The 2014 Troy-Bilt® Lawn Mower Buying Guide

A lawn mower is a necessity for any yard. It delivers a clean, finished look that pulls your yard together and leaves you with a sense of pride when the job is done. This is why it's important to know about the different types of lawn mowers and understand how they work.

Consider these questions during the selection process to help you choose the type of lawn mower that's best for you and your lawn needs.

  • What is the size of my lawn?
  • What features am I looking for in my mower?
  • What type of terrain does my lawn consist of?
  • Is my lawn more flat or hilly?

Reel Mowers & Push Lawn Mowers

  • Reel mowers are most appropriate for small lawns that are less than a half-acre.
  • Reel mowers, like the TB R18 Reel Lawn Mower, use multiple blades that rotate vertically to cut your lawn without using gasoline or oil and also features an 18" cutting width and a rear bagger to easily haul away clippings.
  • Although reel mowers are best for flat lawns, they do require a little muscle to get the job done.
  • Push mowers, like the TB110 TriAction® 21" Push Mower, are a great option for smaller yards that are half an acre or less in size.
  • Push mowers use a gas-powered engine to power the blades and require the operator to propel the machine forward.
  • Push mowers are best for flat lawns and are not recommended for mowing uphill.

Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers

  • Self-propelled mowers are best for medium-sized lawns that are larger than half an acre in size.
  • Though similar to push lawn mowers, these types of mowers are propelled forward by a transmission and are available in two different types of speed systems. Single-speed systems offer one set speed that can be engaged or disengaged and variable-speed systems allow you to select your pace by squeezing a lever on the handles.
  • The TB230 21" Self-Propelled Mower with high rear-wheels provides extra traction and maneuverability when mowing unbalanced or slightly inclined landscapes. The built-in drive systems also make it much easier to mow up hills and for longer periods of time.

Riding Lawn Mowers

  • Lawn tractors and garden tractors are great for larger properties that are up to two acres.
  • These types of tractors are also designed to accept lawn mower attachments, such as grass baggers and snow plows, and can be used to pull dump carts and spreaders. Though some riding lawn mowers have large cutting decks and others have more horsepower, the basic rule of thumb when choosing a mower is that the bigger the yard, the bigger the deck size you'll want.
  • Riding mowers, like the Super BroncoTM Lawn Tractor, can handle both flat and uneven terrain with inclines or hills, and can also cut around trees or other obstacles in the yard.

Zero-Turn Lawn Mowers

  • Zero-turn mowers like the MustangTM XPTM Zero-Turn Riding Mower are built on a strong, one-piece steel frame. If you have less than one acre, a 42" deck will do the job. If you have a yard more than several acres in size, look for a 50" or 54" deck to cut more grass with each pass.
  • Zero-turn mowers usually consist of two lap bars that independently control the speed and direction of the rear wheels. These lawn mowers trim close to all lawn edges quickly and efficiently, and can dramatically reduce the time it takes to mow the lawn. 
  • It's best to choose a zero-turn mower if your yard is fairly flat with slight inclines. This type of drive system also gives zero-turn mowers the ability to complete fast turns, making them optimal for yards with many trees or obstacles to mow around.


The Dirt from Troy-Bilt®, May/June 2014