Ariens 42 in. Riding Lawn Mower Review
An expert reviewer prefers this new 42-inch Ariens, with its 19 HP single-cylinder Kohler engine, automatic transmission, 16-inch turning radius, and wash-out port over the highly-rated model it replaces. This is a basic riding mower that does its best work on grass that's not too dense or long and in yards without many obstacles; at 483 pounds, it's fine for light hauling.
The Ariens 960460024 with its 42-inch cutting path is a new addition to our list, replacing a similar Ariens riding lawn tractor that we wrote about last year. Ariens 960460024 reviews are scarce, and those we found at Home Depot come directly from the Ariens site and may refer to other models in addition to the 960460024. That said, the reviews shown for the Ariens 960460024 are very positive, with comments about the power and level cut on hilly terrain and in yards spanning multiple acres. A few users who posted Ariens 960460024 reviews in 2010 grouse about a minor turning problem in tight spots, but later reviews don't mention this. An expert Ariens 960460024 review at TodaysMower.com likes this 2011 model better than its predecessor, and says the specs are similar to those of a riding mower produced by a top competitor. Overall, concludes the Ariens 960460024 review by TodaysMower, this model can easily conquer basic yard work.
A hydrostatic automatic transmission, 19 HP Kohler engine, 1.5-gallon gas tank, four anti-scalp wheels, 16-inch turning radius, and six cutting heights between 1 and 4.5 inches mark the Ariens 960460024. Creature comforts include a cup holder and high-back seat. This model mows in reverse and moves forward at variable speeds up to 5.2 mph.
If you're looking for a bigger and more powerful Ariens riding mower that just falls within the cheap niche, the 46-inch 960460026 is an option. The price was dropped to $1,499 this year, and most users posting Ariens 960460026 reviews at Home Depot like what they bought. In particular, they comment on the easy steering as well as the powerful engine that runs quietly (for a mower, that is) and gives a smooth ride. One user notes that it handily mulches the heaps of leaves that fall all around his1.5-acre yard. We did read one Ariens 960460026 review that details a variety of build quality problems.
Like the smaller Ariens, the 960460026 features a 16-inch turning radius, offers six cutting heights, and runs forward up to 5.2 mph. But for an extra $100, you get a twin-cylinder 22 HP Briggs & Stratton engine, a 2.5 gallon gas tank, four more inches of cutting width, and a washout deck. The Ariens 960460026 does not mow in reverse; it does move backwards, though, at speeds up to 2.9 mph.
The Arien's 42" 960460024 and 46" 960460026 riding mowers are the right price for the right combination of features and appear to be well-liked by consumers.