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Ariens 46 in. 20 HP Briggs & Stratton Front-Engine Hydrostatic Riding Mower-DISCONTINUED

Discontinued Ariens

46 in. 20 HP Briggs & Stratton Front-Engine Hydrostatic Riding Mower-DISCONTINUED

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Product Overview

The Ariens 46 in. 20 HP Briggs and Stratton Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower is built around a powerful pressure-lubricated engine and offers a smooth automatic transmission with a lever control that allows you to match the speed to the task at hand. The wide, dual-blade cutting deck helps ensure even cutting on every pass with an adjustable cut height of 1 - 4-1/2 in. The tight 16 in. turning radius allows you to maneuver around obstacles with ease, and high-back seat and convenient beverage holder let you attend to your lawn in comfort.

  • 20 HP Briggs and Stratton pressure-lubricated engine for powerful performance
  • Smooth hydrostatic automatic transmission with a lever control that allows you to match the speed to the job
  • Wide 46 in. mowing deck with a wash out-out port, 4 anti-scalp wheels, and spring-assisted lift
  • 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
  • Durable, welded steel frame for long life
  • 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
  • Comfortable, adjustable high-back seat with a handy beverage holder
  • 1-1/2-gal. fuel capacity minimizes the need for refueling
  • Mows in reverse,this feature is not found on comparably priced front engine lawn tractors at other retailers
  • 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. 17-1/2 HP Briggs & Stratton 6-Speed Gear Front-Engine Riding Mower - California Compliant 46 in. 20 HP Briggs & Stratton Front-Engine Hydrostatic Riding Mower-DISCONTINUED 46 in. 20 HP V-Twin Briggs & Stratton Automatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower D110 42 in. 19 HP Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower-California Compliant
Brand Poulan PRO Ariens Poulan PRO John Deere
Ratings (39) (103) (187) (14)
Cutting Width 42 inches 46 inches 46 inches 42 inches
Engine Make Briggs and Stratton Briggs and Stratton Briggs and Stratton OEM Branded
Features Cup Holder,Headlights,Keyed start,Mulching Lawn Mower,Rust resistant deck Cup Holder,Deck cleanout,Headlights,Keyed start,Mulching Lawn Mower Cup Holder,Headlights,Keyed start,Mulching Lawn Mower,Rust resistant deck,Single-lever height adjustment Cup Holder,Deck cleanout,Headlights,Hour Meter,Keyed start,Mulching Lawn Mower
Horsepower (hp) 17.5 20 19
Size of Yard 1/2 - 2 Acres 1/2 - 2 Acres 1/2 - 2 Acres 1/2 - 2 Acres
Transmission Type Gear Drive Hydrostatic Automatic Hydrostatic
Deck Type Stamped Stamped Stamped
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Customer Questions & Answers

Is this too big a mower for a 1/4 acre city lot?

Asked by: Anonymous
This tractor has a 46" deck and it is recommended for Cutting Area: 1/2-1 acre, 1-2 acres.
Answered by: Ariens
Date published: 2015-09-17

Is the transmission manual or automatic?

Asked by: Anonymous
Answered by: navvet
Date published: 2015-09-17

Where is it manufactured? Is it made in the USA?

Asked by: Anonymous
South Carolina. Made in the USA stickers all over it!
Answered by: Steveo
Date published: 2015-09-17

Mowing in reverse?

When I am mowing and I need to back up due to missing a spot or a tight turn or whatever, what happens? Can I mow in reverse? Will the engine cut out? Will the blades disengage?
Asked by: Anonymous
The ignition has a position for mowing in reverse. If you do not place the key in the reverse position the engine will die if you place the shifter in reverse. But, once you've placed the key in that reverse position you can actually leave the key in that position and mow both forward and reverse without moving the key again.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2015-09-17
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Customer Reviews

46 in. 20 HP Briggs & Stratton Front-Engine Hydrostatic Riding Mower-DISCONTINUED is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 103.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2011-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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'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!
Date published: 2012-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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
Date published: 2011-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2012-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2011-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good riding mower for pricepoint. I can't imagine that you will find a better value than this Ariens riding mower. The only issue that I had, which was covered in the manual that I DID read, was that it needed alot of adjustment before it would actually cut the grass evenly and at the correct height. However, this doesn't lower my score because as I said it was something that they suggest doing. Otherwise I found it extremely easy to get "setup" and I also added a dual bagger which was also a snap to get on the mower and going. I realize this isn't John Deere, but for my purposes (and I would guess for many other's) this will do the job just fine, and at just over $1000, the price is affordable as it gets.
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from All well that ends well ! Mower was delivered on time & trucker put the crate right into my garage. First use of the mower didn't end well even though all items in the instructions were followed to the letter including filling the gas, bleeding the trans. & engaging the rear pin for Mower started fine & mowed one pass then it started slowing down & wouldn't rev higher than an idle speed. tried to restart but battery would not crank engine fast enough to start even though i charged it to full. Called "On Line Services". They called the local Home Depot & I had a brand new mower delivered to my house within an hour, great service! New Ariens worked excellent, no problems with this one. All well that ends well!!
Date published: 2011-07-23
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