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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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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
4/5
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 (24)
Easy To Use (21)
Reliable (19)
Features (14)
I'd Buy It Again (13)
Cons
Packaging (16)
Expensive (9)
Heavy (6)
Unreliable (4)
Difficult To Use (2)
87% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
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Total Reviews
90 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
15223 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 Power Equipment 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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Dan T
Wall, NJ
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 7/26/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
AUG.
25
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Worked Great For 6 Hours
Purchased this from Mowers Direct in late July. Used it twice for about 2 hours each time. Used it a third time, and after about 20 minutes, the engine suddenly gave off a huge cloud of whitish smoke. I shut the engine off and let it cool - but now I can't even pull the cord. The engine has seized up. The unit is only about 30 days old. Paid extra for the Subaru engine. It worked well when it was actually working. Now it needs replacing.
Pros: Features
Cons: Packaging, Unreliable, Engine Died
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Dan,
So sorry to hear about the problems you're experiencing. You can give us a call and we can put you in touch with a certified repair center, or use this link to find a dealer near you: Ariens Service Center Locator

Thanks as always for your business and I hope you have a great day.
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Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Dan,
We are sorry to hear that you are having issues with your new Ariens Lawn Edger and apologize for the inconvenience this has caused. We would ask that you contact your local Ariens Service Dealer for diagnosis and repair of your machine. You can find a list of local service dealers by using our Ariens Dealer Locator. We thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.
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Robert V.
Seattle, WA
Purchased from Power Equipment 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 Power Equipment 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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Norman C.
Greenville, SC
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 7/25/17
Total Reviews
3 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 Power Equipment 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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Randall F.
Amesville, OH
Purchased from Power Equipment 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 Power Equipment 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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Jeff M.
Madison, AL
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 8/6/17
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
OCT.
24
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Good Edger, Curb Adjustment Not Functional For Full Size Curbs
Starts easy, easy to use, and good job edging.
I bought this particular edger for the curb alignment feature. It did not adjust well to the 7" curbs. The curb adjustment is difficult to set/reset (requires unscrewing butterfly nut) needs a quick tension scheme. The wheels in the curb adjustment did not ride the curb and align the blade adjacent, because the street side wheel did lower sufficiently. Fortunately the light weight and balance allow me to edge without the curb adjustment.
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, Light Weight
Cons: Expensive, curb adjust no very functional
Jeff Recommends This Ariens Product
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Victor C.
Cheektowaga, NY
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 8/23/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
15
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nearly Perfect
Built to last with style and performance expected from an Ariens product. The Subaru engine is awesome! Powerful and easy to start with full control of blade speed and depth of cut.

The only down side to me is having only a single front wheel. This makes the edger a little difficult to hold steady when moving along uneven ground or around a curve. A mechanical option to put a fourth wheel on or take it off would be nice.
Pros: High Quality, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again, Durable
Cons: Packaging, Expensive
Victor Recommends This Ariens Product
Victor's Experience With Power Equipment Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
4/5
"Finding the product I wanted was easy as was ordering my edger. Delivery was much faster than I expected before placing my order. The only down side was the poor packaging of the edger. The cardboard box had a ragged hole cut into it caused by a sharp metal component of the edger inside the box. Fortunately, the edger was not damaged or marred in any way."
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Wayne A.
Grand Junction, CO
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 8/23/17
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
SEP.
14
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
It Is Wonderful
It started immediately with just one pull. The Subaru engine is the best. I love the way the Ariens Model 986101 edges my grass.
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Heavy
Wayne Recommends This Ariens Product
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Justin D.
Villa Rica, GA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 7/26/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
06
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Good Product, Not Great!
The first one arrived damaged due to poor packaging, the box is very flimsy with virtually no protection inside. Rubber grip on handle was messed up. I would not have worried about this had it been the only issue, The gas tank had a dent in it that appeared to be simply cosmetic but I wasn't willing to take the chance of it being a bigger issue. Customer service was pretty quick to get it swapped out.

As for performance: the adjustable curb wheel does not go down far enough to be able to... more
Pros: Reliable
Cons: Packaging, Difficult To Use
Justin Recommends This Ariens Product
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Frank S.
Hammond, LA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 8/24/17
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
AUG.
30
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
An Excellent Edger, Great Service From Mowers Direct
I ordered this edger early in the afternoon on a Friday and received it late in the morning on the next Tuesday. The box had opened during delivery (pulled loose from the staples) and had been taped closed, (top and bottom), so I was very apprehensive about what I would find inside. I took pictures of the box, the tape, the one crushed side, and the hole punched through the box apparently by one of he rear axles, then opened it. To my pleasant surprise, the edger was in pristine condition.... more
Pros: Reliable, I'd Buy It Again, Fast
Cons: Packaging, Expensive, Heavy
Frank Recommends This Ariens Product
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