Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 223
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by rockinroller Best Lawn Tractor For the $$$!
There's tons of options for the homeowner looking for a reasonable yet well-built lawn tractor, from the $800 small-width cut, low horsepower "cheapos" to the $5000 or more "Hummer-like" mowers. But as is the case with appliances and other products, there are only a handful of actual manufacturers, who produce lawn mowers with a multitude of labels and brand names.
This is my second Ariens lawn tractor, the first being their 46" width tractor with the 20hp Kohler Courage engine. I went with the B&S engine this time simply due to the number of negative comments on Internet chat sites concerning the lower-end Kohler engines (overheating, reliability issues, etc). Time will tell as to the B&S vs. Kohler issue but so far, so good--similar power and torque, noise levels, etc. between the two models.
As to the Ariens itself, I truly believe--after researching and owning other lawn tractors in this price point--that this is ABSOLUTELY THE BEST LAWN TRACTOR FOR THE MONEY that you can purchase!!! I cut a half-acre of fairly level, low obstacle yard once a week and mulch leaves in the Fall and for the price of this mower I do not believe you can do better. I got rid of a Cub Cadet 1045 with similar attributes, that had around 180 hrs of time on it and this Ariens feels, handles and just LOOKS more reliable and solid than the CC, for about 30% less. Plus Home Depot's after-the-purchase attention, customer service and overall reliability as far as "being there" after the sale was a critical consideration in this purchase.
For my money, the Ariens 46 with the B&S engine at this price cannot be beat.
November 13, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Robert Doesn't hold up on acre yard.
Deck is weak. Poor design doesn't lend itself to flowing over rises and falls in the yard. It has an "afterthought" add on guide that's bolted to the grass exit area to try to help it flow better with the yard. This piece isn't durable and has broken on our unit. Difficult blade change access. Much harder to take off for cleaning and maintenance than others we've owned over the years.
May 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Adrian75p Great buy
OK, where do I start ? When I first sat on the seat I noticed that there was plenty of room for my long legs. The steering wheel position was comfortable and I had no problems adjusting the blade height . The hydrostatic automatic transmission is easy to operate with smooth transitions from slow to fast and reverse. I got a clean cut with the 20 hp engine and 46" deck.
Basically, I love it. After I finished the lawn, I attached a dumper cart and loaded it with 250lbs of rock. Pulling the cart was effortless, even on a 10 degree grade of fresh-cut grass. I find myself brainstorming for new ways to use my tractor.
April 30, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kache One year update
I’ve had this mower for a year now and thought I’d update my comments. This is an incredible mower!! I have 1.6 acres in 5 plots with 5 trees, 6 bushes, a house and driveway to mow around and have put this to many a test.
I have 300 feet of 30 degree slope I have to mow on the slope. The low horizontal engine, with low center of gravity, makes this possible. I have to sit on the uphill side of the seat and rest one hand on the center of the seat to keep the seat switch from killing the engine, but this works just fine while still providing the rollover-kill protection.
Once the engine is running the key returns to the forward position. You can turn it to the reverse position and leave it there and mow both forward and backward without moving the key again. For a convoluted yard with many backups and no children or pets this is a great feature.
The 20 horse engine pulls a 46" thatcher, 46" sweeper, or 42" aerator effortlessly. I mounted a rack on the rear and have an ATV 10 gallon Fimco spray tank with boomless nozzels (or electric seed-fertilizer spreader) on it and this mower handles either so well I leave the tank on and loaded all summer.
Turning radius is really 16" – on concrete at a crawl. On grass it’s really more like 30" due to skidding. But with one backup to breakout the center of a land that’s still pretty good.
My lawn is fairly rough and the fender mounted hydrostatic drive is perfect for that and the long stretches. A pedal mount would be a good idea for getting a knee replacement if you have much mowing to do.
I agree with punster321, getting the mower out of the crate was a chore as I unloaded it on gravel and it did not have enough traction to climb over the slats. My neighbor has a forklift and so we moved it to the concrete drive and it drove right off the crate.
Bottom line on this mower – Beware, your neighbors will accuse you of recreational mowing!!
April 30, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by karenleigh51 One tough mower!
Before I purchased this mower, I did hours and hours of research looking for the best value for money that would do the job I needed done. I did product comparisons with all the major brands of mowers only to find out that many of them are made by the same manufacturer. Anyway, I also took into consideration customer reviews and only mowers that had more than 50 reviews at that. One five star review from one purchaser isn't enough for me to go on. So research I did only to rule out all others within my budget with this Ariens mower on top of the list.
Due to illness and rainy weather, the grass on my property was over four feet tall, so tall that it had laid down. I thought that ok, this was going to be a real test for this new mower and we'll see what it can do. Well, anything under 12" tall, it went through like a hot knife through butter (and the grass wasn't all that dry). I did raise the mowing deck up as high as it would go to mow through the taller stuff and granted, I didn't try to mow the entire width of the deck, but it handled that high grass as well! Once everything was chopped down to size, I remowed to even things out and my yard looks beautiful. Keep in mind that my yard is about 3 acres, more than what this mower is recommended for but it did the job just fine.
Now on to the features of this mower. The seat is very comfortable and easy to adjust. Steering is a breeze and turns are nice and sharp. No gouges on tight turns, either. I like the option to be able to mow in reverse because I have quite a few obstacles to get around and this makes it so easy. There's plenty of power, so much so that when I mow along the road front, it blows the grass cuttings clear across the center line! I have to say that I don't mind mowing the yard anymore...it's a real pleasure.
There are a couple of things that I should mention. One, probably due to the shipper used is that the engine idle or choke handle was snapped off. I called Home Depot and was assured that I would receive a replacement. Hasn't arrived yet. That is the biggest negative about this purchase. Also, the blade engagement lever is situated so that you push it up and behind the steering wheel. No problem there. Just don't let go of it when you disengage the blades because it will snap back very quickly and with a lot of force which resulted in a nice bruise right in the middle of my knee! My fault, live and learn but thought you should be aware of this. The only other thing is that access to fill the gas tank is a bit awkward but with a longer gas can spout, that solved the problem.
So as you can see from my review, I give this mower high marks. If anything changes, I'll be sure to let you know! Happy mowing!
September 4, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Jeff This is a 2 year follow up.
This model worked great the first year. Second year, the blades started having issues cutting the grass and were having to go over it twice. Went ahead and replaced with new blades, but still has same issue. Leaves a line of grass that forces you to mow over it twice. NEXT, it started having problems starting. Would have to hit it with a little starting fluid (ether) to get it started, then it was fine and would restart, until the next time you go to use it. Now, it won't even start with starting fluid. Had to replace battery just before 2 years. Does not seem to be getting any spark. Have replaced spark plugs (2 of them - Champion RC12YC are the replacements) Will be loading it up and taking it to a repair shop. Guessing the coil packs that fire plugs died. Won't even sputter. Also the headlight bulbs burn out often. Rarely use them, but they die from vibration I guess. Like I said, was great the first year, so-so the second year, and now problems. I have read other forums saying the same problems.
March 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sts1157 Went right to work
I did quite alot of research and thank many of the people who have written reviews on products. With out people leaving comments, future buyers have very little information to reley on. This is a great tractor I have used it 3 times to cut lawn and a few times to haul wood in my trailer. I have made a discovery on the reverse comments goes too fast. Well the reverse is like the forward trottle speed all way back is fast but move it up and it slows to a controlable speed.
My comment its a great tractor everything I was looking for and what a great place to shop Thanks Home Depot
June 11, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by gacordell One Tough Machine so far!
I just bought this mower. Trailered it home, unloaded it, read the instruction manual, gave it a quick once-over, added gas and started mowing. Usually if someone is going to have a problem, it will rear it's ugly head within the first twenty minutes or so.
I used this mower to hack down a jungle! I was in the Bastrop, TX., wildfires so my property is VERY "torn up" with ruts everywhere, branches galore, and loads of pine-cones and stumps everywhere, not to mention the fact that I was mowing down 5+foot tall "grass".
This mower NEVER SKIPPED A BEAT, did not even complain!
I have read several reviews on all kinds of riding mowers and any manufacturer who wants a "Torture Test" should send their mower to my yard.
This mower passed with FLYING COLORS! Yes I would recommend it!
October 3, 2012