Sunday, November 20, 2011

Troy-Bilt Pressure Washer - A Review and Giveaway!


Let me say right from the start that yes, I'm hosting a Troy-Bilt giveaway, but no, it isn't for the pressure washer I'm reviewing here. However, I don't think you'll be too disappointed when you find out what is being given away.

For the last several years, I've been privileged to test and review several Troy-Bilt products. With one exception, I've been extremely pleased with their performance. And in the case of the exception - the TB57 Lithium Ion String Trimmer - it wasn't a case of how well it trimmed; it was an ergonomic issue. Using the thing was just awkward and tiresome.

This is exactly why Troy-Bilt has bloggers and home gardeners test and review their products. They want to put them into the hands of the common, everyday homeowners and gardeners, and then hear what we have to say to help them make an even better product. That's what happened with the trimmer - we spoke and they listened. That product was redesigned, taking into consideration what the reviewers shared.

Troy-Bilt 2700 PSI Pressure Washer
This year, Romie and I tested the Troy-Bilt 2700 PSI Pressure Washer and loved it, plain and simple. It worked extremely well and it was easy to use - fun, even! I have one complaint though. While this wasn't really an issue for Romie, I just couldn't start the thing. It has a pull-start and though they advertise it as being easy to start, I couldn't pull the cord fast enough to get it to take off. I had to have Romie start it for me. There's got to be a better way. (Electric start?)

That's the short review. Here's a video, showing me using the pressure washer for the very first time. I might add that this is also the very first time I've ever used a presser washer of any kind.



Troy-Bilt 2700 PSI Pressure Washer Review



Would I recommend this pressure washer? Absolutely, as long as you're stronger than I am or have someone to start it for you.

Now for the giveaway! Last year, we got to test and review a Troy-Bilt CSV 206chipper/shredder/vacuum.  You can see my review here. We used it quite a bit this fall, and Troy-Bilt is letting me give away a CS 4265 Chipper Shredder (a different model) to a very lucky reader!

Troy-Bilt CS 4265 Chipper Shredder


Here are the important details about how you can enter:

  • Fill out the Rafflecopter form below with your information

    AND

  • Leave a comment to this blog post by clicking the link "Post a Comment," which you can find at the bottom of this blog post.  If there are already comments, you'll find the link below the last comment. To make it easier, you can also just click here and you'll then see the comment form.
The giveaway begins at 12:01 AM EST, Monday, November 21, 2011, and ends at 12:01 AM, EST on Monday, November 28, 2011. Good luck!








The products that I've tested for Troy-Bilt® have been provided to me free of charge. The Saturday 6 partnership that I have with Troy-Bilt® includes monetary compensation. Any opinions expressed by me regarding Troy-Bilt® products or events are my own.

65 comments:

CYNTHIA CRANE said...

Great blog! Can't wait to explore further, and thank you and Troy Bilt for doing the contest!

Cynthia Crane
@TheCranesNest

Mary said...

Is there any chance comment number 1 will win? The community garden could use a chipper!

Thank you, Kylee, for all the beautiful pictures that pop up in my Google reader. They are a great pick-me-up!

Michael said...

Thanks for the video! I've looked at these at the hardware store, but it's helpful to see it in action.

Michael
wormspit@gmail.com
www.wormspit.com/blog

beachgrl said...

Great contest! Thanks for giving us a chance to win another great product!

Darla said...

Holy Toledo that power washer does have a kick to it, I saw it! It has a good steady spray too. I did keep thinking, oh that patina, oh that patina, lol. Please do enter me in the give-a-way I would love to make mulch for my gardens.

JWLW said...

Hi Kylee: Like your blog lots of good things and information on it. Sure could use one of those chippers.

Have a wonderful day,
John

Little Miss Sunshine said...

How nice would this be? I'd have great mulch all the time!
lmsunshine33ATgmailDOTcom

Jennifer said...

Sure hope they ship to Montana! We've looked into getting a pressure washer a few times but just haven't yet. The chipper chopper thing looks awesome!

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener said...

With my newfound love of leaf mold this would probably be my favorite machine of all. Great review of the power washer as well. Thanks for keeping it real! I have problems starting things with strings sometimes too so it's good to know that bit of information.

Benjamin Vogt said...

Looks perfect for my impending move to an acreage (fingers crossed)!

dharlow said...

Good review, especially timely since my power washer just died (it was Sears brand).

Judy F said...

I can't start anything that had a pullstart, they take more umph than I have I guess. But my husband would love this pressure washer, not to mention the chipper/shredder.

jeannine said...

Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

Gary K. said...

Hi Kylee;

Wow a TOOL!
A real Troy-Bilt tool.
What can I say other than...
"Pick Me" I'll put it to good use and take care of a few of those "Honey-Dos" I've got hangin' around our little neck of the woods.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!

John in Birmingham, AL said...

I have both the pressure washer and the chipper/shredder. You are correct, they can be hard to start. The chipper is very hard to start.

Kylee said...

Cynthia ~ Thank you and welcome to Our Little Acre!

Mary ~ I'm so glad you enjoy them! I have fun taking them, too. :-)

Darla ~ Yes, I love the patina, too, but it was getting to be a bit too much on some things. Don't worry...it'll be back pretty quickly!

Ben ~ Oooh! Congrats on the upcoming move!

John ~ I'm able to start the chipper/shredder for some reason, but not the pressure washer.

Brenda's Always Thinkin' Spring said...

Hi there Kylee!
While we are not in the market for a new pressure washer just yet - a CHIPPER/SHREDDER? Now you're talking!
Oh the possibilities...!!
(I think "Possibilities" are what make the world "Go Round") Have you been visiting my "dreams" lately? They're right behind the - "Overwintering stuff in my Greenhouse" dreams, but next to - "putting more in my compost bins, and less in the piles next to them cause they are too big and I don't have time to cut it all into smaller pieces" dreams...LOL
P.S. Is it ever too early to "Think Spring"?! Happy Thanksgiving & keep on DREAMIN' N SMILIN'!

1st Man said...

We just started working on 10 acres in the country. The house is finished and now it's time to start on the property. It seems a daunting task as times and tools can always make that easier. With a burn ban in effect in our county, I have to think outside the box. Thanks for giving us the chance to win something we might not otherwise be able to buy. Your blog is an inspiration for us just starting out.

Annie Haven | Authentic Haven Brand said...

Oh, Kaylee of all the Contests and Giveaways over the past several years this is the first product the Chipper/Shredder I have seen that I could truly use. No let me rephrase that, the Chipper/Shredder is the item I "need" here at the ranch... So consider me jumping up and down and waving my arms shouting please please, please, pick me! There is little more I can say...

Kathy said...

Wow, I've never seen a chipper/shredder being offered in a giveaway. Awesome! Love your blog and would love to win!

Anonymous said...

We enjoy your blog so much! You have such engaging material and comments.
Jon

Karen J. said...

A shredder would be wonderful what with three acres.

jason said...

Great giveaway! I would love to win a chipper/shredder. Thanks so much!

TINA KORAL said...

Great giveaway, Kylee! Would love to use this to shred leaves to use in place of mulch next year!

Jenny said...

Taking care of tree & bush debris is a never ending job here. A chipper shredder would be a big help!

Jan @TWOwomenANDaHOE said...

Whoa! Would LOVE to win this! Thanks Kylee!

joey said...

Count me in Kylee! I love a new challenge :)

Heavy Petal said...

Kylee, I just don't know when you get the time to do all you do? Yet another great give away, and something so useful for most all of gardeners. What a great thing to put under your Christmas tree- and when your ready to take down the tree you can just shred it!

Anonymous said...

I so enjoy your blog. Keep up the good work.

I am a long-time Troy-Bilt customer. I have their string trimmer and lawn mower. They never let me down.

A chipper/shredder would be a great time saver for me. Think of all the mulch!

Twyla said...

Great give away Kylee. We have several old hickory nut and oak trees we are always cleaning up after. Do you think the vacuum will pick up hickory nuts?

Stacey said...

You wouldn't think chainsaws would need accessories, but I think this would go beautifully with mine!

Kylee said...

I just want to remind everyone that you must fill out your information on the Rafflecopter form to be entered into the contest, as well as leaving a comment here. Thanks!

Susan in the Pink Hat said...

I'm always game for a drawing. Especially when it involves a chipper shredder.

Kylee said...

Thanks for the great comments, everyone! :-)

Bruce ~ That's too funny...put it under the tree, then shred it. LOL!

Twyla ~ Though the giveaway model doesn't have a vacuum, the one we have does, and no, it isn't very good about picking those nuts up. We've got a gazillion acorns and some hickory nuts too, and while it will pick some of them up, it leaves a lot on the ground, too.

Dawn Sherwood said...

Ooh, thx for the opportunity! I'd love to shred up all the crazy branches that litter my yard after Lake Michigan winds come through!!

Sherry said...

Thanks for the contest. We sure could use a chipper!

soccermom1 said...

Great blog and thanks for sharing the contest!

rjs682 at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

This would be a dream come true with the number of huge Norway maples that make my fall a lot of work!

eric larsen said...

Would certainly make my fall chores a lot easier!

Bondslaves of the Lord said...

Thank you for the wonderful and useful information.

Nicky Fabbrini said...

Those two words are music to my ears- wood chipper. I've always wanted one Kylee. Awesome giveaway!

PJ Jones said...

Love reading "Our Little Acre", have learned so much. :-)

ryanac32 said...

thanks for the giveaway. just bought a place and this would sure come in handy!

ryanac32 {at} yahoo {dot} com

tmc480 said...

Your Thanksgiving post was very touching. I lost my grandmother 2 weeks ago today at age 92. It made me smile to see your grandmother enjoying time with her cat.

BTW...thanks very much for the giveaway!!

tmc480 at yahoo dot com

Diane said...

Oooh, a chipper/shredder... how droolworthy!

jchapstk said...

My Dad has one of these. It's great, if he starts it for me. A push button started would make this priceless. Great for small properties.

Tom said...

What a great contest - AGAIN! Thank you, Kylee! This is something that we could really use, seeing as our current chipper/shredder is literally in nuts and bolts and screws and springs, trying to get it to live through it's 14th year of eliminating downed branches and limbs, as well as yard waste. Good luck to everyone!

Chris Tidrick said...

This would be a great addition here. Would love to be able to shred most of our yard waste!

Jane Milliman said...

Been dying for one. :)

Freda Cameron said...

I seriously need to chip/shred my garden debris-- the rabbits are living there! :-)

Thanks.

Cristin Coupon said...

Seriously, awesome giveaway. Would love to win, this would be so handy.
gillcoupon at gmail dot com

Lynette said...

Lynette says:

What a great opportunity to enter the Troy-Bilt CS 4265 Chipper Shredder Giveaway. Thanks for the contest and thanks to Troy Built too.

And also a great opportunity to visit your "…Little Acre" I'll be back for sure.

Sadie said...

Awesome giveaway! This is a great tool for any gardener.
sadibeery at hotmail dot com

Amy Jeanroy said...

What a wonderful giveaway! Fingers crossed in Nebraska.

@herbgardens

Amy Jeanroy

SuzOH said...

This is a seriously awesome prize! I have loads of broken branches around and need to do serious pruning - would love to shred them.
suzanne dot offner at gmail dot com

jebbing9 said...

Man would that be nice to have around. Very cool.

JacLynn said...

What an awesome giveaway, thank you to you and Troy Built! Can't wait to explore your blog further.

Heather R said...

This would be great to clean up the yard! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

thransom@gmail.com

aquamarinesteph said...

My husband was just saying that we need one of these. How totally cool!

mmw said...

awesome giveaway. I'm dying for one of these!

Kylee said...

The winner is...

NICKY FABBRINI!

Congratulations! You will be receiving an e-mail from me, requesting your shipping address so I can provide it to Troy-Bilt for the delivery of your new chipper/shredder. You will have until Thursday morning, December 1, 2011 at 9:00 AM EST to contact me with your information.

Thanks to all who entered and special thanks to Troy-Bilt for the giveaway prize!

Stay tuned for more giveaways SOON!

DollarSeed said...

I've used the McCullough shredder for years, and it finally died. I am sure that Troy Built has parts needed to keep theirs running for years. I use mine to clean up large items in the garden like corn stalks, and sunflower stems and shred leaves to put into the compost bins. Sure could use a new one, I miss the availability of having my own.

Jeanette said...

Love your blog! Would like to be entered to win the shredder.
Jeanette

Gary Beatty said...

I liked the vidieo so well I purchased the 2700 today. Thanks for the help. Gary B, Florida

Kylee Baumle said...

That's awesome, ! We're enjoying it here this summer, too. I can't believe how well it cleans the concrete! Enjoy!

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