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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
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5
Pros
High Quality (8)
Reliable (8)
Easy To Use (7)
Exceeded Expectations (5)
Durable (4)
Cons
Packaging (5)
Expensive (3)
Heavy (1)
It Is Extremely Difficul... (1)
None (1)
88% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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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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Daniel C.
Opelika, AL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/8/16
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUL.
17
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Subaru Engine Outstanding, Edger Ok At Best
The subaru engine runs great and is very powerful. However, the edger could use some improvement. I purchased after reading other reviews and should have found one to inspect in person. My mistake. I am comparing this unit to the 45 year old edger it replaced. My old edger had a steel tooth that hung down off of the frame directly behid the blade. This served as a guide along the edge of the concrete and greatly saved the blade.

This unit eats blades in a hurry. The second problem... more
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Scott M.
Greenwood, IN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 2/26/17
REVIEWED
APR.
10
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Seems Good Up Front
Looked good online was excited about it and the price but after less then 15 mins of use it started stalling out and the safety switch stopped working so I taped it up so it ran it without the switch. Later on while edging some curbs the handle was twisting and wanting to bend so I stopped edging the curbs and went back to sidewalks. after about six hours belt started fraying and coming apart and stretching to the point if you put any pressure on the blade it would just stop spinning
Cons: Low Quality, Durability
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Scott,
I'm sorry to hear about the issues you're experiencing with your edger. This tool is covered under a 2 year warranty so I will be sending you some repair centers near you that will work on your machine. Thank you for your business and I hope you have a great day.
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Manufacturer Response
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Scott,
We're sorry to hear you're experiencing issues with your machine. We would recommend that the unit get to a local authorized Ariens servicing dealer in your area. They would be able to go over the machine and get it back to proper working order for you. If you need help locating a dealer in your area, please use our Dealer Locator. We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this has caused. We'll be happy to work with the local dealer to get this resolved. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Sincerely,
Tyler
Ariens Company
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James S.
Twin Lakes, WI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/17/16
REVIEWED
MAY.
21
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Quality And Powerful
I was looking for an edger with quality brand reputation and reliability. Have owned an Ariens snow thrower for years, I knew buying their edger would be a safe bet, and I was correct. The edger arrived in 2 business days, packaged intact. A small handle assembly was required and the edger was ready to go.

Two pulls and the engine came to life. To me, it was a bit noisy, but I am guessing it is due to the overhead CAM. The edger has plenty of power to cut through the toughest of dirt and... more
James Recommends This Ariens Product
James's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Good reviews, great prices with free shipping. Highly recommend using Mowers Direct"
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Edward H.
Shelton, CT
REVIEWED
DEC.
14
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Cuts Like Butter Once Repair Facility Fixed It's Setup
The edger arrived missing a bolt for the handle and the throttle was not set up correctly in that it wouldn't do anything but idle. Once the throttle was tightened started on first pull and cut like a hot knife through butter.

Finished 600 feet of driveway edging in less than 30 minutes, Not great doing curves so had to go over them twice. Ecstatic about how my driveway looks.
Pros: High Quality, Reliable, Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations
Edward Recommends This Ariens Product
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Susan P.
Fort Collins, CO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/20/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
11
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Product,,,
Great product ,arrived fast. Would definitely recommend.
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Durable, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Expensive
Susan Recommends This Ariens Product
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Frederick T.
Roanoke, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/23/16
REVIEWED
OCT.
27
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Power To Spare!
I have a long circular drive which had not been edged for a significant amount of time. I bought the house last year and there was over a foot of grass beyond the edge of the concrete for over 300 feet. I was finished with the initial pass in under two hours, mostly because it was hard to find the edge of the concrete and the grass was so thick that I had to go over some areas twice after I pulled the first cut out of the way. For the most part I just walked at a slow pace and the edger did... more
Frederick Recommends This Ariens Product
Frederick's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Edger was delivered quickly, as promised. Box had minimal damage but the edger was in perfect condition. Added oil and gas and the engine started on the third pull, first or second pull thereafter. Very pleased with the edger and Mowers Direct."
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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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John P.
Corydon, IN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/25/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
16
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Equipment
Out of the box, quick setup. Filled all fluids, one pull, and I was edging. A nice piece of turf equipment.
John Recommends This Ariens Product
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Joseph H.
East Lansing, MI
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
I have only used the edger three times so far. It has worked great the three times I have used it. It started on the first or second pull and it is very powerful. I have very thick sod, but this edger cuts it like a hot knife through butter. The edger also arrived very quickly when shipped. The shipping box is flimsy. The box was torn in several different places, but the edger was in perfect condition. Very happy with the edger.
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Robbie S.
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/26/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
06
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Machine
Purchased this after using a sub-par machine that never worked very good. This thing is way bettet! No lack of power! Takes 10x loger to clean up than it does to use tbe machine!!!!
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