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Model: 986101
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Powerful 169cc Subaru® Engine
Breeze right along any job on your to-do list

Curb Hop Feature
For easy maneuverability when edging along curbs

Give Your Landscape A Manicured Edge
4-Position cutting height adjustment
110° rotation for edging, trimming and beveling

Durable Design
12-Gauge steel deck
Laterally adjustable front axle

Integrated Safety Circuit
Blade will only engage when handle is held down

Easy To Use
Well balanced design makes edger easy to push

Comfortable Design
Easy grip handles make those longs jobs much easier

Large Fuel Tank
Holds almost one gallon of gas for extended use


Trimmer
Number of Cutting Edges
1 Blade
Swivel Adjustments
110 Degrees
Engine
Engine Brand
Subaru
Starting System
Recoil Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
HP
6 HP
CC
169 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
0.95 Gallons
Consumer Engine Warranty
2 Years
Deck
Blades
1 Blade
Deck Positions
4 Positions
Cutting Height
9 Inches
Deck Drive
Belt
Number of Wheels
3 Wheels
Blade Angle
110 Degrees
Drive
Drive System
Push
Wheels
Front Tire Size
7.5 Inch
Rear Tire Size
8 Inch
Tire Type
Solid Rubber
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
72 Pounds
Product Length
44.75 Inches
Product Width
19.75 Inches
Product Height
38 Inches
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
Commercial Warranty
2 Years
UPC
751058026473
Model
986101
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  1 Question
Q: I am looking into purchasing an edger. Can you tell me the difference between the following:
Ariens 986101 / 986103


by Dennis Bickford from Louisiana on May 06, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. This model 986101 is an older model and has been discontinued. The 986103 is just the new version. The difference between the two is that the 986101 had a Subaru engine and the 986103 is equipped with an LCT engine. The Subaru is a better quality engine, but the LCT engine on the 986103 is a good performing engine for an edger and will give you the quality you are looking for.
by Jose, Product Expert
Ariens 986101 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
5/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 5
Pros
High Quality (20)
Easy To Use (18)
Reliable (14)
Features (12)
I'd Buy It Again (10)
Cons
Packaging (11)
Expensive (5)
Unreliable (3)
Heavy (2)
Durability (2)
87% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Total Reviews
90 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
14837 Helpful Votes
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The Ariens 986101 is designed for multiple adjustments that provide the flexibility to edge, trim or bevel nearly any landscape. It has a powerful 169cc Subaru® engine which starts extremely easy and is rated as one of the better engines on the market today.

The Ariens 986101 has many great features. The 12-gauge, all-steel frame adds durability. The large 0.71 gallon fuel tank gives you more time for edging and less time spent filling up the gas tank. The curb hop feature on the Ariens... more
Jose Recommends This Model
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Anthony M.
Savannah, GA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/3/16
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
AUG.
21
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Super Edger
I'm really impressed with the build quality and features of the edger. I fueled it, pulled the starter one time to prime, flipped the swith to "on" and one more pull fired it right up! The engine has a great tone and plenty of torque to edge sidewalks which had been neglected for years and years.

At some places I was cutting through two inches of centipede before breaking through below the level of the sidewalks and there was never any sign from the engine of struggle. Overall,... more
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Pros: High Quality, Exceeded Expectations, Features, Engine
Cons: Onoff Switch
Anthony Recommends This Ariens Product
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Danny W.
Memphis, TN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/6/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
23
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Poor Design
The design to could be better .The curb hop feature is too short for my curb, it needs to drop about three to four inches lower at minimum to accommodate some of our Memphis area curbs.The exhaust manifold is at the back of the unit near the adjustment nut for the wheel hop, its very easy to get burned when loosening or tightening this nut. Before a product is sold every where the sellers and manufacture needs to be sure that it's functional every where.
Pros: High Quality, Reliable
Cons: Curb hop
Danny Recommends This Ariens Product
Danny's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Good."
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Norman C.
Greenville, SC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/25/17
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
AUG.
01
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Ariens Edger / Subaru Engine / 9" Cut / Model # 986101
My first attempt to buy this Ariens edger was delivered busted up, re-packaged/re-sealed, with a bent rear axle. Called PED promptly, emailed some photos of the carton/edger. Got a positive response within 2 hours. They authorized the carrier to pick up and return it, no quesitons asked. (Note: This damage was the carrier's fault, not PED). The factory packaging is skimpy inside considering the weight and value of this edger. As soon as PED had electronic confirmation that the carrier... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Features, I'd Buy It Again, Quiet
Cons: Packaging
Norman Recommends This Ariens Product
Norman's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
4/5
"Good prices overall, good selections of OPE, had a great CS experience, will buy again as needs dictate."
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Robert V.
Seattle, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/26/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
11
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Faulty Coil On First Day
Everything in the owners manual was followed to a "T" and it started up right away. I thought great I'll put it to use right away and brought it over to an area to start it up again and begin edging. It failed to start. We tried everything. It's been in the shop for over 4 weeks and I just found out from the shop that the coil is bad. The shop is waiting for a replacement. I'm very disappointed.
Pros: Yet to find out if any of the above are true.
Cons: Unreliable
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Robert,
Our apologizes for the issues you're having. Hopefully your dealer will have that resolved for you soon.
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Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Robert,
We are sorry to hear that you are having this issue with your new Ariens edger and we apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused. We pride ourselves in providing the best products for our customers and we appreciate your patience and understanding while our service dealer corrects this issue for you.
Thank you
Andrew
Ariens Company
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Robert's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
4/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
4/5
"Power Equipment Direct is fine. Easy to order, quick response and delivery."
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Roy W.
Mt. Pleasant, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/17/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
09
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Edger!
Easy assembly, easy start, great performance with plenty of power. A solid machine that should last for years with the Subaru engine.
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Features, I'd Buy It Again
Roy Recommends This Ariens Product
Roy's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Quick service and delivery"
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David W.
Glendale, WI
REVIEWED
AUG.
08
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Ariens /subaru 6 Hp
This is my 3rd Ariens with Subaru motor. Always starts in 1 pull. Workhorse machine. Mowers Direct is the cheapest place with the best service. I love this machine & I own Razor Edging®. I edged more lawns then anyone you know.
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again
David Recommends This Ariens Product
David's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Read comments above. Mowers Direct is the only place to shop for commercial grade equipment at value pricing (& shipping)"
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Yevgen S.
Ephrata, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/1/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
01
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Love It
This is what I was looking for. Super machine. Would highly recommend it.
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Reliable, Easy To Store
Yevgen Recommends This Ariens Product
Yevgen's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Fast shipping. Nice packaging"
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William D.
Indian Springs, AL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/28/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
19
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Really Great Lawn Edger
The Ariens Model 986101 lawn edger is by far the best edger that I have ever used. The edger is extremely well-built and extremely sturdy. The engine is of sufficient horsepower to cut though very hard dirt at the edge of the curb in my front yard, whereas my previous 3.5 horsepower edger would die unless I moved the edger extremely slowly. I am really thrilled with this Ariens 169cc edger!
William Recommends This Ariens Product
William's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Really great seller. Great packaging, so no shipping damage."
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Ron
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/20/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
12
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Edger
Easy assembly, very thorough manual, added gas and started right up. Plenty of power, can run at 1/3rd to half throttle most of the time. Great Subaru engine and overall build quality.
Ron Recommends This Ariens Product
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Randall F.
Amesville, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/21/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
12
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Decent Edger
This edger works as advertised. It came almost completely assembled, finishing assembly was easy. Operation was also easy, very intuitive.

l can't tell how durable this machine is and how long the Subaru engine will last, but so far so good.

I would think that at the price Ariens could put steel rims and rubber wheels on this unit instead of cheap hollow plastic junk wheels. I have almost no doubt I will be replacing the wheels within a year or two.
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, Fast, Light Weight
Cons: Flimsy hollow plastic wheels
Randall Recommends This Ariens Product
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Thomas K.
Perryville, MO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/8/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
05
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Product
Very easy to assemble. Quality product with Subaru engine. Lowest price you will ever find it. Carton was a little banged up but edger not scratched.
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Reliable, Features
Cons: Packaging
Thomas Recommends This Ariens Product
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