The Troy-Bilt Pony is the entry-level model of Troy-Bilt’s line of robust lawn tractors. The Pony is ideal for users who require high-quality lawn care at a value price. Despite its entry-level price, the Pony offers a number of standard and optional features. Its modular design makes it adaptable to a wide range of tasks, and its ergonomic features make lawn care a pleasure.
The Troy-Bilt Pony comes with a variety of standard features. A Briggs & Stratton PowerBuilt OHV engine producing 17.5 horsepower powers the Troy-Bilt Pony. Troy-Bilt’s S-Blade cutting design uses high lift blades with a longer cutting edge to aid mulching. The Pony uses a seven-speed Shift-on-the-Go transmission, allowing operators to adjust speeds without the need for stopping or engaging or disengaging a clutch.
The Pony’s 13-gauge StepThru frame connects to a 42” deck, which uses a large discharge chute to reduce clumping. New Pony models also have a recently redesigned operator control panel with shelving for increased visibility and improved ergonomics. Rubber footpads help keep the operator’s feet planted and reduce the vibrations transmitted to the operator during use, reducing operator strain and fatigue. Additionally, the footpads provide traction for operators mounting or dismounting the machine, reducing the probability of a fall during wet or icy conditions.
The Pony’s most significant feature is its modularity. The Pony can accept a wide array of FastAttach accessories, which take just a few moments to install and significantly contribute to the Pony’s all-weather utility. These optional accessories include a 46” snow dozer blade for clearing areas covered with snow and tire chains for traction on difficult surfaces. A 42” snow thrower attachment is also available.
Users interested in mulching may install an available 42” mulch kit. Those who wish to retain their clippings may purchase an easily installable 42”/46” twin bagger kit. Owners may also purchase a rear-mounted suitcase with or without a bracket to store essential equipment. Sunshades and tractor covers are also available to preserve the tractor during storage.
The Troy-Bilt Pony uses its aforementioned 17.5 horsepower Briggs & Stratton motor to power a twin-blade cutting system. The motor is supplied with fuel from a 1.36-gallon fuel tank. The mower comes standard with high lift blades although mulching blades are available. The Pony uses a standard 42” deck, which is the same as its more expensive Mustang 42 and Bronco mowers. The deck is adjustable between five positions and discharges from a side chute, provided that the owner does not elect to attach a mulching, bagging or snow throwing kit.
The operator sits on an ergonomic low back seat and operates the machine with a manual power take off engagement. With its seven-speed transmission, it can reach speeds of up to 5.2 miles per hour. The Pony uses a steel axle connected to 20” tires in the rear and 15” tires in the front for high levels of durability and traction. The Pony has an 18” turning radius and is capable of accepting a mulching system.
The Pony is ideal for residential users who experience snow during the winter months. With its optional features, the pony can be transformed into a mulching machine or snow thrower in moments. It can also be used for light-duty commercial property maintenance for similar reasons.
Purchasing a Troy-Bilt Pony
When buying outdoor power equipment, users should select a dealer that takes customer service seriously. Ralph Helm Inc. is one such company. Founded in 1923, the company has two locations in Elgin and Crystal Lake, Illinois. The company carries a full line of outdoor power equipment from 16 different companies including Troy-Bilt.
Servicing a Troy-Bilt Pony
The Troy-Bilt Pony is a durable and reliable lawn tractor, but every machine will eventually require some level of maintenance. When servicing a Troy-Bilt Pony, owners should remember to purchase high-quality original equipment parts. Aftermarket parts may or may not be constructed to the standards set by the manufacturer, making them a potentially false economy. To preserve the integrity and reliability of the machine, as well as the two-year warranty, users should only use original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts.
To ensure that users obtain original equipment and the correct part, Ralph Helm Inc. offers customers a useful parts locator tool. By entering their model number, customers can quickly access lists of low-cost original equipment for their machines.