If you have never used a zero turn and you are in the market for a new riding lawn mower, you might want to look at a zero turn. Why would I say you should look at a zero turn? A zero turn is precisely just that, a lawn mower that turns on a dime. While traditional lawn mowers have a wider turning radius, a zero turn has a zero turn radius which makes it perfect for most lawns. Now before you say I have used a zero turn and just don’t like the idea of having two bars control my steering, don’t worry as the Troy-Bilt Mustang Zero Turn doesn’t uses the bar steering system. In fact, this lawn mower uses a traditional steering wheel. So if you like the idea of having a zero turn radius, but want a lawn mower with a steering wheel, well you’re in luck as the Troy-Bilt Mustang Zero Turn lawn mower might just be your next mower.
Troy-Bilt Mustang Zero Turn Overview
When Troy-Bilt designed this mower, they didn’t start with some cheap frame system. In fact, they designed this mower with a heavy duty steel full frame which makes the base of this mower both durable and long lasting. Think of a house. If you don’t start with a good foundation, everything else is just garbage. So I am happy to say the Troy Bilt Mustang Zero turn has a great foundation. Next Troy-Bilt took the steering idea to heart and designed a great system. The Mustang Pivot combines the natural motion and control of a steering wheel with the precision and performance of a zero-turn mower. The lawn mower has a 4-wheel steering system which provides precise control on hills and uneven terrain. Next comes the power. The Mustang is powered by a 22 HP Kohler Twin Courage Engine which means you can power through hills and more. In fact, this mower will reach speeds of 7 mph forward and 2.5 in reverse. This motor also means it has no problem powering the 46″ twin blade mowing system (Side Discharge Deck). Your controls are located on the right side of the driver which makes it easy to start, turn the electronic PTO on/off and also adjust the speed. Also located on the right side is the mower deck height adjustment, which has 8 different selections. As far as Troy-Bilt having your back, the mower comes with a 3 year limited residential warranty and limited lifetime frame warranty. In case you are wondering, the fuel tank capacity is 2.8 gallons and run time will vary on speed and height of grass being cut.
Troy-Bilt Mustang Zero Turn Thoughts
When it comes to riding lawn mowers, there are a couple things I always look for in a good mower. First is value. I want a quality lawn mower, but like everyone else, I don’t want to pay through the roof. We have tested a bunch of different Troy-Bilt machines over the years and one thing I have found out is Troy-Bilt always seems like a fair price. Troy-Bilt always seems like they produce good quality products for reasonable prices. While other companies sometimes cut corners, Troy-Bilt always seems like they take their products serious and want them to last for the long haul. So with that said, the Troy-Bilt Mustang Zero Turn doesn’t seem any different. It’s just one of the mowers that feels like you are on a quality mower. For a price tag of $2,800, it seems to be a fair price considering the frame quality, the cut quality and the other options packed into this tiny little unit. So next on the list is riding experience. Now some people might think it’s a little bouncy, I tend to think this lawn mower rides like a champ. No, I am not saying it’s like a Cadillac, but it’s much better than other riding mowers we have tested. I have been on lawn mowers where I feel like my spine is being driven through my legs and that isn’t pleasant. Again, you do feel bouncing, but one of the most comfortable rides we have had in a while. The last item on the list is cut quality. Again, this mower has a good engine with plenty of power. For being a zero turn, it seems like this turns on a dime and is very easy to get back to the precise spot you were cutting before you hit the turn. As long as you keep your blades sharp, you should expect a great looking cut when you finally stand back and look at your handy work.
So all in all, I have to say this is a great lawn mower and Troy-Bilt did a good job designing a zero turn for the homeowner. The mower seems like a quality mower that should last you a long time. I didn’t get into all the options as this has all the typical options you would expect like cruise control, easy to use in forward and reverse and more. Bottom line, this is a great mower and if you’re in the market for a mower, it’s worth your time to take a look at the Troy-Bilt Mustang zero turn.