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Troy-Bilt TB30R (30") 420cc Rear Engine Riding Mower

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  • Features
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Grade
Entry Level Lawn Mowers
Style
Rear-Engine Riding Lawn Mowers
Surface Area
Medium Home
Medium
Terrain
Flat Terrain
Flat
Width
30

Cutting Inches
Engine
N/A
Navigate Easily Around Obstacles In The Yard
Go where larger rider mowers can't with the smaller 30" deck

420cc Troy-Biltģ 4-Cycle OHV Engine
Overhead valve design for better fuel economy & less vibration
Electric start for sure starts every time
Fuel sight window allows you to check gas level

Shift-On-The-Go 6-Speed Transmission
Lets you set the perfect pace for mowing
Mow at speeds from 1.5 to 4.25 mph

30-Inch Single Blade Mower Deck
14-gauge stamped steel design
3-in-1 mower blade with die cast aluminum blade spindle
Manual PTO for fast and easy blade engagement
5-position cutting height adjustment

Mows In Forward And Reverse
Reverse mowing override activated on the key switch

Ergonomic High-Back Seat
Helps keep you more comfortable


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Engine
Engine Brand
Troy-Bilt
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
CC
420 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
1 Gallon
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
Yes
Torque
11.5 Lbs
Consumer Engine Warranty
2 Years
Motor
Battery Included
Included
Battery Voltage
12 Volts
Battery Type
Lead Acid
Deck
Cutting Options
3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
Deck Material
14-Gauge
Deck Construction
Stamped
Spindle Material
Aluminum
Blades
1 Blade
Deck Positions
5 Positions
Cutting Height
1.5-3.5 Inches
Deck Lift System
Manual
Engagement
Manual
Deck Drive
Belt
Drive
Speeds
6 Speeds
Maximum Speed
4.25 MPH
Maximum Reverse Speed
1.5 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Transmission Type
Manual
Drive System
Self-Propelled
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Sold Separately
Engine Guard
No
Seat Type
High Back
Hour Meter
Sold Separately
Arm Rests
No
Front Bumper
No
Trailer Hitch
No
Mulcher Kit
Included
Headlights
No
Wheels
Front Tire Size
13 x 5 Inch
Front Axle
Stamped Steel
Rear Tire Size
16 x 6.5 Inch
Tire Type
Pneumatic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Assembly Required
No
Weight
335 Pounds
Product Length
62.0 Inches
Product Width
34.0 Inches
Product Height
36.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
UPC
043033562701
Model
13B226JD066
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  11 Questions
Q: Is this mower a pull rope start?
by Bill from Colorado on June 13, 2014

A: Bill - the Troy-Bilt TB30R uses an electric start system. You turn a key to start it.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Do I have to buy an extra kit to mulch?
by Hugh Barger from Tennessee on March 03, 2014

A: Hugh - The TB30R rear engine riding mower would require a 19A30013OEM mulch plug in order to mulch your clippings. This model does come with a 3-in-1 mower blade that will mulch or bag equally well. Click on this link to view the mulch plug: mulch plug
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Does this mower have the Deck Wash System to clean out the grass and debris build-up under the deck?
by Doug from Tennessee on November 14, 2013

A: Doug - The Troy-Bilt TB30R riding mower does not have a deck wash-out port.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Jose,
Can I purchase anti-scalping wheels for the deck?
Thanks

by Anthony Bronzell from South Carolina on August 31, 2013

A: Anthony - Troy-Bilt does not offer anti-scalp wheels for the mower deck of the TB30R riding mower
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Jose does this mower mow in reverse as well in forward mode ?
by Frank Amorneault from New Hampshire on June 14, 2013

A: Frank - the Troy-Bilt TB30R rear engine riding mower mows in forward and reverse. the mower has a reverse mowing override feature that can be activated on the key switch.

by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Jose,
I need a mower that will fit through a normal gate. The gate is 30 inches wide. Will this mower fit? Thank you so much for your help

by Melody Stephens from Nebraska on May 15, 2013

A: Melody - sorry, but we do not sell any riding mowers that are small enough to fit through a gate that has an opening that is 30 inches wide. The smallest opening that any of our riding mowers will fit through would be 32 inches.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Can this mower be stood up on its end like a Snapper?
by John from Arkansas on May 10, 2013

A: John - sorry, but the Troy-Bilt TB30R rear engine riding mower does not have the stand on end feature.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Can I hook up a small trailer to it for sticks and stuff?
by Mark from Connecticut on May 09, 2013

A: Mark - sorry, but the Troy-Bilt TB30R does not have a rear hitch, so it is not capable of towing any type of attachment.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Can this mower be equipped with a bagger? If so, which one?
by Maria from New York on May 03, 2013

A: Maria - yes, the Troy-Bilt TB30R riding mower uses a #19A30011OEM twin bagger: bagger
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: TroyBilt TB30R 11.5 HP rear engine
1. Type of gas unleaded or premium?
2. Warranty length?
3. Where is service obtained?

by Rick Fiala from Illinois on April 27, 2013

A: Rick - you will want to use regular 87 octane grade fuel. Make sure the ethonol content of the gas is no more than 10%. The Troy-Bilt TB30R riding mower has a two year manaufacturer's warranty, and warranty service can be perfomed by any authorized Troy-Bilt service center.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: 420cc = how hp much
by Lenny from Massachusetts on April 24, 2013

A: Lenny - there is no true conversion from cc's to HP, but a 420cc engine is roughly equal to 12.5 or 13 HP.
by Jose, Product Expert

Troy-Bilt 13B226JD066 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 5
Pros
Price (19)
Easy To Use (16)
I'd Buy It Again (13)
Reliable (11)
Easy To Store (11)
Cons
Packaging (7)
None (5)
Expensive (4)
Low Quality (3)
Difficult To Use (2)
84% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
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Total Reviews
91 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
12237 Helpful Votes
Mowers Direct Recommended

The Troy-Bilt TB30R rear engine riding mower offers a great alternative to a traditional push mower. Mowing the lawn in hot summer heat isnít much fun, so riding your mower instead of pushing it around your yard can be a welcome and relaxing option.

The Troy-Bilt TB30R will help you give your yard a pristine, golf-course-quality appearance. This mower not only cuts the grass. In the bagging mode, this mower sucks up grass clippings, leaves, and pine needles from your lawn.

The... more
Jose Recommends This Model
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Bobby H.
Houston, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/31/14
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
67 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
15
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Little Mower!
Needed a new mower that would get through our back yard gate and haul some compost, etc. for our garden beds. Well, this Troy Bilt with the roughly 13 hp. engine fits the bill with plenty of power. I also wanted a Sun Shade on it because I don't care for wearing hats on my bald head. Got this dandy Dump Cart for hauling 7 - 40 lb. bags = 280 lbs. of compost, top soil, mulch, etc. with ease. Added a Deck Washer attachment as well. Now, my little buddy done went an elected himself as the... more
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Pros: I'd Buy It Again, High Quality, Reliable, Features
Cons: None
Bobby Recommends This Troy-Bilt Mower
Bobby's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Had a little hick-up with the shipper, called Mowers Direct and the shipper was at our door two hrs. later. Satisfied indeed!"
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678
Bryan H.
Rose Hill, KS
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/30/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
12
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Cold Start Nightmare!!!!
Once you get it started it's great but out of the box and every mow it takes 5 minutes of cranking to get it started and you can call to trouble shoot and after you have been on hold with 3 different people for 15-20 minutes each they will give you the name of a repair place.... They have no trouble shooting advice so don't waste your time... It is a great mower after you get it started and once it is warm will fire up every time but I am highly concerned about wearing out starter and battery..... more
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Ronald L.
Ocean Springs, MS
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/2/16
REVIEWED
APR.
27
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Excellent Service
I purchased a 42" mower last year and it made a mess in our back year blowing dust everywhere.

Decided to purchase a 30" rider and have been pleased with it.

The delivery was on time, it was easy to assembly, have been pleased with the cut. Would purchase again from Mowers direct.
Ronald Recommends This Troy-Bilt Mower
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James B.
Pomfret Center, CT
REVIEWED
MAY.
09
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Don't Need A Walking Mower Any More!
I had two mowers. A large tactor for the yard and a walking mower for trimming. This little mower is bigger than a walking mower and smaller than a tractor. It maneuvers great! I got this to replace my tractor and I found out I did not need the trimming mower anymore. I have had this mower 5 years and it runs great!

All I do is change the oil. I mow an acre once a week. I did buy the mulching attachment because is sprayed grass everywhere. I found the mulch takes care of leaves... more
James Recommends This Troy-Bilt Mower
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Tristan B.
Coral Gables, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/3/15
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
OCT.
29
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Little Machine
Bought this 3 months ago, and so far does a fine job.. Easy starting and cuts grass (even wet) like a champ.. I have a 1/2 acre lot, and its takes me 1 hour to do...
Tristan Recommends This Troy-Bilt Mower
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Edna W.
Trussville, AL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/13/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
04
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
My Riding Lawnmower
I have tried the mower and frankly, I am afraid of it. We live where we have a slight slope on the front and on the back and it is something I will have to work with. I will keep on trying until I master the slope.

One thing that someone else complained about is the knob comes off the shift shaft and it is quite aggravating as I have to back up often and every time I change from reverse to drive, it comes off.

I am an 82 year old female and before I bought the mower, I asked about the... more
Edna Recommends This Troy-Bilt Mower
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Richard O.
Plattsburg, MO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/4/16
REVIEWED
JUN.
07
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Unbalanced
The pros:
good power, nice weight over drive wheels, cuts well.

The cons:
not enough weight to power - pushes through turns instead of turning. Because of the unbalanced weight distribution it has a tendency to pop a wheelie - every time you let off the brake.

From the cutting deck forward, it is very lightweight VERY lightweight.
From the cutting deck back, it is substantive and feels higher quality.

Realize, I have a hilly 1/2 acre - with a LOT of landscaping and trees. This... more
Pros: Price, Light Weight
Cons: Low Quality, Difficult To Use, Poor Design - Unstable, Poor Design - Difficult To Manuever
Richard's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Fast service and great prices."
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Antonio M.
Valhalla, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/14/16
REVIEWED
JUN.
17
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Should've Listened
Received mower as promised, was easy to assemble, however, it didn't start, tried calling mowers direct and they referred me to Troy-Bilt. After numerous attempts to get it started, I was given the number to a dealer who would provide warranty service. The mower has been at the dealer/service provider for a week and still no word.

Never will I buy another mower on line and never from Mowers Direct. I was assured that these mowers were extensively tested before they were sent out by... more
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Jim D.
Rugby, ND
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
AUG.
28
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Tb30 Riding Lawnmower
I bought this mower from the local hardware store. I have used it for about two months. I am disappointed that I can't get it to mow in reverse! Others have said that by defeating the safety switch on the gear lever, will allow it to do mowing in reverse. As others have said, the gear handle comes off easily when trying to shift from forward/neutral/reverse. I am going to thread the shaft and install a 1" piece of brass for a shift handle. This needs to be threaded on to allow for removal... more
Jim Recommends This Troy-Bilt Mower
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Richard
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/15/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
24
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Well Done Mowers Direct!
I don't own a truck and needed a convenient way to have a new mower delivered and Mowers Direct was the perfect option. I love my new mower and had it shipped directly to my door. It runs smoothly and everything has worked out nicely. I will purchase my next mower through Mowers Direct!
Richard Recommends This Troy-Bilt Mower
Richard's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Shipping was fast and easy. Delivery driver was very nice too!"
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Paul J.
Seaview, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 11/23/13
Total Helpful Votes
133 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
DEC.
14
2013
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Nice If It Ran!!!!!
Mower arrived with a puddle of oil in the bottom of the crate. Of course I didn't see it until the shipper left. Called MD and they said that sometimes this happens. Checked the oil level and it still had plenty. Put it together, and put in fresh gas. Went to start it and battery was dead. Off to the store for a charger ($100), now $1300 mower. Charged the battery and the motor turned over but would not fire. The spark plug looked ok, but no gas appeared to getting to the plug. Would... more
Cons: Packaging, Low Quality
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