View Full Version : Price on Troy Bilt

10-30-2001, 06:18 PM
I have a chance on getting a display model 32" Troy Bilt for about 1/3 the suggested retail price. Would this make a good back-up mower or would it not be worth even the $500 it is listed for?

10-30-2001, 06:28 PM
Never had the opportunity to use one, however, their tillers are awsome..Extremely well built and durable.. I wish all the equipment manufacturers built things the way the tillers are built.. So I would ( personally ) try it. 32" may be a little small for some, but you can get it through tighter gates.. Just my opinion... I baught a crapsman 21" 4 years ago and paid over $400. So $500 for good quality is cheap... I would suggest you demo it first to see if you like the way it handles and cuts ... Then make your decision..
Good luck.. Let me know how you like it !

lawrence stone
10-30-2001, 06:48 PM
It's junk. Don't do it.

Buttered Waffle
10-30-2001, 06:53 PM
I own a Troy Bilt 33" wide cut mower. I would classify it as the worst equipment decision I have ever made. It cuts like doo doo on a piece of fishing wire. It doesn't matter how sharp the blades are, how many links you take out of the governor spring, how clean the deck is, whether you are mulching, bagging, or discharging. Both of the handles that come from the deck to the "commercial style" pistol grips have broken twice. The spindles have a rectangular bushing that makes putting new blades on it taxing. Also the blades bolts are supposed to be torqued to 35 lbs. I was off six weeks from that fiasco. The front castor pins regularly break with the castors becoming nice back yard projectiles. The way the carb is set makes it so sometimes when you get close up to a bush or whatever the governor spring is maxed out therefore overreving the engine. The tecumseh tranny on it has a tendency to lock up. Oh yeah it looks crappy too. In a sense, good for home owners, bad for pros.
I paid 1100 bucks for mine straight from the factory. Four hundred more and I could have owned a commercial unit. 1000 dollars more for you would get you a decent, reliable, machine that if used properly would make up the difference in two months.

Double D
10-30-2001, 07:05 PM
I had (key word 'had') the Craftsman version of that mower. They are all made by MTD, and just painted a different color and given a different engine. Mine had a 8hp Briggs. This mower does not cut to commercial standards. It will also wear you out because you are turning the mower with your arms and throwing your weight around to get it turned around. If you are planning on using it much at all, or if you have already been used to using a commercial grade mower pass on this one. You can do a search on this mower and bring up many threads (some started by me before I sold mine). It is rated for homeowner use only in my book. Luck to You

JJ Lawn
10-30-2001, 07:44 PM
If it were me, I would not buy anything made by Troy-Bilt. (except the horse tiller with a cast Kohler) at least not now.

Troy-Bilt has gone into bankrupcy, and were bought, or taken over by MTD. From what I can gather from my local dealer it is going to be real hard to get parts for any thing with the Troy-Bilt name on it.


10-30-2001, 08:04 PM
I disagree, good gate mower for me.

10-30-2001, 08:08 PM
We have the Cub Cadet version with an 8.5 briggs. Its a great mower well for what we used it for. Once we got the 36" and the 48" walkbehinds it was a b*tch to use because the Kees were so much easier and now it hasnt been started since June. Some of the things good about it is you dont have belts to be sliping, its a floating deck, and it provided a good cut. For 500$ it isnt bad but like others have said its worthless if u already have a commercial walkbehind but maybe u could have a helper use it.

Just my 2cents

10-30-2001, 08:40 PM
Troy built makes a good "residential" piece of equipment. That is the keyword though, residential. I have a tiller by them and it is great. I use it about 4 times a year in my own 1 acre garden. Wouldn't trade it. They are on the higher line of residential equipment. I do not think it is a wise choice to use commercially though. You might have luck, just remember, if it doesn't meet your expectations for commercial use, its because it was not made for it.

Lawn Dog2001
10-30-2001, 09:33 PM
That machine retails at $1499. If you have a chance to pick one up for $500 you would be crazy to pass it up. I personally think it cuts great. Alot of the criticisms people have posted are valid. I have had some of the problems the others have had. There are a lot of benefits as well though.

The machine is overall very soild. At the same time it is much lighter than other walkbehinds. You can adjust the height with a crank, and set it at any height you want, which really helps for mulching grass. I still say this is the best mulching machine I have ever owned.

On the downside there seems to be a lot more maintainence on this machine than other wbs. I too have replaced handles. The belts seem to wear out quicker than on other units. Also the TB does not take hillsides very well.

All in all in my opinion I think the good definately out weighs the bad. I have had a lot of luck with mine. To be honest with you, If you were paying full price I would suggest spending $700 more for an Exmark. But for $500 you cant beat that.

Mike Paulsen
10-30-2001, 09:36 PM
I didn't like mine until this year after had the rpm raise to about 3400. Now its cut is so much better , used it more this year than the last 5 combined. NOT a lead mower though . It is an easy mower for new help to use. Sharp blades and raise the rpm and you will get 500 dollars worth out of it . Goes well with a big commerical mower.

lawrence stone
10-30-2001, 09:56 PM
Please stop the BS!!!

This troy built is a complete POS and should be turned down if it were FREE.

Now let me share with you what a REAL COMMERCIAL 32" mower looks like.

It is the second machine from the left. It has a 12.5 OHV electric start engine, doubles as a ride on spreader/sprayer, mulches turf to dust with a single blade, and has a stand on sulky so you don't blow your knees out with a 5 mph ground speed.

Any questions?

Double D
10-30-2001, 10:11 PM
Mine was in the shop 3 times because the belts would slip so bad that the blades would stop turning. If I got into heavy growth (high enough that you slow down your speed on your commercial wb to compensate) the blades would stop turning. Completly stop. Also, the deck is not a floating deck, it is raised and lowered with a crank. On a positive note, a co-worker has been using one since the first year that they came out. His is the mulching only deck, and and he has 3-5 accounts a year that he cuts weekly. This has been the only mower that he has used (about 8-9 years), but he does alot of double cutting with the mulch only deck.

JJ Lawn
10-30-2001, 10:48 PM

Troy-Bilt does not make a good anything anymore.......

They are out of business, through, finished, no more, gone, bankrupt.

Going to be hard getting parts for them until MTD gets their stuff straightened out. And warranty work even harder. They arn't paying the dealers.


10-30-2001, 11:10 PM
My neighbor has one. POS he got his for $400 and it was hardly used. Blades just don't spin fast enough. His is the MULCHING ONLY deck with no discharge capabilities. The blades create no lift. Actually has negative lift! In order to get it to cut half way decent, you have to crank it down below 2" !!! Heck any mower with even a upsidedown blade can cut good that low!

It was real awkward for me to steer as there is NO steering levers. Just a go/stop lever. As for the engine, his is the Briggs 8hp I/C engine, pretty decent engine.

This machine is PERFECT for 68 Y/O retired Joe who has a 1/4 acre lot and doesn't want to use a 21".

10-31-2001, 12:00 AM
Originally posted by lawrence stone
Any questions?


How did you end up with all my throwaways?

10-31-2001, 12:22 AM
Hey man, if it's from the lowes in moline...that thing is crap! It has been sittin outside for ever and is all rusted. I was looking at it one day and an employee said they had the rebuild the engine. I wouldn't get it if I were you.

lawrence stone
10-31-2001, 12:28 AM
Originally posted by casey


How did you end up with all my throwaways?

You gave me them remember?

BTW thanks those silver series lawnboys make great boat anchors.

Thanks again.

10-31-2001, 12:36 AM
It was a fair trade.

10-31-2001, 09:55 AM
For shame, I thought you Moline guys only consider green

10-31-2001, 06:02 PM
Almost anyone with a lawn tractor here has a deere...some pros, but most use other equip.

10-31-2001, 10:21 PM
Originally posted by J.Henderson
I have a chance on getting a display model 32" Troy Bilt for about 1/3 the suggested retail price. Would this make a good back-up mower or would it not be worth even the $500 it is listed for?

This is a joke right??? LOL!!!

09-08-2006, 11:42 PM
I have a Troy-Bilt 42" "Pony" that I bought a year ago. So far I average a new belt every 2 months, putting belts back on after they jump pullys approximately once an hour, blades about every 3 months (it's like they are made of aluminum as easily as the are bent in use). I also have to realign the deck for level cutting periodically. The service people tell me there is nothing wrong with it. The company says take to the service people. This has definitely taught me to never waste my money on a Troy Bilt mower again... I sure miss my 'ol John Deere....

09-09-2006, 06:27 AM

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