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2011 Ariens 54 in 25 HP Gear Drive Garden Tractor Model 960460027 Review

Ariens 54 in 25 HP Gear Drive Garden Tractor Model 960460027 Review

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Yes there is a review of this mower in here somewhere:

I have seen this mower before. It looks like a very popular tractor from the last decade.  It took me a while to figure out exactly where I had seen it, but finally I figured it out.  It has the exact same specs as a 2008 Craftsman.  Right down to the hood, engine type, turning radius and controls. Because of this fact I will change my normal review layout to include a direct comparison of this tractor with the Craftsman it is competing against.

What do you want to do with your riding mower? It’s Not The Best Lawn Tractor….It’s The Best Lawn Tractor For You!

Ariens, Poulan and Home Depot are welcome to contact me and show me the difference!  I’m sure the engines in these mowers have the required EPA changes for 2011 otherwise I can’t tell the difference between these “new” mowers and the 2008 Craftsman lineup.

My Review:

My Value/Cost Rating: Rider: Mows Lawn Well, Mulches, Gets Through Tight Spaces Well.  Great for 1/4 to 1  Acre Lawns, Light Hauling, No Snow Removal. Accepts Light Attachments & Bagger.

Type: Riding Mower. See Tractor Rider Mower Types for a complete explanation.
Engine Type: Good. See Engine Types for a complete explanation.
Transmission Type: Manual. See Transmission Types for a complete explanation.
Speed Control: Fender Gear

Accepts Light Duty Attachments

Direct Comparison of this tractor with the 2011 Craftsman it is competing against. Craftsman 

Product Data is taken directly from Home Depot .com and Sears.com at the time of this review. Please check the sites for current info.

  • Brand: Ariens Model 960460028 Craftsman Model 25024
  • Engine Size: Ariens 25 hp Craftsman 26 hp
  • Cylinder: Ariens 2 Craftsman 2
  • Transmission: Ariens Heavy Duty Manual Craftsman Heavy Duty Manual
  • Cut Width: Ariens 54 in. Craftsman 54 in.
  • Blades: Ariens 3 Craftsman 3
  • Turning Radius: Ariens 18 in. Craftsman 6 in.
  • Frame: Ariens Steel CraftsmanSteel
  • Cutting Positions: Ariens 6 Craftsman 7
  • Forward Speed: Ariens 5-1/2 MPH Craftsman 7-1/2 MPH
  • Gas Tank: Ariens 4 gallon Craftsman 4 gallon
  • Average Price: Ariens $2499 Craftsman $2499

What I Like!

This mower is great for those of you who want a heavy duty tractor and don’t have a lot of obstacles to mow around.  The manual transmission means you will have to stop and shift the tractor every time you want to back up or change the forward speed.  It will pull all the ground engaging attachments Home Depot, Sears, and Northern Tool offers. It does not have the 7.5 mph ground speed of the Craftsman 28945 and has a smaller 25 hp Kohler motor.  The Craftsman comes with a heavier bumper and new style hood.

I put together an article on choosing the right Garden Tractor for you.  Please read it before choosing this mower: http://todaysmower.com/2011/4-craftsman-garden-tractors-which-one-is-right-for-you/

Ariens 54 in 25 HP Gear Drive Garden Tractor Model 960460027: Compare this to the Craftsman http://todaysmower.com/2010/2010-craftsman-garden-tractor/

Product Description From Home Depot .com

This Ariens Garden Tractor has a powerful 25 hp Kohler Courage V-Twin engine and its solid design enables it to perform with various ground engaging attachments. When you add in the heavy-duty premium 6 speed gear transmission plus a wide 54 in.cutting deck this is the perfect tractor for all you lawn and garden needs, allowing you to get the job done is less time. This is a true garden tractor.

  • Assembled Dimension: 58 in. W x 72.75 in. D x 58.75 in. H
  • Powerful and dependable Kohler V-Twin 25 HP engine gives you more power to tackle all the big jobs
  • 6 speed gear transmission that allows you to match the speed to the job, perfect for hilly terrains
  • Wide 54 in. cutting deck with 4 anti-scalp deck wheels and nose roller, spring assisted lift and deck wash out port mows more grass in fewer passes and less cutting time.
  • Triple-bladed cutting deck design ensures that grass is cut evenly on every pass
  • Tight 18 inch turning radius that allows you to maneuver around obstacles with ease.
  • Durable, welded steel frame for long life
  • Electric blade engage effortlessly engages the blades with the pull of a button on the dashboard
  • With less vibration and quieter operation a V-Twin engine give you a better operating experience
  • Travels at speeds of up to 5-1/2 MPH forward and 1-1/2 MPH in reverse for efficient mowing
  • 6 cutting positions let you cut grass down to as short as 1-1/2 in. and as tall as 5-1/2 in.
  • Comfortable, adjustable, high-back seat plus a handy cup holder
  • Delivered to your door 100% assembled
  • MFG Brand Name : Ariens
  • MFG Model # : 960460027
  • MFG Part # : 960460027
  • Number of Cylinders : Twin Cylinder

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