Congradulations,I’m new to this forum and just purchsed my first Honda mower. Growing up we always had Craftsman mowers, and I had always wanted a honda with the hydrostatic drive. Well I finally pulled the trigger and could not be happier! I’m excited to meet some folks on here and contribute from time to time.
Aside from non-ethonal gas and an oil change after the first 5 hours of use, is there anything else that is recommended for longevity? View attachment 62796
Don't be shy about changing the oil. There is no oil filter so IMO changing the oil more often will prolong the engine life. I have only used 10W-30 synthetic after the initial Honda break-in oil change.
Also keep a couple extra genuine Honda air filters on hand. Thats another thing that I highly suggest replacing more often than the manual indicates.
Since this can be a 40+ year lawn mower (depending how you take care of it) I would recommend purchasing the shop manual if you are mechanically inclined, $45 from Honda. I am amazed how affordable and available the replacement parts are for my 2003 HXA.
Also using Honda Spray Cleaner & Polish will keep the plastic deck looking new.
My 2 cents.