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Lawn mowers & tractors

Troy-Bilt TB-320 12AVC35U
 
Approximate retail price:
$330
Summary: This Troy-Bilt 21-inch, self-propelled mower has multiple speeds and rear-wheel drive.
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Type: Gas multiple speeds self-propelled mower
About - Troy-Bilt TB-320 12AVC35U

The Troy-Bilt TB-320 12AVC35U is part of the lawn mower & tractor test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, self propelled mower models like the TB-320 12AVC35U are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Mulching:
Reflects a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how completely the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.

Bagging:
Denotes a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how much clippings the bag held before it filled or the chute clogged.

Side discharging:
A combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how evenly clippings were dispersed from the side-discharge chute.
Features & Specs - Troy-Bilt TB-320 12AVC35U
info Forward speeds Variable
info Drive wheels rear
info Deck size (in.) 21
info Engine size 190
info Engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton
info Electric start No
info Blade brake clutch No
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User Reviews - Troy-Bilt TB-320 12AVC35U
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5.0
Deceptively good
7/23/2014
Pros
Clean Even Cut
Easy Handling
Power Fir Its Size
Starts easily
Cons
No Automow Feature
Best Uses
Comment:
I want to let you know from the start that I mulch my grass almost all the time. I had a John Deere mower before this one and liked it a lot. I was looking at this one in the store and wasn't sure such a small mower would do what I want. I didn't weigh it, but the JD seemed to be about 40% heavier than this one.<br />Anyway, I got it home and was immediately impressed with the finished grass. The cut was very even and mulch not clumped at all. The mower is surprisingly easy to handle, and I like that the deck is wider than the wheels, so you can mow right up to fences and sidewalks.<br />It starts on the first pull almost every time (even the first time in the spring) and I had to bag the grass only once, when we had a rainy spell and the grass got really long. During the bagging, there were a few issues of grass clumping under the deck and clogging the chute, but I'll attribute that to the long grass.<br />Oh, this mower does require that you use your right hand to work the propulsion, but it's not tricky at all to use.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
CU right on the money
6/8/2014
Pros
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
CU's reviews are right on it for this model. The mower has plenty of power and cut very well without stalling or bogging down. It seems to be very good on gas by comparison to my old mower. The variable speed and cutting power reduce cutting time. This is a very smooth operating mower. Some of the plastic parts seem a little flimsy. The motor cowling really flexes when running. We'll see how long it lasts before cracks show up. The wheel adjustment notches are plastic too and only time will tell how it holds up to sun and gasoline. I had to work to find the TB-320 and finally found it at Lowes but had to have it shipped in. It was worth the 5 day wait.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
High Quality
5/17/2014
Pros
superior engineering
Cons
none
Best Uses
Under 12 Acre
Comment:
I had a Toro 20016 with big wheels in back and front wheel drive 22 inch for the past 10 years and it just bit the dust. I loved my Toro and was going to buy again but didn'y like the reviews for toro's new mowers as I get the feeling they're not built as well as bofore.<br /><br />So I decided to try out this Troy Built and I can tell you it is superior engineering design to my old and well revered toro. The air pressure this thing creates is commercial grade. Also, the speed at which this lawn mower back wheel drives moves is rapid. So rapid that you would think the grass can't all possibly get cut nicely but...... it does. I love the one lever deck adjustment as it is fast and accurate and even. I get the feeling all the manufacturers are making stuff cheaper and cheaper. So if you want a high quality 21 inch lawn mower, I'd grab one of these while they're still out there.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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