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Mowing the lawn is one of those jobs that can definitely be made easier by having the right tools available for the task and for more than seven decades Troy-Bilt has been making those tools available.

Below is some information about the company and their products which might help you next time you need to make a lawn mower purchasing decision.

The Background of Troy-Bilt

Troy-Bilt, which as become one of the leading names in lawn care, got their start by creating the first American-made rear-tine rototiller. The rototiller, also known as a rotary tiller, is a cultivator that breaks up the soil using blades. With the Troy-Bilt model, the blades were in the back and the cultivator was motorized for easier use.

While these devices had been widely used since their invention in 1912 in Australia, the Troy-Bilt was one of the first to be made in the United States. And that was all the way back in 1937.

The story of that first step in the right direction for Troy-Bilt came from C. W. Kelsey who had been working on developing a rotary tiller that would work well on the rocky soil found in the United States.

The German Earth Grinder he had been using simply wasn’t up to the job. After working on his designs fro more than 20 years, the first of these machines was built in Troy, New York. It was this 400 pound machine that would be the backbone of the company for many of its early years.

Kelsey’s predecessor and former engineer took the helms of the company (which was obviously named for the city where the first rototiller was manufactured) and developed an even more powerful version known as the Trojan Horse.

During the next several decades, the company continued to improve on what made it a success in the first place. However, despite technical innovations and new products, two features always remained from that original product: the rear-mounted tines and the power-driven wheels.

Since 2001, Troy-Bilt has been owned by MTD Products (Modern Tool and Die Company) which is based in Ohio. The company specializes in outdoor equipment and actually started about five years before the unveiling of Kelsey’s original creation. In addition to Troy-Bilt, MTD also owns Cub Cadet, Yard Man, and a number of other brands.

Troy-Bilt Lawn Mowers

Troy-Bilt is the name behind a wide range of outdoor equipment but they also sell five varieties of lawn mowers. Each variety is intended to meet the specific needs of home owners and landscapers: Garden Tractors, Zero Turn Lawn Mowers, Lawn Tractors, Push Mowers, and Zero Turn Lawn Mowers.

The Riding Mowers

The Garden and Lawn tractors, as well as the Zero Turn Lawn Mowers, are ideal for large yards which would require a long mowing time if done in any other way.

The nice thing about a zero turn lawn mower is that it can create the flawless landscaped lawn design you want and that many homeowners pay a lot of money to achieve by hiring professionals to do the job.

All of these tractors and mowers are classified as riding mowers. The zero turn mowers pack a lot of power in their gas-powered HP Kohler Courage engines. Both models use multiple blades for improved performance. The Colt uses 42 inch twin blades while the Mustang relies on 50 inch triple blades.

The Big Red Horse is Troy-Bilt’s infamous garden tractor that is meant to handle heavier jobs thanks to his twin-cylinder engine and 50 inch cutting deck that makes quick work of even the most challenging mowing jobs. Plus, it comes equipped with cruise control and automatic transmission so maneuvering it is definitely not a challenge.

Plus, the 23 HP Briggs & Stratton Intek V-Twin engines is one of the best available in riding lawn mowers. There are also plenty of extra, such as a cup holder and a high back seat to make the chore of mowing your lawn not so bad after all.

When it comes to Troy-Bilt’s lawn tractors, the Super Bronco is the top of the line model. With a 20 HP Kohler Courage engine and steel construction, this is a powerful and sturdy mowing machine that can tackle anything you’re going to throw at it.

The 46 inch triple-blade mowing deck is going to help you get the lawn mowed faster but the comfortable seating and cup holder may make you wish you didn’t have to, especially the easy foot pedal controls will make you feel more like you’re driving a car than mowing the lawn.

The Traditional Mowers

If you don’t have enough yard to warrant a riding mower or if you just prefer the exactness that you can only get from one of these walk-behind mowers then Troy-Bilt has a few options that might be perfect for you as well.

At the top of the heap of the self-propelled models is the TB866 XP. Among its many features is the ability to manage your transmission controls from the handle so you can maintain the speed you need to get the job done.

Plus, the unit has large rear wheels that mean it won’t be as difficult to maneuver through your yard. Finally, you can adjust the height of the mowing deck with the touch of a single button to make getting the perfect cut easy.

If you don’t want to spend the money for an electric mower, then Troy-Bilt also carries a line of old school push mowers. They may require more manual effort but they put you in full control over the finished product. And if you care about the look of your lawn that matters to you.

These mowers include features that can prevent flooding of the gas-powered engines and the same large rear wheels that are provide such great ease of movement in the self-propelled models. Plus, some models come with an attached bag on the side or rear to collect all of the lawn debris.

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