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Just picked up a new Honda mower (HRX217VYA) and on the first mow of my lawn the Roto Stop mechanism is driving me insane. It pops all the time (even when sitting still from its own idle).

Is there a way to adjust that? I like the concept of not having to turn the mower off to do basic stuff, but if this continues, I will have no choice but to take it back. For a $700 mower, you expect it to work much better than this.

Everything else with the mower is fantastic.
 

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Been looking at the manual..... Something about this is covered in the manual on page 13 under "Select Drive Cable Adjustment". I've never owned one of these. Hope you find a solution. I'm sure someone on here has got the answer. Here's the manual just in case anyone needs it:

http://cdn.powerequipment.honda.com/pe/pdf/manuals/00X31VH7M010.pdf
 

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Just picked up a new Honda mower (HRX217VYA) and on the first mow of my lawn the Roto Stop mechanism is driving me insane. It pops all the time (even when sitting still from its own idle).
If you got it at Home Depot, the easy/fast solution is to return it and get another. It's unlikely you'll have two in a row with the exact problem.

If you got it at an independent dealer, return it and get them to make a priority repair. Beware, it's a very busy season for lawn mower service, so there may be some wait.

Now, when you say "it pops all the time" do you mean the engine makes a popping sound or what exactly? Does the Roto-Stop "pop" loose and disengage?

Oh, and I live in Johns Creek too @ 30022 :)
 

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If you got it at Home Depot, the easy/fast solution is to return it and get another. It's unlikely you'll have two in a row with the exact problem.

If you got it at an independent dealer, return it and get them to make a priority repair. Beware, it's a very busy season for lawn mower service, so there may be some wait.

Now, when you say "it pops all the time" do you mean the engine makes a popping sound or what exactly? Does the Roto-Stop "pop" loose and disengage?

Oh, and I live in Johns Creek too @ 30022 :)
Yes, I bought it from Home Depot....

The engine is fine, runs great and cuts very nicely. The roto-stop pops loose and disengages VERY easily.

Howdy neighbor :)
 

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Yes, I bought it from Home Depot....

The engine is fine, runs great and cuts very nicely. The roto-stop pops loose and disengages VERY easily.

Howdy neighbor :)
Okay, I've seen this issue on this same model one time before.



The wide black blade control lever [purple] has a small 90-degree tab [purple] that sticks out slightly on the right side of the lever. As you pull the lever back (while holding down the [yellow] Roto-Stop button, the tab enters the plastic housing and engages the links [pink] that pull the cable that engages the blade.

What is probably happening is the tab is slipping off the linkage (vibration) due to the fact the lever got slightly bent/pressed inward, causing only the TIP of the tab to make contact. When this happens, the blade instantly stops, and you have to re-engage everything over again.

Removing the lever and slightly bending it wider, then reinstall, it would probably be enough to keep the tab fully engaged (and the blade).

OR, just return it to HD and get another.
 

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Thanks for the info....I'll likely just do a return and try again, but if the other one happens to exhibit the same issue, I have the fix to work on.
 

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Removing the lever and slightly bending it wider, then reinstall, it would probably be enough to keep the tab fully engaged (and the blade).
Robert,

I'm not the original poster, but I found this thread in a web search. This fix worked great for me. I had just bought a new HRX217VYA mower and was really upset that I couldn't mow my 1/4-acre lot even once - the roto-stop button was releasing every few steps. Your quick 2-minute fix saved the day. If I get a chance, I'll add another post with the user perspective of the fix.

Many, Many Thanks!!!
Carl
 
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