Best price I have found is $429.00 at Home Depot. Going to buy in March. Can't really see HD lowering their price. Any ideas?
Sounds like you've got your mind made up on one model, but check out Honda's web page to see all of 'em before you decide. (www.hondapowerequipment.com
Home Depot only sells a few
of the Honda mowers, most are on display, but others are special order. Independent dealers usually have all
the models, and more times that not, the prices are the same. Both Home Depot and independent dealers pay the same price. If you want to buy a mower on a Sunday afternoon "still in the box," by all means, Home Depot is a great choice. If you prefer to have it fully assembled, tested, and for small fee, delivered to you home, the independent dealer will do all the above plus give you a walk-through to show you all the features, controls, etc.
All Honda residential mowers can be easily assembled by anyone with basic tools. Unfold the handles, snap on the fabric bag to the frame, add fuel and oil (included) READ THE MANUAL, and you're good to go.
Where the dealer can has a bit of an advantage is in the future; when you need a blade sharpened or replaced, or worn out a tire, the dealer will have those parts and will sell and install them for you. Home Depot usually sends mowers out to central repair center and usually only has air filters and spark plugs for service parts in-stock.
Finally, be sure to fill out and mail in the registration card. You get an extra year of warranty for doing this, and it's also very important in case there is a reason (recall, for example) for Honda to contact you in the future. You won't get junk mail, spam, etc. unless you opt IN first.
Either way, it's a quality product; take care of it, and it will last for years to come.
Caveat: I work for Honda, but the preceding was my opinion alone.