Updated 29 Sep 2016

Honda

HRU196M1 Buffalo Classic

Snapshot: The Honda HRU196M1 Buffalo Classic is a mulch & catch petrol mower that weighs 37.2kg and has a cutting width of 48cm. But is it a smooth operator?

HRU196M1 Buffalo Classic
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1349

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Test results

Overall score
81
Catcher cutting
?/10
Mulcher cutting
?/10
Long grass cutting
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent catcher cutting.
  • Excellent mulching.
  • Excellent long grass cutting.
  • OK to use.
  • Little handle vibration.
  • Comfortable upturned handle.
  • Engine starts fairly easily.

But

  • Somewhat difficult to manoeuvre, and front-heavy so some may find turning difficult.
  • Height adjustment requires considerable effort due to heavy spring-loaded lever.
  • Heavy to push.
  • Taller users may find handle too low.

How we test

Overall score comprises performance (50%) and ease of use (50%). Performance scores are based on the following:

  • Cutting short (30mm) grass to 15mm.
  • Cutting medium-length (approx. 75-100mm) grass to 30mm.
  • Cutting long (approx. 300-400mm) grass on the highest cut setting.

We run the short and medium-length grass tests with the mower in both catcher and mulching modes where applicable. Neither the catcher nor the mulcher is used for the long grass test. Ease of use is assessed on:

  • Vibration (20%)
  • Pushing/manoeuvring (20%)
  • Handle comfort (20%)
  • Controls (10%)
  • Cutting height adjustment (10%)
  • Catcher convenience (10%)
  • Ease of starting (10%)

Key data

Model

Type
Mulch & catch
Avg price
$1349

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
72/83
Weight (kg)
37.2
Cutting height range (mm)
10-70
Starter
Pull
Run time (minutes)
n/a
Charge time (minutes)
n/a
Cut width (cm)
48
Handle height (cm)
99
Closeness of cut to vertical edge (front/right/left) (mm)
125/20/15
Chassis
Alloy
Engine
Honda GXV160H2. 163cc
Voltage
n/a
Battery size tested
n/a
Battery cost
n/a
Starter location
Handle

Features

Console (skin)/battery cost
n/a
Self-propelled drive
×

More Info

Notes
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Availability
Only available at Honda specialist dealers. Visit www.hpenz.co.nz to find a dealer in your area.