Review By : Double D on Apr 1 2010 12:00AM
Price Paid : $1,600.00
Years of Use : 3+ Years
Implements : none
Purchased From : Lowe's
Strengths I don't see many, other then its red, which makes it an easier target to hit. Functionality is marginal at best.
Weaknesses From the start I had issues. Got the mower home "Super Bronco 42' cut SV530 motor. Supposedly 19 HP, realistically 14.2, but seems less powerful then the Craftsmen 12 hp I previously owned. Front left tire going down. Took wheel back to Lowe's where I bought it and 1st they gave me the wrong size. Additional trip to get replacement yielded another wheel w/ bad bead or poorly constructed rim. Wheel leaked air again. Been filling up every other cut. Next, second year of use, engine smoking, oil on frame. Upon pulling cover and investigating, found most of the head bolts loose. Third year of use, paint starts flaking and rust begins. Mind you, I ponied up for the 3 year warranty. Finally, this year, 4th year of ownership, warranty up, first cut of the year, engine smokes right when fired up, once warm, no more smoke. I think good. BTW, I check and change the fluids & filters every season. Well, after cutting, notice oil on frame again. Think, maybe head bolts loose again. Upon investigation, find large crack in block. Very disappointed w/ Kohler and Troy Built. As a note, my old Craftsmen was second hand w/ 10 years on it. It ran for me another 10 years and I passed it on to a friend for the motor, which ran another 2 years. W/ warranty I spent $1600.00 on this thing. I could still have a kid cutting my yard today and come out ahead. I cut approx. 1 acre of grass w/ a few steep hills but nothing out of the ordinary. I'm going to Lowe's and see how they or Kohler or Troy built will work w/ me? From what I've read from others, I don't feel good about the possible outcome.
Overall Overall, I find this mower to be sub-par at best and a price that should reflect a better mower. My suggestion to Lowe's, is to drop the Troy Built line all together. They're giving them a black eye and if I don't get satisfaction, I will no longer purchase anything from Lowe's. Unfortunately, the blame will lie w/ Lowe's if I don't get reasonable resolve.
Parts : Performance : 1
Ease of Use : Financing :
Reliability : 1 Overall : 1