2011 Ariens 42 in 19.5 HP BS Automatic Riding Mower Model A195BG42 Review

I’m not going to say a whole lot about this riding mower.  It mows ok, mulches ok and bags well.  It has all the standard features you would expect in a $1000 mower.  No frills, it just mows. Strip away the color and the upgraded motor and it really looks like my 12 year old Craftsman. (Yes, the one that is still running)

Ariens 42 in Rider

My Rating of this Craftsman Riding Lawn Mower:

My Value/Cost Rating: Lawn Tractor,  Mows Lawn Well, Gets Through Fairly Tight Spaces Well.  Great for 1/2 to 2  Acre Lawns, Accepts Light Attachments & Bagger.

Type: Lawn Tractor.
Engine Type: Good. Splash Lube.
Transmission Type: Automatic.
Speed Control: Fender Mount
Accepts Light Duty Rear Attachments:

Ariens Model A175BG42


On sale for around $1000.  Plenty of power to mow your lawn.  Built well for the price range. This tractor has been around in various forms for quite a while and it always gets great reviews.


Lightweight, will handle mowing well, but little else.  Do not buy this tractor if you regularly pull loads of dirt, etc.

Final Thoughts:

There are very few negatives with this mower as long as you understand that it is a good quality 42 inch mower designed to mow lawns well.  Take care of it (do the normal maintenance all lawn mowers need) and it will last you a long time.  I like this lawn mower for what it is designed for.


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