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Honda HRN216 lawnmowers upgrade homeowner’s mowing experience. For homeowners that are seeking an easy to start, simple to use and incredibly reliable lawnmower Honda has designed the perfect lawnmower. With The Mower Shop’s incredible parts support, this lawnmower keeps your lawn healthy for years.
The Honda HRN lawn mowers were designed from the ground up and tested at Honda Research and Development Americas, Inc. (HRA) in Swepsonville, NC. All HRN models are produced at the nearby Honda Power Equipment Manufacturing facility, which recently celebrated its 35th anniversary.
Introduced in 2020, Honda HRN216 Series improves upon HRR216 models. The new HRN216 Series is wholly redesigned from the ground up. The new model offers more power, performance and efficiency than prior models. The new deck, wheel and blade design follow Honda’s reputation for innovation and independent design.
Twin Blades and Smart Drive self propel system are powered by a GCV170 engines. This engine is larger than prior GCV160 engines. Smart Drive self propel is driven by a new transmission design for smooth operation both forward and when reversing in tight corners. Deck design includes twin blades to reduce grass clippings into fine mulch or bag efficiently.
The HRN216VKA is completely separate from Honda’s Premium HRX Series crafted with homeowner’s budgets in mind.
Self-propelled, variable speed Smart Drive
3 in 1 with Clip Director® – mulch, bag, and discharge
Honda GCV170 engine with Auto Choke System
Twin Blade MicroCut System®
Smart Drive Self Propel
Intuitive, variable speed control while mowing. Five adjustable positions for user comfort. Variable speed from 0 to 4 mph.
Superior Mulching and Bagging
The HRN mowers offer superior cut quality whether you’re mulching or bagging, even in tough mowing conditions.
in 1 system with Clip Director ®
Simply slide the Clip Director for mulching, bagging, or discharging versatility. No attachments required.
MicroCut ® Twin Blades System
Stacked and offset twin blade design provides superior cut quality and smaller clippings for better mulching and bagging.
Honda GCV170 Engine
Reliable, easy starting power to tackle the toughest mowing conditions.
Honda Auto Choke™ System – easy starting
No engine choke required! Just start the mower and go!
Easy Fold Quick Release handle for easy height adjustment and storage
Easily adjust the handle to 2 comfortable mowing positions, or fold over for storage.
2-Way Ratchet System improves maneuverability and reduces effort to turn in a tight radius, drastically reducing pull-back force
Dual-Lever Height Adjustment System
User-friendly levers conveniently adjust to 7 cutting heights (1″ to 4″)
Heavy-Duty 21” Steel Deck
Innovative Honda design optimizes air flow for superior mulching and bagging
Smart Engine Layout offers a large fuel tank spout, easy oil changes, and easy access to spark plug and air filter.
″ High Traction Wheels
Excellent traction in a variety of mowing conditions.
Large easy off 1.9 bushel grass bag
Our large capacity grass bags are balanced so they are easy to empty, saving you time and effort.
Flywheel brake safety system
Quickly stops the engine when you let go of the flywheel brake lever.
WINTERIZE YOUR LAWN MOWER. HOW TO STORE YOUR LAWN MOWER PROPERLY FOR THE WINTER
Manual fuel shut-off valve
The fuel valve can be shut off for transport, storage, or to performance maintenance.
year residential warranty
You can rest easy, knowing your lawn mower is covered from top to bottom for 3 full years.
How To Keep A Lawn Mower In Good Condition When You Have To Store It Long-Term
We all want to keep our lawn mowers in good working order for as long as possible. After all, we’ve invested quite a bit of money as well as maintenance time into them and we want to see a return on that investment. In keeping with that goal, it’s important to take care when preparing lawn mowers for storage. If you won’t be using the mower for 3 months or longer, follow these tips to make sure it’s not damaged during storage.
Clean grass, dirt, and debris off the mower before storage. Debris can trap moisture, which encourages rust. Cleaning now will also make it easier when you pull the mower out of storage later, since you won’t need to clean it before you start mowing. This is also a good opportunity for you to check the spark plug and filters and clean or replace them as-needed.
Stabilize The Fuel
You’ll often see recommendations that you either drain fuel or run the mower dry before storing. But as a general rule, it’s better to keep fuel in the mower as long as you’ve added a fuel stabilizer. Never store equipment long-term with unstabilized fuel in the tank (it’s better to drain your mower than leave old fuel in it).
Before storage, buy fresh fuel and add stabilizer to that fuel. Then, fill your tank 95% full with the stabilized fuel (if there was already gas in the tank, use that up or add stabilizer to it before filling). Next, run the engine for a few minutes to distribute the stabilized fuel through the carburetor and fuel lines. And that’s all you need to do. The stabilizer should keep fuel fresh for about 12 months.
Oil As Instructed
For mowers with four-cycle engines. you’ll want to change the oil before storage. Some lawn mower manufacturers will also include additional instructions for lubricating certain parts before storage. For some mowers, they’ll recommend spraying fogging oil into the engine. Others say to dribble clean engine oil into the cylinder through the spark plug hole. Remember to check your owner’s manual for specific instructions.
Read The Owner’s Manual
The people who made your mower are the ones who best know how to prep it for storage. Your owner’s manual should have guidelines for exactly how to best store your mower. For example, it’ll have instructions for lubricating parts before storage, whether or not to disconnect the battery, and what to do about fuel currently in the tank.
If you’ve lost the owner’s manual you can often look it up online. Or you can get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to answer specific questions you have about your mower brand or model.
How to winterize a lawn mower
When mowing season comes to an end, it’s tempting to store your lawn mower for winter to worry about next year. Do your future self a favor and winterize your lawn mower first. It will save you a ton of time and headache come spring and will keep your mower running like new.
We’ll go through the most important steps for preparing your lawn mower for winter and give a few extra tips along the way.
Clean the mower deck
Washing off the dirt and debris from a long mowing season is a good place to start. Hook up a garden hose or wheel out your pressure washer and give your mower a good cleaning. If you’re running a John Deere with an Accel Deep, Edge, or High Capacity deck, utilize the wash port on the deck. For tough, dried-on clumps, take a stick or paint stirrer and scrape it off.
While you’re cleaning the deck, go ahead and check if the mower blades need to be sharpened or replaced. It won’t matter if they sit over winter, but dealing with it now will save you time next year. If you feel like going the extra mile, level your mower deck and look over the drive belt for wear or cracks.
Drain or stabilize the fuel
Dealing with leftover fuel is one of the most important steps to winterizing your mower. Gasoline that sits for an extended period will begin to degrade and spoil, causing damage to parts of the fuel system and gumming up the carburetor. Plus, when spring rolls around and it’s time to run your mower, the engine won’t perform as well.
There are two schools of thought about how to winterize lawn mower gas: draining the tank entirely or topping off and adding gas stabilizer. Which method works best for you depends on your circumstances. If you’re not sure what to do, refer to the owner’s manual and see what the manufacturer recommends for your engine.
Topping off and adding fuel stabilizer
Adding a fuel stabilizer to gasoline can add several months to its life. Filling up the tank and adding some Lucas Oil stabilizer or other additive will be enough to keep the tank fresh for the season. That being said, it’s important to note fuel stabilizer should only be added to new gas and will not work properly in old gas.
Tip: Any time you fill up a gas can, go ahead and add some fuel stabilizer so you can count on it staying fresh.
You should use this method if you plan to store your lawn mower in a garage or shed. After adding the stabilizer, run the engine for a few minutes so it can work its way through the fuel system.
Draining the fuel tank
If you wrap up the mowing season with only a little bit of fuel left, you’re better off to run the tank dry. You should also drain the tank if you plan on storing your mower in the basement. Storing a mower inside with fuel in the tank could be a fire hazard. If your tank is still filled but the gas is getting old, empty it and re-use it elsewhere.
To empty the tank, use a siphon or turkey baster and remove as much gas as you can. Next, run the engine several times until it no longer starts.
If you’re winterizing a push mower, tip the mower over and empty the tank into a drain pan. Look on the carburetor for a bolt or drain valve to empty fuel out of it. Pull the starter rope and let the engine run out until it no longer starts.
Tip: Gasoline can go bad within 3-6 months if no stabilizer is added.
Change lawn mower oil and oil filter
Next up, you’ll want to take a look at your oil. If you’re nearing 50 hours of use since the last oil change, go ahead and change it. When you’re finished, let it run for a few minutes so the inside is coated with fresh oil. Check your owner’s manual to ensure you’re using the correct amount and type of oil.
Replace the air filter and fuel filter
Your lawn mower‘s air filter and fuel filter keep junk from reaching the carburetor. Changing them at least once per season will keep your lawn mower performing at its best. You could save it for next year, but it’s better to do it now so you don’t forget.
Replace the spark plugs
Bad spark plugs are one of the most common lawn mower issues. Changing your lawn mower’s spark plugs is a great way to ensure it fires right up next season. They should be replaced about once a year and only cost a few bucks, so it’s a good habit to change them while winterizing your mower.
To replace a mower’s spark plugs:
- Disconnect the spark plug lead and clean around the spark plug so no debris fall in the chamber while removing the plug
- Remove the spark plug with a spark plug wrench
- Check the spark plug gap (most spark plugs should come with the proper gap, but it never hurts to check)
- Spray a touch of oil to the cylinder and replace the spark plug, gently tightening until it’s snug
- Check the spark plug lead for corrosion (clean or replace it if it’s corroded), then re-attach it
Disconnect the battery
If you’re winterizing a riding mower or battery-powered lawn mower, disconnecting the battery will help to preserve its power.
To safely remove a riding lawn mower battery, start by removing the negative lead, then unplug the positive lead. With the battery disconnected, you can clean the battery well and check the terminals for corrosion. Go over them with a wire brush to remove corrosion build-up. When you’re done, store the battery in a cool and dry environment away from flammables and heat sources.
Storing your lawn mower for the winter
Leaving your mower with an empty tank and/or no battery means it’s not going anywhere for a while. Make sure it’s parked in a good spot where you won’t need to move it for a few months. We recommend storing it inside if possible and throwing a tarp over it so it doesn’t collect dust.
Tip: If you’re worried about rodents and mice chewing up wiring, lay out some mothballs or traps.
Putting some time in to winterize your lawn mower will pay off when you go to start it next year. If you need help finding parts for your lawn mower, call your local Hutson store or sign up for the Hutson Customer Portal. If you’d rather let our technicians winterize your mower, schedule a service with us.
Tips for Storing Your Mower During the Winter
Whether your lawnmower is a walk-behind mower, a zero-turn mower, or some other type, mower winterization is crucial to keep your equipment running at its peak for years to come. The colder months bring a lot of extra moisture that can pose the risk of damaging equipment that contains mechanical parts that shouldn’t get wet, including lawnmowers. But once you learn to store your mower the right way, you don’t have to fear the winter months and the potential for damage.
Proper mower winterization requires a little bit of patience and consistency; after all, once you put your mower away for the season, you want to know that when springtime comes, you’ll be taking it out in the best shape possible. It’s all about longevity and keeping your equipment around for as long as you can, without having to replace a part (or worse, the entire mower) because it wasn’t stored properly.
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With that in mind, let’s go over the essentials of keeping your mower safe from the elements in the winter season with these winter storage tips.
Clean up mower
The first step toward effective mower winterization is to ensure all the components are clean and free of any debris.
A leaf blower and/or an air compressor are good tools to use for this. Clean up accumulated grass and chaff from around deck pulleys and the engine. Pay attention to the cooling fins under the engine shrouds and the areas around the muffler. If the engine has clean out ports for cleaning the cylinder cooling fins, now is a great time to blow them out and make sure the fins are clear. Mice love to build a nest under the engine shrouds on top of the cylinder. This will block the cooling air and could cause major engine damage.
Carefully raise the mower to access under the deck (or turn walk mowers on their side with the air filter up) and scrape the accumulated grass and debris from the deck. Spray with a nonstick deck spray to protect the metal surfaces. Now would be a good time to sharpen the mower blade(s).
Change the air filter(s)
Filters are what keeps harmful particles away from your mower’s critical components, and even those protectors need to be replaced from time to time, especially if you won’t be using your mower for a while.
Inspect your engine’s air filter(s). If it is at all questionable, replace it. Compressed air can blow a hole in the paper element, so resist the urge to blow the filter out and reuse it. On that note, a partially used air filter cleans better than a brand new one.
Change the engine oil and filter
With any type of mower (including zero-turn mowers), it is best practice to change all the fluids before you store it for the winter. When an engine runs, it is normal for some combustion byproducts to end up inside of the crankcase. Some of these form acids which can etch metal parts during the winter storage. Warm up the engine before you change the oil (warm oil flows better and brings impurities with the oil as it drains. Change the oil filter if your engine is equipped with one. We like to fill the oil filter with oil before installing it to get oil to the critical parts sooner upon restarting. Use a small engine oil (they contain zinc) with the correct viscosity (see owner’s manual) and refill the crankcase. Test run engine and top off the oil level.
Change/Inspect transmission oil levels
Check with your owner’s manual for recommended transmission oil change intervals. Some mowers have a filter change requirement after break-in and some leave it alone until first service. Servicing the transmission(s) now will take a load off of springtime duties when it is time to mow.
Fuel System maintenance
Fuel can harden, stain, and even damage your mower over long periods of time. For example, fuels with ethanol (which contains alcohol) can dissolve plastic parts of your mower’s fuel systems and corrode certain metal parts of systems that are critical to keeping your mower running. So, it’s extremely important to maintain your fuel system for winter storage.
There are three options for fuel system storage:
- The first is to drain the fuel from the tank(s) and the engine carburetor (or run the unit out of fuel), dispose of the fuel properly, and put some synthetic fuel into the tank. Run the engine until the synthetic fuel is in the carburetor and store the equipment with this synthetic fuel in it. This method will keep the fuel system wet and keep certain parts from drying out during storage. Synthetic fuel does not evaporate as easily and that is what leads to extended storage times. Some fuels can get you a 2 year storage period.
- The second method is to treat the fuel system with a fuel stabilizer. If your fuel in the equipment is less than 30 days old and does not contain ethanol, adding a fuel stabilizer to the fuel tank(s) and running the engine to get the treated fuel into the carburetor is a good short term storage method to get through the winter storage.
- The third method is empty the fuel system. If your fuel is less than 30 days old and does not contain ethanol, add a fuel stabilizer to the fuel system. Test run the equipment to get the treated fuel into the carburetor. Run the engine out of fuel and as it is dying, use the choke to keep it running to use up as much fuel in the carburetor as possible. After it dies, try to restart it with the choke on to pull out as much fuel as possible from the carburetor bowl. It would be best to clean out the carburetor bowl as there is a bit of fuel left after it dies. What is left is treated and should make it through the winter storage period. This method should give the longest storage time if you clean out the carburetor bowl because the fuel system is completely dry, good for long term storage.
Now is a good time to change the fuel filter (if equipped) and the EVAP filter (if equipped). Following these steps will help keep your mower’s fuel system prepped for next mowing season so it’s fresh and ready to go come springtime.
Check the spark plug
Mowers are similar to cars in that if your mower’s spark plug isn’t in tip-top shape, you’re going to have a hard time getting it started — and no one wants to take their mower out in the spring and have it not start! That’s why it’s always Smart to check the spark plug before you stow the mower for winter.
When you’re checking the spark plug, make sure it’s as clean as possible. Think of it like a car battery: It should be free of debris to ensure a good connection so there’s nothing getting in the way of it doing its job. Specifically, you should be looking for carbon buildup; if you see any replace it, and then follow your mower’s user manual to adjust the electrode cap to the correct specification.
Before reinstalling the spark plug(s), squirt a ½ tablespoon of engine oil into each spark plug hole. Install the spark plug. Turn the engine over a few revolutions without starting it. This will distribute some oil in the cylinder(s) for storage.
Remove any batteries
When you’re storing your mower away for a few months, removing the parts that have their own lifespan can come in handy — especially batteries. If your mower has a battery and you remove it before you store the mower, you’ll preserve the battery’s life while also reducing the risk of battery erosion corrosion negatively affecting your mower. After all, there’s nothing worse than taking your mower out of storage and realizing battery acid has leaked all over it. Certain mowers can cause the battery to go dead during storage of the battery is not disconnected from the mower.
Once a month, give the battery a full charge. Batteries that go dead and then freeze can break the case of the battery. This will ruin the battery and require replacement. Be sure to clean up any corrosion on the cables now with a mixture of baking soda and water so they are ready for connection come spring.
Choose the right storage space
Once you have your lawnmower in tip-top condition, it’s time to store it! If you live or work in an area that’s prone to a lot of snow, it’s Smart to store your mower out of the elements. Even if you don’t get a lot of snow in your area, nature always has a way of doing unexpected damage, whether it’s nibbling squirrels or harsh wind and rain.
A storage space that’s indoors, away from harsh sunlight, animals, and storms, is always your best bet. If you use a shed, be sure it has solid walls where no critters or moisture can get in. Consider mouse poison blocks near your mower in storage (see note above about mouse nest plugging cooling fins). Above all, the most important factor to consider is dryness. You’ll want to choose someplace with minimal risk of flooding or leaky pipes, because one thing a mower is not built to withstand is long-term water damage. We can’t stress it enough: Always opt for the driest possible storage space for your mower.
And once your mower has been stowed away, don’t forget to check in on it from time to time to make sure everything looks OK — especially if you experience a big storm or something causes damage to your shed or garage. Always take the time to check in, because if you don’t and something happens, you may discover the damage far too late.
What about other lawncare equipment?
Chances are your lawncare arsenal isn’t limited to just a mower. If that’s the case, you may be wondering how to winterize your other equipment. Never fear — we can help with that, too.
Chainsaws are powerful, potentially dangerous pieces of equipment that should be treated with the utmost care… but cleaning and storing them doesn’t have to be a chore. Before you put your chainsaw away for the season, do the fuel system maintenance and consider using synthetic fuel all the time if you only use the chainsaw a couple times each year. Take off the sprocket cover and brush away any lingering wood chips and sawdust. Sharpen the saw chain so it is ready for the next use. Give everything a good wipe-down, then stow it somewhere safe in your storage shed or garage.
Trimmers can be kind of tricky because they’re put together so tightly, so cleaning yours will require some patience and care. Start by cleaning the inside of the deflector to remove built-up grass. Do the fuel system maintenance. Check if the string head needs refilling. Give it a quick wipe-down, and you’re good to stow!
Cleaning your edger is fairly straightforward. You’ll just want to look for any dirt that has built up in the cutting guard; clean it out, do the fuel system maintenance, and you’re good to go for winter storage.
We’re here to help
The experts at Ty’s Outdoor Power are no strangers to all things outdoors, and we’ve been helping customers successfully winterize their equipment for years. Ready to get started? Call Ty’s to learn about our winterization specials today.