Zero turns are nothing new, they have been around for quite a while. The Troy-Bilt Mustang 50 is one of the easiest if not the easiest to operate Zero-turn on the market. Troy-Built put all the operating controls on the right side making everything readily available. The throttle is combined with the choke and a multi function LCD display tells you your hours and voltage. The yellow PTO knob is located right next to these controls. Another ease of use feature that Troy-Bilt added was to integrate the parking brake into the lap bars. Spreading the adjustable lap bars apart engages the parking brake. This is a feature that all zero-turns should have.
The Mustang 50 is powered by a 25HP Kohler which gives it enough power to get through the deepest grass. The Kohler starts every time and it ran smoothly with no problems whatsoever. It has easy to access filters and removable grass screen on the top of the motor. Maintenance should be a breeze with this unit. The build quality of this machine is one of the best I have seen. The front wheel casters are connected to a boxed in front axle which is extremely strong and is user serviceable. Check out the video below of the aggressive tests that they do to their mowers. The 50″ deck has 3 blades that leave a nice uniform cut at the rate of 2-1/2 acres an hour.. Discharge is thrown far and spreads out to reduce clumping. An optional bagger allows your to capture all your clippings. You can step on the deck from either side to sit on the mower without doing any damage. As with almost all mowers these days it also has a deck wash feature.
Comfort is in abundance on this mower, it feels comfortable and the slanted foot rest setup is great even for the tallest people. The bars are padded to absorb most of the mower's vibration. I have shallow drainage ditches in my yard and compared to other mowers I have used the Mustang 50 felt more stable on slopes. The site gas gauge allows you to see how much is left in the 2.8 gallon tank. I have just under an acre and could get almost 3-4 mows in before refueling. The mower was precise and allowed me to get into tight areas. The big fenders protect the rider from dirt and debris and have areas to hold cups and other items. The Troy-Bilt Mustang 50 is built like a tank! It has a 3 year residential warranty and a full lifetime warranty.