No, the company did not come out of bankruptcy. The name was bought by
MTD from the bankruptcy, they also bought some of the designs (I seem to
recall that someone else bought a few) but no one took on the responsibility
of replacement parts. I am not sure if anyone is making replacement parts.
The Troybilt company itself is dead and gone.
I have one of their mowers and I will keep it going as long as I can.
It is a very good mower, but I will not be looking to buy another.
Actually, GardenWay (the company that WAS TroyBilt) did NOT
survive the bankrupcy. That is why they sold the TroyBilt name
to MTD, they had no other choice. MTD bought everything except
the chipper / shredder / blower / vac products, which were sold
to a British outfit. (Maybe Hayter?) MTD refused to "buy" the
warranty obligations, which was what bankrupted GardenWay in the
first place. Their rotary mowers were JUNK, and the three year
warranty that replaced the seven year warranty was still two
years too long for the front wheel drive mechanism. How TroyBilt
could take the reliable disc drive system used by Ariens, Snapper
and others, and make it so unreliable is beyond me, but they
did. There were so many recalls and refits, that some dealers
just made the kits part of regular maintenance on those models.
I know of some machines where the kits were installed at least
three times, and the customer usually got stung for the third,
if not the second.
You get what you pay for, and in the case of MTD, that is usually the
least expensive product in the market of its kind. If you take very good
care of it, lube and grease everything every fall and spring, and USE FUEL
STABILIZER, it will last many years. That said, if you buy an Ariens or a
Snapper or a Simplicity, and do those same things to take care of it, it
should last you a lifetime!
It appears from what I could find, that Greenway, the parent company of
Troybuilt went into bankruptcy in 2001, it came out of bankruptcy, but not
until after it sold off the Troybuilt name and line. MTD bought the
exclusive right to use the name and some of the other assets. Other
companies (I believe some of the larger dealers) bought other assets.
MDT is NOT making and marketing the same line Troybuilt produced. The
general view is the product they are producing is not near the quality
produced by Greenway.
Don't for one minute kid yourself into believing thats the Troybilts of today
are even close to the quality of days gone buy. You don't see any Ariens
commercials on TV because they are the nations #1 selling snowblower. They
don't have to advertise.
MTD has the same quality of a Murry, or Lawn Chief lawnmower. K MArt
specials,after the first season the wheels will fall off the deck will rot out
and the engine will die. But go ahead buy the MTD and start to budget for a new
snowblower for four years from now when it is dead.
Barry I agree that MTD does make some low end stuff. The yard Machine line
is low end but they are also low priced too. However, the Cub Cadet line,
owned by MTD, is high end and is still made with quality. Ariens doesn't
make all its own snowblowers either and many of the companies use similar
parts. A comparable Ariens snowblower is 1k vs. 900.00 for the Troybuilt
and Toros are even more expensive. They are all very similar to my eye.
Ariens has all steel construction. More to rust in my opinion. Troy uses
steel in all the right places. I also called several dealers in my area
that carry Troybilt and they can easily gets parts. I was told they sell
fast and are high quality. This was from two different shops that repairs
them. There are a lot of pissed off people who had there warranties
downgraded by MTD and I understand this. Also, the Ford Escort use to be
the number one selling car so just because Ariens are popular doesn't make
them better. Also, home depot sells them so that tells you why they are so
popular. It doesn't hurt to have your product in a few hundred stores. Do
you know anything about the Gardenway brand? Sam's Club sells a 10hp for
around 750.00. This sounds like a steal. But if you can't get parts or
service what good is it? Has anyone bought a Troybilt in the last few years
and had problems?
in message (Randd01) wrote:
On Tue, 28 Oct 2003 12:22:04 GMT, B a r r y B u r k e J r .
I did. It sucks. Their warranty coverage sucks. Speaking from
Spend a couple of bucks and buy a Ariens, Toro, or Deere. They will
always be there with parts, many, many years later (which is the only
time you will need them, unlike the MTD that will break down next
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