May 29, 2013
Yes. This particular model [HRR216K9VKA] uses a traditional flywheel brake system. When you release the blade control lever, both the engine (and blade) come to a full stop. While it is of course an easy-starting Honda mower, some customers prefer the engine to keep running. This feature is called Roto-Stop®, and when you release the blade control lever, only the blades stop turning, but the engine continues to run. Honda residential mower models with Roto-Stop offered by Home Depot are:
HRX217HYA (NeXite® composite deck, hydrostatic self-propel, Roto-Stop)
HRX217HZA, (NeXite composite deck, electric or pull start, hydrostatic self-propel, Roto-Stop)
HRR216K9VYA, (Steel deck, SmartDRIVE™ self-propel, Roto-Stop)
See the video link below for a short clip on how Roto-Stop works...
Lastly, there is one model that does not have Roto-Stop, but does have an electric start. So while the engine does stop when you let go of the blade control lever, you merely have to twist a key to get it started again after emptying the bag: It's the HRR216K9VLA (Steel deck, SmartDRIVE™, Electric (or pull) start)
You can see the full-line up of all Honda mowers sold by Home Depot; use the SEARCH too and search for "Honda 21"
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