Powerful new engine, improved performance, sleek minimalist look for the ultimate mowing experience.
Honda Power Equipment sets the standard in premium lawn mowing with the release of a redesigned HRX lawn mower series for 2019; available in Honda dealers in February 2019 in either HRX217HZU (Electric start) for $1499 RRP or HRX217HYU (Recoil start) for $1299 RRP.
Honda research and development, combined with feedback from HRX users, have driven new advancements for this innovative upgrade. Today’s HRX Series is designed to deliver an ultimately user- friendly platform, which provides the most satisfying lawn mowing experience yet.
Beginning with the power plant, the HRX Series are the first Honda mowers to incorporate an all-new GCV200 engine, the most powerful lawnmower engine available in the Honda range, delivering a power (HP) increase of almost 12%, compared to the GCV190 it replaces.
A 10% increase in torque was important in the case of a walk-behind lawnmower such as the HRX, as the size of the engine and its torque capabilities relate directly to the ability of the machine to tackle tough jobs and produce a clean, even cut. As the engine is responsible for generating the torque power on a lawn mower, more torque means more force is delivered to the blades, which results in easier and faster cutting—especially in heavy, thick grass where stalling is more prevalent. In addition to delivering more torque, the Honda GCV200 weighs, on average, 6% less than the GCV190. A brand new Brake Blade clutch (with 14% more capacity) has been designed to cope with the increased power. Honda’s Blade Brake system safely stops the blades from spinning, allowing users to step away from the mower and keep it running in order to move items out of the way, empty the bag, or take a break, all without having to switch the engine off.
Apart from performance enhancements, the design of the new Honda GCV200 is smart, simple and sophisticated and incorporates new features that serve to reduce maintenance time while improving serviceability. The GCV200 engine has a larger fuel tank filler (a fuel spout with a 60 percent larger circumference than the GCV190 engine) for quicker and easier re-fueling with fewer spills. It also has a larger oil fill tube for more convenience when adding and draining oil; a more easily-accessible, tool-less air filter that protects the engine from yard debris and dirty conditions; more direct access to spark plugs for quicker changes and a carburetor with a simpler and more rugged stud bolt design.
The Honda Auto Choke System (ACS) on the new GCV200 engine allows for dependable starts, regardless of hot or cold weather conditions. This automatic, user-friendly system eliminates the need for levers and cables and once the engine is running, the ACS automatically adjusts to the optimal operating position.
Innovative Honda design features, including an improved combustion chamber shape, advanced auto choke design, and easier fuel and oil filling, make the GCV200 engine convenient to use and operate. The new engine is more streamlined and more compact than other engines in the same class. The GCV200 also features the
CycloFlow design, which strengthens turbulence in the cylinder and provides more stable combustion. The result is greater resistance to lower quality fuel and ease of starting, along with a smoother idle. Overall, the new engine is sleek, user-friendly and the perfect power match for the infinite number of mowing combinations the Honda HRX mower offers for lawn care.
Like the original Honda HRX Series, the newly enhanced HRX Series features the Honda Versamow System with Clip Director®. This system features a lever, located behind the engine cowling, which operates a sliding door between the lawn mower deck and the grass bag, allowing the operator to easily choose or change the preferred mowing option. The configuration also offers a setting for leaf shredding that recirculates leaves until they are small enough to pass into the rear-discharge grass bag, allowing the operator to vary the ratio between mulching versus catching. The operator can perform all of these functions smoothly and without the tools or attachments required on most conventional lawn mowers. Like all Honda lawn mowers, the Honda HRX offers reliable features designed to provide years of superior performance and safety.
Honda Engineers were also able to improve the sound quality of the engine by adopting a plastic muffler protector and improving the internal structure of the muffler unit. The crankshaft also underwent an overhaul to reduce vibration by redesigning its shape to optimise its balance at high RPM.
The deck of the HRX series is made from the incredibly tough NeXite® material, which is lightweight but tough enough to handle even the most trying of Australian conditions. This high impact-resistant material does not dent, rust or corrode ensuring that the life of the mower meets the expectations of Honda customers. The hydrostatic gearbox on both models allows a smooth and easy-to-use operation whilst mowing, providing a ground speed of up to 6.5km/h. This means less effort for the user and a more pleasurable experience when mowing.
For more information on this exciting update, visit: https://powerequipment.honda.com.au/Premium_Domestic
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