Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 103
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Ed Cheap piece of junk and have had nothing but problems
After 1 year of use i've had to replace both blade spindles, both blade pulleys and the transmission is sticking in forward and reverse. Instead of using quality parts it is made of cheap and weak parts. One of the front anti scalp wheels broke off because the weld was weak and bad. I thought I was buying a quality lawn mower but I find out I was wrong it is a very cheap made mower. I can understand why Home Depot discontinued these as they have been nothing but problems from other reviews.
March 19, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BigB1 cranked right up !
don't go in the ditches unless you want to flip over !
July 17, 2012
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 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 3.0 out of 5.0 by john Carburetor
How do I find out what model nikki carburetor is on my 20hp 46in ariens 960460023 need to buy replacement parts
February 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ZachM Great low cost mower
We were in need of a riding mower for our newly purchased house. Unfortunately we waited until the grass was a little higher than we liked and our push mower wouldn't handle the job. Once we bought this, we used our home depot credit card that got us the rental truck for free and fit easily on it for delivery the same day. The next morning I went out and mowed 10 inch wet grass like it was nothing. It was a real life saver and feels like a great mower. I agree the hood is cheap but not enough of a negative to deduct a star for the overall performance. I am very pleased with this and how home depot helped me out with the free trunk rental.
April 25, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MissR It cuts beautifully!
We love our new Ariens mower. We did NOT love that it arrived with a big dent in the hood and without the hose nozzle adaptor for the washout port that was supposed to be packaged with the manual. However, I called Home Depot and they are making it right by shipping a new hood and the missing nozzle adaptor. Good customer service!
As for the mower, it has tons of power on our hilly yard, and makes a clean, smooth cut. I love the deck wheels, since parts of the yard are bumpy and uneven. It is able to get very close to our fence, reducing the need for filling in with the push mower.
Now, instead of mowing being a chore, we look forward to it!
July 15, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by bill awful mower save your money
i bought this mower in 10 for a 2 acre flat lot.right out of the box the mower would not go backwards ,i brought it to the repair shop and they said it was the belts ,no luck they were wrong mower still wont backup unless i get off and push it with the motor running .this mower has a 19.5 hp b&s motor on it and it has no power or speed it cuts awful and goes through blades like water.i owned a murray for years and thought i was getting a better mower than the murray but i was wrong.i think a poulan pro would be better.oh yes i also bought the bagger and the amount of dirt and leaves blowing out of the bagger onto the driver is unbelieveable huge design flaw
July 2, 2012