Honda HRX Lawnmower Press Kit - Product Development Timeline

Product Development Timeline

1830
Edwin Beard Budding invents the lawnmower in Gloucestershire, England

1890
First motorized mowers appear as lightweight gas engines and small steam powered units

1948
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is established and manufactures first auxiliary engine-equipped bicycle

1953
Honda releases its first power products in the form of engines for agricultural machinery

1959
Honda introduces its F-150 tiller

1978
Honda introduces its first lawnmower, the HR21:

  • 3-speed transmission
  • Roto-Stop
  • GV150 3.5 hp
  • Aluminum deck

1979
Honda introduces its HR21 lawnmower - in the USA

  • 3-speed transmission
  • Roto-Stop
  • GV150 3.5 hp
  • Aluminum deck

1980
Honda introduces its HR17 Series

  • Roto-Stop
  • G-100 2.2 hp engine
  • Aluminum deck

1982
Honda introduces its HRA21- SDA, SDAW

  • 3-speed transmission
  • Roto-Stop
  • GV150 3.5 hp
  • Aluminum deck

Honda introduces its HR21-5 SDA

  • Self propelled 3-speed transmission
  • GV100 5 hp engine
  • Roto-Stop
  • Aluminum deck

1983
Honda completes its lawnmower manufacturing facility in Swepsonville, NC
Honda introduces its HR194-PXA

  • Push-Type
  • Roto-Stop
  • Aluminum deck
  • 4 hp GXV120

Honda introduces its HRA 214SXA, PXA

  • 21" Steel deck

1984
Honda introduces its HR214-PXA-SXA-SMA, produced in U.S. and Japan

  • 21" Aluminum deck
  • Roto-Stop
  • 4 hp BXV120
  • SMA-Electric start
  • SXA/SMA Shaft drive

Honda introduces its HRS21-PA-PVA-SA-SVA

  • Shaft drive
  • 3.5 hp GV110 engine
  • Aluminum deck

1985
Honda introduces its HR173PDA

  • Polypropylene (Plastic) deck
  • Rear discharge
  • 2.4 hp GV100 engine

1986
Honda introduces its HR194-SXA

  • Self-propelled shaft driven version of HR194

Honda introduces its HR216-SXA

  • 5.5 hp, aluminum deck
  • Roto-Stop
  • 2-speed transmission
  • Shaft drive

Honda introduces its HRA216-SXA

  • 5.5 hp commercial mower
  • Roto-Stop
  • Steel deck
  • 2-speed transmission
  • Shaft drive

1987
Honda introduces its HRA216

1989
Honda introduces its HR195-PXA-SXA
Honda introduces its HR215 PXA, SXA, SMA, HXA

  • 4.5 hp
  • GXV140 engine
  • 21" aluminum deck
  • SX- 3-speed transmission
  • HX- hydrostatic transmission
  • Shaft drive
  • Roto-Stop

Honda introduces its HRC216 SXA/HXA

  • 5.5 hp Commercial Series

1990
Honda Power Equipment Division relocates to Duluth, GA
Honda introduces its HRA215-PDA

1991
Honda introduces its HRM21-PVA-SVA

1992
Honda introduces its HR215-HMA
Honda introduces its HRM215-PXA-SXA

  • Harmony Series
  • 4.5 hp
  • Xenoy deck
  • Mulcher

1993
Honda introduces its first riding mower (Model H1011) from Swepsonville, NC Factory
Honda introduces its HRB215PXA, SXA

  • 4.5 hp
  • Xenoy deck
  • Bagger

1994
Honda introduces its HRM215K1-PDA-PXA-SDA-SXA

  • 5 hp
  • GXV140K (hp increase)

Honda introduces its HR215K1-HMA-HXA-SXA

  • 5 hp Masters Series

Honda introduces its HRB215K1-SDA-SXA

  • SXA-5hp GXV140K (hp increase)

1995
Honda introduces the first Hydrostatic transmission on Harmony Series lawnmower as well as current generation of Commercial Series lawnmowers

1998
Honda introduces value-oriented Harmony II Series of lawnmowers:

  • HRR216-PDAS3DA-SDA
  • HRM215K4-HXA-PDA-SDA-SXA
  • HRT216-S3DA-SDA

1999
Honda completes new Power Equipment headquarters facility in Alpharetta, GA

2001
Honda introduces its HRB216HXA, TXA, TDA

  • GCV160 engine (5.5 hp)
  • Xenoy deck
  • Roto-Stop

2003
Honda introduces its HRB217HXA, TDA

GCV190 engine (6.5 hp)

Honda introduces the HRX217, the first lawnmower that performs four functions in one mower: mulching, bagging, any combination of mulching and bagging and leaf shredding, all with the mere rotation of a lever called a Clip Director, and all without the purchase of additional parts

Honda introduces the HRZ216 caster wheel version of the Harmony II Series lawnmower

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