Honda lawnmower engine specs

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Honda lawnmower engine specs
Honda's engines power ten different lawnmowers. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

In addition to automobiles, motorcycles and other vehicles, Japanese automotive company Honda produces more than half a million lawnmowers per year in the United States, France, Australia, China and Italy. In the U.S., Honda's mower line focuses solely on push-behind models. Each of the company's mowers employs a proprietary GXV or GCV engine geared toward minimal fuel consumption and emissions. Engine specs vary over time and per individual mower.

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HRX Series

Honda's HRX series of self-propelled push-behind lawnmowers includes the HRX217K2VKA, HRX217K2HXA and HRX217K2HMA models. Each of these mowers relies on Honda's GCV190 engine, which runs at 190cc. The VKA model has a multi-position, variable-speed SmartDrive transmission while the MKA and HXA mowers have hydrostatic transmissions with cruise control. All of the HRX series' engines use belt drive systems. The VKA features an automatic choke system with a recoil starter while the MKA and HXA have manual chokes with recoil starters.

HRR Series

The HRR216K5PDA lawnmower is a push mower while the HRR216K5VKA and HRR216K5VXA models are self-propelled. Each mower in the HRR series runs on a Honda GCV160 engine at 160cc. The manually-propelled PDA mower has no transmission while the self-propelled VKA and VXA models have multi-position, variable-speed SmartDrive transmissions. The manually-propelled model and the VXA have manual choke systems; the VKA has an automatic choke system. All of these engines use a recoil starter.

HRS Series

HRS216K3PDA and HRS216K3SDA mowers make up Honda's HRS series. Honda's premium residential GCV160 engine -- an overhead cam engine with overhead valves -- powers these mowers. The PDA mower is a transmission-free push-type model while the self-propelled SDA has a one-speed transmission, allowing it to reach ground speeds of 2.5 miles per hour. Both mowers' engines feature manual fuel shut-off valves and zone start safety systems, which stop the mower blades within three seconds of shutting down the engine.

HRC Series

Honda's HRC series includes the HRC216K3PDA push mower and the HRC216K3HXA self-propelled hydrostatic mower with cruise control. As commercial-grade mowers, models in the HRC line make use of Honda's GXV160 overhead-valve four-stroke engine. Both push and self-propelled models have a manual choke and a recoil starter. The HXA uses a belt-less solid shaft drive to transfer engine power to the transmission. This model's engine also features Honda Roto-Stop BBC, which allows the user to start and stop the mower blades while the engine runs.

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