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Model # 960160027

Internet # 203013179

Store SKU # 156930

42 in. 17.5 HP Briggs & Stratton 6-Speed Riding Lawn Mower

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Model # 960160027

Internet # 203013179

Store SKU # 156930

This Ariens tractor is perfect for the price conscious home owner. With a 17.5 HP Briggs & Stratton engine, 6 speed gear drive and 42 in. mowing deck, this tractor is perfect for lawns up to an acre with either flat or hilly terrains. This riding tractor

  • Assembled dimension: 34.5 in. W x 72.75 in. D x 45 in. H
  • Powered by a dependable 17.5 HP Briggs and Stratton single cylinder overhead valve engine with easy to service air filter
  • 6-speed gear drive transmission lets you set your own pace while mowing, works great on hilly terrains
  • 42 in. mowing deck gives your lawn a manicured look
  • Dual-blade mowing deck design helps ensure that grass is cut evenly on every pass
  • 6 cutting positions let you cut grass down to as short as 1-1/2 in. and as tall as 4 in. allowing you to adjust the cutting deck to best match the current condition of your yard
  • Mows in reverse, No other riding mower in this price range allows you to mow in both forward and reverse, Allows you to mow in any direction, especially in tight areas
  • Tight 18 in. turning radius allows you to easily mow around obstacles
  • Ergonomic padded seat, Ajustable cushioned seat isolates the user from bumps and vibrations, The seat is durable and easy to clean
  • Travels at speeds of up to 5.1 MPH forward and 1.6 MPH in reverse for efficient mowing
  • Headlights provide task lighting for evening operation
  • 1-1/2 gal. fuel capacity helps reduce refueling needs
  • Durable, welded steel frame for long life
  • Delivered mostly assembled; simply attach the seat and steering wheel using easy instructions
  • AVS Anti-Vibration System eliminates side-to-side motion for smoother performance
  • Durable, welded steel frame for long life
  • Delivered mostly assembled; simply attach the seat and steering wheel using easy instructions
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Assembled Depth (in.) 
72.75 in 
Assembled Height (in.) 
34.5 in 
Assembled Width (in.) 
45 in 
Front wheel size (in.) 
Mower Deck Width 
42 in 
Rear wheel size (in.) 
Size of Yard 
1/2 - 1 Acre 
Turning radius (in.) 
CA (CARB) Compliant 
Not CARB Compliant 
Commercial / Residential 
Cutting Width (in.) 
Drive type 
Rear-wheel Drive 
Engine Displacement (cc) 
Engine Make 
Briggs & Stratton 
Engine Make 
Briggs and Stratton 
Assembly Required,Cup Holder,Headlights,Keyed start,Rust resistant deck,Single-lever height adjustment 
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 
Horsepower (hp) 
Engine oil 
Lawn Mower Type 
Front Motor Riding 
Maximum cutting height (in.) 
Maximum forward speed (mph) 
Maximum reverse speed (mph) 
Minimum cutting height (in.) 
Mulching Capability 
Yes with Proper Blade 
Number of Blades 
Number of Cylinders 
Single Cylinder 
Number of deck wheels 
Oil capacity (oz.) 
Product Weight (lb.) 
386 lb 
Start Type 
Uneven with Obstacles 
Transmission Type 
Gear Drive 
Warranty / Certifications
Certifications and Listings 
No Certifications or Listings 
Manufacturer Warranty 
2 year limited 


Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 898 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Best riding mower for the money My son and I had just been waiting for that old push mower to break, and it finally did. We knew that a riding mower was the way to go, as our yard is almost an acre. We searched the web, not knowing which brand we should get. We wanted quality, high enough horsepower , and a reasonable price. We read all information on this mower, and also read some reviews by customers. We had no problem deciding on this mower. Our property has some up and downs, this mower did great no problems. We live in Florida and it rains a lot, so the grass grows fast. Thanks so much for making this great mower. August 2, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ariens 42" riding lawn mower It was my first Ariens purchase. The process of ordering it online at was easy. What prompted me to purchase it was the number of great reviews. The shipment arrived to my home in a nice wooden crate. It only required me to mount the steering wheel and seat, which wasn't difficult. It took me about 30 minutes. Other than that, you only had to add gas. The oil was already added. Note: I didn't have to place a trickle charge on the battery given the battery date was well within the month I received it , otherwise you would.I've used it 3 times already on 1/3 acre suburban lot. I love it. May 29, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Buy This Lawn Mower I'm an experienced tractor user and really did my homework before buying this model. Among other features, this has a 42 inch cut, very quiet engine, sharp turning radius and turn the key once to allow you to mow in reverse all day long! It also doesn't have an oil filter or automatic transmission - aside from adding to the cost, these items just add to the list of things that could go wrong. You want to spend your time mowing and not at the repair shop, right? This mower is great! July 3, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great mower for the value and features This is a great riding mower. Have used it twice and it lives up to everything promised. It's easy to operate and all the features are awesome. Cuts the lawn low like I like it using the adjustment feature. May 6, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Just cranked it flawlessly for its third season I bought this mower 2 years ago and has been the sole workhorse to keep over an acre mowed. We pulled it out of storage today and cranked it without fail to begin its third season. If you want fancy, then look somewhere else, but if you want dependability and performance for a price that cannot be beat, then drive down and pick this one up. Granted, there will be good machines made by bad companies and bad machines made by good companies. There are too many folks with good results for my experience to be the exception. I would buy it again, but I doubt that will have to happen any time soon... April 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great value for powerfull mower, very strong brakes, stingy on fuel consumption My property is 3/4 acre, 17.5HP is perfect. The mower is easy to turn and has a tight radius. Old mower was 15.5HP would not fill both sides of grass catcher, not the case with this mower. Easily cuts tall/thick grass, plenty of power even with moist grass to fill grass catcher,Brakes are very strong. Also is stingy on fuel. Delivered crated to my home, steering wheel and seat were easy to install. Purchased on line thru Home Depot, received an unexpected discount from helpfull cust. serv. rep. Grass height adj. was balky, and annoying that blades can not be engaged when in reverse. October 13, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WELL PLEASED Wife does the mowing - Comfortable, fast, easy to start, turn and over all handle. Would not trade for an expensive mower. October 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Very Impressed Just purchased this tractor and I am impressed with the ease of steering and the tight turning radius. This is a manual gearbox but very easy to operate. It cuts extremely well and the Briggs and Stratton 17.5 hp engine is the quietest I have ever heard in a lawn tractor. It is a sturdy mower and can handle just about anything thrown at it in the way of mowing. And it will cut while in reverse if you need it to which is great. For the price.....and based upon what you need this mower is a good value. April 10, 2014
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