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Ariens MaxZoom52 (52") 23HP Zero Turn Lawn Mower

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Model: 991086
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Semi Pro Lawn Mowers
Zero-Turn Mower
Surface Area
Office Building, Farm, or Parks
Hilly Terrain

Cutting Inches

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23HP/725cc Kohler V-Twin OHV Engine
High performance pressurized lubrication

Heavy Duty Components
Durable Hydro-Gear ZT3100 transmission w/ steel cut gears
Ogura GT1A Electric Clutch

4-Point Deck Mount Design
52" 10-gauge welded steel deck with 1/4" spindle reinforcement
18,000 feet per minute blade tip speed
5" commercial depth deck shell for cutting in tough conditions
4 chain-supported positions prevent excess deck movement
Maintenance-free XL Spindles with cast iron housings
Mechanical foot lift raises & lowers mowing deck
Flip up foot pad provides direct access to mower deck

Commercial Grade 2.5" X 1.5" X .188" Welded Tubular Steel Frame
Produces less vibration for more comfortable operation

Tapered Bearings In Front Wheels
Commercial grade for longer life and a smoother ride

Adjustable High-Back Seat With Armrests
More comfortable and provides more back support

Engine Brand
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
23 HP
725 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
7.3 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
2 Cylinders
Oil Filter
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Engine Warranty
1 Year
Battery Included
Cutting Options
3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
Deck Material
10-Gauge Steel w/ .25" Spindle Reinforcement
Deck Construction
Spindle Material
Ductile Cast Iron
3 Blades
Deck Positions
9 Positions
Cutting Width
52 Inches
Cutting Height
1.0-5.0 Inches
Deck Lift System
Manual Foot Operated
Ogura GT1A Electric Clutch
Deck Drive
Maximum Speed
Maximum Reverse Speed
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Transmission Type
Drive System
ZT-3100 Hydro-Gear Transaxle
Rear Bagger
Sold Separately
Seat Type
High Back w/ Seat Springs
Hour Meter
Arm Rests
Trailer Hitch
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Mulcher Kit
Sold Separately
Sold Separately
Front Tire Size
13 x 5 Inch
Front Axle
Rear Tire Size
20 x 10 Inch
Tire Type
Pneumatic Wheels
Made in USA
832 Pounds
Product Length
74.5 Inches
Product Width
55.5 Inches
Product Height
42.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
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Q: Todd, if i buy this mower and something goes wrong within the 3 year warranty, how would i get it fixed?
by Joe from Connecticut on June 26, 2011

A: Joe - any needed warranty service would be provided by your local Ariens dealer. We have a link on our web site under customer service that would allow you to look up the closest Ariens service centers using your zip code.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: the ariens zero turn mowers, do they have snow blowers available? and if so are they easy to mount? just trying to cut back on the number of gas engines to maintain. thanks Troy
by Troy Donth from Minnesota on June 11, 2011

A: Troy - Ariens does make a snow blower attachment that mounts to the front of their zero turn mowers. I would say the installation is moderate in terms of ease. We don't stock the snow blower attachment, but we would be able to special order it for you if you decide you want one. To be honest, the snow blower attachment is not a big seller, mostly because of the handling and traction of a zero turn mower on snow and ice. Give us a call if you want to find out more about the Ariens snow blower attachment for their zero turn mowers.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Todd, What can you tell me about the cut quality of the Ariens Max Zoom 52? My property is mostly flat with some undulations.
by Michael Zielaskiewicz from Idaho on May 01, 2011

A: The quality of cut on the Ariens Max Zoom is going to be similar to what you get on commercial quality mowers. This mower is going to be about as close as you would get to a commercial mower. So blade tip speed on these is very high and the higher tip speed you have, the better quality of cut you will get.


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Ariens 991086 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
4.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 5
Durable (2)
Exceeded Expectations (2)
Easy To Use (1)
Price (1)
I'd Buy It Again (1)
Bagger (1)
Under Powered (1)
No cons with this machin... (1)
100% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Jeralyn B.
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From The Manufacturer
Ariens Max Zoom® 52
The Ariens Max Zoom® 52 Zero-Turn mower provides commercial-grade power and performance to suit your needs. With well-crafted components, Hydro-Gear® transaxles and a nearly invincible 4-point deck, you can bring commercial performance home to cut your cutting time in half for years to come.

The Max Zoom 52 is powered by a 23HP Kohler® air-cooled V-twin 7000 Series™ engine which is known for its pro-grade features, easy starts, durable components and powerful consistent cut technology,... more
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Thomas P
Gallatin, TN
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 5/21/15
Total Reviews
5 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
20 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Gallatin Tennessee
Well I have 300 hours on my machine now and it runs great! It starts right up. It's still real good on gas. I cut 8 acres like nothing. It has made my yard look like a golf course - people love the way my yard looks now, I love it... The lawn mower has done a perfect job. I've done everything they tell me to do to keep it maintained. I did have the drive belt break on me but that was my fault as I ran over a big stick. Now it will cut up little sticks but not big ones lol. Thank you Ariens for... more
Pros: Durable, Exceeded Expectations, Reliable, High Quality
Cons: No cons with this machine
Thomas Recommends This Ariens Mower
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Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 4/27/13
Total Helpful Votes
25 Helpful Votes
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Mowes Fast
The biggest selling point for me on this mower was the fabricated steel deck, and the speed and height that it will mow at.
All in all we really like the mower, but the draw backs are that it is too rigid to let the front end contour to any uneven ground causing it to lift one tire off the ground then to lose traction on the rear tires. I would recommend the mower to a friend if their yard is relatively smooth. Also, because of the speed that it will mow at I would highly recommend adding a... more
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Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 9/4/12
Total Helpful Votes
16 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Satisfied With My Purchase
My 52 inch Ariens zero turn mower came fully assembled with one exception which could have been a factory oversight. The tensioning spring on the idler pulley of the deck had not been installed and it was floating around in the bottom of the crate. No big deal to install it. It also makes a terrible rattling sound when the PTO is first engaged; I need to get some advice on that.

Mowers Direct delivered everything promised and then some. It's a great place to shop for equipment.
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Please give the folks at Ariens a call directly at 920-756-4688. They will be happy to advise you about getting the best performance from your mower.

Be sure to have the serial number of your mower handy when you call Ariens, just in case they ask for it.
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Thomas P.
Gallatin, TN
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 5/21/15
Total Reviews
5 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
20 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My Ariens Tennessee
I have been looking for a new Zero Turn for about a year. I have a Gravely ZT2252 and it is a good Zero Turn. I was going to get the HD 52 Zero Tune Gravel. but the price and taxes was to high. Then I hear about mowers Direct and looked at there web. they had good information about all the Zero Turn. Grate prices, free shipping. Love this co. P.E.D. I hear that Ariens and Gravely has merge together so I started to look at Ariens. The Ariens MaxZoom52 had all i needed and more then the HD... more
Thomas Recommends This Ariens Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep

Thank you for the review on your new Ariens Max Zoom 52. We appreciate your feedback on your initial experience with the product and your purchase from Mowers Direct. You are correct that the Ariens Company encompasses both the Ariens and Gravely branded mowers. Both brands are engineered and crafted with pride in Brillion, WI.

We will review your comments related to the wheels and fuel tank position. Feedback as such helps us in further design projects of our mowers.

Enjoy your new Max Zoom!
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Thomas P.
Gallatin, TN
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 5/21/15
Total Reviews
5 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
20 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My Ariens In Tenn
I'm Thomas from Gallatin, Tenn. I now have 51 hrs on my Ariens MaxZoom52 and I still Love it. It's the best Zero Turn I have ever used.. Good on Gas, Good on cutting, starts right up, it is a real work horse. My traction problem is over. I put on a heavy-duty engine guard and trailer hitch. Added about 50 pounds to the back. Their was a rattle coming from the deck so I put on new mulch blades, now it is smooth no more rattle. And cuts even better. I'm very happy with my Ariens. I just want you... more
Thomas Recommends This Ariens Mower
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Dean B.
New Prague, MN
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 6/14/15
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
52 Max Zoom
I mow over two acres of lawn. Used to mow with 50 inch garden tractor, which took about two and a half hours. With the new Ariens Max Zoom, I mow it in an hour and a half, and the cut quality is unbelievable.

This mower is built like a tank, and it's a very smooth running machine. I also own a Ariens snowblower. They make very good quality equipment - better than your regular homeowner grade. I'm a very satisfied customer.
Dean Recommends This Ariens Mower
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Robert S.
Uniontown, OH
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 9/11/15
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Perfect Alternative To Commericial Grade Machine.
I replaced my Toro Z master mower with this less expensive and very capable machine.It does everything the more expensive mower did and is easy to use.The tires are smaller than my older model and have a little less traction than my older mower on steep slopes.

However the smaller tires allow me to get even closer to obstacles like trees and makes my trimming time much shorter. Why pay a lot more for a mower than one needs to. This mower meets all of my needs at a much more affordable price... more
Robert Recommends This Ariens Mower
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Gregory B.
Poplarville, MS
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 6/2/16
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Mower
Changed from a 42" Craftsman tractor mower to this 52" Zero turn. Save me an enormous amount of time. I got the Semi-Pro model because I have 5 acres in south Mississippi that is not nice on equipment and needed the durability of the fab deck and reinforced spindle.

The cut is amazing. Looks golf course flat. I do feel it is under-powered. If I mow full-speed, the engine gets bogged down only after a week's mow. The mower came ready to mow off the pallet. I have approximately 20... more
Pros: Quiet, Fast, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Under Powered
Gregory Recommends This Ariens Mower
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Kenneth D.
Millersville, MD
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 6/11/16
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
I've used it for a month now. I love the mower! It cuts a perfect lawn. My wife is amazed how well it cuts. My only complaints are:
The tow hitch should be standard.

The oil filter makes a mess when removed and the should be a drain hole to allow oil to drain neatly under the mower into a pan.
There should be grease fittings on the front wheel pivots.

I tried my Dads toro timecutter yesterday and it don't even compare to the Ariens. This is a great mower and I love it. Mowing is no... more
Kenneth Recommends This Ariens Mower
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Dietra C.
Benson, NC
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 4/2/16
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Beyond Satisfied
While preparing to increase our lawn care business, we were in search of a zero turn lawn mower. We were considering other brands as Husqvarna and Cub Cadet. I completed an internet search and Mower's Direct came up. We looked at the brands and cost, read online reviews and consulted relatives who used Ariens before.

For the cost, which includes free shipping, no taxes, and interest free payments, we were pleased. When we received our product and experienced the quality (sturdy frame),... more
Dietra Recommends This Ariens Mower
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