Troy-Bilt TB30R Review

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Troy-Bilt TB30R reviews point to the sturdiness and convenient size of this basic rear-engine rider. Consumers like that it easily fits through gates and doesn't take up much space in the garage. Many reviews on the manufacturer's website come from owners of older models and include very few complaints about durability. Reviewers mention that this mower is easy to start and steer and note with appreciation that it mows in reverse -- a relatively uncommon feature in this price range. The mower moves easily around any landscaping such as flowerbeds or trees, according to reviews. An expert at online dealer Mowers Direct attributes this not to the 18-inch turning radius but to a pivoting frame and responsive steering. About the only reported maintenance issue is that the battery is not particularly accessible, which could make removing it for storage a bit difficult.

The (starting at $1,000) Neighborhood Rider has a 6-speed manual transmission that goes up to 4.25 mph; in reverse it will go 1.5 mph. This mower runs on a 344cc, one-cylinder, Troy-Bilt-branded engine and the fuel tank holds a gallon of gas, which should be enough for up to a 1-acre lawn. The 30-inch deck has five cutting positions that can trim grass up to 3.25 inches. An optional mulch kit and bagger are designed to attach easily.

This cheap Troy-Bilt riding mower is a good basic model for those who want to step up from a push mower but have a space too small for a lawn tractor.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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