Troy-Bilt tractors made by MTD, which is a big maker of low end tractors.
MTD tractors are sold under a number of names - Troy-Bilt, Yard Machines,
Huskee, White, etc. It's certainly not a "premium" tractor on the level of
John Deere, Simplicity, etc.
I only have about 10 trees to mow around. I know I don't need a $2500 mower.
Are Troy-Bilt mowers reliable I guess is what I would like to know. The John
Deere in the same size I believe has a Briggs and Stratton motor as does the
I have a cheapie MTD 13.5hp riding mower, my hard is odd shaped, with lawn
taking up about 40' by 60', and I've had my MTD for over 2 years now, it's
never failed to start (with the exception if I dont keep the battery charged
in the winter since I dont usually mow in the winter since my lawn sits
pretty green but doesnt grow in the winter). The thing cost me like $750.00
at Lowes, and it's been strong since purchase.
I've had some Troybuilt products in the past, like my Horse Tiller, that
never failed to start, never got a tuneup or oil change and lasted me easily
7 years until I sold it (just didnt need it anymore), also my Troybuilt lawn
and yard vac/chipper is another quality product, been with me about 6 years,
no tune ups, no oil changes, and works as strong today as it did when I
So overall my experience with Troybuilt products has been good, but I dont
think I'd spend $2500.00 on a TB rider mower compared to a Lowes or Home
Depot $650 to $800 rider.
Just my 2 centavos.
: > > Can anyone give me some feedback on a Troy-bilt riding mower? I am
: > > considering buying one and would like to know anything pros or cons.
: > >
: > > Thanks.
: > >
: > >
I bought a 15 horse Sears with hydrostatic drive over 10 years ago. B&S OHV
engine. No oil filter. It's made by MTD and cost ~$1,000. Use it weekly
during spring/summer/fall to do my 1/2 acre lot. The only service I do is a
once a year oil change (synthetic oil) and cleaning out the air cleaner
element annually. Oh yeah, batteries last about 2 years ($20 at Sam's). I
sharpen the blades once or twice a year.
Never have had any problems. I could have spent 50% to 100% more for a
big-name tractor, but it is inconceivable that it would have performed
better than that inexpensive Sears/MTD has. People like to scoff at MTD
stuff and call it junk. It is not junk. It is reliable, not too expensive,
and way plenty good enough for home-owner use. People who insist that you
need anything "better" for home-owner use simply don't know what they are
talking about or have too much money they feel a need to waste.
I've had a Sears 38", 12 hp tractor and mowing deck for 16 years. It has a
Tecumseh engine. I have probably changed the oil 3 or 4 times and never
bother to run it dry before it sits for the Winter months. The biggest
problems have been getting the mowing deck even and high enough. One time
the front link broke and had to be replaced. This was a problem because the
replacement Sears sent was not an exact replacement. I had to drill out one
seet of holes, but it worked in the end.
The number of mowers waiting for repairs is no indication of their quality.
What percent of the number sold does number of mowers you saw represent?
Sears sells an enormous number of mower and the ones you saw were probably a
smaller percent than other brands!
I agree! I have a 1989 MTD Tradesman 38. I use it to mow my 1/2 acre ( I
live in Florida where I have to mow once a week for about 7 months)
I just replaced the 14 year old mower deck. I have friends that have
replaced their Snapper and John Deere decks just as often.
Aside from a yearly oil/filter change, new belts every 5-7 years, and a
carburetor rebuild I have had no major problems. For a relatively small yard
it has been a great mower - I hope to keep it for another 14 years.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.