Troy-Bilt Pony, Bronco & Super Bronco Mower Review – Ten Inexpensive Quality Mowers

Troy-Bilt Pony, Bronco & Super Bronco Mower Review – Inexpensive Quality Mowers

Is a Troy-Bilt best for you?

In this article, I’m going to discuss Troy-Bilt Pony, Troy-Bilt Bronco, and Troy-Bilt Super Bronco, riding mowers and lawn tractors to see if they are the “best inexpensive” mower for you.

Troy-Bilt is one of the few brands that makes inexpensive, quality riding mowers. They make a great “first” mower for homeowners because they are easy to work on, cut well and with a little maintenance will last a long time. When you are ready to move up or have a larger yard Troy-Bilt has lawn tractors and zero-turns that are a great choice. Depending on the model they make a riding mower for 1/3 acre, 1 acre, to 3-acre lawns. This article will discuss all three types in detail.

Troy-Bilt is very proud of how well they are built Check out this video of the testing the riding mowers go through:

Parts are easy to get

Normal maintenance items and repair parts are available through troybilt.com or your local Troy-Bilt authorized repair center. Operator’s manuals and parts diagrams are available for free through troybilt.com. Filters, spark plugs, belts, mower blades and even a new front hood or wheel are readily available.

Warranty Service or Normal Maintenance is close by

The industry has changed in the last five years and some of the brands of inexpensive riding mowers no longer have local servicing dealers. With those other brands, if you have a warranty problem you have to drop your mower off at a big box store and they ship your mower off to some faraway repair center. You can wait weeks or months to have it serviced and returned to you. Troy-Bilt is different – no matter where you buy the riding mower – just go to troybilt.com to find a local authorized Troy-Bilt Service Location.

Full line of attachments and accessories

Troy-Bilt has a full range of attachments from mulching kits and baggers to snow blades and even snow blowers for the Super Series tractors. The EZ Stow Hauler yard cart is my favorite cart. Check out all the accessories and attachments here: Mower Attachments

Troy-Bilt has three types of mowers.

Troy-Bilt Riding Mowers: Troy-Bilt offers six models of riding mowers under $1500. These mowers are great if you have a smaller, 1/3-1 acre lawn that you mow weekly, Most models offer mow-in-reverse and can easily pull a small yard cart for picking up leaves, sticks and carrying yard tools. All Troy-Bilt riding mowers feature fuel-efficient Troy-Bilt single-cylinder engines. These engines are fully pressurized, have oil filters and have proven to be very reliable. The riding mowers feature 7-speed manual or CVT automatic transmissions

Troy-Bilt Lawn Tractors: Often called Yard Tractors, these tractors have beefier frames, better V-Twin engines and stronger transmissions than the riding mowers. They are the “Standard” for tough lawn tractors. The Super Bronco models all feature fuel-efficient V-Twin engines that can handle any terrain and will mow your well kept thick lawn well. These engines also are fully pressurized, have oil filters and will last much longer mowing slopes and hills compared to the Briggs & Stratton Intek engines. These models accept most Troy-Bilt attachments like the snowblower and will last you years. The Lawn Tractors feature hydrostatic transmissions for long life.

Note: Troy-Bilt does not have a Garden Tractor with the heavy-duty ground-engaging transmission at this time. If you need a garden tractor go check out the Cub Cadet line.

Troy-Bilt Zero-Turn Mowers: If you have decided that you want a zero-turn mower and don’t want to spend $4000-$5000 the Troy-Bilt zero-turns are one of the best choices. They feature an all-new fully welded tube frame with a limited lifetime warranty. Decent stamped decks that will also mulch and bag. Full pressure V-Twin engines that will handle any terrain. Fully adjustable lap-bars fit riders of all sizes. Comfortable high-back seats and easy to use controls. All Troy-Bilt Zero-Turns offer reliable EZT2200 hydrostatic transmissions with one-inch axles.  (If you are looking at the 355 Deere ZTR I suggest seriously looking at Troy-Bilt before you buy) I’ll discuss the ZTR’s in a sepertate article.

Which Troy-Bilt Mower Is Best For You?

I’ve broken the list into riding mowers, lawn tractors, and zero-turn mowers.

Troy-Bilt Riding Lawn Mower

Model# TB30
Troy-Bilt Pony Troy-Bilt TB 30 in. 382 cc Auto-Choke Engine 6-Speed Manual Drive Gas Rear Engine Riding Lawn Mower with Mulch Kit Included

Space-saving, compact design of the TB30 combines the time savings benefit of a riding mower with the storage size of a wide-cut walk-behind mower. Keep your lawn healthier with the included mulch kit.

  • Cutting Width: 30 inches
  • Power Type: Gas
  • Transmission Type: 7-speed CVT
  • Terrain Type: Flat
  • Engine: Troy-Bilt 382 cc Single Cylinder
  • StepThru™ Frame
  • Space-saving design makes the riding mower easy to store in garages and sheds
  • Built In America with U.S and Global Parts since 1937
  • Ideal size for smaller or gated yards and will fit through most gates with the 30-in cutting deck
  • Easily switch from side discharging grass clippings to mulching mode, which helps avoid thatch buildup and keeps your lawn healthier by returning nutrients into the soil
  • High-performing Troy-Bilt engine is tested to ensure dependable starting in all weather conditions
  • Ride in more comfort with reduced vibration with the Soft Touch™ steering wheel
  • Ideal size for smaller or gated yards and will fit through most gates with the 30-in cutting deck
  • Model Number13A726JD023
  • Warranty 2-year limited

Where to Buy: Buy here from TroyBilt.com. Troy-Bilt offers sale prices and other offers like free shipping at various times of the year. It comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Buy Here From The Home Depot. The Home Depot features pickup at your local store or free delivery to your home. It comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Troy-Bilt Pony 36 Riding Lawn Mower

Model# Pony 36
Troy-Bilt Pony 36 lawn tractorNew This Season Troy-Bilt Pony 36 in. 382 cc Auto-Choke Engine 7-Speed Gas Manual Drive Mulching Riding Lawn Tractor

  • Cutting Width 36 inches
  • Size of Yard 1/3 – 1/2 Acres
  • Terrain Type: Flat
  • Engine: Troy-Bilt 382 cc Single Cylinder
  • Transmission Type: 7-speed CVT
  • High-performing Troy-Bilt engine is tested to ensure dependable starting in all weather conditions
  • Built In America with U.S and Global Parts since 1937
  • 36-in deck size maneuvers better in smaller areas and can be easily stored
  • Keep your lawn healthier by mulching grass clippings with included mulch kit to help avoid thatch and return nutrients in to the soil
  • 7-speed transmission has dash panel control that is easy to see and adjust
  • Make yard clean up easier by using a rear bagger to collect grass clippings and leaves for use as compost or bag for disposal (sold separately)
  • Maintain control with easier navigation around landscape borders and obstacles with 18-in turn radius
  • Warranty 2-Year Limited

Where to Buy: Buy here from TroyBilt.com. Troy-Bilt offers sale prices and other offers like free shipping at various times of the year. It comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Buy Here From The Home Depot. The Home Depot features pickup at your local store or free delivery to your home. It comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Troy-Bilt Pony 42 Riding Lawn Mower

Note: The Troy-Bilt Pony Riding Mower is the most searched for riding mower on Google but it uses a 7-speed manual transmission. I suggest spending $200 more and buy the Bronco Riding Mower with the Automatic. You also get a larger 547cc engine. The 7-speed can be a little hard to learn while the Bronco automatic drives just like your car. Just put the lever on the left fender in “F” and push on the right foot pedal. 

Model# Pony 42

Troy-Bilt Pony 42 New This Season Troy-Bilt Pony 42 in. 439 cc Auto-Choke Engine 7-Speed Manual Drive Gas Riding Lawn Tractor with Mow-in-ReverseCutting Width 42 inches

  • Size of Yard 1/2 – 1 Acre
  • Terrain Type: Flat
  • Engine: Troy-Bilt 439 cc Single Cylinder
  • Transmission Type 7-speed CVT
  • High-performing Troy-Bilt engine is tested to ensure dependable starting in all weather conditions
  • StepThru™ Frame
  • High-performing Troy-Bilt engine is tested to ensure dependable starting in all weather conditions
  • Built In America with U.S and Global Parts since 1937
  • 7-speed transmission has dash panel control that is easy to see and adjust
  • 42-in side-discharge cutting deck delivers a clean, even cut
  • Step-Thru frame design provides easier on and off access by providing more leg room
  • Make yard clean up easier by using a rear bagger to collect grass clippings and leaves for use as compost or bag for disposal (sold separately)
  • Model Number 13AB77BS023
  • Warranty 2 year limited

Where to Buy: Buy here from TroyBilt.com. Troy-Bilt offers sale prices and other offers like free shipping at various times of the year. It comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Buy Here From The Home Depot. The Home Depot features pickup at your local store or free delivery to your home. It comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Troy-Bilt Pony 42X Riding Lawn Mower

Note: The Troy-Bilt Pony Riding Mower is the most searched for riding mower on Google but it uses a 7-speed manual transmission. I suggest spending $100 more and buy the Bronco 42X Riding Mower with the Automatic. The 7-speed can be a little hard to learn while the Bronco automatic drives just like your car. Just put the lever on the left fender in “F” and push on the right foot pedal. 

Troy-Bilt Pony 42X Riding Lawn Mower Model# Pony 42X

  • Cutting Width 42 inches
  • Size of Yard 1/2 – 1 Acre
  • Terrain Type: Flat
  • Engine: Troy-Bilt 547 cc Single Cylinder
  • Transmission Type 7-speed CVT
  • Forged steel crankshaft in Troy-Bilt engine makes it stronger and more durable
  • Built In America with U.S and Global Parts since 1937
  • 7-speed transmission has dash panel control that is easy to see and adjust
  • 42-in deck ,with anti-scalp deck wheels to prevent turf damage, delivers a clean, even cut
  • Step-Thru frame design provides easier on and off access by providing more leg room
  • Make yard clean up easier by using a rear bagger to collect grass clippings and leaves for use as compost or bag for disposal (sold separately)
  • Warranty 2-Year Limited

Where to Buy: Buy here from TroyBilt.com. Troy-Bilt offers sale prices and other offers like free shipping at various times of the year. It comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Troy-Bilt Bronco 42X Riding Lawn Mower

Model# Bronco 42X

New This Season Troy-Bilt Bronco 42 in. 547 cc Engine Automatic Drive Gas Riding Lawn Tractor with Mow in ReverseCutting Width 42 inches

Troy-Bilt Bronco 42X Riding Lawn Mower

  •  Cutting Width 42 inches
  • Size of Yard 1/2 – 1 Acres
  • Terrain Type: Flat-Gentle Slopes
  • Engine: Troy-Bilt 547 cc Single Cylinder
  • Transmission Type Foot-pedal automatic CVT
  • Forged steel crankshaft in Troy-Bilt engine makes it stronger and more durable
  • Built In America with U.S and Global Parts since 1937
  • AutoDrive™ transmission with foot pedal control drives like a car
  • 42-in deck, with anti-scalp deck wheels to prevent turf damage, delivers a clean, even cut. Mulch kit (sold separately) helps maintain a healthier lawn
  • Step-Thru frame design provides easier on and off access by providing more leg room
  • Make yard clean up easier by using a rear bagger to collect grass clippings and leaves for use as compost or bag for disposal (sold separately)
  • Warranty 2-year limited

Where to Buy: Buy here from TroyBilt.com. Troy-Bilt offers sale prices and other offers like free shipping at various times of the year. It comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Buy Here From The Home Depot. The Home Depot features pickup at your local store or free delivery to your home. It comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Troy-Bilt Bronco 46X Riding Lawn Mower

Model# Bronco 46X

Troy-Bilt Bronco 46X Riding Lawn Mower New This Season Troy-Bilt Bronco 46 in. 547 cc Engine Automatic Drive Gas Riding Lawn Tractor with Mow in ReverseCutting Width 46 inches

The Bronco 42X and Bronco 46X are the same riding lawn mower except the 46X has a larger deck. The sticks out from the side of the tractor just a little bit more and helps a lot when trimming along fences and foundations. The 46 inch deck also throws the grass a little farther so it will fill the optional bagger better.

  • Size of Yard 1/2 – 1 1/2 Acres
  • Terrain Type: Flat-Gentle Slopes
  • Engine: Troy-Bilt 547 cc Single Cylinder
  • Transmission Type Foot-pedal automatic CVT
  • High-performing Troy-Bilt engine is tested to ensure dependable starting in all weather conditions
  • Built In America with U.S and Global Parts since 1937
  • Drive like a car with foot pedal operated AutoDrive™ transmission
  • 46-in deck ,with anti-scalp deck wheels to prevent turf damage, delivers a clean, even cut. Mulch kit (sold separately) helps maintain a healthier lawn
  • Ride with more comfort and less vibration with Soft Touch™ steering, mid-back seat and rubber footpads
  • Attach a standard garden hose to the deck wash port to quickly clean underside of deck and prevent buildup of clippings
  • Warranty 2-year limited

Where to Buy: Buy here from TroyBilt.com. Troy-Bilt offers sale prices and other offers like free shipping at various times of the year. It comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Buy Here From The Home Depot. The Home Depot features pickup at your local store or free delivery to your home. It comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Troy-Bilt Lawn Tractors (Yard Tractors)

Troy-Bilt Super Bronco Lawn Tractors are a big step up from the Pony and Bronco Riding Mowers. You get:

  • Cast iron front axle. The stronger axle allows you to use a snow blade and snow thrower. In addition, the front wheels won’t bow out after a few years.
  • Yard Tractor Frame. The Super Bronco series uses the same heavy-duty rigid frame as the Cub Cadet Lawn Tractors. It’s built to be the strongest lawn tractor frame on the market and won’t twist and crack after a few years like the other brands.
  • Hydrostatic transmissions. Hydros are smooth running and there are no extra levers to use when putting the mower in reverse. All the Super Bronco tractors feature cruise control and mow-in-reverse.
  • Smooth running 679 cc V-Twin engines. The XP 46, 50 and 54 feature a smooth-running V-twin for plenty of power and long life. The XP 42 uses a 547cc single-cylinder engine with automatic choke. All XP engine have easy to use oil drains, oil filters, and are pressurized engine with internal oil pumps so they can handle slopes/hills for many years.

Troy-Bilt Super Bronco XP 42 Riding Lawn Mower

Model# Super Bronco XP 42

New This Season Troy-Bilt Super Bronco XP 42 in. 547 cc Engine Hydrostatic Drive Gas Riding Lawn Tractor with Mow in Reverse

Troy-Bilt Super Bronco XP 42

  • Cutting Width 42 inches
  • Size of Yard 1/2 – 1 1/2 Acres
  • Terrain Type: Gentle Slopes
  • Transmission: Tuff Torq TL-200
  • Engine Make Troy-Bilt
  • Transmission Type Tuff Torq TL-200 Foot-pedal Hydrostatic
  • High-performing Troy-Bilt engine is tested to ensure dependable starting in all weather conditions
  • Built-in America with U.S and global parts since 1937
  • Hydrostatic transmission with cruise control for smooth change of speed and direction
  • Cast iron front axle for added durability and rugged performance
  • Ride with more comfort and support with the adjustable high back seat
  • 42-in deck, with anti-scalp deck wheels to prevent turf damage, delivers a clean, even cut, mulch kit (sold separately) helps maintain a healthier lawn
  • Larger 3 Gal. fuel tank for longer run times
  • Systems monitor includes service reminders in an LED display and includes an hour meter and ammeter to track usage
  • Attach a standard garden hose to the deck wash port to quickly clean underside of deck and prevent buildup of clippings
  • Make yard clean up easier by using a rear bagger to collect grass clippings and leaves for use as compost or bag for disposal (sold separately)
  • Rear hitch makes it easy to pull garden carts, sprayers and spreaders (attachments sold separately)
  • XP series of Troy-Bilt riding mowers includes a 3-year limited warranty for extra peace of mind
  • Troy-Bilt Super Bronco 42 XP comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Where to Buy: Buy here from TroyBilt.com. Troy-Bilt offers sale prices and other offers like free shipping at various times of the year. It comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Buy Here From The Home Depot. The Home Depot features pickup at your local store or free delivery to your home. It comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Troy-Bilt Super Bronco XP 46

Model# Super Bronco XP 46 FAB

Troy-Bilt Super Bronco XP 46 New This Season Troy-Bilt Super Bronco XP 46 in. 679 cc V-Twin Engine Hydrostatic Drive Fabricated Deck Gas Riding Lawn Tractor W/Mow in ReverseCutting Width 46 inches

  • Size of Yard 1/2 – 2 Acres
  • Terrain Type: Flat-Gentle Slopes
  • Transmission
  • Engine Make Troy-Bilt
  • Transmission Type Tuff Torq K46 Foot-pedal Hydrostatic
  • 46-in reinforced fabricated steel deck for rugged performance and enhanced durability
  • Built-in America with U.S and global parts since 1937
  • Powerful, twin-cylinder Troy-Bilt engine delivers quieter, more balanced performance with less vibration
  • Hydrostatic transmission with cruise control for smooth change of speed and direction
  • Cast iron front axle for added durability and rugged performance
  • Ride with more comfort and support with the adjustable high back seat
  • Larger 3 Gal. fuel tank for longer run times
  • Systems monitor includes service reminders in an LED display and includes an hour meter and ammeter to track usage
  • Attach a standard garden hose to the deck wash port to quickly clean underside of deck and prevent buildup of clippings
  • Make yard clean up easier by using a rear bagger to collect grass clippings and leaves for use as compost or bag for disposal (sold separately)
  • XP series of Troy-Bilt riding mowers includes a 3-year limited warranty for extra peace of mind
  • Troy-Bilt Super Bronco 46 FAB XP comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Where to Buy: Buy here from TroyBilt.com. Troy-Bilt offers sale prices and other offers like free shipping at various times of the year. It comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Buy Here From The Home Depot. The Home Depot features pickup at your local store or free delivery to your home. It comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Troy-Bilt Super Bronco 50 XP Riding Lawn Mower

Model# Super Bronco XP 50 FAB

Troy-Bilt Super Bronco XP 46 New This Season Troy-Bilt Super Bronco XP 50 in. 679 cc V-Twin Engine Hydrostatic Drive Fabricated Deck Gas Riding Lawn Tractor W/Mow in ReverseCutting Width 50 inches

  • Size of Yard 2 – 4 Acres
  • Terrain Type: Flat-Gentle Slopes
  • Transmission
  • Engine Make Troy-Bilt
  • Transmission Type Tuff Torq K46 Foot-pedal Hydrostatic
  • Large 50-in reinforced fabricated steel deck for rugged performance and enhanced durability
  • Built-in America with U.S and global parts since 1937
  • Powerful, twin-cylinder Troy-Bilt engine delivers quieter, more balanced performance with less vibration
  • Hydrostatic transmission with cruise control for smooth change of speed and direction
  • Cast iron front axle for added durability and rugged performance
  • Ride with more comfort and support with the adjustable high back seat
  • Larger 3 Gal. fuel tank for longer run times
  • Electric PTO quickly and easily engages cutting blades
  • Make yard clean up easier by using a rear bagger to collect grass clippings and leaves for use as compost or bag for disposal (sold separately)
  • Attach a standard garden hose to the deck wash port to quickly clean underside of deck and prevent buildup of clippings
  • Systems monitor includes service reminders in an LED display and includes an hour meter and ammeter to track usage
  • XP series of Troy-Bilt riding mowers includes a 3-year limited warranty for extra peace of mind
  • Troy-Bilt Super Bronco 50 XP fab comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Where to Buy: Buy here from TroyBilt.com. Troy-Bilt offers sale prices and other offers like free shipping at various times of the year. It comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Buy Here From The Home Depot. The Home Depot features pickup at your local store or free delivery to your home. It comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Where to Buy: Buy here from TroyBilt.com. Troy-Bilt offers sale prices and other offers like free shipping at various times of the year. It comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Buy Here From The Home Depot. The Home Depot features pickup at your local store or free delivery to your home. It comes fully crated and requires some assembly upon arrival

Thanks For Reading!

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