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Picked this Honda off for free this Sunday. Said he ran out of room in his shed and had a lawn service. Posted by a guy I know on a Motorcycle forum I frequent. Said it would be out by his mailbox first come first serve. Drove over immediately in my van and brought her hhome. . Checked the oil added gas and she fired right up an purred like she was new.
Honda HR 215 Hydrostatic drive. Almost perfect condition.
After a brief cleaning and oil change here she is.
 

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Rosco,

I have that exact lawnmower and bought it new in 1992. I used it in college to cut multiple yards for extra cash and still have it. You should love it.

In all these years I replaced the cables once and had to adjust the throttle setting last year because it would not shut off.

I simply change the oil and run synthetic in it each year and clean the air filter and replace the air filter every other year; plus blades etc. To this day it still starts on first or second pull. I also just buy very little gas and stabilze it each time. I don't keep my gas longer than 4 weeks and put it in the car and get a fresh batch.

My neighbors have bought 3 or 4 mowers of other brands while I still run this baby; love it!

Hope you enjoy it.
 

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Wow ! that looks like it was never used! That one will be still cutting when you pass it on to your grandchildren. Lot's of youtube with those worn or broken, so check there to see what you should do for preventive maintenance.

My HR 214 still runs like the day I bought it in 1987. Way better than even the new Honda's with the OHC & timing belt that is inside the crankcase.
 

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Rosco,

I have that exact lawnmower and bought it new in 1992. I used it in college to cut multiple yards for extra cash and still have it. You should love it.

In all these years I replaced the cables once and had to adjust the throttle setting last year because it would not shut off.

I simply change the oil and run synthetic in it each year and clean the air filter and replace the air filter every other year; plus blades etc. To this day it still starts on first or second pull. I also just buy very little gas and stabilze it each time. I don't keep my gas longer than 4 weeks and put it in the car and get a fresh batch.

My neighbors have bought 3 or 4 mowers of other brands while I still run this baby; love it!

Hope you enjoy it.
Very nice

As to cheap Briggs and Stratton engines not lasting I have had good luck with using Amsoil synthetic oil in all of my machines.. Both of my Briggs and Stratton lawn mower engines are nearly 10 years old and both of them start easily and run well. Even a modest machine will last with good maintanece. Ironically the only engine I had to replace was the 5hp Tecumseh on my snowblower with a Harbor Freight Predator 212cc and that was despite of good maintanece it was the worst running engine I ever owned.
 

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Did you say FREE!, good golly, there's somebody with one of those on CL asking $300 for one, and I'd say even that's a good deal for one of those.

I have one myself as my daily driver that started life with a three speed. I swapped it for a hydro tranny and added electric start. To me, the HR215HMA is the perfect mower.

You might consider adding the handle brace to it. They're kind of a heavy mower, and the brace makes a big difference. A good addition for under $30.00.

http://www.boats.net/parts/detail/honda/H-06531-VA3-010.html

The Masters version came a little later. Same mower with a different color deck, and the engine had a different air filter set up, muffler and shroud.

My Honda dealer related an interesting tale of the competition between Honda and John Deere's 14SB, another outstanding walk behind, back in the day, but that's another story.
 

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Wow. Sweet score!
 
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