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Posted: 5/2/2008 4:46:45 PM EDT
Neighbor wants to sell his Troy Bilt Bronco, either 19 or 18 hp, 42" cut hydrostatic.
2 yrs old, comes with $300 double bag grass catcher.

Anyone own a troy Bilt?

He wants $850.

Jump on it?

Link Posted: 5/2/2008 4:49:16 PM EDT
Seems like a saw Troy Bilt in Lowes ad this week. I'm not sure on the specs, but they were asking $999.
Link Posted: 5/2/2008 6:40:05 PM EDT
$850 seems steep for a used mower. My family has a Troy BIlt on some property in another state. It's been okay, but the tires won't hold air for more than a few weeks.
Link Posted: 5/2/2008 9:11:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/2/2008 9:16:42 PM EDT by asknight]
www.troybilt.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_10001_14102_89548_54965_-1

MSRP is $1200, so he likely paid $800-1100 depending on the time of year he bought it.

My local salesman estimated a very similar model would have a 5yr lifetime before major repairs required with my 2 acre lawn. So that is about a $200/yr depreciation if his lawn is similar in size.

The grass catcher is worthless to you if you won't use it or don't want it. It's actually beneficial to a lawn to distribute the clippings over it. Some folks just want the golf course look, then wonder why they're having to fertilize their lawn yearly or more often.

That said, I don't think his price is far out of line, but a little high ($75-100) if his lawn is more than an acre.

ETA: The estimate I came to assumed that the engine was properly broken in (break-in oil) and was properly maintained with at least one oil change and air filter replacement per year. If it wasn't maintained impeccably, the estimate decreases exponentially. At two years, it may be ready for a set of belly belts also @ $150 or so done by a dealer. $30-50 if done by yourself. I run the belly belts till they break, though.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 12:39:44 PM EDT
I have a Super Bronco. The B&S engine is nice but I spend more time maintenancing than mowing, these days.

In the Super Bronco's defense I use it like a heavy duty mower when it's a light/medium duty mower at best.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 12:51:17 PM EDT
I have the same mower (18 HP no bagger), it's 4 years old (bought new for $1100)and still runs great (140 hours on the meter) I have 3 acres to mow. I keep up with the maintenance schedule and have never had any problems with it.

$850 isn't a bad price if it's been taken care of.
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