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Model: 986103
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136cc LCT Overhead Cam 4-Cycle Engine
Delivers maximum performancefor the most rugged conditions
Runs smoother and cooler and offers improved fuel economy

4-Position Cutting Height Adjustment
110 degree pivot head rotation for edging, trimming or beveling

Laterally Adjustable Front Wheel
Slides left to right for the ultimate in control

Curb Hop Feature
Front wheel drops for easy edging along the curb

Operator Presence Control
Blade will only engage when handle is held down

Easy Lift Transport Handle
Makes it simple to load and unload from a car or utility vehicle


Trimmer
Number of Cutting Edges
1 Blade
Swivel Adjustments
110 Degrees
Engine
Engine Brand
LCT
Starting System
Recoil Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
CC
136 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
0.71 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
No
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Deck
Deck Material
12-Gauge
Spindle Material
Steel
Blades
1 Blade
Deck Positions
4 Positions
Deck Drive
Belt
Number of Wheels
3 Wheels
Blade Angle
110 Degrees
Drive
Drive System
Push
Wheels
Front Tire Size
8 Inch
Rear Tire Size
8 Inch
Tire Type
Plastic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
72 Pounds
Product Length
44.75 Inches
Product Width
19.75 Inches
Product Height
38.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
UPC
751058032689
Model
986103
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  3 Questions
Q: How deep can the blade go? And where is the adjustment?
by Roy Scott from Massachusetts on April 19, 2013

A: Roy - the Ariens 986103 edger will edge to a max depth of approx. 3 inches. There is a height adjustment lever adjacent to the left handle bar that allows to move the edging height up or down. If you look at the image of the product, it the lever with the yellow grip
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Can you elaborate on the 110 degree adjustable blade angle. If zero degrees is vertical. How many degress does it angle to the right when viewed from behind the edger? To the left. I want to cut a 45 degree bevel on the edge of my garden. So it must rotate at least 45 degrees to the right.
by Pete from Georgia on August 14, 2011

A: Pete - the head will pivot from a vertical position up to a 110 degree angle to the LEFT (away from the body of the edger). So 90 degrees would be parallel to the ground, and you can actually go 20 degree beyond that if you would ever need to. The head does not pivot to the right (toward the body of the edger) at all.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Is the Airens 9' edger self propelled so that it doesn't have to be pushed?
by Howard Andrews from Florida on July 04, 2011

A: Howard - the Ariens 9" gas lawn edger is NOT self-propelled. This would have to pushed to move in forward and backward. We do not carry a self-propelled gas walk behind edger. In fact, I'm not sure I have ever seen one.
by Jose, Product Expert
Ariens 986103 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
5/5
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
Durable (4)
High Quality (4)
Quiet (4)
Easy To Use (4)
Price (3)
Cons
Difficult To Use (4)
Heavy (2)
Expensive (2)
Poor Curb Edging (1)
Adjustment Of Rear Wheel... (1)
76% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Jason M.
Spring, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/10/17
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JUL.
04
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Impressions After First Use
Very easy assembly from original packaging. Started easily. Can adjust the unit fairly easily into the curb hop position. Had plenty of power for my yard. Great clean look that can't be equaled with a weed eater. Good weight to product.
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use
Cons: Expensive
Jason Recommends This Ariens Product
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James C.
Hollywood, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/8/16
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
SEP.
08
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Poor Design
I've used the edger 8 times now and it starts and runs very well. It has plenty on power and doesn't bog down when cutting. Now the bad news, the staggered rear wheel design makes it hard to use. It doesn't turn well ( I have a circular driveway). When you have to turn , it twists the thin angle steel lower handle braces. The handle should have been tubular all the way to the base. ( it's tubular on the top half then bolts to the thin angle steel at the lower end).

It wouldn't be as much of... more
Pros: Engine Runs Well
Cons: Difficult To Use, Poor Design And Not User Friendly
James Does Not Recommend This Product
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Robert D
Phillipsburg, NJ
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/22/17
REVIEWED
JUN.
05
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
A Beast Of A Machine!
One month since purchase.
Do you have a lot of edging to do? This is the beast you want in your corner when it's time to fight the lawn edges and win!
I have 250+ feet of sidewalk and curbing to do. That's three edges x 250 = 750 feet of lawn to edge. No bogging down. No sounds as if it wants to quit.
Out of the box assembly, gas and oil and I was trimming in 20 minutes.
My only con is that I have old style round top curbing. The drop down wheel does not work with this type of curbing.... more
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, High Quality, Features
Cons: Drop down wheel does not work well with round curbing
Robert Recommends This Ariens Product
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Dennis R.
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/6/16
REVIEWED
AUG.
18
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Gas Edger
It works great. Have to get used to all the different trimming angles. Once you do, it's great.
Dennis Recommends This Ariens Product
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Alessandro B.
St Petersburg, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/29/16
REVIEWED
OCT.
21
2016
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Worse Customer Service Ever
Machine was shipped not working. After several contact with seller they said I need to call Ariel because they just sell.
Alessandro Does Not Recommend This Product
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Alessandro,
We are very sorry to hear of the issues with the lawn edger. Once the unit is gassed it needs to be taken to a local Ariens service dealer for warranty coverage.

Per our policy on engine powered equipment:

Engine powered equipment cannot be returned once it has been gassed or oiled due to federal shipping regulations. If the product has been gassed or oiled, it needs to be taken to an authorized service center for repair which may be covered under warranty.

Below is the local Ariens service center locator link.

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Alvin S.
Olive Branch, MS
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/1/13
Total Helpful Votes
17 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
DEC.
04
2013
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Not Happy
Not happy with the way this edger uses the blade to guide the edger along the sidewalk, driveway and curb. For the price you would expect better. Needs a guide below the guard to help maintain contact with the areas being edged. With only the blade to guide it, this edger's blade comes out of the trench and gets on top of the concrete being edged. This will eventually damage the edger over time so durability is an issue. My last edger, had it for over 20 years, had a guide and was much easier... more
Pros: Easy To Store
Cons: Difficult To Use, Durability, Expensive, No Guide Below The Guard To Guide Blade
Alvin Does Not Recommend This Product
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Christopher S.
Bettendorf, IA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/31/13
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
11
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Name, Great Product
First off, I received the edger damaged. It had bounced around in the box like a pogo stick and smashed the gas tank, ripped the handle bar grip, and bent the blade shield. I took pictures of the box unopened because the handle bar was sticking out the side and then opened the box and took more pictures of the edger, I emailed them to Jose who promptly responded and took care of the issue.

The edger is SO powerful. You can literally use it on half throttle through all but the wettest... more
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Price, Quiet
Cons: Chinese Built Honda Knock Off Engine, Ariens Needs To Pack It Better For Ups Or Fedex Shipping
Christopher Recommends This Ariens Product
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Michael S.
Rochester, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/15/14
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
07
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Awesome Edger
We have a corner lot with sidewalks and gutter drains. I have edged them in the past by hand. Last year it took me two days to complete this chore. My new Ariens Lawn Edger did the job in 30 mins. It cuts clean and straight. Great product!!
Michael Recommends This Ariens Product
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Michael
Snohomish, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/11/12
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
APR.
13
2013
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Ariens Edger Review
Purchased in June of 2011. Ran OK at first, not great, it needed some adjustments otherwise it was sputtering a bit. By September of 2011 it had died and would not start. Spring now and I am trying to get it running. I've had troubles finding a local dealer that would support the product and handle the warranty claim.
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Robert W.
Virginia Beach, VA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/9/13
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
04
2013
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Excellent Machine - Except On Curbs
I bought this unit based on the Ariens reputation of quality. Overall, this edger meets the bill with the exception of the curb functionality. The blade is too far from the front wheel and the wheel slips off the curb removing all support to the blade. As such, you have to basically do a controlled wheelie on the rear wheel when edging curbs - not cool at all for roughly $400.
Pros: Durable, Quiet, High Quality
Cons: Heavy, Difficult To Use
Robert Does Not Recommend This Product
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Steve
Tequesta, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 11/17/12
REVIEWED
DEC.
09
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
She Loves It
I have just used the edger twice and I'm very pleased. My wife is the main user and she loves it so far.

It was easy to assemble out of the box, and started on the first pull!!! She seems to be able to maneuver pretty well.

It's very sturdy and well built.
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