Our Verdict: Troy-Bilt 382cc riding lawnmower is a cheap option to enter into the lawnmower owner community with some good features. But the cheap price tag also has its risk to turn out to be a bad one. It somewhat depends on luck. Though many users claimed it to be a superb mower. So, it’s a risk you have to take and it’s hard to complain given its price range.
TROY-BILT 382CC Riding Mower Review At A Glance
Troy-Bilt is in the garden accessories business for more than 75 years now. That’s a long time to be around. You can easily guess that they didn’t achieve this feat by producing bad quality products. They earned the name through their amazing work in the industry.
Troy-Bilt 30-inch is one of the products that deserve to be mentioned. It has many qualities to be a great accessory for your lawn. In this article, I will try to point out all the good and bad (if there’s any) side of this mower. So, let’s get this going.
- Durable steel made body
- Good for small and medium-sized lawn
- Powerful engine
- Compact size and saves storage space
- Many adjustable features available
- It has a relatively small fuel tank
Features to Look Out For
1# The Cutting Deck
Unlike the traditional mowers with giant size decks, this one has a cutting deck that is 30 inch in size. Now you can argue about the area it can cover at one go, which is not a lot, to be honest. But I think it is enough to cover a small or medium yard. Given the amount of money you will spend for this one, you can’t possibly hope for a big cutting deck, right?
The small size will also enable you to save garage space. You can fit it in a very compact space.
Plus, it has an 18-inch turning radius so you can safely mow close to your precious flower beds.
2# Powerful Engine
The 382cc monstrous engine will provide a smooth riding and mowing performance that you will surely like. With the powerful engine, it comes with 6 different speed transmission modes too. So, you can match the speed with your comfort.
The quiet and efficient performance of the overhead valve engine of this mower is a plus point. Troy-Bilt mowers have a reputation of starting at the first try with the key and this one is no exception. The auto choke engine ensures that there is no fumbling in your start and go experience.
Speed is another great side of this mower and even more so if you are a fan of speed. This mower has a top forward speed of 4.25 mph (7 km per hour) which is a lot. The speed means less trimming time. The amount of time it will save once you get the hang of it will be crucial.
3# Adjustable Features
You can adjust a lot of things about this mower according to your liking. For example, you can control the blade engagement tab, the seat you are going to be on, the steering wheel you are going to use to control it, the cutting height, and many more.
First of all, the blade engagement. Troy-Bilt 382cc 30 inch mower gives you the freedom to keep the blade disengaged when you are in the learning phase. Then, once you are satisfied with your riding skill, you can engage the blades to ride on the green grass of your lawn. This feature helps you to avoid getting in the “Blade stick in the mud” situation.
Secondly, you can adjust the cutting height up to 5 different levels according to your grass size and how you want to trim them.
Thirdly, it has a mid-back seat that can be adjusted in both backward and forward directions. The seat is comfortable too. It doesn’t have any armrest though.
Then the steering wheel also has some height adjustment settings available.
Another great feature is the six-speed gearbox to constantly shift gears when riding.
4# Mowing Performance
It may be small in size but that doesn’t affect its superior cutting performance. It lives up to the reputation that Troy-Bilt earned over the years. It gives a clean and consistent cut every time no matter what type of grass you throw at it.
The mulching quality of this one is so good that you might never use bagging.
5# Quality Body Parts
The Troy-Bilt 30 has a 14 gauge rugged steel body that is very durable. It has all the important parts already built-in that can make a mower good. It is a lightweight option that weighs only 336 pounds so it is easy to handle too. Easy handling is important.
6# Comfortable Seat
Comfort is a must-have feature in a mower seat as you are probably going to spend a significant amount of time on it. It might affect your back as well as the rest of your body if the seat is not comfortable enough. Luckily, Troy-Bilt30 is a safe one to ride with its cozy seat.
The price tag of this mower is very interesting. It is hard to find a good quality rear engine riding mower in this price range but Troy-Bilt managed to do that. For a beginner, this one is a great starting point. You will get speed, great maneuverability, and clean-cut with this one for a very little amount.
This one is a difficult one for us. The price tag is too tempting to ignore with some amazing features from Troy-Bilt. You will have a fun time riding this one so that’s another plus point. On the other hand, you can’t expect it to be a perfect all-round mower given how much you are going to spend.
So, I am going to recommend it if you own a small lawn and don’t want to spend a lot to get an entry-level mower.