What's this? Based mostly on cutting performance, handling, and ease of use. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
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Summary:This 30-inch Troy-Bilt rear-engine rider comes with a 1-cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine. It includes a more comfortable high-back seat, but lacks an automatic drive system. It also lacks an electric PTO and a washout port.
The Troy-Bilt TB30R 13BC26JD is part of the lawn mower & tractor
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, lawn tractor
models like the TB30R 13BC26JD are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
A combination of evenness, which is how close the tractor or rider came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how evenly clippings were dispersed from the side-discharge chute.
Reflects a combination of evenness, which is how close the tractor or rider came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how completely the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.
Denotes a combination of evenness, which is how close the tractor or rider came to even, carpet-like mowing, and a measurement of the effective capacity of the grass bag, determined when the bag was full or when the chute clogged and stopped collecting clippings.
Features & Specs - Troy-Bilt TB30R 13BC26JD
Deck size (in.) The manufacturer's claimed cutting width, or swath, in inches. Rear-engine riding mowers are about 30 inches, and lawn tractors are about 38 to 48 inches or more. Mowers with larger decks take up more storage space, but cut proportionally faster and therefore reduce cutting time.
Deck size (in.)
Engine power (hp) The manufacturer's claimed horsepower for the engine. All other factors being equal, an engine with more power will be able to handle tougher jobs (such as tall grass) without bogging down.
This little baby works like a charm. It goes like a bat out of hades, cuts on a pretty steep slope, gets into tight spaces, turns on a dime, and gets good gas mileage. I have last years model, so it won't cut in reverse. On the plus side the swivel mesh seat is comfy, and you won't sweat up while your sitting. For just a little over a grand, this is the best value out there.