NOTE: I have had this post in my back pocket FOREVER because I wanted to add a little action video of the product in use. But with the severe lack of rain, Will has only cut the grass a couple times in the past couple months, both times when I was at work. So…lawnmower video eventually? I want to do an obstacle course and stuff! He will grumble, but FUN, right?!
We did a little lawnmower trading this year. We passed down our 3 year old Craftsman to my parents (perfect timing, since my parents’ house is on a hill and my dad just had knee surgery, so pushing the mower was getting not so fun). And what were we able to replace it with? This puppy: the Troy-Bilt Horse XP Riding Mower. (Note: We opted to NOT get a zero-turn, despite their sexiness, because we have a fairly large slope in the front yard and they’re not good (or safe) for those situations.)
The Craftsman was still doing OK (we wouldn’t have given my parents a piece of junk), but we have more grass than them and this one offers a larger cutting deck. We’ve been using this one since the spring and are very happy with it so far. (OK, I should say WILL has been using it since the spring, since I have cut grass here only a handful of times.)
So first, the complaints. Will’s not a huge fan of the molded seat. Apparently they “tried to make it comfortable, but everyone’s butt is not the same and so it just feels like you have a wedgie.” Fair enough. He would also prefer that the speed control be on the right side. It’s what he’s used to from past mowers, so moving it to the left (other stuff is on the right) is something to get used to for him. He supposes that they expect you to steer with the right and adjust speed with the left, but (though he’s a righty) he does the opposite.
And now the good stuff! Versus our old 42″ Craftsman, this one surprisingly has a better turning radius and drives smoother. It cuts around our small crape myrtles out front without requiring a bunch of extra weed whacking. Value-wise this seems to be a good buy. Lower-middle of the pack price-wise and has a decent feature set.
Will wants to do this as a nice, long-term review, so check back later and we’ll keep you posted on how we’re liking the mower. We’ll update then on any maintenance issues, as well as how easy it is to complete maintenance (change blades, oil, etc).
And now for the GIVEAWAY!
You have a chance to win one TBC57 Cordless / Battery-Powered Cultivator! I have not personally used this one (they no longer make the model I have), but it currently gets 4.5/5 stars from other reviewers. I also love that it’s battery powered. Even though gas starts really aren’t that hard, they’re always a bit intimidating. Battery powered is super easy for anyone to handle and gives you one less hurdle to get over in getting the job done.
To enter, please leave a comment below telling me why you want to win it. I’ll pick one winner on Saturday, September 22, 2012 (at approximately 12:00PM Eastern). You must leave a valid email address (since that’s how I’ll contact you if you win!) and be a US resident in order to win. I’d also greatly appreciate you “liking” jennahsgarden on Facebook and sharing the contest with your gardening friends there, but it’s not required to enter. Contest void where prohibited. You can get extra entries as per below…
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Disclaimer: I have been compensated by Troy-Bilt to be a part of the Saturday6 program and provided with various Troy-Bilt items to test, free of charge. All opinions here expressed are my own. I would never participate in anything for a brand I don’t believe in and would never review something disingenuously, as I rely on honest reviews myself.