TB490 XP™ 4x4 Self-Propelled Mower

21" 4x4 Self-Propelled Mower with 3-in-1 Capability

Model No. 12A-N2DQ766


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Troy-Bilt's TB490 XP™ 4x4 mower is the industry’s first four-wheel drive mower that lets you switch between front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive on the go. Equipped with a powerful 190cc* Honda® GCV series engine with Automatic Choke System (ACS) to prevent engine flooding, the TB490 XP™ delivers the long-lasting and durable performance you trust. Get a clean cut, every time with the TriAction® cutting system. Smarter tire tread design provides more confident handling and traction. One-hand operation lets you switch to all-wheel drive while keeping one hand free. With the TB490 XP™ 4x4 mower, depend on the traction you need for any condition or terrain.

3-year Limited Warranty
TB490 XP 4x4 Self-Propelled Mower is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 9.
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  • 190 cc powered by Honda GCV160 OHV engine with Auto Choke System removes the need for manual choke adjustment before starting
  • Front bumper provides added protection to landscape and mower
  • TriAction™ Cutting System
  • All wheel drive transmission with variable speed control makes it easy to adapt to any terrain and mowing conditions by easily switching from front wheel, to rear wheel to 4 wheel drive
  • Maintain cutting deck more easily by connecting a standard garden hose to deck wash adaptor to rinse clippings from underside of deck
  • 21 in. 3-in-1 steel cutting deck with protective front bumper, TriAction Cutting System and side discharge, mulch or rear bag capabilities
  • Large 2.3 bushel rear bag capacity means less stopping to empty
  • Mulch kit included to help put nutrients back into soil for a healthier lawn
  • Side discharge chute comes with handy, built-in clip to attach to handle when not in use
  • Dual-lever, 6 position height adjustment makes it easy to change cutting heights from 1.25 in. to 3.75 in. H
  • Advanced TriAction cutting system features a rake bumper to lift grass upright, a specially designed blade for a finer mulch and a symmetrical deck for superior grass flow, eliminating clumping

*as rated by engine manufacturer

  • 21" TriAction™ cutting system w/ intergrated deck wash
  • Dual-lever deck height adjustment
  • Honda® GCV Series
  • 190cc*
  • Standard recoil with ACS
  • AWD
  • Variable Four Wheel Drive
  • 6 settings from 1.25" to 3.75"
  • 3-in-1, side discharge, mulch or rear bag
  • 2.3 bushel (included)
  • 1.0 qt.
  • 12oz 10W30 (included)
  • Adjustable 3 position Ergo w/ Comfort Grip
  • 8" front, 11" rear, All-Terrain Tread
  • 96 lbs.
  • 17.75 x 24 x 40.38
  • 3-year limited
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent mower The independent front and rear trans levers and with both engaged makes it a 4X4 so much power climbs hills and moves across soft ground with ease. makes mowing ditch area a breeze. Now I want a Troy-Bilt XP Grass Trimmer 18" Straight Shaft Gas String 27-cc 2-Cycle TB2044XP to be complete, the cost of the mower was expensive so that will have to wait..No regrets with this machine and the replacement self propelled Troy Bilt lasted more then 13 years trouble free. TB490 XP 4x4 Self-Propelled Mower with the Honda motor is a work horse like no other.
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better then I thought This mower was purchased for us in February 2018. It is runs great, starts easy, lots of power so far. We have a steep hill in the front yard and one in the back it does awesome on the hills.
Date published: 2018-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for hills My home is on top of a hill, and is quite steep. The 4WD climbs the grade without missing a beat.
Date published: 2018-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mower Mower is on its second year. Extremely pleased. I have a hilly backyard and this is perfect.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TB490 XP 4x4 Self-Propelled Mower My son was needing a mower and so was I. We agreed to share one and went to look. He came home with the TB490 XP 4x4 Self-Propelled Mower. This mower has been so dependable. As I am getting older I sometimes find it hard to start the mower but not this one. Starts first time every time. Plus with it being self-propelled it is much easier for me to us. My last husband always told me never buy anything other then a Troybilt and I can see why.
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Durable strong product Purchase this product six months ago and I am very please with its performance thus far.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just disappointed We really expected better performance out of this mower. It arrived damaged and we couldn't get a replacement part from customer service. If the mower tips slightly from level ground the engine sputters. As long as it is on flat level ground it runs great. Really expected better performance from a mower that claims to be 4x4. Temporarily fixed the broken part in hopes that someday a replacement would show up. Disappointed with the product and VERY disappointed with customer service.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I've only mowed a few times, But The Troy-Built built name was one of my reasons for purchasing. I purchased the mower with 4 wheel drive, Honda engine, high rear wheels. The mower wasn't the cheapest one on display. I purchased the mower because the lawn at my summer cottage is very hilly, and I am too old to push a hand mower up hills by myself. There is no adjustment for the speed of self propelled drives or the engine. The rear wheel drive forces me into a slow trot to mow. Front wheel drive is a mowing pace I can handle but seems to not have a lot of traction. I'm not comfortable using both drives at once. If there is a way of adjusting the engine speed I haven't figured it out yet. Putting the rear bag on the mower requires exact positioning. When the bag is removed there is always a big chunk of grass still in the mower. I hope I will be happier with my purchase as I continue to use it. The one feature I do like is the garden hose attachment to clean the mower after use.
Date published: 2017-05-18
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