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Ariens 42 in. 21 HP Briggs & Stratton Automatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower - California Only

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42 in. 21 HP Briggs & Stratton Automatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower - California Only

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The Ariens 42 in. 21 HP Briggs and Stratton Automatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower is built around a powerful pressure-lubricated engine and offers a smooth, rugged, automatic transmission with lever control that lets you to match the speed to the task a

  • 21 HP Briggs and Stratton single cylinder engine has full pressure lubrication for longer engine life, easy to service air and oil filters
  • Smooth and rugged automatic transmission with fender lever control allows for smooth forward or reverse operation
  • Wide 42 in. mowing deck with spring-assisted deck lift plus 2 gauge wheels and deck washout port, anti-scalp front gauge wheels provide a cushion between the 42 in. deck and the ground, the washout port allows easy cleaning of a ccumulated grass and debris
  • Dual-blade cutting-deck design helps ensure that grass is cut evenly on every pass
  • Tight 16 in. turning radius allows you to maneuver around obstacles with ease
  • Mows in reverse for added convenience, no other tractor in this price range allows you to mow in forward and reverse, get the yard done in less time, especially when mowing in tight areas
  • Ergonomic, high back padded seat allows you to mow comfortably for hours, seat lever adjustment for the position that is most comfortable for you
  • 6 cutting positions let you cut grass down to as short as 1 in. and as tall as 4-1/2 in.
  • Travels at speeds of up to 5.2 mph forward and 2.9 mph in reverse for efficient mowing
  • Headlights provide task lighting for evening operation
  • Durable, welded steel frame for long life
  • 1-1/2 gal. fuel capacity minimizes the need for refueling
  • Delivered mostly assembled, simply attach the seat and steering wheel using simple instructions
  • Free White Glove Service available on this riding mower

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Name 42 in. 21 HP Briggs & Stratton Automatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower - California Only D105 42 in. 17.5 HP Automatic Front-Engine Riding Mower D110 42 in. 19 HP Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower D110 42 in. 19 HP Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower-California Compliant
Brand Ariens John Deere John Deere John Deere
Ratings (120) (330) (237) (13)
Number of Cylinders Single Cylinder Single Cylinder Single Cylinder Single Cylinder
Turning Radius (in.) 16 18 18 18
Engine Make Briggs and Stratton OEM Branded OEM Branded OEM Branded
Features Cup Holder,Deck cleanout,Headlights,Keyed start,Mulching Lawn Mower Cup Holder,Headlights,Hour Meter,Keyed start,Mulching Lawn Mower Cup Holder,Headlights,Hour Meter,Keyed start,Mulching Lawn Mower,Single-lever height adjustment Cup Holder,Deck cleanout,Headlights,Hour Meter,Keyed start,Mulching Lawn Mower
Horsepower (hp) 21 17.5 19 19
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic Hydrostatic Hydrostatic
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Customer Questions & Answers

Does engine disengage when you get off the seat?

Some mowers turn off when a person gets off of them. Does the ariens 46 in. 22hp v twin briggs and stratton automatic turn off when a person gets off of it?
Asked by: Anonymous
Answered by: HomesteadingWoman
Date published: 2015-09-17

will it cut in reverse

Asked by: Anonymous
yes slower thou
Answered by: tribune94
Date published: 2015-11-07

Is this a true hydrostatic transmission? I have read "automatic". Is there a difference?

Asked by: Anonymous
excellent engine
Answered by: tribune94
Date published: 2015-11-07

how many blades

Not in specs
Asked by: Anonymous
Answered by: tribune94
Date published: 2015-11-07
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Customer Reviews

42 in. 21 HP Briggs & Stratton Automatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower - California Only is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 120.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No tractor In this price range can beat the Ariens 22hp B&S Now in my second month of use, I am completely satisfied with the Ariens 46" 22hp riding tractor. After reading some of the reviews, I was a little worried about removing it from the delivery crate. It ended up that was not a problem. I did it by myself in less than 10 minutes. I use the mower on uneven ground including a slop approaching the maximum recommended limit. This tractor has plenty of power for the hill while mowing tall grass. I did my homework on this purchase and no other mower in this price range can beat the value.
Date published: 2013-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ariens....We love ours The V-Twin 22 horse Briggs and Stratton is a strong dependable engine with less vibration than single cylinders. Our one acre lawn is easier to manage with this mower and has never looked this good. The four deck wheels and ten height adjustments that keep us from scalping the grass Plus the automatic with cruise control make this so easy to operate. Ten height adjustments with four deck wheels insure even cutting to make our lawn look great. The high back seat is very comfortable and adjustable for your height. The hood is steel not plastic, and the deck is heavy gauge steel with a wide cutting path We are happy with new mower.
Date published: 2013-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Mower I purchased this mower after doing a lot of research on mowers in this class. I have about 2 acres of lawn to mow and about 8 trees to go around and about 6 bushes. Took a while to mow since this is my first time mowing this property but if I pushed mowed it would have taken days instead of an hour and half. I have some pretty good hills and made it up and down all of them with good control. The 46in deck cut nice and I was mowing pretty tall grass as I waiting a little too long to get one for this season. It also threw the grass about 40 to 80in from the mower. Just and FYI, It took about 2 gallons to mow the 2 acres we have. Only used the cruise a few times my foot didn’t get tired just holding the gas down and I wanted to stay in control since I am pretty much always going up or down a hill. Mowing in reverse was nice when you missed a small patch just take your foot off the forward gas and hit the reverse gas. No gears to switch and was very quick to just back up a foot or two and hit the patch then get back on your way. I think I hit about everything I would want answered before I would purchase a lawn tractor. Hope this helps. One last thing, every piece of equipment is going to have a lemon or two. Don’t take one or two bad reviews and base your decision off of those. Also some of these are Operator error and not the Equipment’s fault, keep that in mind.
Date published: 2013-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Machine For The Price The 46 inch mower is awesome right out of the box. Just fuel and go! What used to take me hours with my old riding mower has now been cut in half! I LOVE that! SO glad I bit the bullet and bought it! *** ONLINE PURCHASES *** This thing comes in a crate, no joke. You WILL need a hammer and crowbar to open it... or a chainsaw in my case! Either way, once you get past that part... its awesome and you have some new firewood... if you are into that kind of thing. Happy mowing!
Date published: 2013-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Value For This Model Mower Offered Under Many Brand Names This mower (Model # 960460056 Internet # 203642004 Store SKU # 523543) is built by AYP and is essentially the same as the Husqvarna YTH22V46, Craftsman 28857, and Poulan PRO PB22H46YT. Parts should be interchangeable, I would bet all. The main differences in these specific mowers is the paint, hood and stickers. The craftsman shows 6" turning radius vice 16" for the rest and adds an hour meter. Other mowers use the same chassis and deck but different engines. If you want Ariens specific parts via Ariens Parts Radar then use Ariens part number 936075 for the Ariens Model A22A46 parts searches. Best bet for parts will be sears parts direct (917.28857). If you are an experienced DIY'er you can add an ammeter (AYP-122822X) and/or an hour meter (AYP-110940X or sears 401763). The hour meter is digital and probably has a lithium battery - guessing here. I like a mechanical hour meter so I ordered a propower Hour Meter (Boat,Truck,Tractor - 4-40 V AC or DC Rect). There is a replacement parts list on a sticker inside the hood for blades belts and filters - the BRIGGS AND STRATTON 492932 Oil Filter cross references to a Fram PH8170. This model Ariens is hundreds less than the other brands of essentially the same mower. They feature the Briggs and Stratton V-Twin cast iron sleeve Intek with pressurized oil and replaceable oil filter (I love this engine). You can find other makes and models with different size decks and motors from Kohler and Kawasaki. My personal preference is a V-twin as they run smoother with power at lower rpms. They also feature the same cast iron front axle and deck garden hose attachment washer, hydrostatic transmission with footpedal control with cruise control, parking brake, adjustable seat, dual blade decks, mow in reverse (ignition key position controlled) and step through design with cupholder on right fender. The seat is ok but nothing special in my book. At least I don't tend to slide out of it. They do have headlights though I'm not sure how good they are as I don't mow in the dark and could care less. I have an older Montgomery Wards Signature 2000 Elite built by MTD. The Elite is still mowing albeit with some parts replacements which is why I always investigate parts availability before buying a mower. Beyond belts blades and batteries if you keep a mower long enough there is a need to replace spindle assemblies, springs, decks etc. As my son needs a mower I am handing him the Elite and upgrading to this Ariens. There is nothing special about the blade spindles (no zerks) on these mowers, but they do appear equivalent to the old type used on the MTD built Elite (lasted about 15 years). Most likely sealed ball not greasable roller though I am guessing here. I have less than an acre to mow with steep hills and this tractor handles it with ease. I do not weed and feed so my "lawn" is mostly weed. But it does all cut green. This mower cuts well and is a breeze to use. I would rate noise level as average, much less than the Elite. There are muffler mods for those interested in very quiet, just google around. I like the footpedal control for speed control in forward and reverse the hydrostatics offer vice the fender mounted shifter and center mounted forward/reverse lever. The fender mounted deck height adjuster and dash mounted blade clutch works well but I do miss the old handle by the dash that did both on the Elite (Helped me get up and out of the seat lol). I may google for a different seat there are plenty of aftermarket seats with arm rests - don't need to rest my arms just gives me something to push on to get in and out. The seats between the brands appear the same as well. The tires are nothing special and appear the same between the brand names but they do the job, plenty of aftermarket tires out there too. Great value for the money compared to other brand names for an AYP built lawn mower. Strong engine, lots of power. A couple tech tips, follow the manual procedure for purging the transmission - just gets air out of it, you just go forward and back etc no tools needed. Also check deck adjustment (1/8th to 1/2 inch in up) and level (side to side) according to manual. And also check tire pressure (lower tgo 12 psi). Then enjoy mowing. I find the mower easy to control, easy to turn, turns tight enough for my needs and faster than I need with plenty of power and works on hilly terrain. It cuts really well and I like the fact is has 4 anti scalp wheels vice 2 normally found. I have heard the 42" models require a two inch cut margin on wheel track (easy to get used to on turns but causes some folks problems) but not an issue with this 46". Some nit picky missing bells and whistles would be a better seat or something for me to grab to get in and out of (not a problem when your under 40) for us older folks. Would like to see ammeter so I know its charging and an hour meter so I know when to do maintenance. But not a problem to add this and still save lots of money over the other brands. I think if you take care of this mower it will last for many years. I've read lots of reviews and did lots of research. It is possible to get a bad one, if you do, take it back and exchange for another. But this is a good quality mower in this price range. If you can wait, wait for fall clearance prices and get it even cheaper. Love the deck wash port, beats getting under it with a hose. I definitely recommend this Ariens for the value.
Date published: 2013-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What Transmission Did You Get ? Like everyone else, I did a lot of research. I noticed the vauge references to transmission type on the web page and the incorrect link to parts manual, which is still incorrect and brings up the operator I went to a local HD and inspected the floor model and found that it had a cast aluminum hydrostatic transmission..and the included parts manual dated 10/12 correctly listed hydrostatic..Since I had an out of state shipping requirement that the local store could not handle, I ordered it online... What I ended up receiving was the same model tractor only manufactured in 01/13 and it now comes with a belt driven black plastic CVT transmission..I was my opinion, the change to the plastic CVT did not result in a better product...I immediately returned the one I bough online and went back to the store and bought the floor model with the hydrostatic.....comparing the two.... the hydrostatic is WAY smoother than the jerky CVT, the pedal operating range is tighter on the hydro, better transmission braking and no maintenance to speak of on the hydro....the CVT belts will eventually start to slip from wear or even from just dirt or glazing...CVT belts are wear parts and require maintenance, especially when exposed to the dirt and dust that this mower can kick up.....if you can still find the hydro (and this is not my first hydro experience) buy it.....I wonder how many other people actually even noticed this rather significant drivetrain "revision".?
Date published: 2013-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A monster! I'm pretty sure I would have paid at least 600 dollars more for this unit had I test drove it before.... I have 3 acres which include two good sized hills, rough terrain, trees and many uneven surfaces...... This mower makes all that a walk in the park... Very strong motor... Good safety features...and with attachment on cutting deck for water hose clean up is a breeze....very happy!
Date published: 2013-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I researched many riding mowers before purchasing this one After lots of research and comparing features, specifications and reviews I purchased my first riding lawn mower to cut about 1.5 acres of grass. So far so good. Home Depot delivered fully assembled, charged and ready to go. I just added oil and gasoline. Last weekend I completed my first cut with the mower and for this season. I was really impress with how nice the yard looked afterwards, very smooth and even cut. The biggest thing for me, was that it took me 1 hour and 20 mins to cut, and I feel I went fairly slow, due to first cut, the grass was long and was worried about rocks in yard, plus I wasn't sure what's the best way to map out the yard to be most efficient. I believe as I get better at mapping yard and removing rocks, I could cut yard in 1 hour. (This is going at just average speed). It use to take me between 7-8 hours to cut with a push mower. I'm a big guy, weigh about 300 pounds and this mower showed incredible power going up hills at just average speed. I also liked how little gas I used to cut my 1.5 acres as I used I figure 1.25 gallons. I wasn't sure if buying a riding mower where you have to press the pedal like a car was something I really wanted as I figured my foot would get tired. I decided to buy, because a vast majority of reviews said it was a must have and made the cutting experience better, and they were right. I'm glad I have, made cutting the yard so much more easier, and my foot never bothered me, plus even if it did at some point, It has the cruise control feature which is good to have in case you need a break. Lastly, the mower seemed as noisy as other riding mowers, maybe a bit more quiter (I have used many between my parents and inlaws). It's defiantly very powerful and so far seems to be a great buy, for the money when comparing all you get for this mower. I defiantly at this point would reccomended. The only negative I can say, is the hood cover seems a bit flimsy when opening.
Date published: 2013-04-16
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