Troy-Bilt TB490 XP

21-Inch 190cc 2-in-1 4x4 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

Final Score
Final Score
A score from 1 to 100 based on reviews all over the web combined with our team of experts.
4.3/5 from
 12 users
Troy-Bilt TB490 XP
We spent 6.5 hours reading reviews from customers and experts. In summary, here’s what users think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Most users loved the Troy-Bilt TB490 XP power thanks to its 190cc Honda engine.
  • A vast majority of owners liked mower’s 4×4 drivetrain which made the mower very easy to use on hills and rough terrain.
  • Several users admired how well the mower cut and mulched because of its 21” TriAction cutting system.
  • The mower starts on the first pull thanks to its Automatic Choke System.
  • Various users were pleased that assembling the mower is easy.
  • Some liked the mower’s durability and very good build quality.

1 reasons not to buy

  • At least one purchaser mentioned that the mower is difficult to clean because grass can get caught inside the front and rear drive areas that required disassembly to clean.

Bottom Line

The majority of users were impressed and very happy about the Troy-Bilt TB490 XP. The mower won consumers over because of its tremendous power, excellent cutting ability, ease of use on rough or hilly terrain and reliable start-up. Though the mower may be a challenge to clean, its performance and durability were more significant. Overall, the Troy-Bilt TB490 XP comes highly recommended by many.


Additional information


Troy Bilt

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Mower Type

Self Propelled

Power Source



3 Years


96 lbs

Additional Info

Honda GCV Engine, Automatic Choke System (ACS), TriAction® Cutting System, Integrated Deck Wash, Durable Tires, One-hand Operation, All-Wheel Drive

Video Reviews

4.3/5 based on
12 reviews

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Tips for Troy-Bilt TB490 XP

  • It is recommended to use compressed air when cleaning the mower’s deck to prevent grass from getting stuck in the drive belt.
  • To protect the deck from corrosion and debris build-up, it is advisable to coat the mower’s deck with a Fluid Film spray.



Q: Does the Troy-Bilt TB490 XP have an electric start?
A: No, the mower is only pull-start and easily starts on the first pull.

Q: Is the mower’s speed adjustable?
A: Yes, the mower’s speed can be conveniently controlled by 2 separate levers for the front wheels and rear wheels.

Q: Is the mower difficult to turn because of its hefty weight and large size?
A: No, the mower is very easy to maneuver and turn with its powerful 4 wheel drive system.

Q: What is the mower’s maximum cutting height?
A: The mower has a maximum cutting height of 3.75 inches and a minimum of 1.25 inches.

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