small- to medium-sized yards. It utilizes Honda’s MicroCut twin-blade system to dice grass into ultra-fine clippings for a better overall cut quality than single-blade setups.
In fact, it’s because of the MicroCut system that you can pack up to 30% more grass clippings when using the 2.5-bushel bag.
In terms of cutting adjustments, this mower has a height range of 3/4 to 4 inches with 8 adjustment positions.
At the heart of the HRC216PDA is a commercial-grade GSV160 OHV/OHC 4-stroke engine designed for quieter, reliable operation. However, its .25-gallon fuel tank is a bit shallow for a commercial mower, so you may have to fill up more often under heavy workloads.
And speaking of workloads, the precision-sealed ball bearings in all four 9-inch wheels should increase overall durability. According to Honda, these Nextile wheels are strong, lightweight, and easy to replace.
The Honda HRC push mower lists for $849. To find a local dealer visit Honda’s website, or shop online wherever Honda mowers are sold. They back this model with a 1-year commercial warranty for the mower body and a 2-year engine warranty.
As Honda stops making gas mowers and exits the market in 2023, we wonder if models like this one will be among the brand’s last.