The Honda HRX217VKA is at or near the top of all of the expert best lawn mower lists including Popular Mechanics Top Ten Reviews and Lawn Mower Review. The testers at Consumer Reports gave this model top ratings for handling bagging and mulching and “very good” ratings for ease of use and side discharging. Additionally the reviewer estimated the breakage rate by the fourth year of ownership to be 16% which is well below any of the other mowers they tested.
Lawn mowers are tough. Like any machine though they need regular maintenance to run their best. Worse neglect can cause a mower to fail completely. So before the summer mowing season really kicks into high gear prep your mower right. From cleaning it to changing the oil to sharpening and balancing its blades this guide lays out steps to get your mower and your garden in tip-top shape.
Place a drip pan or other container on the side of the mower with the filler. Carefully tilt the mower so oil drains out and into the pan. Discard the spent oil into a proper disposal vessel. Now slowly pour fresh oil into the mower. For the specific type of oil you need check your instruction manual. Make sure to add only as much as your particular model requires. Remember to let the mower sit undisturbed for a few minutes so the oil settles properly inside the engine.