Two major brands in the lawn mower industry are Troy-Bilt and Craftsman. Each manufacturer designs a range of walk-behind and riding lawn mowers. Comparisons between comparable mid-range walk-behind and mid-range riding lawn mowers give you an unbiased look at how each companies' mowers compare to each other.
The 37640 is a walk-behind mower. It features front wheel drive and large rear wheels. The rear wheels are 12 inches tall. The drive system has variable speed so you can pace your mower to match your walking speed. The cutting width is 22 inches across, and the grass clippings may be washed out with the deck wash system. Clippings may either be bagged, mulched or side discharged onto the lawn. The mower is powered from a 190 cc Briggs and Stratton engine. As of January 2011, the mower retails for $369.99
The TB230 is a front wheel drive self-propel walk behind lawn mower. The large rear wheels are 11 inches tall. The cutting width is 21 inches across and is housed under a steel deck. Clippings may be side discharged, bagged or mulched onto the lawn. It is powered from a 190 cc Briggs and Stratton engine that does not require any priming to start. The deck may be easily cleaned with a deck wash system. The front rake, which assists in lifting up grass to be cut, is a feature you may find innovative. In January 2011 this mower retails for $289.00
Craftsman YT 3000
The YT 3000 is a riding mower powered from a 21 hp, 540 cc Briggs and Stratton engine. The transmission is hydrostatic for ease of use and quick stopping. Its fuel tank can hold up to 2.5 gallons of gas, and it has a cutting width of 46 inches. Cutting height may be adjusted from 1 1/2 to 4 inches. The deck has four rolling wheels to keep the deck from scraping against the lawn over uneven terrain. The retail price for this mower in January 2011 is $1,739.99
The Horse is a a Troy-Bilt riding mower. It uses a 22 hp Kohler Courage engine to power it. The Horse features a hydrostatic transmission. The cutting deck width is 46 inches across and can discharge clippings from either side. Two deck wheels are used to prevent deck damage and lawn scraping. The front axle is cast iron for durability and support. The fuel tank holds two gallons. The reverse mowing feature allows you to cut grass while going backwards. The suggested retail price for this mower is $1,499 as of January 2011.