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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 (17)
Easy To Use (14)
Reliable (12)
Features (10)
I'd Buy It Again (7)
Cons
Packaging (10)
Expensive (5)
Heavy (2)
Durability (2)
Unreliable (2)
87% 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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Matthew W
Gibsonia, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/18/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
08
2017
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Terrible Experience With The Product And The Seller Thus Far
I purchased this product several weeks ago from mowers direct. The first one never made it to my home and was returned by the delivery company due to the shipped item being damaged. The second attempt hasn't gone much better. First I was required to pick the product up at the local delivery distribution hub due to oil leaking into the shipping package (they will not deliver items with flammable liquids). After finally getting the item to my home and filling it with oil and gas, the edger won't... more
Cons: Packaging, Low Quality, Unreliable, Durability
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Matthew,
I am sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing with your machine. I apologize for the inconvenience. Unfortunately, once a unit has been gassed/oiled and run, we cannot accept a return due to Federal regulations. Fortunately, your unit is covered under a warranty which offers repairs at no charge if the repair is covered under the warranty. I would strongly recommend that you take your machine in to a certified repair center so your machine can be diagnosed. I've included a few near you at the bottom. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call and we will do our best to assist. Thank you very much for your business and I hope you have a great summer.

Critchlow Enterprises Inc
4825 William Flynn Hwy, Allison Park, PA 15101
724-443-0260

Arnold Hardware
3025 Freeport Rd, Natrona Heights, PA 15065
724-224-4664

Ritenour Equipment Center
Ariens Preferred Dealer
520 Evans City Rd, Butler, PA 16001
724-482-6288
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Brand Rep
Matthew,
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We're very sorry to hear that you have had a frustrating experience with your new machine. Your best resource at this point would be a local Ariens authorized dealer. They will be happy to get your machine up and running correctly. If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to consult your local dealer (Dealer Locator) or contact us through our website (Support Page). We apologize for the inconveniences of this situation. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this process.

Thank you,
Tyler
Ariens Company
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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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Dean R.
Saxonburg, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/26/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
20
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Good Lawn Edger
I rate the value as only fair because I think it is expensive.
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Reliable
Cons: Expensive
Dean Recommends This Ariens Product
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Timothy F.
Pendergrass, GA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/27/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
18
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Product! Poor Shipping / Packaging!
Great product!

I would recommend to other buyers. Watch out on the shipping / packaging and inspect product over before use.

Product is great and what I was expecting for it to be. I had the shipping box come in in ruff shape. inspected the edger before adding gas or oil. I found the blade guard bent in from where the edger was rocking back and forth in the package. I chose to keep rather than the hassle of trying to return the edger. Filled the gas and oil to full, edger started up just... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Features, I'd Buy It Again, Durable
Cons: Packaging, Expensive
Timothy Recommends This Ariens Product
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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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Charles N.
Slinger, WI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/17/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
30
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Edger
Great product, only takes a few minutes to edge my driveway, Easy to start and to work with.
Charles Recommends This Ariens Product
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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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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!!!!
Robbie Recommends This Ariens Product
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