It’s summer, my favorite time of year. During the summer, I want to spend as much time outside as possible. But, I want to spend that time in the garden, not doing other chores like mowing the lawn. Well, this summer mowing the lawn just got easier thanks to my awesome new riding mower from Troy-Bilt.
|Troy-Bilt Neighborhood Riding Mower|
One of the perks of being a member of the Troy-Bilt Saturday6 is that I get to test out their products, and I even get to keep a couple (and I get to give you one too!). Troy-Bilt gave me the TB30 R Neighborhood Rider to review (and keep), and I get to tell you all about it.
I’ve never owned or even driven a riding lawn mower before joining the Saturday6 team. I’ve always used a walk behind mower to cut the grass, and it’s always been a chore. It takes me over an hour to mow the lawn with our walk behind mower. Now that I have the Neighborhood Rider, my mowing time has been cut in half.
|Troy-Bilt Neighborhood Rider|
I’ve always wanted a riding mower, but haven’t gotten one because our yard is pretty small. Plus, we put up a fence a few years ago and the gates were a concern. We borrowed our neighbor’s riding mower once, and it barely fit through our gate. We actually nicked the gate a few times trying to fit through (Doh!).
But this mower was specifically designed for people like me who have small yards and gates to fit through. It’s only 30″ wide, so it easily fits through the gate.
|30″ mower easily fits through my gate|
As you can see, I have grass paths between all of my gardens. I was worried that a riding mower wouldn’t fit through the narrow paths in the garden. I was prepared to have to get out the walk behind mower to cut those areas.
|Mowing between the gardens|
I was pleasantly surprised that the Neighborhood Rider not only fit, but it’s easy to maneuver in those tight spaces.
|Easy to maneuver in tight spaces|
One of my biggest pet peeves about our walk behind mower is the lawn boogers it leaves behind. These big clumps of grass all over the lawn annoy me so much, that I take extra time going over the spots I just got done mowing in order to get rid of the boogers. I’m happy to report that the Neighborhood mower doesn’t leave behind any lawn boogers. It does a beautiful job of cutting and mulching the grass.
|No annoying lawn boogers|
Not only has this mower made a huge difference in mowing time, it’s been a great asset in the garden too. One of the things that was important to me was that my riding lawn mower have a trailer hookup on the back. I’m always hauling dirt and rock and other heavy things from the driveway to the backyard. Although pushing the wheelbarrow is great exercise, it gets to be too much when you have a yard of dirt or several hundred pounds of rock to haul.
The Neighborhood Rider has a hitch for hooking up an optional trailer attachment1. It sounds funny, but this was the final selling point for me. I love the optional trailer attachment. It makes hauling stuff easy, and saves me from exhaustion, aches and pains.
|Love the optional trailer attachment!|
The Neighborhood Rider will save me countless hours in the yard and garden, and it’s fun to drive too. I can’t say enough about this mower, I really love it. I’m starting to wonder how I ever lived without it.
|Me mowing with the Neighborhood Rider|
One thing that takes some time to get used to is that it’s a little jerky when you first start moving. I’m getting better with practice though.
Oh, and I was disappointed when I discovered that there’s no horn. It looks like there’s a horn, but it’s not. Ha!
|No, that’s not a horn|
I’ve had a few of my friends and neighbors test drive it, and here’s what they’re saying…
“Great turning radius.”
“Fun to drive.”
“It’s like driving a go-kart.”
“Easy to drive and steer.”
“I want one!”
“Oh look, it has a cup holder!”
That reminds me… I forgot to mention the cup holder. It’s not just for looks either, I’ve mowed the entire lawn with my water bottle in the cup holder on several occasions, and it’s never fallen out. Nice touch!
|Cup holder on the Neighborhood Rider|
Do you like what you see? Well, I’m ready to hand you they keys! One lucky winner will get a shiny new Neighborhood Rider of their own!
|I’m ready to hand you the keys|
Here’s How to Sign Up to Win!
- Required: Leave a comment below telling me what you currently use to mow the lawn, and how long it takes you. (be sure to leave your email address if it’s not on your profile)
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**Important: Please make sure to post a comment listing all the things you do for bonus points (i.e.: started following my blog, FB, Twitter…etc). Also please leave your email address in the comments if it’s not on your blog’s profile. Once I choose a winner, I will post it on my blog, and contact the winner via email.
This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada.
You have until Monday August 5th to enter to win.
Disclaimer: Troy-Bilt® gave me this riding mower as part of my payment for being one of the Saturday6 members. Even though they gave me this product free of charge, they wanted me to give my honest opinion in this review – good or bad.
1. Optional trailer attachment is not included in this giveaway.
Want the change to win more Troy-Bilt products?
Well guess what… you do have MORE chances to win from my fellow Saturday6 bloggers! Check out the other contests going on right now, and sign up to win…
- Troy-Bilt 4 Cycle Trimmer from Growing The Home Garden (ends July 28th)
- Neighborhood Rider (yes, this very same mower!) from The Rainforest Garden (ends August 3rd)