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Ariens IKON X Zero Turn Mower Review

One good thing Ariens did with one of their former additions to the Zoom line-up was making the unit to be as lightweight as possible during operations, giving the operator a wider range of controls and maneuverability. However, they had to sacrifice the ability of that machine to have looser handling, making it a poor fit for larger areas.

That is the biggest problem they fixed with the release of the current IKON-X models. Once that is out of the way, what other promise does this series hold?

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In-Depth view of the Ariens Ikon-X

Comparison

One of the closest units that the IKON-X compares to is the Zoom series, also made by Ariens. Both units have the great handling that operators love, and they can cover a lot of ground.

When it comes to working larger areas, though, the Zoom might not be the most ideal choice out there. This is where the IKON-X may be better suited for you.

On the other hand, you can also see some of the IKON-X similarities when you operate a Snapper 360Z. These units are fairly similar in specs and price.

 Ariens Ikon-X 52 KohlerHusqvarna Z254 KohlerSnapper 360Z Briggs & Stratton
Cutting Width52" Deck54" Deck48" Deck
Deck TypeFabricated, 11 Gauge SteelStamped, 12 Gauge SteelFabricated, 12 Gauge Steel
Spindle TypeSteelAluminumAluminum
Engine26 HP Kohler 7000 Series26 HP Kohler 7000 Series23 HP Briggs & Stratton Professional Series
TransaxlesHydro-gear EZTHydro-gear EZTHydro-gear EZT
Speed (FWD/REV)7 mph / 3 mph6.5 mph / 3 mph7 mph / 4 mph
Fuel Tank2.8 Gallons3.5 Gallons3 Gallons
SeatHigh Back Comfort w/ Seat Springs and Arm Rests15" High back with armrests15" Mid-back, Adjustable with optional arm rests (cost extra)
Deck Lift SystemFoot OperatedHand OperatedFoot Operated
Residential Warranty3 Years3 Years3 Years
Price

Features

The IKON-X represents a series of mowers with different cutting decks. Thus, some of its features might vary by model. Irrespective of model, here are some features you will find across all the units:

  • Multiple cutting positions – For the best cutting quality, you can select from a total of 13 cutting positions by the simple turn of a dial
  • Seats – The plush seats come fully adjustable, and are equipped with armrests for better comfort too
  • Stability – All joints on this unit are welded for better rigidity and strength
  • Support positions – A total of 4 support positions prevents excessive movement of the cutting deck
  • Fuel tank – Features a 2.8 gallon tank.
  • Deck lift system is mainly operated by foot
  • All units in this series use the EZT Transaxles drive system.
IKON X 42 KawasakiIKON X 42 KohlerIKON X 52 KawasakiIKON X 52 Kohler
42" Cutting Width42" Cutting Width52" Cutting Width52" Cutting Width
Kawasaki V-TwinKohler 7000 V-twinKohler 7000 V-twinKawasaki FR V-Twin
18 hp/603cc22 hp/725cc24 hp/725cc23 hp/726cc

Cut Quality

Depending on what areas you will be working on, you get to choose between the 42- and 52-inch cutting models. Besides the cutting deck size, both units are as similar as they are different.

They have also been equipped with engines carrying just the right power to make their drives and operations better.

Finally, you get to adjust the cutting deck a total of 13 ways – all in ¼ inch differences from one another. This adjustment is made as easy as the turn of a dial in the control panel.

Power

The 42-inch deck model is powered by either an 18 hp Kawasaki or 22 hp Kohler engine. Each of these engines are quality built and will stand up for a long time.

On the 52-inch deck model, comes with either a 24 hp Kohler or 23 hp Kawasaki. Both of these engines are also great. The Kawasaki FR series is known for its reliability. However, you really can’t go wrong with either of these engines.

ariens ikon x top

Durability

We don’t advise making your mowers go through abuse, but if it has to, the Ariens IKON-X is built to withstand a beating.

This is a mower that has been built to stay on the ground at all times but can take a few tumbles and come out with simple scratches on the paintjob. The strength of the steel cutting decks also makes it a good machine for working uneven terrain, rocky areas and other unfriendly environment without developing any major issues along the way.

Of course, you should take good care of your mower and keep to good maintenance practices to get the best out of it.

Comfort

The IKON-X has extra padding for the seat, making it very comfortable on the back and butts when working. The arm rests are not left out of this extra padding business, helping to significantly reduce fatigue on your arms when working.

This mower really stands out with the level of comfort the seat offers. For an entry level mower it is one of the most comfortable.

Aesthetics

The IKON-X has an awesome look to it. The mower is very sleek and has a modern feel to it. This tells you of all the hours which would have gone into the design of the IKON-X series.

Fortunately, they have managed to stay functional while not just basing their selling points on aesthetics.

ariens ikon x aesthetic

Our Rating

Performance:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Cut Quality:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Durability:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Comfort:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Overall:4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

Price

The price of this mower is extremely competitive. When comparing it to other mowers in the same price range this one beats most.

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Wrapping it up

Overall, the Ariens IKON-X is an amazing homeowner zero turn. It is definitely one of the top rated in the industry. The mower has a ton of great features and comes in at an amazing price. We highly recommend checking this mower out if you are in the market for a mower.

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