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Ariens A20KA46 46 in. 20 HP KOHLER Automatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower

Discontinued Ariens

A20KA46 46 in. 20 HP KOHLER Automatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower

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Product Overview

This Ariens riding tractor has premium features found on more expensive tractors, such as a powerful KOHLER 20 HP engine, rugged automatic transmission with foot pedal operation and cruise control, plus a wide 46 in. mowing deck with 4 anti-scalp gauge wheels a wash out port and 10 in. cutting heights, all at a value price. Throw in an ergonomic high back seat plus a handy beverage holder and you will find this solid riding tractor is all you need to get the job done quickly and easily. Ariens: more value for your money.

  • Powerful and dependable KOHLER 20 HP engine allows you mow through thick grass with ease
  • Smooth and rugged automatic transmission with foot pedal control operates just like a car, forward and reverse pedals allow you to mow quickly in any direction
  • 46 in. mowing deck with spring-assisted lift plus 4 anti-scalp gauge wheels and deck washout port, anti-scalp front and rear gauge wheels provide a cushion between the 46 in. deck and the ground, the washout port allows easy cleaning of accumulated grass and debris
  • Dual-blade design helps cut grass evenly on every pass
  • Tight 16 in. turning radius allows you to maneuver around obstacles with ease
  • Mows in reverse for added convenience
  • Ergonomic, high back padded seat allows you to mow comfortably for hours, seat lever adjustment for the position that is most comfortable for you
  • 10 in. cutting heights allow you to select cutting heights ranging from 1 - 4-1/2 in. to adjust the cutting deck to best match the current condition of your lawn
  • 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
  • Convenient cruise control allows you to easily set a constant mowing speed with the handy cruise control lever
  • 2-1/2 Gal. fuel capacity minimizes the need for refueling
  • Durable, welded steel frame for long life
  • Free White Glove Service available on this riding mower

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Name A20KA46 46 in. 20 HP KOHLER Automatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower XT1 Enduro Series LT 42 in. 18 HP Kohler Hydrostatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower D110 42 in. 19 HP Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower D140 48 in. 22 HP V-Twin Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower
Brand Ariens Cub Cadet John Deere John Deere
Ratings (24) (985) (240) (274)
Cutting Width 46 inches 42 inches 42 inches 48 inches
Engine Make Kohler Kohler OEM Branded OEM Branded
Features Cruise Control,Cup Holder,Deck cleanout,Headlights,Keyed start,Mulching Lawn Mower,Rust resistant deck Battery level indicator,Blade Brake,Cruise Control,Cup Holder,Deck cleanout,Headlights,Hour Meter,Keyed start,Mulching Lawn Mower,Rust resistant deck,Single-lever height adjustment Cup Holder,Headlights,Hour Meter,Keyed start,Mulching Lawn Mower,Single-lever height adjustment Cruise Control,Cup Holder,Deck cleanout,Headlights,Hour Meter,Keyed start,Mulching Lawn Mower
Horsepower (hp) 20 18 19 22
Size of Yard 1/2 - 2 Acres 1/2 - 2 Acres 1/2 - 2 Acres 2 - 4 Acres
Transmission Type Automatic Hydrostatic Hydrostatic Hydrostatic
Deck Type Stamped Stamped Stamped
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Assembled Depth (in.)
69.35 in
Assembled Height (in.)
46.38 in
Assembled Width (in.)
56.75 in
Cutting Width
46 inches
Front Wheel Size (in.)
Mower Deck Width
Rear Wheel Size (in.)
Turning Radius (in.)


Assembly Required
CA (CARB) Compliant
Not CARB Compliant
Commercial / Residential
Drive Type
Rear-wheel Drive
Engine Displacement (cc)
Engine Make
Cruise Control,Cup Holder,Deck cleanout,Headlights,Keyed start,Mulching Lawn Mower,Rust resistant deck
Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons)
Horsepower (hp)
Engine oil
Lawn Mower Type
Lawn Tractor
Maximum Cutting Height (in.)
Maximum Forward Speed (mph)
Maximum Reverse Speed (mph)
Minimum Cutting Height (in.)
Mower Size
Number of Blades
Number of Cylinders
Single Cylinder
Number of Deck Wheels
Oil Capacity (oz.)
Power Type
Product Weight (lb.)
Size of Yard
1/2 - 2 Acres
Start Type
Terrain Type
Transmission Type
White Glove Service
Free White Glove Service

Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings
No Certifications or Listings
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year limited

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Customer Questions & Answers

How do I get it to go into reverse ?

Every time I put it in reverse it dies. I have tried using the brake , the blades are disengaged, and it pops and dies. What am I doing wrong ? Just bought it so it's brand new!!!! it's the 20 hp that is pictured.
Asked by: DLm
This tractor has a mow in reverse feature. If your key is set in the mow in reverse feature you can mow while in the reverse position. If the key is not set in the proper position, the unit will stall as you have indicated. The is a picture icon on the dashboard next to the key that indicates the mow in reverse position. The unit should be able to go forward and reverse in any position as long as the blade is not engaged.
Answered by: Ariens
Date published: 2016-02-05


Would I be able to potentially swap the bagger from my old craftsman onto this??
Asked by: BigBen
Craftsman mowers are built by either MTD or Husqvarna. Check under the seat and you might find a tag that indicates who the manufacturer is. If the old one was built by Husqvarna, it should fit.
Answered by: DonQuixote
Date published: 2015-11-30

What transmission and Kohler engine doesthis mower have?

Trying to figure out if this mower has the RS800 General transmission or something different? Also does this mower have the Kohler Courage or 7000 series engine? Trying to figure out if I want to buy this mower or the A22VA46.
Asked by: john
Automatic transmission 20 HP engine
Answered by: Maggie
Date published: 2015-11-21

does it come fully assembled?

Asked by: Steve
Mine came fully assembled. Even had engine oil. Just put gas in it and mowed.
Answered by: Lommax
Date published: 2017-03-18
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Customer Reviews

A20KA46 46 in. 20 HP KOHLER Automatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 24.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I was looking for It was out of the crate and fully assembled when I picked it up from the store. It started up easily after checking the oil and filling it with gas. It is next to a ZTR in that the 16" turning radius has cut my mowing time by about an hour. The automatic transmission is also very easy to use. I am very happy with this mower.
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ariens A22VA46 Briggs & Stratton 46" 22HP riding mower Mower works well and all of my previously purchased rear attachments work but, my Home Depot salesman assured me that my brand new snow plow from the winter before I bought for my Club Cadet 46",( that died )would work on this. Guess what, this riding mower does not take front attachments at all. Now I have a lovely 400.00 plow that is unusable and I don't want a snow blower(which is the snow removal attachment available for this machine). When the snow is 2ft deep my mower won't go through it for the snowblower to be efficient. Better informed salesman would have made a big difference in my purchase because I need a tractor that can plow.
Date published: 2016-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent mower for a great price. The mower is easy to use and does an excellent job right out of the box. There was an intermittent roaring noise at first, but it seems to have gone away now, so I'll attribute that to the initial breaking-in period. Also, if I could make any changes, I'd add a service counter and an easier-to-use cruise control as it is difficult to get it set. I like that this is a 2 blade mower as they generally seem to mow better than 3 blade mowers. The automatic hydrostatic transmission function smoothy, and the 20HP Kohler engine has plenty of pep.
Date published: 2015-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I'm very pleased the mower was delivered to my doorstep and came completely assembled, although It did need the battery charged. So far it performs as it was advertised. My only issue is that the operating manual does not match the product. The manual is for Husqvarna so the instructions and descriptions do not match up. I had to basically figure out the starting and operating procedures on my own. Also the engine warranty is from a different manufacturer than advertised. I'm assuming the engine and mower are actually built by companies other than Ariens and Kohler. I think this should have been disclosed somewhere along the purchasing process. I'm sure if I had purchased the mower in a Home Depot store I would have been informed of the actual manufacturers and this wouldn't have been a surprise. My excellent rating is based on a very limited number of hours of run time. If you do not, I suggest a follow-up review one year after purchase, as this would be based on actual performance.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value for the $$$$$ Bought this rider to replace one that was over 10 years old and causing me trouble. I did a lot of research and ended up buying an Ariens and glad I did. I only have about 10 hrs on the mower but so far it has worked flawlessly. The four wheels on the deck keep it from scalping the lawn. Since my yard is uneven, this is a big factor with my satisfaction of this product. The auto transmission works great, although it took me a little time to get used to it. I keep reaching for the gear selector only to find out it's not there! I also find the controls very intuitive. Skimmed the manual for a couple minutes and was off and running, The only issue that i have encountered is that wen my mower was delivered, the steering wheel was not in alignment, A wrench and three minutes later, all was good. From my experience so far, I would definitely recommend this product,
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Home Depot is the Best Dealer for this Product I ordered this mower via Home It advertised free home delivery. I live in a smaller town where the closest Home Depot is 60 miles away. The trucking company would not deliver the machine to my front door because they could not take an 18 wheeler down the street I lived on and wanted me to meet the truck. The advertisement said free home delivery. I had no way of unloading the heavy thing. It took about 2 weeks and finally an employee of Home Depot in Brookhaven, MS used his personal pickup truck and tailer to deliver it 60 miles from their store. Home Depot also gave me a 10% credit on the purchase for the ordeal. I say, "Hats off to Home Depot and their employees at their Brookhaven, Mississippi Store", even though it took about 10 extra days to get the mower, they did deliver it to my home address. And the real treat was the $150 they credited back to my account. And the mower with the Kohler engine, performs outstanding. If you are going to make a serious power tool purchase, I highly recommend to do it through Home Depot if they have the product you are looking for. At that takes a lot for me to say given my experiences with service from most other stores lately. I don't think Home Depot made much money if any off my purchase, but they did provide outstanding service. In the future, when I'm going to make a purchase, I will go to them first.
Date published: 2015-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Mower, Great price Bought this mower since my parents had an Airens when i was a kid. We used it for about 15 years and had bought it used. Hoping this purchase lasts me 15 years.. Nice and sturdy construction. Runs well.
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good riding lawn mower I am very please with the quality and performance.
Date published: 2014-10-15
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