How to Use a Troy-Bilt Log Splitter

TB 33 Delux Log SplitterTroy-Bilt’s log splitter is one of the company’s biggest and most powerful pieces of home equipment, especially for the typical homeowner who buys the equipment for occasional, seasonal use around the home. The key to operating the log splitter safely and with ease is to simply follow a few steps when using it either horizontally or vertically, and to keep in mind a few of the company’s most important safety guidelines and requirements. By following these procedures perfectly, homeowners can ensure that their log splitting activities remain efficient and effective, as well as safe and minimally invasive from start to finish. Continue reading

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How to Safely Operate a Troy-Bilt Tiller

Troy Bilt TillerTroy-Bilt has become one of the biggest names in home landscaping and renovation thanks largely to its combination of durable equipment options, powerful in-house engines, and effective advertising. Perhaps none of the company’s products have gotten as much commercial airtime as the Troy-Bilt tiller, which is easily the gold standard in its niche and one of the most desirable home renovation equipment purchases on the market. It’s widely touted as one of the easiest equipment options to use and maintain, and that’s generally true. Even so, homeowners would benefit from reviewing a few simple tips about routine safety, best practices, and operational concerns.

General Safety Guidelines for Troy-Bilt Tiller Use

Getting started with a Troy-Bilt tiller is actually pretty easy, but those new to the equipment should be sure to follow a few basic guidelines when starting the equipment for the first time and getting it ready for its first tilling job in a yard or garden setting. The tips below will ensure safe, productive work for everyone involved.

1. Remember that the Troy-Bilt tiller has adjustable tines, able to handle any depth simply by adjusting the equipment’s settings. This means it’s generally a bad idea to push down on the handlebars while operating the equipment. Doing so can damage the tines, lead to jams or clogs, and cause injury in some cases.

2. Let the tiller do the moving. The equipment is designed to largely propel itself through even tougher tilling tasks, allowing the operator to simply relax and go for a stroll with the tiller. Forcing the equipment forward could lead to both safety and maintenance concerns.

3. Always check the area to be tilled before the equipment is turned on and put into use. Large rocks or other debris can risk operator safety and do real damage to the tines if it isn’t cleared out of the way ahead of time.

4. Tilling near fences, rock walls, or other landscaping features should only be done with the utmost caution. Placing the tines too close to these objects can cause significant property damage and can put the operator and the tiller at risk of injury.

5. Never leave the equipment unattended while it’s turned on, and never disregard odd noises or loud grinding sounds that might emit from the tiller at any point during tilling. These noises indicate problems with landscaping features, debris, or internal components, and stopping the tiller immediately can prevent more costly malfunctions.

Operational Best Practices for the Troy-Bilt Tiller Equipment

In addition to basic safety guidelines and procedures, there are a few best practices that should be followed during regular tiller operation. These best practices can improve efficiency, allow the tilling work to be completed more quickly, and ensure better equipment performance that stays safe and effective.

1. Always start with very shallow tilling, typically with the tines set to just an inch or two below the surface. This allows the tines to perform a “preliminary” sweep of the land, busting up sod or highly compacted surfaces without burning out the equipment, risking operator safety, or causing major mechanical problems. After this initial pass, the tiller can be set to dig progressively deeper without much of an issue at all.

2. Any tiller accessories, attachments, or replacement parts should be those manufactured by Troy-Bilt in its own factories. OEM parts ensure better compatibility with the equipment, and they’re a great way of ensuring that any purchased accessories or attachments will work without putting operator safety in danger.

3. Be aware that hard ground may actually “catch” the tines and cause them to get stuck below the surface. In the event of stuck tines, the equipment will want to propel itself forward pretty quickly. Instead of instinctually holding onto the tiller, simply let it go and allow it to move forward. Safety mechanisms will kick in and the equipment will turn off without incident. The problem can then be remedied and tilling can resume.

4. Operators should never pull the equipment toward themselves without first looking down, around, and behind the tiller. Doing so reduces the risk of serious injury to the feet or legs due to tines that are a bit closer than originally thought.

5. Avoid low-light or nighttime tilling work, as this can increase the risk of injury and lead to uneven results.

Learn More About Troy-Bilt Safety, Maintenance, and Parts is a leading source of information for those homeowners who are new to Troy-Bilt’s many equipment options and are looking to learn more about regular maintenance, routine safety procedures, and tips that can simply make it easier to operate the equipment and produce great results every time. In addition to offering these resources, offers an extensive collection of OEM replacement parts that will aid in routine maintenance and occasional repairs, making it easier than ever to be an effective, prepared Troy-Bilt tiller owner.

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Troy-Bilt Cleanup Equipment

Troy-Bilt LogoLet’s face it: There are very few enjoyable messes to clean up, and even fewer enjoyable methods of cleaning up anything that nature or humanity throws at the typical homeowner or business owner. Troy-Bilt has done its best to make everything from snowfall to leaves, logs, and other “messes” easier to manage, however. Long known for being a major force in the residential landscaping and home improvement industries, the company’s blowers, chippers, snow throwers, and even pressure washers can make quicker and more enjoyable work of cleanup and regular maintenance. Continue reading

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Troy-Bilt Two-Stage Snow Throwers

Now is definitely the time to move up from manual shoveling to the Troy-Bilt snow thrower, but the selection of a specific model will depend upon the snowfall and how much space regularly needs to be cleared. Many applications will only require the use of a single-stage snow thrower, also called a snow blower. These smaller and lighter machines, used for small areas or light amounts of snow, use an impeller, driven by a motor, to pick up and propel the snow off to one side of the operator. The larger, two-stage snow throwers, are used to move heavier snow, or where larger areas need to be cleaned. They use a larger auger to feed the snow at a controlled rate into the high-speed impeller, which expels the snow away from the user. Because of their larger size, the two-stage snow throwers are nearly always self-propelled, and powered by gasoline engines.  Continue reading

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Troy-Bilt Single-Stage Snow Throwers

Troy-Bilt is best known as being a leader in the manufacturing of quality garden equipment, such as their famous garden tillers. They also offer lightweight, easy-to-maneuver snow throwers, that are affordable and simple to operate. Troy-Bilt Single-Stage Snow Throwers help to make difficult jobs (such as clearing sidewalks and driveways) easier and safer to accomplish. Troy-Bilt offers three models to fit most needs.

The Troy-Bilt Flurry 1400 Electric Snow Thrower makes cleanup of smaller jobs a breeze. The Flurry 1400 features an electric push button start, an 11 amp electric motor, and auger-assisted drive system. Coupled with an E-Z Chute manual pitch control, rubber coated handle grips and a 2 year limited warranty, this snow thrower is an excellent choice for those with smaller driveways or that live in areas that experience lighter snowfalls. It has a clearing path width of 14 inches, 180 degree- 5 inch polymer Chute rotation, and 4-3/8 inch x 2.5 inch smooth tires for dependable and easy operation.  Continue reading

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Troy-Bilt TB130 Push Mower Review

Nearly everyone who has mowed grass has had a bad experience with a mower. Whether it is a problem with the mower’s design or its performance, what is usually a chore becomes an aggravation. So, what does the Troy-Bilt TB 130 High-Wheel Walk-Behind Push Mower have that other push mowers do not have?


Starting a traditional mower is often “iffy.” Maybe it will start, maybe not. After you have pulled and pulled on the cord, you may be too tired to mow! (Or, the cord came off in your hand.) The Troy-Bilt TB 130’s 160cc Honda engine offers reliable, easy starting. The Automatic Return Choke System (ARCS) prevents flooding the engine, since no priming is needed. Continue reading

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Troy-Bilt TB 2246 Thoroughbred Lawn Tractor Review

The Troy-Bilt Brand has been around for over 75 years, and with a look at current production and sales, there are no signs of that legacy slowing down any time soon. Starting out in 1937 bringing the very first rototiller to the American public, Troy-Bilt has built their reputation on innovation, product design, and overall usefulness within the lawn and gardening market. Beginning with an idea that had never been seen before, the rototiller, and creating a reputation for quality and durability, Troy-Bilt then added lawn mowers, weed eaters, and numerous other varieties of outdoor power lawn equipment. Continue reading

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