The advantages of an Ariens zero-turn mower

Mow faster

  • Turning on the spot – saves time
  • Seamless continuation from the last cutting pass – saves time
  • Precise driving – around oppbstacles
  • Effecrtive mowing – saves time and fuel

More comfort

  • Greater legroom
  • Comfortable, adjustable seats
  • Smooth operation features
  • Low effort required for steering movements

Longer service life

  • High Quality steel frames and cutter decks
  • Robust hydrostatic transmissions
  • Premium quality engines
  • As few plastic parts as possible

More fun and enjoyment

  • Mowing fun – through the combination of speed, manoeuvrability and comfort
  • Gain more time for other activities
  • No cuttings to dispose of

Why is an Ariens zero-turn so fast??

More time for other things. In contrast to classic lawn tractors with a steering wheel, Ariens zero-turn mowers are driven by two independent wheel motors driving each of the rear wheels. Each wheel is individually controlled with one of two steering levers.

The drive wheels can thus move in the same or different directions. In practice, this means that you can turn on the spot in one single manoeuvre, unlike a lawn tractor that requires a large turning circle or manoeuvring backwards and forwards. This also means there is less uncut grass in the turning area and obstacles can easily be navigated. Its precision significantly reduces annoying “cleaning out” at the end.

Perfect quality of cut without collecting. Thanks to their low centre of gravity and large-volume cutting decks, Ariens zero-turn mowers achieve higher mowing speeds than lawn tractors. High blade speeds and a strong airflow produce an excellent cutting finish. Mulch kits, side- and rear discharges enable mowing without a grass collector. For users who have switched to an Ariens zero-turn, the conventional lawn tractor with a steering wheel has had its day.

With a conventional lawn tractor, you need several approaches and a lot of effort at the steering wheel to make a 180° turn.

With an Ariens zero-turn mower you can turn directly on the spot. Without wasting time, with minimum effort on the levers and without leaving grass in the turning areas.

How much faster is a zero-turn mower compared to a lawn tractor?

The zero-turn mower with the same cutting width is 40% FASTER than a lawn tractor!

Practial trial Mowing time (minutes) Additional rework time (minutes)
lawn tractor,
105 cm
201 0
lawn tractor,
106 cm
90 20
106 cm
55 15

Practical example with side discharge mowers from (estimated 4,000m2, flat terrain, ornamental lawn, 40 trees, some additional obstacles)


Study by the University of Hohenheim (Germany) – Institute of Agricultural Engineering / Comparison of the steering modes of conventional ride-on mowers and zero-turn mowers

A practical test between a conventional lawn tractor, 107 cm, and a zero-turn mower, 107 cm, resulted in the following:

Criterion Lawn tractor Ariens C60
rear discharge
Zero-Turn Ariens Ikon XD
side discharge
Steering teering knuckle with steering wheel Armoured-steering with lever
Turning radius 2,2 Meter 1,5 Meter
Turning manoeuvre Omega-turn
5 seconds
3,7 seconds
Quality of cut ++ +++
Physical stress (heart rate measured by app) 96 beats per minute 89 beats per minute
Main benefit Catching Speed, mowing without collection bag
Survey of the 17 test participants: “What would you buy?” 5 participants: lawn tractor 12 participants: zero-turn mower

Source: N. Hannemann, A. Laub, J. Luft, E. Windmüller, Comparison of the steering modes of ride-on lawn mowers, Institute of Agricultural Engineering, University of Hohenheim, 04/2023.


Can ANYONE drive an Ariens zero-turn?

Driving an Ariens zero-turn is very easy.
In the beginning, it just needs a little practice. The shopping trolley comparison is the easiest way to understand. Depending on the manoeuvre, move the drive levers as follows:



Straight ahead: push both levers forward evenly.
Backwards: pull both levers backwards evenly.



Left turn: Push the right lever further forward.
Right turn: Push the left lever further forward.



Turn on the spot: Simultaneously pull back one lever and push the other forward.