This is Troy-Bilt’s mid-level Lawn Tractor. It has a better motor than the Pony and an “automatic” trans. The “automatic” is easier to drive than a shift-on-the-go trans and the motor is a good Kohler with an oil filter. If you want a good lawn tractor JUST to mow lawn and pull a small cart this is a good choice!
by: Paul Sikkema
Is this the right mower for you?: If you just want an inexpensive mower and you have a flat lawn about 1/2 to 1.5 acres this tractor will do the job. Automatic transmissions are fun, agile and easy to drive, but they are limited to mowing a flat lawn and pulling a small yard cart. Automatics use a variable speed pulley/belt transmission so if you try to pull heavy loads or use this mower on hills you will be replacing the drive belt every few years or so. This tractor will mow up to 1.2 acres an hour.
This rider has been around for a few years now. It uses the proven MTD automatic transmission. You can use a 2 bin bagger. This is a great yard mower and is designed to primarily mow lawns. If you need a rider that will pull a heavy yard cart, sweeper, snow blower or other normal pull-behind attachments look at a different tractor. Oh, One last thing, this mower will not mow in reverse.
Is this the right lawn tractor for you? Please read this entire review before you buy this tractor. This mower is a great value but it is not for everyone.
Is this the right mower for you? The positive:
If you just want an inexpensive mower and you have a flat lawn about 1/2 to 1.5 acres, this tractor will do the job. This mower does not have special features. It is just a good, basic lawn tractor. It does have 2 anti-scalp wheels on the deck and it does have a decent seat. If you have a flat lawn without a lot of trees and other landscape features to mow around this may be a good choice for you.
Most owners today prefer a tractor with a hydrostatic transmission but this is an inexpensive alternative: A “hydro” is easier to shift and saves you time when mowing around many obstructions but always adds a few hundred dollars to the cost of the mower. This transmission is also easy to use. Just put the lever on the left-hand fender in “F” and push on the right foot pedal. The farther you push, the faster you go. To back up place the fender control in “R” and push on the foot pedal and back you go! This automatic transmission is a lot easier to use than the manual transmission in your old mower.
Is this the right mower for you? The negative:
- This mower is a great value, but it is not for everyone. It is designed to primarily mow lawns. If you need a rider that will pull a heavy yard cart, sweeper or ground engaging attachments look at a different tractor.
- The specifications state it will mow from 1 to 4 inches, but in reality it will only mow up to about 3 1/2 inches. If you like a thick, lush lawn and mow high this mower will not mow high enough for you. If you install a mulch kit this mower may not mow high enough for you to get the best cut.
- This mower will not mow in reverse.
If you do not purchase the Lowes Extended Protection Plan be sure you understand how to get your new mower repaired if there is a mechanical defect. Talk to the store where you picked it up and read the operator’s manual warranty statement. Note: The engine is warrantied through the engine manufacture and not through Troy-Bilt.
Reliability – New to 3 yrs: This tractor is serviced by an authorized Troy-Bilt repair center. There have been reoccurring issues with the build quality. After reading over 170 reviews of this tractor I see many problems with the Kohler motor and with the deck belt system. My Opinion, The 22 hp Kohler in the Horse tractor has an excellent reputation, but for some reason this 20 hp is not proving as durable. I am going to recommend you stay away from this tractor. If you want an automatic I suggest you also look at the 2012-2013 Craftsman 42 in 19.5 hp Automatic Review Model 28884 before you buy this tractor. It has a proven B&S motor.
best we've ever owned
We have a 2010 Troy Bilt Bronco with a 20hp Kohler engine. This tractor has exceeded our expectations. It does mo in Reverse if you find the lockout for the reverse and disconnect it. ( In the L/R wheel well... there is a little metal trigger..follow the wires and disconnect the coupling) Runs great and mows better than the 1995 Craftsman it replaced. Mows as well as my neighbors John Deere...just adjust the deck height pins and change the sto k blades
Response: If you are interested in this tractor but are having hard time finding one, the Craftsman 28884 is the same tractor. You can find a review in the right hand column.