Troy-Bilt product review
With only a half-acre lawn, it may seem like I’m crazy to want a riding mower, but I’m not. I’m a practical person with logic that could decry the best trial attorney. Good thing I’m not on trial, though. I’d hate to have to show somebody just how good I am!
My readers know me as an
rabid avid gardener. I even mentioned in my book, Gardening with Confidence–50 Ways to add style for personal creativity; that I’m …. a lifelong outdoor enthusiast who would much rather spend a day in a garden than anywhere indoors. This is true. I’m the happiest when I’m actually gardening, not so much doing yard work.
I only get to spend one day a week in the garden, and I need to make the most of it. Sundays are my day; it’s my only day I have between family and my business, and that time has to be shared with yard work. Yep, yard work. To me, a necessary evil to make my garden look good.
Just because it’s an outside activity, it doesn’t mean it’s gardening. Yard work, to me, is a left brain chore–edging, trimming hedges, and mowing. I garden with my right brain–designing, deadheading, weeding, and planting. While I can clearly see the difference, my family does not. They think if I’m outside, then I’m gardening.
It takes me 50 minutes to mow my yard with a 22” deck push mower. After 10 years and an estimated 850 mows, my Briggs and Stratton engine mower just keeps on going like an Energizer bunny. It doesn’t need replacing, so I didn’t really need a new mower. But I did want more hours in the garden, so I was looking to buy time.
To be clear, I like to mow, and I love the bit of lawn I have. I’ve been mowing the lawn since I as a kid after I made a trade with my older brother, Jack. He hated yard work, I hated doing the dishes. It was a good trade. (To this day, he prefers cleaning the inside of the house; I prefer the lawn and garden.)
But as much as I like yard work, I like gardening more. As my garden grows, so does the time I want to spend in it. I needed to figure out how to spend less time doing yard work so I could spend more time gardening.
This is where the 30” TB30 Neighborhood Rider comes in. It shortens the time I spend mowing the lawn, leaving more time to garden. Even if I can cut off 20 minutes, that is 20 minutes of more time gardening, and less time doing yard work. Does this seem like a selfish reason to ask for a riding mower? Not really; I am buying time.
I got a Troy-Bilt riding mower to save time, but I soon learned there were more benefits from having one than I’d anticipated.
- The lawn looks better after mowing; it’s smooth, professional looking
- It has a 30″ side discharge mowing deck; less passes
- With a 6-speed transmission; smooth ride
- And a manual PTO for fast and easy blade engagement; easy to operate
- There is a fuel sight window allows you to check gas level; able to prepare
- And a 344cc* Single Troy-Bilt® engine; will last a very long time
- With a 2-year limited warranty; good to know
The time I save mowing now allows me to spend more time with my family and in the garden, deadheading, pruning, and generally digging being outside.
NOTE: Yes, indeedy, Troy-Bilt gave me the new TB30 Neighborhood mower as part payment for being a 2013 Saturday6 blogger. That doesn’t mean they own me or my opinion. I’ll share my experiences with you straight. There is no point in being anything but honest, and Troy-Bilt wouldn’t want it any other way.