Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 125
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Mower Lemon
I purchased this mower over two years ago. A couple of weeks ago a magnet broke off the fly wheel and destroyed the alternator and ripped off two mounting towers from the cylinder assembly. If I do the work, that is about $500 in parts alone. I see that they are currently using a 14.5 hp instead of the 13.5 hp they originally installed. Hopefully this addresses power issues I had after installing the bagger.
I am currently attempting to get this fixed under the warranty but I think the engine warranty is for two years.I am careful with all of my vehicles/mowers and conduct preventive maintenance and timely repairs and services. This is just a factory defect. This mower has about 60-70 hours of use.
My last 5hp Briggs and Stratton lasted 20 years. I guess they don't build them like they used to. A replacement engine is the most economical choice at this point. I am just afraid to install another Briggs and Stratton.
I initially had problems with the blade belts falling off and had to make adjustments,but not before the belts were damaged. They will soon require replacement. The bagger is very expensive and required extensive modifications to work properly. In addition, the bagger mount had to modified to accommodate a tow bracket. The blades are soft and require constant sharpening or replacement.
July 6, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by reedmj Good for the price
This mower is great for the price. It can fit through a normal sized gate which is great for fenced in areas. I have no complaints about it. Obviously it is a smaller deck size so it does take slightly longer, but it makes up the time in manuverability. It is easy to cut around something as small a flagpole. The one con that I find with this mower is that the rear wheels are narrow and it is very easy to make ruts if you aren't careful when mowing. Other than that, it is a great mower!
May 2, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by HappywithSS3200 Just bad Luck?
I purchased an Ariens Zoom 34 ZT back in Oct. The first one arrived with striped paint and a rust spot (half foot long, 1/3 inch wide) on the engine. I simple refused the shipment.
The replacement came about 2 weeks later. It worked for 15 minutes and suddenly the engine shut off. It couldn't be revived after checking the manuals for all potential issues. And it wasn't wise to get my hands dirty just to risk the warranty. The ridiculous thing was nobody want to fix this thing, not the dealer who assembled the mower, not Ariens, not the Briggs and Stratton. They all found possible ways to blame this issue on others. So, I had to call homedepot to take it back. They responsibly did so (I gave homedepot a 5 star for this).
Imagine if the break down happened a few month later and I had to go through the warranty process. What a nightmre it could have been.
I almost felt really lucky that it broke down in 15 minutes so I can return it as quickly as I can. It definitely my better choice to spend my 2K on a different brand.
No Ariens Mower for me anymore!
October 23, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Ariens 34 inch zero turn mower
Bought this after comparing to the Toro 32 inch zero turn and because 38 inch tractors are pretty extinct while my gates (which will not accommodate a 42 inch deck) live on. I thought the 14.5 HP B&S might barely be adequate but am pleasantly surprised at the power it provides. I have seen negative comments about the narrow drive tires and truth be told, I would prefer wider ones BUT the narrow tires are adequate and only tear up the lawn if the operator gets carried away. Like any other zero turn it takes a little getting used to, but even with a narrower deck it shaves considerable time off the mowing time required for the same lawn with a 38 inch tractor. The only bad thing about it is that is does not have a hitch for attaching a trailer in the 34 inch model but one can be ordered as an accessory.
June 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JoeV Best mover in neighborhood
I bought my mower 2 years ago when I purchased a home on 1/2 acre lot. I enjoy mowing so much that I mow my neighbors front yard everytime I mow my yard. I did have to replace the plastic guard due to running it into trees, corners of house. Replacing it was simple. Now considering adding the bagger. Definately a good choice in selecting this mower.
January 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by VainSaw Superb Amercian built mower
If you've never driven a zero-turn mower before it takes some getting used to. Managed to drive mine off a hill. Found out the hard way that fortunately this mower has a pressure sensor in the seat so it will shut off as soon as you stand up (or jump off!). Easy to use once you get the hang of it. Even at only 14.5 HP the Zoom is actually quite fast at full throttle (probably close to 10mph). It can climb fairly steep slopes with good traction. Has a Brigs and Stratton engine and comes with a high quality cylindrical air filter found on commercial units. Solid steel welded body design. Has a fair amount of vibration on bumpy surfaces.
I have about 1/3 acre of grass to cut and it used to take me about 1 1/2 hours by my manual self-propelled. With the Zoom it now only takes about 1/2 hour. With the mulch kit it mulches nicely as long as the grass is dry (apparently typical of riding mowers) and even better when the deck height adjustment is set to maximum. I prefer cutting my grass longer so I leave the deck height at max. The grass looks an order of magnitude better than with my Cub Cadet self-propelled.
Oh, and made in the USA!
Note on installing/replacing blades (necessary with mulch kit installation): since there is no way to lock down the blades from turning to get the blade shaft bolts off, you need to prevent the blades from turning. I did this by inserting a screwdriver through the holes in the deck and propping the blades against the screwdriver to prevent the blades from turning. Then you can use a rachet and socket to remove the bolts from the shaft.
June 23, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by scott the most amazing machine i have owned
I love machines, and I have to cut grass. Now I love to cut grass with my favorite machine. I have a lot of tools in my shop and I appreciate the precision, accuracy, and power of an excellent tool. The precision control and power of the Zoom 34 is something I had never experienced in a mower, yet realized within just a few minutes of practicing. I purchased the non-powered bagger last month thinking it might be able to handle grass clippings. However, I just cleaned up my hilly, 1 acre plot from fallen, wet oak leaves 6" thick in 2 hours, no kidding. The mulching attachment really works, and I was and still am amazed with its suction and mulching capability. An impressive machine. BTW, this is the first time have ever written a review for a tool. That's how impressed I am.
November 26, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by raytechinc over all a good zero turn
Good power even with the Bagger installed. Foot pedal for adjusting the mower deck height very nice. Comfortable seat. Bagger has good vacuum power.
Rear tires are to narrow. if you turn to quick they tear up the grass. the engine cooling intake area prone to clogging with clippings when using bagger. so you have to make sure to clean it when you dump the Bags.
A little more about bagger.
I have been using it to pickup leaves that have collected in areas of my yard for years to the point that they are turning in to dust. I have filled up about 30 times (2000 lbs.) so far. It is able to fill the bags in less than 5 minutes when pushed but sometimes clogs the hose if you push to fast.
March 20, 2012