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Review of Ariens 42 in 17.5 HP 6-speed Riding Lawn Mower (Model: 960160027)
4.30 stars Very Good Form 680 Reviews
Reviewed on: October 09, 2014 Author:
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  • Cuts tall and moist grass well; Impressive power
  • Mows in reverse too
  • Easy to assemble
  • Excellent turning radius; Good brakes
  • Starts and runs smoothly; Quiet engine
  • Controls resemble power steering
  • Great mower for the price


  • May cut unevenly if not controlled properly
  • Deck needs to be leveled
  • Deck may dig on uneven ground
Review Summary

This is the summary of consumer reviews for Ariens 42 in 17.5 HP 6-speed Riding Lawn Mower (Model: 960160027). The BoolPool rating for this product is Very Good, with 4.30 stars, and the price range is $457.50-$999.00.

The Ariens 42 in 17.5 HP 6-speed Riding Lawn Mower (Model: 960160027) is a perfect choice for lawns that goes up to an acre with either flat or hilly terrains. This riding tractor is powered by a dependable 17.5 HP Briggs and Stratton single cylinder overhead valve engine with easy to service air filter. A 6-speed gear drive transmission lets you set your own pace while mowing on hilly terrains and a 42 in. mowing deck gives your lawn a manicured look. It comes with a comfortable seat as well as headlights that you can use even when night comes. 6 cutting positions let you cut grass down to as short as 1-1/2 in. and as tall as 4 in. allowing you to adjust the cutting deck to best match the current condition of your yard. The best feature is "Mow in Reverse" as it allows you to mow in any direction, especially in tight areas.  Tight 18 in. turning radius and good brakes are loved by all users.

However, the Ariens 42 in 17.5 HP 6-speed Riding Lawn Mower (Model: 960160027) may be hard to control for beginners and if handled incorrectly, you may end up with uneven cuts.  The deck needs proper leveling and it does not have leveling wheels. The deck may also dig on uneven ground.

Overall, the Ariens 42 in 17.5 HP 6-speed Riding Lawn Mower (Model: 960160027) has an excellent turning radius, adequate engine power, and can easily cut through tall and thick grasses. It is easy to assemble and use. This riding lawn mower is the best value for the price. 

Technical Specifications:

  • Assembled Depth (in.): 72.75 in                
  • Assembled Height (in.): 34.5 in
  • Assembled Width (in.):   45 in      
  • Product Weight (lb.):       386 lb
  • Drive type: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Engine Displacement (cc): 500        
  • Front wheel size (in.): 15
  • Rear wheel size (in.):  20                          
  • Fuel tank capacity (gallons): 1.5
  • Oil capacity (oz.): 48           
User Voice
Ariens 42 in 17.5 HP 6-speed Riding Lawn Mower (Model: 960160027)
Great mower for the price Very impressive power and quality feel Can also add a mulching blade
Review Group #: 1 Rating :
4.50 stars
7 Reviews See Details
Excellent turning radius Adequate engine power Controls work fine Easy to assemble Good cutting performance Runs well Turns tightly Steering controls are similar to power steering
Review Group #: 2 Rating :
4.50 stars
16 Reviews See Details
Easily cuts tall and thick grass Plenty of power Good brakes May cut unevenly sometimes Does not bog down tall grass With practice, cuts neatly
Review Group #: 3 Rating :
4.50 stars
16 Reviews See Details
Can cut in reverse Starts and runs smoothly Height can be adjusted Wide blades
Review Group #: 4 Rating :
4.50 stars
23 Reviews See Details
Need to balance the deck first before first mowing Needs leveling wheels on the deck Deck digs on uneven ground
Review Group #: 5 Rating :
3.50 stars
24 Reviews See Details
Comfortable Fast Easy to start, turn and handle Quiet engine Allows lifting and lowering while mowing Option to mow in reverse is great
Review Group #: 6 Rating :
4.50 stars
30 Reviews See Details
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By Anonymous on August 22, 2015

How do I get the mower to mow in revise

By Anonymous on October 15, 2016 (Response 1 of 1)

After starting mower set ignition key position to reverse mow,

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