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Rated with 2 stars
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MOSES of Elk Grove, CA Verified Reviewer
Original review: Aug. 13, 2021

The belt replacement is the most difficult thing to do. Yard machine like in every other company in the lawn mowing Consumer products. It is simply unconscionable to think that a company that relies on customers would not centralize and utilize online data to store for their customers to find replacement parts.

Rated with 5 stars
Serena of Blackwell, OK Verified Reviewer
Original review: July 29, 2021

We bought our Yard-Man back in 2013 used and you could tell that it was. We have never had any issues with it other than the battery life but that is to be expected. Now here it is 2021 and it is still running like a dream.

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Rated with 1 star
Dotty of Murrells Inlet, SC Verified Reviewer
Original review: Aug. 5, 2020

Everyone that was referred didn't know what they were doing; didn't do the type of work I requested; or Over charged. No one assembles plastic sheds. Yard-Man wanted $50 to mow small yard; Man to Haul-Away debris was way overpriced; Landscaping man over priced and didn't finish the job. My project was to remove a wooden base from a metal shed. Then prep the area for a 8x10 plastic shed. The area was designed and ready for shed. Shed man bailed on me at last minute. Next "Qualified" person tried to redesign area, put the shed together wrong, built a wooden platform out of untreated wood. That was a waste of money. The project is unfinished and a disaster. I need manpower to finish the job and nobody that Angie's List referred does the work that I need.

Rated with 1 star
J. of Saint Petersburg, FL Verified Reviewer
Original review: April 17, 2019

Bought a brand new Yard-Man Mower, worked fine for a few months then just stopped starting. Supposed 2 year warranty but good luck contacting the company in any way for their help and there are no authorized repair places anywhere. Another example of a company that makes promises they can't keep. No email, or any other way to contact them except to put you on hold for 30 minutes and no one ever answers. So you literally just waste time and money. Do not purchase any of their products. Go with a real brand like Honda or Dewalt or anything that actually has credibility.

I made the mistake of trying to save a buck in the beginning and end up flushing money down the toilet on this piece of junk lawn mower. I wouldn't mind any of if the company answered the phone or had an email you could reach out to them. But clearly they shied themselves from having to deliver any kind of customer service because they know how bad their products are. This review might seem over the top but it's just frustrating to waste money. Choose a different brand.

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Rated with 1 star
Vandal of Paint Bank, VA Verified Reviewer
Original review: Sept. 25, 2018

I bought a YM21CS TRIMMER June 9, 2018 directly from MTD. Not more than 10 hours use and cutting head is bad. Says 2 yr. warranty but calling their customer service that part is not covered. Basically a piece of junk that the parts cost almost as much as a new trimmer.

Rated with 1 star
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Andy of Hartford, WI Verified Reviewer
Original review: March 14, 2018

My family purchased an MTD 46" 20HP Kohler Courage riding mower from Menards early summer of 2016. It ran excellent for the first year of use. Unfortunately, the second season (last summer) the deck belt kept slipping off. I took it to a certified MTD repair shop near my cabin in Princeton, WI. They said it was a design flaw, and that the only thing I could do is to keep prying the deck belt tensioner up. Now, the belt flies off every time I disengage the deck. I tried prying the tensioner up, but it simply burnt the belt right off of it.

Now, I have to buy another $50 belt to have fly off every time I turn the blades off. I would never recommend this product. My family spent over a thousand dollars on a machine that only lasted one summer and has 41 hours on the unit. I'll add some pictures when I can get up to my place to show how the belt is effectively destroyed. I'm hoping MTD will take this machine back and prorate my money towards the purchase of a machine that won't have these kinds of issues. It's not fun to have to ask your neighbor if you can keep borrowing his lawn mower because mine is always breaking down.

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Rated with 1 star
Ronnie of Clinton, IN Verified Reviewer
Original review: June 25, 2016

My sister in law bought this riding mower at Walmart 3 years ago. Her husband started in using it. When he went out to start it would not start. You had to charge the battery every time. They thought it needed a new battery. They bought a new battery and it still did the same thing. Then the starter caused all of trouble. This has went on ever since they bought this lawn mower. My brother had just passed away June 1st 2016. Is this lawn mower been recalled back. This the number on the back BMTDPNHEQNC1. It has overhead valves. It is a Yard Man MTD 7 Speed 500cc 18 Hp SaeJ1940. Thank you.

Rated with 1 star
Lianne of Coral Spings, FL Verified Reviewer
Original review: March 17, 2016

Yard Man 21-inch self propelled 550E 140cc - Purchased this lawnmower from Home Depot in Nov. 2015, used it one time and it will not start since then. I have the warranty but was told by a retail specialist that I would still have to pay to get machine repaired!?! I have used brand new gasoline, checked the oil level and still no luck with it starting. I have not been able to use it since and have been paying to get my lawn mowed. What a piece of crap machine. I will be filing as many complaints as possible with any agency that will listen!

Rated with 5 stars
JOE of Mount Juliet, TN Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
Original review: July 24, 2015

Purchased an MTD Yardman riding mower 2014 model, wide deck, 20 hp. single cylinder, without the PTO blade engage. Researched the engine, parts availability and read lots of reviews on this model. Cut was wider than I wanted but was the smallest with the 20 hp engine. Purchased from Tractor Supply Company. It was set up properly by TSC, had gas, and was detailed on operation of the lawn tractor. Purchased the grass grinder blade. One and a half cutting seasons later I am pleased to report the Yardman is operating as designed. Some reviewers stated: 1) Why didn’t they provide a switch to turn off the lights? Well, while it’s in warranty, I simply removed the bulbs.

After warranty I will install a cut off switch. 2) When making the sharp cut turn (R/L makes no difference) the wheels just push against my soil. I simply slow down when making that sharp turn. Give up speed for the wonderful ability to make sharp turns (no backups) and nice circles around trees. 3) Engine problems? Not a one for me. Blow off the mower and engine each use. Keep an eye on oil level and condition, look for leaks and visual changes in engine metal. Always burn non-ethanol gas, including a gas additive, and never buy more fuel than I can use in 20 days. Always drop speed to minimum and give this one cylinder time to slow down prior to turning it off.

This is my second riding mower within forty years. Second MTD product. Still have my first MTD garden tractor. Twenty hp. B&S twin, with gears to shift, 3-point hitch and it looks brand new. Doesn’t cut grass very well. It was created to establish and maintain a suburban gentlemen’s garden rather than mow grass. Why the Yardman? I was offered $15,000 for the MTD. Appears to be a collector item. So I parked it in the garage with the collector can and motorcycles. Recommendation? Get the single cylinder, Yardman, wide deck mower. Take care of it and it should last you many years.

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Rated with 1 star
Dan of Topeka, KS Verified Reviewer
Original review: April 5, 2015

Purchased a Yardman self-propelled mower. It worked fine the first season. Now, the belt constantly slips off the pulley at the back end. Beyond that, you have to half the mower apart to get to the belt. Not happy with this poorly designed piece of crap.


How to Get an Oil Plug Off a Yard-Man MTD Lawn Mower

By Diana K. Williams

Most Yard-Man plugs can be removed with just a wrench.

The Yard-Man lawn tractor brand has undergone engineering design changes over the years, and the company has been bought and sold two times since the first tractor was produced in 1933. Presently MTD owns the Yard-Man label. With such a long history, it is only natural that these machines have more than one type of oil drain system and the drain plugs on older models might be more difficult to remove.

Turn off the engine (if mower is running) and engage the parking brake. Remove the spark plug wire from the spark plug.

Find the drain plug on the side of the mower’s engine. It will be near the bottom of the engine. On some models, it will be a small, black hose clamped to the engine with a square, threaded plug on the end. On other models, it will be a stationary metal tube with a square, threaded plug.

Remove the plug by turning it counterclockwise with the wrench. For the hose model, you can remove the hose from the clamp and pull it out to where it is easier to work on. Hold the hose in one hand, and use the other hand to unscrew the plug.

Spray the threads thoroughly with penetrating oil if the plug is corroded, or just stuck and will not turn. Allow it to soak for a few minutes then re-try. The plug should unscrew. If it doesn’t, repeat the application. For really tough jobs, thoroughly saturate the threads with penetrating oil and allow it to sit overnight.

Spray the plug and the threads of the oil drain tube with penetrating oil before replacing the plug. This will help keep it from sticking in the future.



  • Penetrating oil can irritate eyes and skin, so use caution when spraying. Read the label for proper safety precautions.

Writer Bio

Diana K. Williams is a certified Master Gardener, has more than a decade of experience as an environmental scientist, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and environmental studies from the Ohio Northern University. Williams is a winner of Writer’s Digest Magazine's annual writing competition.

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MTD Products

American manufacturer of outdoor power equipment

MTD Products logo.svg
TypeJoint venture of the Moll Family and Stanley Black & Decker
IndustryLawn maintenance
Tree care
Landscape maintenance
HeadquartersValley City, Ohio, U.S.

Key people

Rob Moll, CEO
ProductsConsumer and Commercial Lawn equipment
Groundskeeping equipment
Revenue$1.961 billion USD (2015)

Number of employees

6,800 (as of 2006[update])
DivisionsCub Cadet, Craftsman, Troy-Bilt, Remington, Robomow, Rover, Wolf-Garten, Columbia, Yard Machines, Bolens
WebsiteMTD Products Inc.

MTD Products is an American manufacturer of outdoor power equipment for the mass market. Headquartered in Valley City, Ohio, the company began in 1932 and is a majority family-owned, private company, with 20% owned by Stanley Black & Decker. It originated as a tool and die maker (Modern Tool and Die Company). MTD's main competitors are Stihl, Ariens, Briggs & Stratton, John Deere and Husqvarna.

Over the years, MTD acquired the Troy-Bilt, Bolens, Cub Cadet, Craftsman (owned by its minority partner), and Yard-Man brands and/or companies. MTD also private labels for other brands under the "247" model prefix.

MTD bicycles[edit]

Starting in 1966, MTD released their line of bicycles that were sold throughout the U.S. These bicycles were mostly muscle bikes and in 1969 they released a chopper, the MTD SS5 Chopper which merged Columbia and MTD. Both brands were strong players in the high-rise bicycle market, eventually they would join forces in the coming years; eventually the bicycle brand MTD would fade out while Columbia would continue.

The green bicycle is a stock MTD The King, the red bicycle is a lowrider built using the frame. Muscle bicycles are often used for lowrider bicycles due to their style.


Theo Moll, Emil Jochum and Erwin Gerhard formed a partnership to purchase the assets of Modern Tool and Die Company located on Power Avenue in Cleveland. The initial capital investment was $4500. MTD's first products were perforating dies and a rolling machine for making window channels for Standard Products. MTD employed 12 employees in 1933. By 1934 there were 60 employees.

In 1936 the company produced its first automotive stampings products, grilles for Graham-Paige automobiles.

In 1952 the controlling interest in Midwest Industries Inc. was purchased. With this MTD began to manufacture pedal bikes, velocipedes, kiddie cars and playground equipment.

In 1954 MTD entered the garden equipment industry with its introduction of a line of wheelbarrows.

In 1958 MTD entered the lawn and garden power equipment industry with the production of an 18" power rotary mower.

In 1959 MTD began manufacturing self-propelled lawn mowers, garden tractors and other power equipment.

In 1962 MTD purchased Sehl Engineering Ltd. of Canada which would later become MTD Products, Ltd. and then MTD Canada.

In 1966 MTD purchased Industrial Plastics Company in Cleveland.

In 1967 MTD started to manufacture bicycles.

In 1968 MTD started snow thrower production. At the same time Yard-Man buys George Garden Tools.[1]

In 1975 MTD purchased the Yard-Man name from Montgomery Ward.

In 1980 MTD built its 160,000 sq ft (15,000 m2) manufacturing plant in Brownsville, Tennessee (now defunct).

In 1981 the Cub Cadet product line was acquired from International Harvester, and the White Outdoor Products Company was acquired from the old White Motor Company.

In 1985 the company's Martin, Tennessee plant began operation, and Arnold Corporation was acquired.

In 1986 Aircap Industries in Tupelo, Mississippi was acquired.

In 1994 MTD built the Modern Transmission Development Company plant in Leitchfield, Kentucky.

In 1996 a joint venture with Lesco created Commercial Turf Products.

In 2000, a Hungarian manufacturing facility was opened with expanded capacity for electrical products. MTD acquired Ryobi Limited's North America outdoor products business, giving them the capacity to produce 1.5 million engines and related hand-held garden products.

In 2001, MTD acquired Garden Way including the Troy-Bilt and Bolens brands.

In 2003, MTD's Ryobi Outdoor Power equipment division ceased manufacturing products under the Ryobi brand name and sold the rights to the use of the Ryobi brand name for the manufacture and sale of outdoor products to Ryobi Tools/TTI

In 2006, MTD began building lawn equipment under the fmc brand for sale in Europe.

In 2007, MTD began building the low-end lawn and garden tractors for its otherwise competitor, Toro.

In 2008, MTD began having a third-party company (located in China) manufacture a new line of engines for the Craftsman 2008 line of snowthrowers. They are no longer building them with Tecumseh engines.

In 2009 MTD acquired the brand Remington Chainsaws from Desa International.

In 2010 MTD (Australia) acquired the brand Rover Mowers from GWA International Limited. [2]

In 2012 MTD began building Murray brand products which was acquired by Briggs & Stratton Motors in 2005.

In 2017 MTD acquired Robomow, a.k.a. "Friendly Robotics".[3]

In September 2018, New Britain, Conn.-based power tool maker Stanley Black & Decker announced that it had an agreement to acquire a 20% stake in outdoor power equipment maker MTD Products for $234 million. The transaction is expected to close in early 2019. In addition, Stanley Black & Decker will have the option to acquire the remaining 80% of MTD starting July 1, 2021.[4] Furthermore, with the acquisition of Craftsman by Stanley Black & Decker, the brand's products are now produced by MTD through this partnership. On August 17, 2021, Stanley Black & Decker announced that it has agreed to acquire the remaining 80 % ownership stake in MTD Holdings Inc.


External links[edit]

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