Troy-Bilt TB330 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Mower with Rear Drive Review

The Troy-Bilt TB330 is a 3-in-1 mower with a rear self-propelled drive system, a 21-inch cutting deck, a 1.9-bushel rear bag, 8-inch front and back wheels, a 1.09-quart gas tank and a ReadyStart® System that is designed to make the mower start up without any problems. It also came with a 163 cc Briggs & Stratton engine. I’ve had experience with other Troy-Bilt mowers over the years and have always liked them, so I was looking forward to getting this mower set up and running. Here’s what I found out about it.

The first thing I want to mention is that this mower was pretty easy to assemble. Everything fit together nicely and I was up and running in about 5 minutes. Once I added fuel and gas, I set out to cut my yard—some of which is rather flat and some of which is kind of hilly. I started it on the first pull, which was nice and proceeded to cut my grass. I noticed that this mower did a fine job on the hills, although I do have to say that it doesn’t have the most powerful drive system I’ve ever used. It also did a pretty good job cutting the grass on the flat terrain, although I did notice that it didn’t do as good as a job as I thought it should’ve. While it mulched perfectly well, thanks to its specially designed blade, I had to go over one or two patches more than once. This mower could’ve also used larger back wheels for driving over rougher terrain.

However, there are also some things to like about this mower. For instance, it has a deck-cleaning system that makes cleaning the blades easier, it has a variable speed control that allows the user to set the pace of the mowing instead of the mower setting the pace for them and it had a nice sized rear bag that I didn’t have to empty quite so often. I also liked that it had six different grass height settings that ranged from 1.25 to 3.75-inches.

Taking everything into consideration, I felt that the Troy-Bilt TB330 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Mower with Rear-Drive Mower was a decent all-around mower that handled hills moderately better than it handled the level ground. But it’s also a mower that has its fair share of design flaws. For me, it’s a budget model that will eventually cut the grass, but is not among the top mowers.

8 Total Score
Bottom Line

Taking everything into consideration, it's a pretty decent all-around mower - a budget model that will eventually cut the grass but is not among the top mowers.

Performance
7
Features
8
Ease of Use
8
Value
8
Quality
9
PROS
  • Easy to assemble
  • Lightweight
  • Auto-choke
  • Self-propelled
  • Starts easily
  • Deck-cleaning system
CONS
  • Back wheels too small
  • Back wheels can dig in
  • Could cut grass better
  • Drive System wasn't too powerful
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