Rated 3.5 out of 5Â by 53
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Dave For the price it is okay
I have had this mower for 2 years. I think it is a good value as compared with a commerical mower; howev,er the parts break frequently. I would not recommend unless you can replace parts yourself; this mower will cost you a fortune if you have to keep taking it to a mower repair shop. I have a sloped lot and it did not do well on the hills due to belt slipping; however, I shortened the engagement spring and it does great now. Also, I have to keep the rear plate off as grass gets into this area and causes the belts to come off. Again, as long as you are a handy person, I think the mower will meet your needs. If you are not handy, don't buy it.
December 24, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5Â by moveon Very poorly engineered product
I have one of these for three years now. Fairly good as a mower but nothing but trouble as a mechanical device! Control cables keep breaking - replaced four so far. Front caster wheel and strut fell off and went under the mower, destroying a blade and spindle. Bolt holding the main PTO sheave set to the spindle has sheared off inside the spindle - twice. Can't tip it to work on it because oil from the crankcase enters the cylinder. Drive belts wear and expand quickly and have to be changed too often. Now there has been some failure in the transmission which has caused the transmission shaft to extend and engage the pawl for the emergency brake - so the mower can't be moved. Looks like a few hundred dollars in repair even if I do it myself. If you buy one make sure you have a complete set of shop tools for it.
June 10, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Budo Good value but it has a few problems
This is a nice lawn mower when it works. The variable speed forward and reverse is great compared to other machines with fixed gear ratios. It makes it very easy to mow your lawn quickly and control this heavy machine when turning.
The belt brake seems to be a poor design. My belt keeps coming off when I let go of the blade clutch. Had to bend brackets to keep it on the pulley system. To make matter worse. There are several screws to get at belt which is housed under a large plastic cover.
The main drive brake is also cheap. It is not a variable power brake. all you can do is engage it or not. I learned to use the reverse lever to control my downhill speed. I have a steep slope which causes the mower to speed up when going downhill.
I read where other have had issues with the cabling. So far I have not but I see where one cable is already fraying.
The two blades do not overlap. One is set further back to produce the complete cut. I though this was a good feature because I would not need to worry about blade alignment and timing but when turning right the offset blades can leave grass uncut in between the blades. Not a big deal but annoying.
The height adjustment only changes the front wheel height. Not sure how this will work as far a cut quality but so far I have not notice any issues.
I have owned the mower for about 6 weeks.
May 28, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Cincyburbs Ariens WAW 34 cuts anything - but won't win a race
I looked long and hard at smaller walk behinds, and chose the Ariens for the horsepower, key ignition and price combination. I've used this mower about 5 times on very dense and tall spring grass. My yard is .55 acres and it easily cut my mowing time by a third vs a 21" push mower. It cuts through anything without bogging down one bit; while the blade-tip speed is rated consistent with other residential mowers, it discharges the grass so powerfully, it never leaves clumps that requiring raking. It makes a nice commercial looking striping to the yard. It appears to be decent on gas consumption. It starts very easily and seems to be built very well.
It's heavy, and is a bit of a chore to maneuver turns especially on slopes. The forward and reverse on-the-fly is a nice feature, but it doesn't seem to have variable speeds; more like a first and fifth gear. I thought with all that horsepower it could go faster. The reverse is more like reverse-assist.
May 1, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5Â by dlvonde 3 parts broken in less than 1 mowing season
I have always owned second hand clunkers and spent just as much time fixing them as I did mowing with them. After 10 years of fighting with lawnmowers I decided to hand over some real money and get a nice one for my 1/2 acre yard.
After the second mow one of the front wheels had already begun to bend. The quality of the front wheels is terrible and the design is just as bad. The wheels contain large hubs that pop out easily and the assembly has far too much play in it so they slide to the left/right..causing the cheap metal to bend up and making the wheel useless. I ended up going to the hardware store and buying 2 quality wheels with pressed bearings. I also bought some spacers to keep the wheels from slopping around in the assembly. This fixed the front wheels after about $30 and a couple trips to the hardware store.
Now I haven't even made it through one mowing season and the blade engage cable has broken. I noticed the blade wasn't coming on so I took the cover off only to find a broken/frayed wire & spring attached to the tension pulley. The wire is obviously too thin for the amount of tension that is required on the blade pulley. Now I will have to get it replaced but if they put the same thin wire on there it will only be a matter of time before it snaps too.
Now I am back where I started..fixing the mower instead of mowing with it. Only this time, it's a much more expensive mower. Shame on you Ariens for putting such cheap components on what could have been a good little mower.
October 17, 2011