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Matt's Equipment Repair



Troybilt: The downfall of a good brand

Posted by [email protected] on 2 January, 2016 at 21:15

Troybilt was originally made by a company called Gardenway, the made tillers and after they acquired WW Grinder, they made chipper shredders. They built some very nice machines and their name became known. Years later MTD bought most of Troybilt, they did not buy the chipper shredder division as there were still pending lawsuits due to safety issues. Briggs & Stratton ending up with the chipper shredder portion of the company. Currently the Troybilt name shows up on a number of different products, Troybilt pressure washers and generators are made by Briggs & Stratton and everything else is made by MTD.


It is the MTD products that I am writing about. There is a full line of tillers, but there are also riding mowers, walk behind mowers, and trimmers. While some companies improve their products over the year MTD Troybilt has gotten cheaper and worse year after year. The Troybilt riding mower are cheaply built and flimsy, I've had lots of drive and belt problems with them. The walk behind mowers are a new modular design that I have had nothing but problems with, and worst of all is the trimmers.


Originally Troybilt trimmers used a newer version of the IDC Ryobi design and they were not the best machines, but they were not the worst either. Then came the 4 cycle motors on trimmers, again they were not great, but they were passable. It is hard to describe just how cheap the current models are. If you read the starting instructions on the air filter cover there is a 28 step process to start them. Good machines want to run, these you have to force to run and if you get 50 hours out of one your doing extremely well. I've seen tons that have less than 10 hours of run time and have serious problems, and they are just not worth fixing. I hate fixing them for people because I know that they will not last. The best that I can do is to put a machine back to how it was new, but I cannot fix bad engineering. These are built for price only. They have seen just how cheap that they can make something and still have it run. Twenty years ago I would have recommended Troybilt but now they are competing with Homelite to see how can built the worst cheapest machine. Troybilt is now a brand that I recommended that you stay away from.

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Great advise coming from someone that rebuilds small engines!
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