Ariens Razor 911175 Self-Propelled Gas Lawn Mower Review
The Ariens Company has a long history which dates back to 1933 when Henry Ariens took his sons to his garage to show them his new gas powered roto tiller. The Ariens Company has been successfully making outdoor power tools since then. The Ariens Razor 911175 is a self propelled gas powered lawn mower designed and assembled in the Ariens Company workshop in Brillion, Wisconsin.
Ariens Razor 911175 Review
To start with the Ariens Razor 911175 is an attractive lawn mower in black and saffron. The gas powered lawn mower is not very light and weighs around a hundred pounds. It measures 45”x22”x18.5”. The self propelled lawn mower has a deep domed heavy duty steel deck with a cutting width of 21”. The deep domed design of the deck facilitates maximum air flow and enlivens the mowing experience. The height of the deck can be adjusted by a single lever located above the right side rear wheel.
The cut grass can be either side discharged through the side discharge chute on the right side of the deck or can be rear discharged and bagged in the large bag placed behind the deck. There is a mulch plug which when engaged allows the mower to finely mulch the grass clippings and discharge them into the lawn for easy decomposition.
The Ariens Razor 911175 has 8” front and rear wheels. The self propelling feature is brought about by transferring a part of the power from the engine to drive the rear wheels. The self propelling lawn mower can be guided through by the Rite Hite adjustable handle. The handle has a bar that has to be depressed to engage the engine and a cruise control operator to control the speed of the lawn mower.
Ease of use and Performance:
The self propelling rear wheel drive Ariens Razor 911175 is easy to maneuver. The maneuverability of the lawn mower is brought about by the self propelling rear wheel drive feature that enables you to move the lawn mower even through uneven terrains with ease. You have to just guide it through the path. The lawn mower can also be moved without the help of the self propulsion feature but then this mower is hefty and can pose a problem especially if you have slopes. The rugged 8” wheels with radial tires and the comfortable Rite Hite adjustable handle adds on to the maneuverability of the mower. The handle height can be easily adjusted to suit yours and will take off any strain from your back. The cruise control on the handle bar lets you adjust the speed of the mower in accordance with your stride. The lawn mower can attain a maximum speed of 3.2MPH. The bar attached to the handle that engages the engine and the deck when depressed is a little hard to operate and can put some pressure on the hands which may eventually cause fatigue on prolonged use.
The Ariens Razor 911175 boasts of an extremely powerful 159cc Ariens engine and a wide 21” cutting deck. The Lawn mower starts at the single pull of the cord and does not call for priming. The dome shaped cutting deck allows for maximum airflow and enhances the quality of the cut to a great extent. The deep domes deck enables the mower to slice through tall and heavy as well as wet grass quiet easily and never gets bogged down by any challenge thrown in its way. The height of the cutting deck can be easily adjusted using the single point height adjustment lever. The height of the deck can be adjusted to seven different positions within the range of 1” and 4”.
The grass clippings can be easily managed. The Ariens Razor 911175 offers three modes of clipping management viz. Side discharge, Rear discharge or bagging and Mulching. Shifting from one mode to the other is pretty simple and none of the modes cause any kind of mess. The nice vacuum created by the mower allows easy bagging. The bag is spacious and you do not have to empty it often in the midst of a job. Even when you need to empty it, the bag has a large opening which facilitates easy operations.
The height adjustable handle along with the compact mower can be stored easily in different positions and does not require much storage space.
The maintenance required for the Ariens Razor 911175 is pretty much the same as in for gas powered mowers. You need to lubricate the moving parts, sharpen the blades, fill in the oil, check the spark plug and the air filter. The lawn mower if maintained will not give any starting problem even after sitting through a cold season.
If you are not residing in the state of California and if you can do away with a little environmental hazard that accompanies the Ariens Razor 911175, then this self propelled rear wheel drive lawn mower is worth every penny of your investment. Today we would definitely want a more environment friendly option, but then most gas powered lawn mowers have this disadvantage which can be tackled only with an electric operated mower.
- Height adjustable ergonomic handle with speed control
- Large 21” dome shaped height adjustable cutting deck
- Single point height adjustment lever
- 3 in 1 mode of clippings management
- Large spacious bag
- Self propelled rear wheel drive
- 3 year warranty
- Non CARB compliant and hence can’t be used in California
- Harmful exhaust fumes and noisy
- Handle control hard to depress