Two of the major lawn mower manufacturers are Troy-Bilt and Toro. Both companies build affordable mowers for the average home owner and their quality of products is similar. If you are in the market for a mid range mower, then knowing how the two companies compare to each other can aid the decision process. The higher end models provide the best view about the features and maximum price range you can expect from Toro and Troy-Bilt.
The TB230 is Troy-Bilt's high end gas powered push mower. It features a 190 cc Briggs and Stratton engine. The cutting deck is 21 inches and has a tri-action cutting system. This system uses a front rake to lift up the grass and an S blade to keep the grass lifted high to be cut. The blade is not straight like a traditional lawnmower blade, but is curved like an S, and allows for a more even cut. This mower is front wheel self propelled. The cutting height may be adjusted for six different positions. Clippings may either be bagged, side discharged or mulched.
The 20338 is the top mower in Toro's Recycler Series. A 190 cc Briggs and Stratton engine powers this mower. It features variable speed rear wheel drive, which allows for more control. When a mower turns it pivots on its rear wheels allowing you to keep traction and not lose the self-propel feature as you turn. This mower can side discharge, bag and mulch its clippings. It features a deck washout port to hook a hose to and easily wash out the deck.
Troy-Bilt Big Red Lawn Tractor
The Big Red is the largest lawn tractor that Troy-Bilt offers. A 24 horsepower Kohler V-Twin engine drives this tractor. V Twin means the engine has two pistons aligned in a V shaped pattern. The mowing deck is 50 inches across and has four anti-scalp wheels to keep the deck from dragging across the yard on uneven terrain. The deck may be adjusted to six different heights, and 2.5 gallons of fuel can be kept in the fuel tank. The transmission is hydrostatic. The front axle is cast iron for greater support to hold the engine.
Toro GT 2200
The GT 2200 is the largest garden tractor Toro produces. It features a 25 horsepower V-Twin Kohler engine and has a 50-inch deck with three blades to handle mowing duties. The deck height may be adjusted from 1.5 to 4 inches and is equipped with anti-scalp wheels. The fuel tank can hold up to 3.0 gallons of fuel and the front axle is made of cast iron. The transmission is hydrostatic for greater control and ease of use of the mower.
Troy-Bilt Mustang XP Zero Turn Riding Mower
The Mustang is a zero turn riding mower. A zero turn riding mower is a mower that has a zero degree turning radius. It can pivot on its back wheels, like an axis, which allows the Mustang to be extremely maneuverable and able to handle many, tightly spaced, obstacles in a yard. A 25 horsepower Kohler Courage V-Twin engine powers this machine. It has a 50-inch mowing deck that features three blades for cutting duties. The deck uses four anti-scalp wheels. The frame is fully welded steel. Two hydrostatic transmission drives each wheel. Two adjustable lap bars are used to control the mower. It can hold 3 gallons of fuel. The front axles pivot and are designed to follow the contours of the ground.
Toro Timecutter SS 5060
The SS 5060 is the top of the Time Cutter series line. A 24 horsepower Kawasaki V-Twin engine provides power. The 5060 has a three blade 50-inch deck, which may be adjusted from 1.5 to 4.5 inches. The deck height may be raised with a foot pedal to avoid scalping the lawn in high places or to assist in adjusting deck height. Dual hydrostatic transmission controls the rear wheels, which are capable of propelling the mower up to seven mph. The frame is made of steel and is a uni-body.