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Troy-Bilt TB-280ES 12AGA26G self propelled mower

 
Approximate retail price:
$340
Summary: This Troy-Bilt 21-inch, self-propelled mower has multiple speeds and front-wheel drive. It has electric start.
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Type: Gas multiple speeds self-propelled mower
User Reviews
User Reviews

 
4.0
Works as designed
4/18/2015
Pros
Easy to start
Variable Drive Speed
Cons
Hard To Change Oil
Best Uses
Relieves Some Back Pain
Comment:
I purchased this Troy-Bilt TB-280ES mower in 2014 mainly because of back pain. It was easy to assemble (I did reroute some of the cables to relieve stress points) and the engine started the first time. As with any mower, the key to longevity is maintenance. I only use Mobil-1 synthetic oil and change it every 5 hours of operation, clean the air filter at least twice per season, check the plug for fouling and for correct gap, lube the cables once a year, keep the battery charged (I use a Deltran Battery Tender Junior instead of the factory charger), wash under the deck to remove buildup from clippings and use only premium gas (alcohol-free) to lessen the chance of gasket/seal failure in the carb. I can only give this mower 4 stars because it lacks a drain on the bottom of the engine (This is all too common on many mowers today). To drain the oil from the engine, you must tilt the mower on its left side which can cause oil to enter the exhaust and loose fuel from the fuel tank.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

 
1.0
Stay away!
10/8/2014
Pros
Fine Paperweight
Cons
Peice of junk
Best Uses
Comment:
This thing worked for three mows, then quit starting. All indications are it is a fuel problem. I can take it apart and fix it but I shouldn't have to.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

 
2.0
did my homework, but very disappointed
8/27/2014
Pros
Looks good
Ran Good One Season
Cons
Doesn't Mulch Very Well
Floods Very Easy
HARD TO CLEAN
Best Uses
Comment:
I thought I did my homework on this mower. only in my second season. the mower surges all the time found out Briggs & Stratton motors are notorious for this. it floods all the time. Contacted the store where I bought it. They said they would fix it. Contacted a dealer told them what the problem was they said that was not covered under warranty. Why should I be surprised this mower has a two-year warranty and I have a problem which is not covered.the only reason I gave this mower 2 stars because I got at least one season out of it. Probably will buy a new one next season
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
The Troy-Bilt TB-280ES 12AGA26G is part of the Lawn mowers & tractors test program at Consumer Reports. The Troy-Bilt TB-280ES 12AGA26G Lawn mowers & tractors features and specs include Deck size (in.), Engine size, Engine manufacturer, Drive wheels, Forward speeds, Blade brake clutch, Electric start. In our lab tests, Lawn mowers & tractors models like the Troy-Bilt TB-280ES 12AGA26G are reviewed on Overall score, Mulching, Side discharging, Bagging, Ease of use, Handling. Consumer Reports subscribers share reviews of the Troy-Bilt TB-280ES 12AGA26G based on personal experience. The user reviews of the Troy-Bilt TB-280ES 12AGA26G include star ratings, pros, cons, best uses, and a bottom line review to help guide your purchasing decision of the Troy-Bilt TB-280ES 12AGA26G.
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