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Ariens WAW34 (34") 14.5HP Wide Area Walk Self Propelled Lawn Mower

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Model: 911413
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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5
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Mid Grade Lawn Mowers
Wide Area Walk Lawn Mowers
Surface Area
Medium Home
Flat Terrain

Cutting Inches

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14.5HP/500cc Briggs & Stratton Engine
Operator zone keyed electric start and throttle control
Plenty of power to take on even the roughest terrain

Self-Propelled, Variable On-The-Fly (VOF) Drive System
Forward speed up to 3.5 mph; reverse speed up to 2 mph
Zip in and out, back and forth without ever stopping the mower

34 Inch, 2-Blade Mower Deck
12-gauge stamped steel deck
7 cutting positions
Efficiently cuts grass and your mowing time by one-third

Engine Brand
Briggs & Stratton
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start w/ Recoil
Engine Cycle
14.5 HP
500 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
2.5 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Battery Included
Cutting Options
3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
Deck Material
Deck Construction
Spindle Material
2 Blades
Deck Positions
7 Positions
Cutting Height
1.75-3.5 Inches
Maximum Speed
3.5 MPH
Maximum Reverse Speed
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Drive System
Rear Bagger
Sold Separately
Engine Guard
Hour Meter
Arm Rests
Mulcher Kit
Sold Separately
Front Tire Size
8 Inch
Front Axle
Rear Tire Size
13 x 5 Inch
Tire Type
Pneumatic Wheels
Made in USA
280 Pounds
Product Length
67.0 Inches
Product Width
42.0 Inches
Product Height
38.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
  8 Questions
Q: My yard is ~3/4 acre. I have some slopes, maybe 17 degrees at most in some places. The terrain says "flat" for this mower. What does "flat" mean. Could you please give an angle. Thank you!
by Nick from Wisconsin on April 18, 2014

A: Nick - flat terrain normally means a grade of 10 percent or less. As long as you aren't mowing when the grass is damp or wet, the Ariens 911413 should be able to handle a 17 degree slope due to the large 14.5 HP engine.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Hi, I am very interested in this mower....Can I use a sulky attachment to this mower??
by Kareem from New Jersey on May 09, 2013

A: Kareem - the Ariens 911413 wide area walk mower cannot be used with a sulky attachment.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Does this mower come with a bag? If not could I find a bag for it somewhere else?
by Jim from Pennsylvania on November 13, 2012

A: Jim - the Ariens wide area walk mower does not include a bagger. This would be the bagger that would need to be ordered for use with this mower: 71106600
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: I am very interested in this mower and one thing that I don't see addressed is, is the mowing speed adjustable? There are times when I don't care to 'run' with the mower.
by Jim from Florida on February 09, 2012

A: Jim

Yes, there is a throttle control so you can slow down or speed up based how fast you want to walk with the mower.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Is there any assembly required when the Ariens WAW34 is delivered? Does the mower come ready to use? Also if the mulching blade kit is ordered is that put onto the mower prior to delivery? Thanks
by Mike from Connecticut on May 31, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry

The only assembly involved is tightening the handle into place. Then all you do is oil and add gasoline to the mower. If you order a muclch kit it is up to you to attach it to the mower.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Homeowner with 1/2 acre of mostly flat, some 3-4 foot slopes, needs to fit thru gate to get to back yard. Want something I can handle but durable and not a fortune
by Anonymous on April 23, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. This mower is perfect for your application. It will give you the power and durability of a commercial mower without paying the commercial mower price. It is easy to handle and give you better mobility with the swivel wheels.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: How does an Ariens WAW34 turn? Is power given to the wheels individually, or do you brake to turn? Will I be able to change direction easily like with a more expensive commercial walk behind?
by Jim Brooks from Nebraska on April 21, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. You have to manually turn this mower. The rear wheels are propelled, but the steerign is manual. The more expensive commercial walk behinds are designed to turn easier.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Inquiring if Ariens WAW34 (34") 14.5HP Wide Area Walk Self Propelled Lawn Mower (2011 Model) will do slopes ok and able to go uphill? How does it compare to the Honda HRX217HXA? Does the Honda double-blade cut better? Trying to figure if a 34" mower or a 21" will do for a 1/3 acre lawn (slopes/obstacles). Thank you!
by David from Maryland on March 19, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. This mower will handle slopes no problem. The Honda will give you a better, more accurate cut though. The Wide Area Walk is meant for larger lawns, but if you have a smaller lawn the Honda would the way to go.
by Jose, Product Expert

Ariens 911413 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5
Fast (1)
Price (1)
Durability (3)
Low Quality (3)
Unreliable (2)
Difficult To Use (1)
0% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
20 Helpful Votes
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
I Thought Ariens Was A Good Brand
My daughter in Ohio ordered an Ariens WAW34 earlier this year. I was recently at her home and she asked me to help her install the side bagger on it. The thing was ridiculous. The instructions were terrible. After we got it installed, she tried to run the mower and the baffle at the discharge chute was so poorly designed that the blade hit it. The only reasonable solution was to remove the baffle.
The mower itself is very poorly made. To only be able to adjust cut height with the front... more
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Kenneth W.
Burnet, TX
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Terrible Warranty
We purchased this mower about 3 years ago. We love how it handles anything. It is a bit large for my wife to handle on our terrain, but it has good power and since our grass is Buffalo grass, we keep it fairly long. The problem is with service.

After one season the mower would not go any direction, forward or back. I took it to a dealer who would repair it if I paid for it and then he would submit it to Ariens. The gearbox for forward had broken teeth in it and was jammed. He replace... more
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Teresa M.
Hebron, CT
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/15/13
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Already In Repair Shop - Used But Once
This past weekend was the first time I used the mower. Unfortunately, before I finished mowing the yard (less then 1/2 acre) the mower's engine speed decreased to a shaky idle and then the gears that propel the mower forward/reverse made a clattering noise and the mower stopped in the middle of the front yard. Needless to say, I'm greatly disappointed. A local authorized dealer picked-up the mower this afternoon (at a cost of course), and expect warranty works better then the mower did.
Pros: Price
Cons: Low Quality
Teresa Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Gales Ferry, CT
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/25/13
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Mow Time Is Reduced
I was very excited to get this mower. I was tired of having to mow twice a week due to the seed of the grass growing. I also bought the mulching kit for the mower. This mower will give you a work out when using it but there are ways to reduce how much of work out you get. Turning right is easier than left. Also using the reverse and forward together will also help in how much effort goes into the mowing process. The cut by the lawn mower is best when using the side discharge. Mulching... more
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Ent L.
Hartford, CT
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Don't Buy This Machine
I have had mine for nearly 4 years and every year, I have to take it in for repair. This year, I have taken it in 3 times now! The only way to control speed is by the clutch, and guess what, if the clutch is not fully depressed the belt is being worn and wont last. So to avoid this, there is no speed control!!!

The cables don't last.

You are better off saving more money and buying a Toro professional lawn mower.
Cons: Low Quality, Difficult To Use, Durability
Ent Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/22/11
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Ariens Walk Behind Mower
Overall this is a quality mower... but it will not cut lower than about 3 to 3.5 inches. This is with the front casters set at their lowest level. When set low the deck will dig into the ground on all but level terrain. Now if you just want to cut tall grass or weeds, no problem. If you want a nice low cut manicured lawn, this is not for you.
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Olympia, WA
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
More Machine Than I Expected
I recently purchased this Ariens from Mowers Direct.

I looked at the Cub Cadet CC760 ES and was about to buy one when I saw this model online. Not only is the cub cadet more expensive, it has overlapping blades on a belt system that worried me. Saw several reviews where the user hit something, and the blades were knocked out of synch and hit each other... ouch! The Ariens blades are staggered, and don't overlap directly. One is slightly behind the other for full coverage, no worries... more
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Minooka, IL
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Ariens Wide Area Walk-behind
I live near Bolingbrook where Power Equip. Direct has a showroom, and I wanted to see the Ariens 34in. walk-behind before purchasing one. I went into the showroom, and was greeted by friendly sales staff. The unit was not on display, but the sales rep. had one brought to edge warehouse next to showroom, where I was able to view it in shipping crate. He answered all my questions and I was very impressed. I bought the unit after seeing many other brands and seeing the huge difference in the... more
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Steven J.
Minford, OH
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Maintainence Nightmare
I used my mower for three full seasons, and part of a fourth. I bought it because I mow about 3/4 of and acre and at 58 my self propelled Lawn Boy just took too much time.

The ease of shifting from forward to reverse attracted me to the mower because I mow around many trees and planting areas.
The first year I had to replace both front wheels, as they separated from the hubs.

At the start of the second season I had to replace the front drive cable and both drive belts. About half way... more
Pros: Fast
Cons: Low Quality, Unreliable, Durability
Steven Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Plainfield, IL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/17/12
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Perfect For Acre+ Sized Yards With Long Straight Sections
I've enjoyed this mower and am very glad I purchased it. Mow time went from 1.2 hours to approximately 20 min, it's awesome! If you have a lot of trees or need to make a lot of turns you may want to look at a unit with a hydro-drive vs this belt drive, it's simply going to hold up better but at a large price increase.

I would with out a doubt recommend this mower to someone.
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Portsmouth, NH
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Only So-so
The rings to lower the cutting height keep falling off.

It is difficult to adjust the drive wheels. The 5 12 by 8 12 manual is almost impossible to read and the directions are terrible. I would never buy another Ariens product again. My last wide mower was a Troy Built that ran flawless (and was much easier to run) for fourteen years.
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