Troy-Bilt 382cc 30-Inch review
If you have a yard anywhere between 1-2 acres, look no further than TB30 Neighborhood Rider. It is a versatile, compact, powerful, and user-friendly mower that provides excellent manoeuvrability has enhanced safety features and is affordable.
- Equipped with powerful and sturdy Troy-Bilt 382cc Auto Choke OHV engine.
- 30-inches cutting deck.
- Mid-back padded seat is very comfortable.
- Turning radius of 18-inches.
- Robust body made from 14-gauge steel.
- It is easy to start.
- Compact, lightweight, and moves smoothly in the yard/ lawn.
- Cuts evenly and helps to make beautiful textures on the lawn.
- The engine produces a loud noise, most neighbours hate that.
- Does not perform on hilly regions or slopes.
Troy-Bilt 382cc 30-Inch mower, commonly known as TB30 Neighborhood Rider, is manufactured by the brand Troy-Bilt, headquartered in Ohio, USA. The company proudly holds more than 75 years of American heritage. People love to buy mowers and other tools from Troy-Bilt because the company has always understood the needs of its customers and made products accordingly. The TB30 Neighborhood Rider with its attractive features and impressive specifications proves it.
Troy-Bilt 382cc 30-Inch review
I have used Troy-Bilt 382cc 30-Inch mower around 17 times in my yard and 4 times in my neighbour’s lawn. Now, I feel that I am in a position to enlighten you with the positives and negatives of this mower. Each one of us using mowers to mow our lawn or yard wants a tool that not only cuts the grass flawlessly but is also powerful, cost-effective, low on maintenance, and good looking. So, let’s find out if Neighborhood Rider from Troy-Bilt has such qualities or not.
1. Performance and Cut Quality
TB30 Neighborhood Rider is powered with a 382cc Auto Choke OHV engine from Troy-Bilt which helps the mower to gain a maximum speed of 4.25 mph. It has a 6-speed transmission system to achieve this speed. A short turning radius of 18-inch is made possible by the rear-wheels of 16-inches and front wheels of 13-inches. TB30 is made to perform efficiently on flat terrain. I want to warn you not to use this mower on hilly or sloppy terrains because it might hurt you. However, you can groom small slopes with it. Coming to the cut quality, it cuts the grass evenly and consistently. The side-discharging and mulching features are quite good but I found there is room for improvement in bagging. The bag can be of a bigger size so that you don’t have to stop too often to empty it. With five different height (cut) settings, you can’t expect anything less than a beautifully textured lawn.
2. Ease of Use
TB30 Neighborhood Rider is quite easy to drive. An amazing thing is that you can easily drive it even if you don’t know driving a car. When you use it for the first time, put it in the neutral. This way it will move slowly and provide you enough time to understand and master other controls such as speed lever, parking blade, height adjusting lever, and many more. You can adjust the soft to grip 13-inches steering wheel to three height positions according to your stature and convenience. When you want to downshift a gear, do it easily with the help of a handy clutch. The fuel window is quite convenient and allows you to see the amount of gas used or left in the fuel tank. Here, I want to suggest you wearing some kind of ear protection during mowing because it is a bit louder.
3. Special Features
This mower has many features and some of them are really special, you won’t find them easily in another riding mower or if found, it is hard to get the combination. Here I am talking about its 382cc Single Troy-Bilt engine and discharge mowing deck of 30-inches. The presence of this engine provides users with a fumble-less start-and-move experience. Further, this engine provides it with a top speed (forward) of 4.25 mph that helps in finishing the job quickly. Talking about another special feature, 30-inches mowing deck allows easy manoeuvring around shrubs and flower beds. This sized cutting deck also makes it compact enough to easily store in a one-car garage or tools shed. Let me tell you one more special feature (take it as a bonus) – its seat. Its mid-back padded seat is one of the best and most comfortable seats. You will be at-ease even at higher speeds.
TB30 Neighborhood Rider is designed to serve you for years. Its body is fabricated with powerful 14-gauge steel. The wonderful arrangement of its parts gives it a compact design and its weight of around 336 pounds promise swift and quick movement. Despite its compact size (62 x 34 x 26 inches) and less weight, you can expect it to perform like heavy-duty riding mowers. The combination of bigger rear wheels and smaller front wheels make sure that it moves smartly on uneven terrains also. I have already told you about the comfortable mid-back seat it has. It as a soft grip steering wheel of 13-inches whose height you can adjust according to your need. I found that its footrests prevent it from getting the tag of perfect design. They are of plastic and covered with anti-skidding material but are still slippery. I suggest wearing at least a helmet while using this mower. When you take it out of the box, it takes around an hour to make it ready to mow.
5. Cost Effectiveness
When anybody sees $1,199 as the price of this riding mower, questions about its cost-effectiveness arises. But, I want to tell you that it ranks high in the cost-effective index of riding mowers, certainly because others are priced higher. There are many good qualities like it cuts precisely, quickly, and others, but they become limitations when you learn that it is effective on plain terrains only. If you have slopes in your yard, you feel the need to purchase another mower and I think, this is not cost-effectiveness, it is an expense. The steel body keeps its machinery protected from rains and other unexpected damages which certainly helps you save the money. Moreover, the mulching feature evacuates the need for buying additional fertilizer for your lawn.
6. Grass collection and discharge
TB30 Neighborhood Rider comes with a bagging feature that helps you collect the clipped grass. It also allows mulching and side-discharge. I would say that if you have to judge a mower on the basis of these two features, it is a perfect choice but the bagging feature stops it from being perfect. Since it is mostly used on yards of 1-2 acres, it should have a larger sized bag. This will prevent you from stopping again and again to empty the bag. Stopping in between to unload the bag annoys me a lot. When you receive this mower, you will find that its mulch plug is pre-installed and the discharge chute is placed separately. By pointing out certain negative features I do not mean it has performance flaws, it does the job perfectly.
Coming to manoeuvrability, I want to draw your attention to certain things. First, it’s cutting deck is compact and allows you to move easily in the yard/lawn. Second, its turning radius of 18-inches makes sure cutting near your flower beds happens securely. Also, it doesn’t care about any tight turns in your yard. Third, the durable, uneven, and long-lasting wheels make sure that it moves effortlessly in the field. The combination of uneven wheels helps it to avoid the rough patches of your yard. Another factor that makes manoeuvrability easy is the 6-speed transmission system which allows you to control the speed according to the terrain; on flat terrains, you can increase its speed and when rough patches occur, decrease its speed easily.
Talking about the maintenance of this mower, I want to say that you should take a leaf-blower and blow the dust off your TB30 Neighborhood Rider after every cutting session. Also, you should never ignore its oil and fuel needs. You will find that it has a deck-wash port but it does not provide satisfactory results. You have to put efforts to remove stray clippings, the dirt, and other debris below the deck. When there is a need to deal with parking brakes or spark plugs, you can do it on your own. Its detachable deck makes washing it quite easy. This mower is almost weather-proof but I will suggest to keep it indoors after usage. This will enhance its durability. Moreover, the company is offering a limited warranty for 2-years which I think is great at this price.
What is in the box?
When you open the box of TB30 Neighborhood Rider, you will find the following components inside it:
- Partly-assembled TB Riding Mower – 1
- Seat – 1
- Handle – 1
- Side-discharge chute – 1
- User Manual – 1
Some common FAQs
Q: Does it have a tow bracket/hitch/connection?
Yes, it has a tow bracket/ hitch/ connection though it comes unassembled. You have to install it.
Q: Does it deliver assembled? How much assembly is required?
It comes almost assembled. You have to do only a few things such as install the rear engine cover, seat, steering wheel on it, and adjust them. Fortunately, assembly instructions make the task easy.
Q: How much is the warranty?
Troy-Bilt 382cc 30-Inch comes with a limited warranty of 2-years.
Q: Does it have throttle control?
Yes, it has a throttle control lever. It is located on the left fender of this mower (when you are the operator).
Q: Can we bag with this mower?
Yes, you can easily attach a bag to collect the clipped grass.
Q: Is it easy to start?
Yes, it is very easy to start.