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Model # 960160028

Internet # 203013206

Store SKU # 156976

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

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Model # 960160028

Internet # 203013206

Store SKU # 156976

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 cutting 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
  • Durable welded steel frame for long life
  • Headlights provide task lighting for evening operation
  • Travels at speeds of up to 5.1 MPH forward and 1.6 MPH in reverse for efficient mowing
  • 1.5 gal. gasoline tank helps reduce the need for refueling
  • Just install the steering wheel and seat and you are ready to go
  • Spin-on oil filter helps keep oil clean and extends maintenance intervals
  • AVS Anti-Vibration System eliminates side-to-side motion for smoother performance
  • Just install the steering wheel and seat and you are ready to go

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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 
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 
CARB Compliant 
Manufacturer Warranty 
2 year limited 


Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 897 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mowing is fun now as I have always had a push lawn mower. I mow my 2 acres in about 36 minutes. It sure is alot faster than pushing it. My rating may be a little extreme as I never had a riding mower before. I have been saving money for years to get a riding mower and this mower was worth the wait.. June 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Budget Priced Powerhouse Purchased this lawn tractor last year for $999.99. It starts easily, and has never faltered. Being able to mow in reverse, and the tight turning radius score big points with me. Highly recommended! August 1, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LOVE MY ARIENS LOVE IT! Just bought it and it was just what I was looking for. I researched on line for several weeks before deciding on the Ariens. Runs smooth, cuts even and cranks right up. I am somewhat of a perfectionist and my demands are high. This mower met or exceeded every one of my expectations. IF I had to identify a negative it would be the tightness of the steering. I wish it was a little easier. March 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by What a machine What an animal! When I got this home, un crated it, checked oil and add the gas, it started right up. I weigh 300+, I put it in 6 speed, let off the brake, and it popped a wheelie on it. The torgue is unreal, it has started every time, and mows down 1 tall weeds with no problem. Very easy to use.I live on an acre, and this replaced a JD l120 with a hydrostatic transmission. Now I want to find a grass catcher for it May 12, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great tractor and extremely light weight Always consider how much the tractor weighs before you buy it. This tractor weighs 386 pounds and I can push it with one hand. If your mowing a large property and it breaks down far away from the road, you might have a lot of trouble getting it out of the field. And if you trailer it, it's very easy to push onto a trailer when the engine is off. This tractor is the lightest tractor on the market. It's lightweight and very solidly constructed. Great turning radius ! you can turn very sharp with this tractor and it's great for yards with a lot of obstacles. The best tractor for under $1000 and it's made by Huskavarna in South Carolina. June 23, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Engine problems This mower lasted me 3 years. It just stopped running one day. Engine tries to turn over. Had it looked at and was told it was an internal engine problem. Great!!! $1000 down the drain...and it was rarely used. Just used in my yard. Unbelievable. Trying to get Briggs and Stratton to pay for fixing the engine. October 30, 2013
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
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