Troy-Built 17.5-HP Shift-on-the-Go 42" Cut Pony Lawn Tractor

by Blake Rouse
(Fredericksburg, VA)

This is an okay mower if you've got a small to medium sized yard that is relatively flat. I bought this after having a John Deere for about 8 years because of the price difference and how similarly built there were (or seemed).

First, the positives : the shift on the go feature is great because it allows you to change to whatever speed you want without stopping which is a big upgrade over my old Deere.

Second, this mower starts right up every time, no choking no priming, no going under the hood whatsoever and I've had it for close to a year now, and with a yard as large as mine (2+ acres) it has been very very reliable.

The negatives : after only about six months the headlight started fogging up and was replaced under warranty but it is already starting to do it again, so the build quality is questionable.

Also, adjusting the blade is fairly difficult and can be a challenge so it is best left to one setting, if you have hills beware.

Overall it is a good mower for the price, I don't think it will last as long as a John Deere and when it comes time to buy a new one I will go back to John Deere because of their quality.

However if you're looking to spend only $1000 then this is a good bet!

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Jun 02, 2014
troy built mowers (pony)
by: Anonymous

I have a troy built pony that I put in my rifle range, and I shit it dead. Mower should be off the public market.

Jun 15, 2011
by: Colleen

I don't know but my Pony is quite a workhorse....I use it to mow our horse pastures which sometimes get a little thick and tall and it has stood up to some challenges, and won! But...if you see my mower, it looks like new- I take care of it. I considered it a gutless piece of crap when it was given to me when it was 2 years old, but it has definitely impressed me with its cutability.I think you get a good value for $1,000!

Nov 02, 2010
troy unbuilt
by: redbud

bought pony tractor in 2009 , bent a rod this june. had it replaced , broke same rod yesterday just mowing leaves.

had a mtd for 15 years and motor is still good.

wouldn't suggest a troy built to anyone.

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