Troy-Bilt TB330 Rear Wheel Drive Self-Propelled Mower Review

A rear wheel driven mower is a great all round machine ideal for first time mower and buyer. This Troy-Bilt TB330 review contains a complete layout of all the details you need to learn about this mower to decide if it is right for you.

The Troy-Bilt TB330 mower is no longer manufactured but you may find them used on Amazon, Ebay or locally if you want one!

About The Troy-Bilt TB330 Mower

The Troy-Bilt TB330 is a walk behind mower that offers you great power while you are mowing the lawn. It is perfect if you have a lawn that grows thick or at a very fast rate and you have to do it more frequently.

It does perfect on lawns that have wet grass which means you can use it during the rainy season. The mower measures 17.5 by 24 by 38 inches with a cutting width of 21 inches.

The frame, motor and deck of the Troy-Bilt make it a little heavy which can be very aggravating while you are mowing. If you own a larger yard or are in poor shape, pushing this lawn mower may wear you down and you may feel tired when you are done.

Gas powered self- propelled lawn mowers are very difficult to handle, which is why the manufactures built the drive system with rear wheel drive to transfer an acceptable amount of power. The power travels from the stout 16cc Stratton engine and Briggs which allows the forward motion to be easier.

What should you expect?

The Troy-Bilt TB330 offers you 3 in 1 mowing capabilities. You can perform mulching, side discharge and rear collection while you are mowing. A 1.9 bushel rear bag is included in the package.

While it may be smaller than expected, it works well to collect the mulch from the side.

The 163cc Briggs and Stratton engine should provide enough power for the blades and the self propelling system that has up to 4 speed settings. You have to be careful when tuning in the two top speeds as they tend to produce pops when first engaged.

If you are new to these speeds, it will be hard for you to keep up.

Key Features

Self propel feature

This self-propelled lawn mower is capable of covering up to a half acre yard. The self propel feature makes the lawn mowing less strenuous and more manageable.

How is the machine propelled?

The power from the rotating engine shaft is transmitted to the rear wheels while the Troy-Bilt TB330 cuts the grass. Both the front and rear wheel dive work great on flat surfaces but the rear wheels run better on hills.

The engine

The Troy-Bilt is powered by a strong 163cc OHV725EXi Briggs and Stratton engine. The Briggs and Stratton engine does not need constant oil change, which is a plus. This reduces the possibility of any messy oil changes. The engine is air cooled, 4 stroke, and single cylinder and operates on regular unleaded gasoline. The fuel capacity for the single cylinder tank is 1.09 quarts of 15oz SAE 30 oil.

The ready start starting system

The Troy-Bilt TB330 does not provide you with any electric starting. With the absence of the chock starting system, you can start this mower with very minimal effort. The air and fuel mixture is adjusted automatically. One thing about starting this engine is that it will take a maximum of two pulls.

The ready start feature is a special sensor related to the temperature. It adjusts the air to fuel mixture in the transmission. This helps the engine start easier and also improves the fuel efficiency.


The controls on the Troy-Bilt enable you to change the speed on the ground. The four speed settings allow it to go slow or faster depending on what you like and the conditions on the loan. This 80 pound lawn mower is definitely a little bit heavy. The user friendly features like the self propelled mechanism and varying speed options allow for easy operation of this mower.

The lever

Cutting height adjustment is simply applied through a single lever. There are six cutting height settings on the Troy bilt tb330, they range from 3.75 to 1.25 inches. This lawn mower, like the others will need regular maintenance and cleaning. The integrated deck wash makes it very easy to clean; you can rinse off the grass clippings from the underside easily.

Final Thoughts

The Troy-Bilt TB330 is a self propelled and gas powered mower that has enough strength to handle the uneven ground and inclines. If you have a lawn that requires multiple turns, the Troy-Bilt is great but you will have to start at lower speeds to adjust yourself to the self propelled power. One great thing about the troy is that you can change between bagging, side discharge and mulching system very easily.

Despite a few downsides, I feel confident that the Troy-Bilt TB330 is a great mower for the money. It has the power to mow through very thick grass and even patches of rough turfs. The company had maintenance and cleaning in mind when they were designing the whole tractor. The deck has a wash port that helps clean away the grass clippings and debris that can alter the performance of the machine. The 1.9 bushel capacity reduces the number of stops you need which means it could work perfectly on larger lawns.

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