Troy Bilt TB330 Review: Is It Efficient?
Troy-Bilt TB330 is an upgraded version of the old TB model; it is equipped with a bigger engine and a rear wheel drive system that spells better torque. It’s an all-around modest lawnmower with all the basics customers look for in a trusted power tool.
- more powerful 163 cc Briggs & Stratton engine
- 8-inch wheels with rear wheel drive system
- 4-speed control system
- 6 levels for height adjustment
- steel deck with Tri Action cutting system
- 3-in-1 disposal capabilities
- deck wash system
- some parts are made out of plastic,
- noisier than electric mowers,
- hard to manoeuvre when the engine is off
Troy-Bilt dates its conception back in 1937, manufacturing products for the American farming industry. Today, they are headquartered in Ohio and has multiple manufacturing plants all over the country, producing quality lawnmowers that give professional-grade cut and convenience that defines the American dream. Their goal is to create powerful tools that are long-lasting and also of high quality to be of service to the masses. Troy-Bilt not only manufacturers impressive lawnmowers, but also cultivators, snow blowers, tillers and more. Their outdoor equipment is distinctive and has a huge following across the nation.
Troy-Bilt TB330 receives decent reviews from buyers and has mostly positive ratings. Here is a review guide that discusses the qualities and performance of this model, and something you might find useful before deciding to buy it.
Troy Bilt TB330 Review
1. Performance and Cut Quality
I’ve had reviewed other Troy-Bilt lawnmowers, and this one is closely related to the brand’s TB220. The most significant difference is that this model is equipped with a more powerful 163cc Briggs & Stratton engine that is considerably more powerful than the older version. This engine is able to cover a wider area, and I found it works longer and faster than the TB220. It is also a self-propelling mower and I didn’t find any issue with the system (unless you count the lever that I will discuss later).
I like how Troy-Bilt made their self-propelled models to reduce the fatigue that comes whenever I use a push lawn. Yes, I still walk behind this mower and it’s not lightweight at all (weighed at 80 pounds), but at least I don’t put as much effort pushing it; I only need to direct its course and watch as it propels itself to cut the lawn. Also, it’s rear where drive enables it to perform well on hilly lawns. I could choose the speed with its 4-speed control. I choose either the first or second level of speed and stay there because the 3rd and 4th seem too rushed, but of course, that would depend on the owner’s preference.
The cutting quality is average and performs just enough to pass expectations. It’s definitely not the best but it does a good job of mowing on flat terrain. The RWD theoretically helps the mower cut well on contoured land, but I’ve had to pass a few times to even out the grass. If it had larger back wheels, this probably wouldn’t have been big of an issue.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
2. Ease of Use
What’s not to like about a self-propelling, gas type mower? It’s definitely easier to mow around with this model, and I am all for mowers that require less effort from me in terms of pushing. This particular model is better than the older version in that the self-propelling mechanism coupled with RWD makes it tough enough to handle uneven ground and inclines. Also, I am able to start the engine in just one pull most of the time because of the Ready Start feature.
Pivoting with this model might be a bit of a challenge, though. Since it’s self-propelling, you’ll have to catch up with its speed to turn it properly. This is partly the reason why I keep it on the first 2 speed settings so that it takes just a bit of work to turn the mower on corners and other obstacles. I like how cordless this is, though, since I don’t have to worry about tripping while taking on any turns.
It’s fairly easy to switch disposal settings. I could choose either mulching, bagging or side discharge by attaching the bag or the chute, and the machine transforms into the discharge option I want. When I’m ready to clean, I could use this mower’s deck wash and wash port to clean any debris and clumped grass clippings on the blade.
The TB330 is a user-friendly mower and is essentially easy to operate.
Rating: 4 out of 5
3. Special Features
This 163cc Briggs & Stratton engine powers up the whole unit and does not need oil changes on the first few uses. It’s a 4-stroke, single cylinder engine that is air-cooled and can accommodate gas with its tank capacity of 1.09 quarts. It has the standard 3-in-1 disposal capabilities that any modern mower should have these days, enabling one to choose between mulching (my preferred type on this model), bagging and side discharge. The grass bag has a 1.9-bushel capacity which is big enough for a half-acre yard.
The cutting deck is made of steel and measures 21 inches, and I like how powerful the engine is to power up the blade and cut a wide portion of the lawn in one pass. The TriAction cutting system is the brand’s answer to giving good quality cut, and for smooth lawns, this is almost magical to use. As for the wheels, both front and back measure 8-inches, but the power comes from the back with the mower’s rear wheel drive function. This is well-built to take on contours and steeps.
The Troy-Bilt TB330 has a Ready Start feature which is a pretty nice bonus for this model. It has a special sensor that enables automatic fuel-to-air mixture based on the ambient temperature. I didn’t need to worry too much about the oiling of this mower because of this feature. This makes the engine start quickly and easily. It also improves this mower’s fuel efficiency.
Rating: 4 out of 5
The weight of TB330 is 80 pounds, and it’s nowhere near the other lightweight mowers I have used in the past. This weight is good, however, for the powerful B & S engine equipped on the unit. It has a dimension of 17.5 x 24 x 38 inches, and that’s compact for something that weighs as it is. The handle is ergonomic, adjustable and foldable but prevents the unit to be stored sideways. If you have a smaller shed or storage space, you’ll have to really creative in storing this model.
What I like about the cutting height adjustment is that it can be controlled by a single lever, making it easier to change the cutting deck height between 1.25 inches to 3.75 inches. The height adjustment for the wheels is also done with a single lever, making it convenient to change according to preference and terrain condition.
Now my main issue with the design is that the levers are made of plastic, and I don’t think it would last as long as the unit. I’ve read some complaints about this design flaw, and some even stating that the lever broke. It’s a big possibility because of its plastic make, and I guess you should control your force when manipulating these levers to prevent future repairs.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
5. Cost Effectiveness
The Troy-Bilt TB330 is priced at around $350 and is more expensive by $60 than the older TB220. However, this price is still easy on the pocket when you compare it to other competitor brands, and with the features it has, the GTB330 can be called value for money mower. With its Ready Start, TriAction cutting system and self-propelling function, this model is actually a wise buy. I find this model built specifically for beginners who don’t want to hurt their budget while still purchasing a reasonable mower that has all the basic features. It may not be the best in quality, but it’s one of the few decently working models out there.
Rating: 4.0 out of 5
6. Grass Collection and Discharge
With its 3-in-1 capacity, I’m not complaining about the disposal feature of this model. It’s easy to switch between the modes, and it’s definitely hassle-free for me. The bagging, mulching, and side discharge options have their strengths and weaknesses. For the bagging option, I’m satisfied with how big the grass bag is (1.9 bushels), and it fills up pretty nicely while mowing ¼ of an acre of lawn. There’s also no problem with the bag attachment since it is securely attached.
The side discharge works well, too, but it’s not as impressive as the mulching capability of this model. Mulching is my go-to mode of disposal, and I am happy that this model got the basics of mulching right. The engine with its ample power is able to aid the unit in mulching grass clippings and dumping these off finely on the ground. It’s not the best, but it certainly works.
The TB330 is definitely not a flier but decent at best when it comes to grass collection and discharge.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
The rear wheel drive system makes it manoeuvrable in uneven terrain, and this is an important feature for when your lawn is contoured. I have no problem with my smooth front yard so I can say this model is easy to operate and move around in even, flat terrain. While it has the capacity to self-propel on inclines, you’d have to consider that its rear wheels aren’t that big. The torque is there, and so is the traction, but there’s still something missing that makes the cut not as good when the ground is uneven.
When taking turns or pivots on corners, you’ll have a hard time pushing this mower especially if the engine is disengaged. This means that more effort is needed when rounding up those corners.
Rating: 3 out of 5
As a gas mower, the TB330 needs tune-ups and servicing at least once a year so that it is kept in good working condition and optimal health. The Ready Start feature is actually a great addition to this model since it makes oiling maintenance so much easier.
Like the older version, the manufacturer suggests to lubricate the blade’s pivot points with oil once every season at the least, and this is to maintain the blade’s sharpness and cut quality. The cutting deck’s underside needs to be checked after use to ensure that debris accumulating on it are removed prior to use. The integrated deck wash and wash port are actually really convenient if it’s time to clean the mower, and I enjoy using these features when I’m cleaning this mower.
The product offers a 3-year limited warranty, but you have to avoid any human error that damages the engine and the whole unit or expects your warranty claim to be denied.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
What’s in the box?
The box of one Troy-Bilt TD330 comes with one unit of the preassembled mower with a folded handle that should be unfolded before you can use the machine. Along with this, a side discharge chute, a grass bag, and instruction manuals for the unit and the engine are also included.
The unit is complete with all the necessary working parts to start mowing, which includes the adjustable handles, the adjustable wheels, Briggs & Stratton engine, and carburettor air filter, oil tank and gas chamber, spark plug, rear deflector, and single steel cutting blade.
The mulching blade is also included, but if you want a higher quality mulched clipping, you might want to try purchasing a true mulching blade recommended by the manufacturer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does it start with one pull?
A: Yes, the Ready Start Feature that automatically sets oil to air mixture enables the engine to start quickly every time, with usually just a single pull.
Q: What kind of gasoline is required?
A: The TB330 requires regular gasoline for it to work. Avoid ethanol blend gas because it shortens engine life.
Q: What is the grade of oil compatible with the mower?
A: The oil is included in the package, with a grade of SAE 30. The oil included with the unit is 15 oz.
Q: Can it be used at higher altitudes?
A: The machine needs a few carburettor adjustments to be able to work in low-oxygen high-altitude locations. This is to prevent operating issues and provide more engine for combustion.