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Model Series 860

I have a new Troy Bilt 860 Self Propelled mower. I has been squeeking and today the self propulsion stopped working, it is cutting and can be manually pushed. My nearest Repair centre is 25 miles away. It it obviously under warranty as I bought it at Lowes about 6 weeks ago. There are lots of Small engine repairers in the area. I noticed first time out level one had me nearly running. Earlier today level one was sluggish before it stopped altogether. Is it the belt? Is it the cable? Is it something worse?
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John Elsegood 

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  • Anonymous Sep 29, 2008

    squeeks like crazy

  • John Elsegood
    John Elsegood Oct 21, 2008

    Took it to repair shop that Lowe's recommended as it was under warranty.
    Technician said they had had 7 bad transmissions inside a week!
    I thought Troy Bilt was a good company to go with.
    Anyway it is still being worked on... its been nearly 3 weeks so I should get a call soon.

    Thanks again

  • John Elsegood
    John Elsegood Oct 29, 2008

    Thanks for message about Troybilt, it is still in repair shop awaiting Transmission which is on back order. At least with snow arriving I am not going to be mowing my lawn.
    Will make sure I don't buy MTD products in future.


  • John Elsegood
    John Elsegood Dec 05, 2008

    Machine still in shop awaiting new transmission.... luckily we are in the mountains and winter has set in.
    Sound like Troybilt have serious problems.
    Hope that the person with the squeek has a dealer within range.
    Hope your solution works it could save him months of waiting.

    John Elsegood

  • Anonymous Apr 17, 2009

    Mower will not self propel and has always made a strange noise.

  • dnmccrary Apr 29, 2009

    I also bought this mower from Lowes last year. From the get-go it squeaked, one front wheel kept coming loose from the frame, and oil slowly drips out the engine. No one in my area is interested in doing the warranty work on it... "I'm too busy to get to it..."

    This mower is a piece of #$!&! There is no belt adjustment. No Idler pulley. Nothing! And hard to work on!!! Just getting to the belt is a major overhaul. Don't buy! Or if you have just bought, take it back!



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Sounds like a bad tranny if this unit is under warentty DO NOT ATTEMPT REPAIR . if you attempt to repair this yourself you can void any warrenty

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  • enginedoc Oct 28, 2008

    just a note on your comment about troy-built - mtd now owns troy built - the quality is gone - if you go to lowes central tractor etc and want to buy one of thier cub cadets or john deere etc look under the seat - you will see whom they are built by - MTD - the consumer doesnt even know - as far as im concerned this is false advertising


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