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Hi all, thought I'd share some tips that I learned over the years to improve the 216 as many are going back to useing them. The biggest pain has been long thick grass when caught blocking the shute. Put your blades in a vice and bend the back of the flute up and on a more acute angle, this creates more lift and will pack the catcher fuller.

 

Up the revs to at least 3600, you should do this regardless even though using full throttle all the time is not needed. this helps throw the grass when wet too. The standard catcher is no good in the wet and the fabric blocks up and will not breath causing the shute to block. Get one of the thin bags from Waverly Mowers, it breathes and with the other mods will fill with the wettest grass, just to add it will only last one season and will shower you in dust in the dry. This is when you use the old catcher and your spare disk with standard lift blades.

 

Mulching, not the best compared to a 217 but can be improved greatly by flatening the blades so there is no lift (flute) on the back of the blade. This tends to re-circulate the grass and cut it finer resulting in an improved appearance. As for wheels and air filters go for Honda brand only never the E/bay cheepies. I run my back wheels untill it's got no tread as I find the little bit of slippage is kinder to the gearbox. Use your blower to keep around the drive shaft clean of chaff and keep an eye on cotton or fishing line wrapping around the crankshaft and driveshaft it will bugger the seal very quick.

 

I've got more to write and I'll add to this thread when I've more time, if you've got some other tips please share them here. Arfa could probably go for hours but anything to improve this tank of a thing has got to be good. You'll notice I've not posted any links or photo's as these mods particularly the blades could be considered an illegal act. Be assured I've never had an accident since 1998 apart from windows and the golf ball drama.

Hope this helps and we'll add to it in the comming day's. Give me a pm if I can help.

 

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 07:19 PM

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Yankee 216,s

 

http://powerequipmen...ies-lawn-mowers

 

Same blade setup as 217, ditto for the drive


Posted 31 December 2016 - 11:12 AM

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Video on adjusting the governor to set maximum revs to 3600RPM:-

 


Posted 31 December 2016 - 01:38 PM

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Think these are the catcher bags John refers to:-

 

http://www.ebay.com....6-/281980345290


Posted 31 December 2016 - 01:40 PM

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That's the bag Croc, I used to get a canvas maker to sew one up using shade mesh and that breathed well in the wet too. Alas it was a dusty bugger in the dry though.


Posted 31 December 2016 - 03:40 PM

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Yankee 216,s

 

http://powerequipmen...ies-lawn-mowers

 

Same blade setup as 217, ditto for the drive

Interesting..I wonder when we will see them here. Next years model perhaps?


Posted 01 January 2017 - 08:24 AM

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Who would know Lucky, as you know it was Arfa that convinced Honda to bring the HRX here. What's interesting here is shaft drive to a hydrostatic pump, no belt. Their starting to think about reliability now.


Posted 01 January 2017 - 10:06 AM

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Speaking of hydrostatic drives, is it OK to change gear with them on the move? - I understand it's a no no with the gearbox on the 216


Posted 01 January 2017 - 11:42 AM

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No probs one of their demo vids shows it somewhere just cant remember where.

 

 

About 1.18


Posted 01 January 2017 - 01:22 PM

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Interesting..I wonder when we will see them here. Next years model perhaps?

Somehow i dont think so. They have been in USA for awhile now. Course they could just prove me wrong too. Wonder if reverse will ever get a look in ?

memory kicks in, wasnt that around when 216,s ( manual gearbox ) were about $1k ?


Posted 01 January 2017 - 01:25 PM

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Our box on the 216 is just geared with a dog clutch Croc no Hydro, Honda used to claim not to change gears as it shortens the life of the box. The only reason they fail is when the cable gets lose and the owner keeps driving it without ajusting it. The dog clutch will shatter itself and the box fail. I don't change gears on the move yet I know many that do without any ill-effect...


Posted 01 January 2017 - 01:27 PM

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Reverse Drew??, jokes aside they probably will lol. :P


Posted 01 January 2017 - 01:28 PM

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I'll post this over on the HRX thread too:-

 

http://powerequipmen...ic-transmission

 

seems to suggest you use the handlebar lever to set your maximum and then use the "clutch" lever to vary the speed on the fly - doesn't sound real practical on the HRX setup but the HRR types have a couple of "paddles" on the handle bar which could be varied with your thumb on the fly - I also notice he stops the mower to adjust the speed lever -  maybe the system is idiot proof but I find it frustrating that something as important as this isn't fully spelled out (for this particular idiot :D )


Posted 01 January 2017 - 05:55 PM

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Interesting..I wonder when we will see them here. Next years model perhaps?

We already have the Push version so maybe coming soon.

 

http://powerequipmen...odels/hrc216pda

 

http://powerequipmen...rcial/HRC216PDU


Posted 02 January 2017 - 03:00 PM

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Speaking of hydrostatic drives, is it OK to change gear with them on the move? - I understand it's a no no with the gearbox on the 216

i bought the 216 yesterday and asked the honda shop that question and his answer was a straight up never do it 


Posted 05 January 2017 - 05:53 AM

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Yep 216 is stop and change gears 217 change anytime.  :)


Posted 05 January 2017 - 06:58 AM

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^^


Posted 05 January 2017 - 07:31 AM

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i bought the 216 yesterday and asked the honda shop that question and his answer was a straight up never do it 

 

I change up gears without using the clutch,  you can change down gear without stopping just take the lever off change and back on the lever.  like clutch on a car.

I think the key to the gear box is to slam it into gear dont do it slowly.

 

treat it like you stole it.


Posted 05 January 2017 - 08:30 AM

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Two easy mods that you'll see in the attached picture. Unless your worried about aesthetics remove the vinyl cover on top of the catcher with the Honda logo using a stanley knife. This helps it push air through the catcher and assists with packing a full catcher of damp grass. The snorkle is just a remote intake with no filter, trim the hose and fit the Victa air filter and housing. No re-jetting is required.

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 02:42 PM

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Just noticed in this drought there is a tiny hole in the airbox that allows a small bit of dust to bypass the filter up top. It's on the front right of the box, a dab of sealant fixes it.


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