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Duncan, we've posted on here previously praising the HRX.
We run 3 in a commercial environment with all entering their fourth season, they have been totally reliable without so much as a snapped cable. All we have replaced is blades.
We use them for both collect and mulch and the performance is exceptional in both modes.
Why choose the HRX ? Lighter at 48 kg than the Stihl at 60 kg so less tramlining. Infinitely variable forward speed with HRX hydrostatic transmission, we've found the 3 speed variable pulley transmission unreliable with the pulley becoming stuck in one position and the gear ratios either too slow or fast ( Stihl).
Mulching- the Honda can be swapped from mulch to collect in seconds with the rear handle, no messing about with mulch plugs and has the flexibility too part collect , part mulch. Top tip if you buy the Honda regardless of mulch or collect run the back wheels one notch higher than the front for best performance .
Buy the Honda!
That's good enough for me. Many thanks Peter!
You're welcome let me know what you think after using a bit
can I ask what the wet collection is like on the Honda? As stihl/Viking is superb, thanks
Undoubtedly a plastic box is better than fabric but the Stihl 756 that Duncan was considering has a fabric box like the Honda. We don't have any issues with collection with the Honda, as with all fabric boxes best collection performance is maintained by keeping the box clean , Undoubtedly the twin blades on the HRX help with collection, we also run wheeled Honda pro,s with a single blade and they don't collect as well as the HRX.
Thanks Peter, sounds good enough to me, I'll also be purchasing one soon, just need to sell a mower 1st.
I use both and for reliability and build quality the honda wins hands down.
We bought and picked up the Honda this week for mulching mainly and worked well for us from high end Wentworth clients gardens to lower end clients, I may add a 2nd......
Just one question, when I have used machines before they either mulched or collected and this machine will part collect/mulch, is there any value in this?
Total advantage. Chops and sucks up the beginning of autumn leaves. The really naughty bit -when customer wants the grass collected but you want to save time on tipping.