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What's a zero-turn mower? Let us explain...

4/26/2016 5:00:00 AM

​​​At Ariens, we like to consider ourselves experts in manufacturing zero-turn lawn mowers. In fact, we were one of the first in the industry to embrace zero-turn technology. And even though we've been living and breathing zero-turns for the past few decades, we know that some of our consumers are still unsure about making the switch from their current lawn tractor to a new zero turn. 

​Are you wondering if you should make a change? Keep reading. 

Save time. 

​Cut your mowing time in half with the infinite maneuverability of a zero-turn mower. 


  • ​The maneuverability of zero turn mowers allows you to easily mow around trees, flower beds and other obstacles in your yard more easily than with a steering wheel vehicle such as a riding lawn tractor.
  • Zero turn mowers are designed to cut grass nearly twice as fast as traditional lawn tractors so your straight line mowing speed is improved. A typical lawn tractor cuts at a speed of 3-4 mph while a typical zero turn mower cuts at a speed of 5-8 mph.​
  • ​​When you get to the end of your yard and have to turn around and come back, you literally can spin 180 degrees and come straight back without having to back up and cut the strips of grass you would miss when making the turn with a lawn tractor.​
  • With an unobstructed view of the cutting deck, zero turn mowers make it easy to cut very close to your trim edges – you can nearly eliminate the need to trim hard-to-reach areas with a push mower or a string trimmer after you've finished mowing.


Easy to drive.

No steering wheel? No problem. If you can drive a shopping cart, you can drive a zero-turn. Here's how: 

  • Forward: Push the handles forward.
  • Reverse: Pull the handles back.
  • Right Turn: Push the left handle forward.
  • Left Turn: Push the right handle forward.
  • Stop: Bring the handles back to neutral.
The key to driving in a straight line is to assure that the same amount of pressure is applied to each lever.

Add attachments. 
Need a mower that can do more than just cut grass? There are a number of different attachments that add to the versatility of zero turn mowers.

Bag or mulch clippings.
  • The most popular attachment is a bagging system that allows you to collect grass clippings. There are many bagger options available for zero turn mowers including two- and three-bucket designs. Ariens and Gravely offer powered and non-powered baggers. Powered baggers have a belt-driven powered blower that forces grass into the bags. Commercial-quality baggers dump from seat using a lever to tilt the collector so you don't have to get off machine to dump clippings.
Rear attachments
  • Zero turn mowers can accommodate a variety of rear attachments, including a dump cart, spreader, plug aerator, lawn dethatcher, roller or sprayer.
Front attachments
  • Some zero turn mowers can accommodate a front-mounted blade or even a snow blower or brush for clearing snow or debris.

Most attachments can be installed with the accompanying instructions, but it is generally recommended to have them installed by a professional power equipment dealer. Some zero turn mowers may require you to add a hitch for rear attachments while others may come standard with a hitch. In some cases, front attachments may require an adapter kit or weight kit. "Quick hitch" mechanisms may also be available for fast and easy changeover.

Want to know more? Visit or visit your local authrorized Ariens dealer to test drive a zero-turn today!


Survey Says: Americans Love their Yards and they are Important to a Home’s Resale Value

4/19/2016 5:00:00 AM

April is National Lawn Care Month​ so it is a great time to think about what your lawn and landscape do for you. Even in the age of the smartphone and T.V. show binge watching, the love affair with the American yard is not over.

According to an online survey commissioned by the National Association of Landscape Professionals​ and conducted by Harris Poll in May 2015, eighty-three percent of Am​​ericans think having a yard is important. Here are a few insights about the value of our lawns and backyards.

Your neighborhood's landscaping is important. Americans (91%) want to live in an area where they can see or walk to nice landscaping. So if you want the best chance of increasing the home prices in your neighborhood, make sure the landscaping looks good.

Nice landscaping helps to sell your house. Eighty-four percent say that the quality of a home's landscaping would affect their decision about whether or not to buy. Great neighborhood landscaping helps, but it isn't enough; yours needs to look good too.

Your neighbors care what your yard looks like. Seventy-one percent think it is important that their neighbors have well-maintained yards. Perhaps "good landscaping makes good neighbors" should be the new adage.

We want to enjoy our yards. Seventy-five percent of people feel that it is important to spend time outside in their yards.

Despite common misperceptions, even Millennials want to spend time in their yards. Seventy-five percent of Millennials (18–34 year olds) think spending time outside in their yards is important.

People want help with their landscape. A large majority of Americans (67%) agree that professional landscape help would allow them to have a nicer yard.

So, this April, don't take your yard for granted: make the most of it and it will return many financial and emotional benefits. ​

At Ariens, we agree that the condition of your yard can improve your home's resale value, and your overall summertime satisfaction. Now is the perfect time to prep your yard for the upcoming season of patio parties and barbeques. Head to your local authorized Ariens dealer today and check out the latest lineup of walk-behind and zero-turn mowers, and chore products that will get your yard in tip-top shape. Find your dealer here

Spring is in the Air: How to Make the Switch from Blower to Mower

4/15/2016 5:00:00 AM

​​Can you sense it? Spring is in the air, and we're officially ​changing over from our snow to our lawn and garden mindset. ​​As the seasons change, you may have questions about storing your Ariens Sno-Thro and readying your Ariens lawn and garden equipment.  Use our Changing of the Guard checklist to ensure that you're taking the proper steps for your equipment. ​

​​Click here to visit our changing of the guard website and get started. 

Cheers to a great spring season! 


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