Rated 4.4 out of 5Â by 220
Rated 5 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â by josh Beware of the lemon
My 46" Ariens mower is a lemon. It is a 2011 and has only been in service for 3 northern summers, or said another way less than 100 hours. The spindle was replaced because the blades were vibrating and hitting the mower deck. Now I have serious issues with the B&S engine. The engine now needs to be overhauled and rebuilt. Dont buy this product. My mower started these problems weeks after the 3 year warranty. Don't buy don't buy don't buy.
August 25, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Keith Cheaply designed transmission, plastic parts instead of metal designed parts
Less than 6 months old and already down twice for service. Never will buy another Ariens product
August 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Mike Shrub cutter
My Ariens 46 has the power to mow through ferns, small saplings, blueberry bushes, and anything else I find in the woods. Oh and it does a professional job on my yard too. The motor is powerful enough to chop up anything that goes under the deck and it has enough speed to traverse rough terrain/hills. I use mine like a brush hog at camp clearing ATV trails. Ergonomically it is a perfect fit for me, enabling me to hours of comfortable cutting.
Wish the mower deck could be raised higher than 4" (standard height for most mowers).
July 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â 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