My friends often don’t believe me when I tell them that my job can get rather fun from time to time.
They see no joy in gardening or even lawn care, and considering the things you have to do in the job, I honestly cannot blame them for their opinions.
However, being at the job for as long as I have been and even after forming my own lawn care company, I have found moments when maintaining a garden turned out to be a rather fun experience no matter how hard the task got.
And if I were to be entirely truthful, much of that enjoyment stemmed from grass cutting, more specifically from using a riding lawn mower.
I just love the new line of technologically advanced riding mowers; they are fun, very easy to use and get the job done in a matter of hours.
But out of all the mowers that I have used till date, the Troy-Bilt riding lawn mowers were probably the most enjoyable.
Now let me tell you why that was the case.
Troy-Bilt Pony Reviews 2020: Why buy this product?
After using Troy-Bilt Pony lawnmower for over eight months, I have found the following features that set this model apart from its contemporaries.
Powered by a 17.5 HP Briggs & Stratton engine, it has a capacity of 547 cc that is the perfect combination of convenience, reliability, and superior performance. I say this because Briggs & Stratton engines are known for their easy starting mechanism and lasting performance, and I hold a similar opinion as well.
The staggering 547 cc engine gives off an impressive performance suiting all those who own huge properties and have to undertake lawn mowing quite frequently. What’s more, the fuel in the gas tank lasted throughout the time I used this mower to prune my 4-acre property.
The one important feature that significantly affects the performance of this little beast is its 7-speed shift-on-the-go facility coupled with a reverse mowing option. As I am able to change the mowing speed and direction without having to stop the vehicle even once, it makes the mowing process extremely smooth and convenient.
And when we’re talking about convenience, its 18-inch turn-radius helped me reach all the tight spaces of my property with ease. My lawn is adorned with trees, art structures (lined with climbers) and it also comprises certain spaces where my previous mowers couldn’t reach out with precision. But with the Troy Bilt Pony, I can easily work around all these objects with confidence.
Finally, the 42-inch steel decks are armed with twin blades that efficiently cut the grass and all unwanted weeds, and always leaves me with a neat and trimmed lawn. Moreover, the 5 deck adjustment settings further help me adjust and suit the mower according to the height of the grass I’m going to cut.
At one point, I used to think that hardly any attention is paid to comfort when it comes to lawnmowers. But this changed when I started using the Troy-Bilt Pony; its low-back seat never gives me any back pain even after working for an entire evening.
Moreover, this model comes with a convenient cup holder. Maybe it’s not much of a top-class feature to look for, but it has changed the way I look at lawn mowing. Now I take a large cup of coffee, my favorite novel, and go about mowing my entire property without a worry in the world!
Great added accessories
Although these are optional items and you need to buy them separately, I loved the bugger and mulching kit that comes with the mower. They facilitate the cutting process and leaves a well-manicured lawn without having to go through an extensive cleanup after the mowing process is over.
The bugger collects all the left-over grass clippings, twigs, leaves, and debris while the mulching kit recycles them and spreads them over the lawn gradually. This process helps a lot in increasing the fertility of the soil.
What could have been better?
Well, despite all these impressive features, there are certain aspects of this mower that I have a gripe with.
First, it took me quite a bit of time to assemble the mower. Although the assembly manual was helpful, a lot of the parts were open and I had to install them to have the mower up and running.
Second, the plastic footrest didn’t quite impress me. It’s just not that durable and it becomes very slippery with the slightest touch of water.
- Great performance
- Quite comfortable for a lawnmower; cup holder is quite nifty
- Comes with useful accessories
- 7-speed shift on the go functionality coupled with the reverse shift makes operation very simple
- Takes time to assemble
- Plastic footrest doesn’t feel durable
Troy-Bilt Lawn Tractor Reviews 2020: What made me fall in love with this mower?
Even though Troy-Bilt Premium Neighborhood riding lawn mower is quite high-end in build and design and comes with a lot of commercial grade features, I don’t use it for professional purposes all that much. I use it specifically for personal uses, primarily for my own backyard which is small to medium in size.
When I first started using this mower, I wasn’t all that impressed by its small build which looked rather elegant and felt like it would fall apart if I exerted it too much. But to my surprise, the Troy-Bilt turned out to be much more stable than I anticipated, the build is indeed durable, and I was able to use it to trim my yard for hours.
And along with being convenient to use, the mower is quite agile, and it helped me zip around the obstacles in my yard with ease. It makes quick work of the yard every time and helps me cut at places I would have never hoped with any other mower.
Fast and Consistent Cutting Speed
The Troy-Bilt is designed to support a 30 inches cutting deck which is quite big for a domestic lawn mower of its class. However, it’s this improved size that allows the mower to be such a fast grass cutter.
But the deck is not the only feature of the mower that contributes to its grass cutting potential; the engine that it comes with is worth a mention as well. The Troy-Bilt has an incredibly powerful 382cc Auto Choke OHV engine built into it and helps grant the mower a much-needed consistency and the power to travel through both smooth and rough terrain.
The blades on the mower can be conveniently adjusted as well. When it comes to my own yard, I don’t always like to trim every part of it with the same cutting length; I want every area of the garden to look and feel different.
This is where the blades’ adjustable feature comes handy. With five different cutting heights, the mower helps me deal with the grass as I see fit and customize my yard the way I want it to.
The Troy-Bilt Premium Neighborhood Riding Lawn Mower has an excellent comfort and convenience rating in my books. The deck seat has excellent back support and is very comfortable to sit on.
I can even raise the seating and support as much as I want, and improve the ride quality and the overall safety of the mower if I am working on particularly rough and uneven terrain.
The steering and control are pretty precise as well, and as the mower is provided with a 13-inch wheel with a soft grip, treading through harsh land will not be an issue at all. Your arms won’t feel any sort of vibrations, they will not tire out soon, and the comfort grip will not subject your hands to any form of chafing or injury as well.
What about the Troy-Bilt Premium Neighborhood Mower disappoints?
When it comes to the flaws, there are certain aspects of the Troy-Bilt that I have a gripe with. Well, no mower can be perfect, and this one fails to impress when it comes to:
- The assembly: When the mower first arrived at my doorsteps, it took a lot of assembly before I got it up and running. A lot of parts were open, and I needed to fix them in. But the assembly manual was somewhat helpful.
- Bad footrest: The footrest can get very slippery when subjected to even a bit of water. It’s made of plastic and hence not as durable as the rest of the mowers.
Questions I get asked about the mower
The mower, in my experience, is particularly top-heavy. Hence, I will not be recommending it for inclinations greater than 8-10 degrees.
What is the weight capacity of this mower?
Generally speaking, the Troy-Bilt can ideally support a person weighing between 170-200 lbs; however, it can go up to 350 lbs on standard terrain as well. If you weigh more than the 200 lbs mark, it’s better not to use this mower for wet and inclined terrain.
- Adjustable blade cutting height
- Comfortable deck seat with excellent back support
- Powerful engine and convenient deck width for faster cutting
- Soft grip steering and wheels for greater precision
- Takes a lot of assembly after arrival
- The plastic footrest is very slippery and not durable
Troy-Bilt Bronco Reviews 2020: What did I like about it?
When it comes to working on some of my harder trimming jobs, the Troy-Bilt Super Bronco 679cc Riding Lawn Mower has been my go-to grass trimming machine for some time now. And the reason why I prefer this mower over some of the others is quite simple really; the Troy-Bilt is an absolute grass trimming beast compared to the other standard models.
It comes with one of the best in grade commercial engines that makes the most difficult of grass trimming jobs feel like a breeze. In one of my recent contracts, I chose this mower for mowing the local football field which is extremely big and has a lot of bumps on the surface.
The Troy-Bilt steamed over the large yard like it was nothing and I was done with the job in just a few days time. So let me tell you a bit about my experience with this machine.
Cutting consistency and power go hand in hand
The Troy-Bilt Super Bronco Riding Lawn Mower strikes the perfect balance between power and consistency. It comes with a 679 cc V-Twin OHV engine that has a full pressure lubrication system which along with making the mower extremely powerful, gives it a smooth operation as well.
The heavy-duty 50 inches fabricated steel cutting deck gives the Troy-Bilt the much-needed grass cutting consistency with reinforced bottom edges for better durability and resistance to rough use. I was able to use this mower for hours on end in the field without having to be concerned about it overheating or breaking down from too much pressure.
The hydrostatic transmission also has a cruise control feature that allows me to change the speed of the mower effortlessly to fit the job at hand. It offers 5.5 MPH of maximum speed on both forward and reverse, with power mowing capabilities for the latter.
It is an extremely versatile machine
The Troy-Bilt Bronco comes with easily adjustable cutting height features that provides me with 12 cutting adjustments between 1.5 to 3.75 inches. This is precisely what makes this mower so very versatile to use. It fits a variety of trimming jobs perfectly as it allows one to cut different forms of grass differently and customize a yard whichever way he/she would desire.
The mower is also designed with automatic LED headlights which allow fantastic visibility under low light settings. Working on the grass even after sundown was never really an issue with this mower.
Extremely durable and easy to maintain
Much of this mower’s sturdy design is due to the heavy-duty cast-iron front axles. It adds a lot of durability to the Troy-Bilt Bronco and gives it long-lasting performance.
While the axles grant durability, the 4 anti-scalp deck wheels, on the other hand, prevent damage to the deck and the yard when the mower has to tread through bumpy and sloped terrain.
The Troy-Bilt is very easy to clean and maintain as well. You can easily attach a standard garden hose to the integrated deck wash port and rinse the mower to remove all its grass clippings from the underside and the chute.
What about the Troy-Bilt Super Bronco that could have been better?
When cutting with the mulching blades attached, I always found that there was a central strip of grass that does not get mowed. I have to go over that part of the lawn again, and even though the second run usually fixes it, I find it rather inconvenient during those mowing jobs which have a lot of time constraints.
The Choke Start
Unlike the other models, this mower will not start unless I have the choke fully engaged. Even if the engine is warmed up, the mower won’t budge unless I remember to put it back on choke mode.
Questions I get asked about the mower
How much assembly is required for the Troy-Bilt?
Not much really. All you have to do is put in the seat, the steering column and the steering wheel.
What accessories is the mower compatible with?
The Troy-Bilt is adaptable with a vast number of accessories such as baggers, trailers, snow blades, snow throwers, sun shades… you name it.
- Commercial grade engine is extremely powerful
- 12 adjustable cutting heights for versatility
- Extremely durable and long lasting
- LED lights help to mow at night
- Mulching blade action is not as good as I had hoped
- Won’t start if it’s not on choke mode
If you have a small to medium sized yard and are in search of a mower that will make trimming an enjoyable experience, then the models from Troy-Bilt may just be what you’re looking for. They are easy to use, compact and one of the most versatile mowers in the market.
I hope you enjoyed my review today.
TIll next time!