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Ariens Zoom 42 (42") 20HP Zero Turn Lawn Mower

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Grade
Entry Level Lawn Mowers
Style
Zero-Turn Mower
Surface Area
Office Building, Farm, or Parks
Large
Terrain
Hilly Terrain
Hilly
Width
42

Cutting Inches
Engine
Kohler Engine


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Premium Kohler 20HP/725cc V-Twin OHV Engine
Quiet, smooth operation and easy dependable starts
Full-pressure lubrication w/ full flow filter & bypass protection
Engine hood isolates operator from noise and heat

Hydro-Gear® EZT Fully Integrated Transmission
No shifting necessary for effortless operation
Equipped with cooling fans and large hydraulic reservoir

4-Point Deck Mount Design
42" 12-gauge stamped steel deck
17,000 feet per minute blade tip speed
4 support positions prevent excess deck movement
Delivers a better cut with less scalping
Mechanical foot lift raises & lowers mowing deck

1.5" x 1.5" Fully Welded Square Steel Frame
Produces less vibration for more comfortable operation
Rear bumper, trailer hitch sold separately
Solid steel front axle

Steering Control Dampeners
Small shocks that make the mower smoother to operate
Easier to keep a straight line and trim closer to objects


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Engine
Engine Brand
Kohler
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
HP
20 HP
CC
725 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
2 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
2 Cylinders
Oil Filter
Yes
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Motor
Battery Included
Included
Deck
Cutting Options
3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
Material
12-Gauge
Construction
Stamped
Spindle Material
Steel
Blades
3 Blades
Deck Positions
7 Positions
Cutting Height
1.5-4.5 Inches
Deck Lift System
Manual Foot Operated
Engagement
Warner Electric
Deck Drive
Belt
Drive
Speeds
Variable
Maximum Speed
6 MPH
Maximum Reverse Speed
3 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Transmission Type
Hydrostatic
Drive System
Transaxles
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Sold Separately
Engine Guard
No
Seat Type
High Back w/ Seat Springs
Hour Meter
No
Arm Rests
Sold Separately
Front Bumper
No
Trailer Hitch
Sold Separately
Mulcher Kit
Sold Separately
Headlights
Sold Separately
Wheels
Front Tire Size
11 x 4 Inch
Front Axle
Swivel
Rear Tire Size
18 x 8.5 Inch
Tire Type
Pneumatic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Assembly Required
No
Weight
440 Pounds
Product Length
64.0 Inches
Product Width
43.5 up/54.0 down Inches
Product Height
43.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
UPC
751058032276
Model
915159
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  14 Questions
Q: Where can I purchase arm rests for a 42" Ariens mower?
by TJ Davis from Florida on April 06, 2014

A: T.J. - unfortunately, the stock seat that comes on an Ariens Zoom42 mower is not compatible with an arm rest kit. If you really want arm rests on your Zoom42, you'll need to purchase an a new seat that has arm rests.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: For the Ariens 42" zero turn, how many anti-scalp wheels on the front of the deck and how many on the rear of the deck?

by Joe from Virginia on August 24, 2013

A: This particular model is going to only have 4 anti-scalp wheels, you will have two in the front and two in the back. The picture from Ariens is deceiving because it is a picture of a Zoom 42", but they do not add the right anti-scalp wheel on the front for whatever reason.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: What is the stability of this mower going up and down hills?
by Jack Voelz from Indiana on April 12, 2013

A: Jack - the Ariens Zoom 34 will mow effectively on slopes or inclines up to 17 degree's of slope. Any steeper than that and you may have traction issues, especially if the grass is wet.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: The Ariens 42 says that it's 54 inches wide is that with the grass deflector and does that fold up to make it less. Thanks
by Sam Panasci from New York on February 20, 2012

A: Sam - yes, the overall width of 54" is with the side discharge chute cover in the down position. If you fold it up, the overall width of the mower is approx. 43-1/2".
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: What is the difference between Transaxles and hydorstatic transmition on the ZTR mowers?
by CK on July 24, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry.

The difference between transaxle and hydrostatic transmissions on zero turn mowers is as follows:

The transaxle has the pump and wheel motor in one case. It is belt driven.
The hydrostatic is propelled with fluid and a seperate pump. It is not belt driven.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Todd, if i buy this mower and something goes wrong within the 3 year warranty, how would i get it fixed?
by Joe from Connecticut on June 26, 2011

A: Joe - any needed warranty service would be provided by your local Ariens dealer. We have a link on our web site under customer service that would allow you to look up the closest Ariens service centers using your zip code.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: I have a new 2011 Ariens Zoom 42 mower and would like to purchase a sun shade for it, but all that I have found are for 2008 or earlier model years. Is there a sun shade available for the new model?
by Gary from Ohio on June 24, 2011

A: Gary - Ariens stopped offering a sun shade for their Zoom series zero turn mowers a couple of years ago. There are a couple of after market sun shades out there that will fit on the newer Ariens Zoom models, but we do not offer one.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Are zero turn mowers set up to pull say a 17' dump cart for other yard work like conventional riding mowers?
by Joe from Pennsylvania on June 23, 2011

A: Joe - the maximum weight that a zero turn mower can "pull" (tow) is typically about 200 - 250 pounds. You could pull a 17 foot dump cart, which weighs about 160 lbs. You just couldn't put a whole lot of "stuff" in the cart.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: the ariens zero turn mowers, do they have snow blowers available? and if so are they easy to mount? just trying to cut back on the number of gas engines to maintain. thanks Troy
by Troy Donth from Minnesota on June 11, 2011

A: Troy - Ariens does make a snow blower attachment that mounts to the front of their zero turn mowers. I would say the installation is moderate in terms of ease. We don't stock the snow blower attachment, but we would be able to special order it for you if you decide you want one. To be honest, the snow blower attachment is not a big seller, mostly because of the handling and traction of a zero turn mower on snow and ice. Give us a call if you want to find out more about the Ariens snow blower attachment for their zero turn mowers.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: I've looked at this at home depot and at your competitors wise guys web site and they both have briggs and stratton as the engine your web site says a kohler why is it a different engine for the same mower?
by Christi from Texas on May 22, 2011

A: Christi - I can't comment on what our competitor's are showing on their web sites, but if you are looking at a 2011 Ariens Zoom 42 (#915159), the engine on this mower is definitely a 22hp Kohler Courage engine. The 2010 model (#915141) had a 16.5hp Briggs and Stratton engine, but this model is out of production and no longer available.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: I have a 42" front engine tractor currently. I want to cut down mowing time on a 2/3 acre lot. Would a 42" zero turn be recommended? Would 48"+ be overkill?
Thanks!

by Tim L. from Wisconsin on May 17, 2011

A: Tim - for a lot that is less than 1 acre, you could probably get away with using a 32" or 34" zero turn mower and still cut your mowing time. A 42" model would be plenty big enough. Yes, a 48" model would be more mower than you need for mowing less than one acre.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Does this Ariens Zoom42 (42") 22HP Zero Turn Lawn Mower (2011 Model) really come with a two-cylinder Kohler engine?
Thank you!

by Alan Church from South Dakota on May 16, 2011

A: Alan - yes, the Ariens Zoom 42 features a Kohler Courage twin cylinder engine.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Describe how much assembly is required when this mower is shipped to me?
by Bill Moyer from Kansas on April 21, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. The only assembly required is putting on the seat. Then you just have to gas , oil and go!!
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Todd, what is the overall length and width of the 42" machine?
by Hollis Earnest from Illinois on March 24, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. The overall length of this model is 64 inches. The overall width of this model is 54 inches.
by Jose, Product Expert

Ariens 915159 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
Pros
Price (16)
High Quality (12)
I'd Buy It Again (10)
Easy To Use (7)
Durable (6)
Cons
Difficult To Use (2)
Packaging (2)
Low Quality (2)
Expensive (1)
Learning Period Required... (1)
84% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Scott M.
Eden Prairie, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/11/15
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
NOV.
24
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower Small Battery
Purchased this lawnmower early fall 2015. It does a fantastic job. The zero turn works great and you get the hang of it quickly. You do need to be careful making turns do you font fig up the yard.

The battery the comes with this mower is very small and lasted for about four starts. No problem, just run to the hardware store and picked up one for about $20.00. There's plenty of room for a good size battery . Everything else is great!
Scott Recommends This Ariens Mower
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John D.
Winter Haven, FL
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
29
2016
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Problems With My Ariens Zomm 42.
I purchased this mower in Aug/2014,changing the oil yourself is not easy and its messy.Last week I was mowing about 45/min and I lost all control from the left joy stick,I did manage to get it back to my storege shed.I called Garden Grove Lawn Mower where I bought this mower, I told them the problem ,they said It had less them two months left on the warranty and see if I could bring to to them for repair.

After setting in my shed I for about two hours the machine was running good no... more
John Does Not Recommend This Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
John,
Thank you so much for providing valuable feedback. We apologize for any inconvenience you have experienced with your machine.
It sounds like your machine is running properly at this point however, I would encourage you, if you have not already, to discuss the tire and seat issues with your servicing dealer. They are the eyes and ears of the factory in the field.
Again, thank you for taking the time share your feedback.
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Charles D.
Pocatello, ID
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/6/15
REVIEWED
AUG.
28
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
They Call It Love
I recently purchased an Ariens Zoom 42 ZTR mower. It was delivered in record time, and set up was minimal and easy. It took about 2 minutes to feel comfortable operating the machine. The mower delivers an outstanding cut, no scalping, very clean. Far superior to my old 42" lawn tractor mower (which died). And it has honestly reduced my mowing and trimming time by 50% or more. I even used it to mow an acre of horse pasture, and it worked great! I love it and should have bought one years... more
Pros: Price, High Quality, Easy To Use, Light Weight
Cons: Small Fuel Tank
Charles Recommends This Ariens Mower
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James K.
Anna, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/1/15
REVIEWED
OCT.
06
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Not Quite All There
I could not believe there was not an hour meter on the mower. A mower of that class, and you don't even know when to change the oil.

Also, it took about 4 hours to put the trailer hitch on the mower due to mis-alignment of mounting holes.

Also the engine book called for 2 quarts of oil. Took about 2 hours to drain the excess oil.
James Recommends This Ariens Mower
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Jackie F.
Martinsville, IN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/12/15
REVIEWED
SEP.
24
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
I am 82 years old, my wife said that I had better stop mowing, using a push mower. The Aries is just great, I love mowing with it, does a great job. I mow every 3 or 4 days.
Jackie Recommends This Ariens Mower
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Charles P.
Henderson, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/24/15
REVIEWED
SEP.
15
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Ariens Zoom 42 (42") 20hp Zero Turn Lawn Mower
Good mower, Mows quicker than a 48" lawn tractor.
Charles Recommends This Ariens Mower
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John D.
Winter Haven, FL
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
JUL.
19
2016
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Returned To The Shop Again,same Problem.
This is the second time to the shop, this time the shop did find the problem. Bob at Garden Grove Lawn Mower said my problem was being caused by the casing inside the hydro was chipping causing the hydro to stop working on the left side.

Bob at the shop says he has been in contact with Ariens and they want him to fix the unit but Bob says it cant be fixed it will have to be replaced... So here I am with a mower in the shop in the middle of mowing season,and don't know when I will get that... more
John Does Not Recommend This Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
John,
We apologize for the frustration this has caused and truly appreciate your feedback. We have been in contact with Bob at Garden Grove. He was kind enough to send in pictures and we were able to provide him with the parts identification that he needed to perform the repair.
Again, I apologize for the inconvenience.

Barb
Ariens Company
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Joseph V.
Port Mansfield, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 12/9/15
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
APR.
11
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
"orange Crush" Cuts Grass!
After buying my zoom 42 on close out during the month of December 2015, I read up on reviews before selecting this zero turn mower.

I also looked very closely at the reviewers assessment of getting the mower off a freight truck. I selected the extra-charge of $50.00 for the power tail gate delivery.

This was just a week or more before Christmas. I had some trouble in following the tracking numbers from Old Dominion Freight.
It arrived on Friday, NO delivery until the following week. By... more
Pros: Price, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Reliable
Cons: Packaging, I Used My Skill Saw To Unbox The Shipping Container
Joseph Recommends This Ariens Mower
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Brett L.
Marseilles, IL
REVIEWED
JAN.
24
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Investment
I've had this mower for two years now and very pleased with the style and quality. Ariens is the only 42" deck with three blades and does a great job mowing. The only thing they need to change is the battery, it is to small and a hot engine starts hard when you shut it down. I replaced it with a larger battery and solved that problem. There is plenty of room in the compartment under the seat for a larger battery. A great buy.
Brett Recommends This Ariens Mower
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James S.
Canyon, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 11/30/15
REVIEWED
DEC.
30
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Swinford-----canyon, Texas
Just received zero turn mower in time to mow once before the snow storm. It appears to be an excellent mower.
James Recommends This Ariens Mower
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Jack P.
Medical Lake, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/29/15
REVIEWED
NOV.
03
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Zoom 42 Inch
I have only mowed once with this mower but, engine started fine and mower worked as it should.
Jack Recommends This Ariens Mower
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