Troy-Bilt WC33 Review

The Troy-Bilt WC33 Zero-Turn gas-powered lawn mower is designed to be something different and special. It’s a minitratcor powered by four rear-wheel drive speeds that can cut a 33-inch width path, so it’s an ideal machine for large yards. The zero-turn capability makes for optimal maneuverability and the electric-start overhead-valve engine has enough power to get the job done efficiently. It features a clear-view two-gallon gas tank so you can see how much fuel is available, a Blade Brake Clutch Blade Disengagement function.

Key Features

  • Powered by powerful overhead valve engine with easy electric starting
  • Four rear-wheel-drive forward speeds and reverse and neutral options
  • Impressive 33-inch twin-blade cutting deck with deck wash
  • Zero-turn maneuverability and durable wheels for great efficiency
  • 2-in-1 mowing options of mulching and side discharge, with the option to add a separately sold bag collector
  • Comes with oil-drain hose
  • 57 x 39 x 35 inches
  • 323 pounds
  • 3-year limited warranty

PERFORMANCE

The WC33 has a nice mulching function and can cut yards of up to two acres. It offers a wider cut than most mowers and is far more efficient than 21-inch gas powered mowers and can handle steep grades in an excellent way, but you shouldn’t run it up and down rather than lengthwise, and it’s ideal for large terrains.

The grass chute spews grass straight downward instead of spreading it outward, so it leaves grass chunks between passes, and the chute can’t be adjusted to go vertical, so you will have problems if you want to store the machine in tight spaces.

However, it features durable wheels which are 8 inches in the front and 16 inches in the back, which offers added maneuverability.

EASE OF USE

As we mentioned in the overview, the WC33 looks like a mini-tractor, and that’s because is really big and you will probably struggle at first to use the control grip properly, and you will have to master that skill. For example, you will require some time to get used to the controls when you make a turn, but thanks to the variable forward speeds and the instant-turn maneuverability of the zero-turn function, your life will be easier. Eventually, you will find it easy to use and control, and you will enjoy the brisk walk behind while you use it.

You just have to turn a key to start it, but because of the great power that comes through on the handlebar of this mower, it won’t be suitable for persons who don’t have enough strength, but you will enjoy using this machine over time. For the last, the WC33 can be louder than the typical gas-powered mower, so you should use ear plugs while using it.

CUT QUALITY AND OPTIONS

This mower can cut grass easily, however, you should keep in mind that you will have to make several runs if you want to cut really tall grass, and you should make a tall height adjustment for best performance. The front of the handle can bounce on rough terrain and will force you to keep concentrated to keep de mowing lines straight. However, the great part is that this model is designed to don’t stall, no matter the size of the grass you want to cut.

The WC33 has side discharge and can mulch, and you can purchase a bag collector for it, but note that the bag lays up against the rear wheel which can form a hole. The nice part is that this model is very gas-efficient.

MAINTENANCE

  • Clean regularly, including battery terminal for electric starter
  • Check and replace air filter
  • Lube pivot points
  • Change deck-engagement belt as needed
  • Change deck-timing belt
  • Change transmission-drive belt
  • Clean engine cooling fan and maintain engine in general
  • Keep an eye on tire pressure
  • Change oil as needed

SAFETY FEATURES

The throttle/ choke control is used to adjust the engine speeds, activate the engine choke and stop the engine. The blade can be controlled with the right handle, and as we mentioned earlier in this review, you need a key to start the WC33. It features four forward speeds and can go in reverse.

SPECIAL FEATURES

You will love the 33-inch cutting capability of this model, its zero- turn capability, its twin-blade cutting deck with a washing attachment, the large sturdy wheels and the rear-wheel self-propelled variable-speed power.

COST EFFECTIVENESS

The zero-turn capability, variable speeds and the powerful engine, the good gas efficiency and the 2-in-1 grass-cutting options are the features that make the WC33 a worthwhile investment and it can last for a long time if it’s well maintained.

PROS

  • Starts right up
  • Cuts super-wide path
  • Powerful engine
  • Zero-turn capability
  • Easy-to-adjust cutting heights
  • Mulches and side discharge
  • Deck-cleaning attachment
  • Durable machine, including wheels
  • Good on gas
  • Clear-view gas tank

CONS

  • Bag sold separately
  • Control grip somewhat poorly designed
  • Mulch plug hard to install
  • Takes a bit of strength to use
  • Louder than standard gas-powered
  • Fumes

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