My brother bought a Troy-bilt today from Sam's Club. The details and
some non-engine parts are identical to my Craftsman. It looks like
another Murray, Yard-Man, Craftsman, etc... product to me.
Some parts are actually interchangeable.
Lowes is selling a 7.5hp model (the only one that Troy unit makes with this
engine) for 799.99. Do you know what your brother paid? On the Sam Club's
webpage they are advertising a 10hp garden way for 740.00....I don't know if
you get this in the store.
That's the one! The machine is identical to some Craftsman machines.
FWIW, Sam's assembly was so good, the auger control handle FELL OFF on
the interstate while I was transporting the machine to his house. <G>
Check yours carefully.
Engines on all these models are common, either B&S or Tecumseh snow king.
The rest of the blower you need to look at. The Murray I bought in '97 is
spot-welded along the drum, I'd look for something where the entire seem
was welded. Also, the up/down adjustment of the chute needs to be manually
adjusted where I know n MTD's they are operated at the controls.
The light and chains were extra, check what comes with the Troy Built.
One more thing, check the smaller lawnmower/blower places around you and
what manufacturers they do service on. All should do work on the simialar
engines. It may help to buy that same brand that the local service places
work on as Lowe's/Sams/Home Depot dont do any kind service.
"houseslave" < email@example.com> wrote in message
They are MTD's in disquise. They bought TroyBilt when they went belly up.
Because of past 'we know better then you' attitude from MTD, I would use a
manual snow removel device before I bought anything by MTD.
The only thing TroyBuilt on them is the name. The are designed and
built by MTD. That does not make them any better, but TroyBuilt was really
good, and the few products that are still made from the original designs are
good, but the rest are just run of the mill.
Stop the presses don't buy it it is a piece of crap. 3 years ago Troybilt went
out of business and no one picked them up. I know this because i bought their
10hp 26 inch snowblower right before they went out.
They had no one to warranty anything after that. The next year MTD picked them
up and put the Troybilt name on their Kmart quaility , Lowes quality
snowblower. Why Troybilt would sell their quality known name to a piece of
junk company I don't understand at all. Most of the Troybilt dealers won' even
carry them anymore because they are junk. Save yourself some real agro and get
an Ariens or Toro. At least you know you'll be able to get the parts if you
need them.Or maybe you could find an old dealer that has a leftover real
Troybilt around. You can still get parts for them now.
MTD seems to be promoting and selling the Troybilt name just fine. There
are also hundreds of service centers are the country. How many Arien
commercials have you seen lately? What makes you think that Ariens won't go
out of business. The Troybilt name is a name of prestige and is well known
so I doubt that it will go away. And it did survive a bankruptsy too. I'm
not that concerned about parts since MTD is still promoting the company and
distributing the Troybilt name through Lowes and other retial centers. The
Troybuilt also seems to be built better then any other snowblower I've seen
for under 800.00. The deal at Sams sounds like you get more for your money
but I'm not sure of the quality of a Gardenway brand or service. While MTD
may own different divisions and make several snoblowers under different
names they all are made different and some are of higher quality then
They did survive because the name and product line still lives on. MTD
thought there was value in the name and liked the product line. Yes they
went belly up. So did 7-11, Zenith and many more companies because of poor
management. Like I said, I'm not worried about parts since Lowes and
hundreds of other retail locations service Troybilt. You should checkout the
machine it is a very well built unit with a many nice features.
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