Troybilt mowers -- I DO NOT suggest
For anyone shopping for a mower, here is my experience. I decided for the price that I would purchase a Troybilt mower. I know two folks who have Troybilt tillers and both said they are wonderful. So I was hoping their mowers were the same. Not so.
Last October I purchased a Troybilt Bronco at Lowe's. Got it home, fired it up, it made some horrible noises, and died not to start again. I told Lowe's I just wanted a different one. Well it was too late in the season to use it so it was just put in my shed for the winter.
April comes, I fire up the mower and it starts. I make a couple passes and it starts rolling with smoke and dies not to start again. This time it's too late so Lowe's won't exchange the mower. The only person who services the Troybilt under warranty is 30 miles away. I don't have a trailer and I'm a single woman -- not easy for me. They want $50 each way to haul the mower for me.
Come to find out, someone hadn't properly tightened (remember, I'm a woman) some bolts, all the oil came out the bottom, and the engine was ruined. The repair shop also told me that they had seen a lot of problems with the Troybilt mowers. Something about that they had forgot to drill certain holes (?) in the engines (Kohler's), therefore causing pressure to build up and ruining the engine.
It seems Troybuild has a ways to go before they have a good mower. Needless to say, I'm extremely irritated about the whole matter and think that the cost of transportation should also be covered under the warranty.