Ariens Ikon X42 Zero Turn Mower Review

This article discusses the Ariens Ikon X42 zero turn mower. If you’re new to lawn mowers and have somehow landed here, you have come to the right place. This article discusses the different features of the Ariens Ikon X42 mower.

Zero turn mowers are rapidly taking over the mowing industry thanks to their amazing performance and maneuverability. Choosing a zero turn mower however, can be a daunting task. The Ariens X42 is a good choice for you if you’re new to mowers and we’re sure that the machine won’t disappoint you. 

In this article, we have divided the features of this mower into three general classes. The performance, ease of access and the price of this mower. We’ll compare it to other options and see how the mower sits with the competition. 

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Ariens Ikon X42 Features

Ariens IKON-X 42' Zero Turn Mower 22hp Kohler 7000 Series #915220
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Ariens IKON-X 42″ Zero Turn Mower 22hp Kohler 7000 Series #915220
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Performance is an important issue to look for when you’re looking at expensive machinery, right? And generally, zero turn mowers tend to be quite expensive. It is only natural and smart to seek the best deal possible. The thing with zero turn mowers, however, is that a particular mower almost never fits all conditions satisfactorily. 

Zero turns mowers come in all shapes and sizes and with all sorts of features and it is very hard to figure out which one to buy if you do not know what your requirements are. 

The Ariens Ikon X42 has a 725cc, 22HP engine that works decently in most cases. The  mower is also almost suited for hillocks unlike some other zero turn lawn mowers. The mower however, does not have the best performance in the market and there certainly are more powerful options but it should work just fine for you if you have a small to medium sized lawn. 

This is one of the best 42-inch zero turn mower and you may generally expect a more powerful engine to accompany a deck of that size for faster mowing of larger spaces and that’s something we think the mower lacks in. However, the 42-inch cutting deck gives you an excellent control over most smaller areas.

Coupled with the EZT hydrostatic transmission, the mower delivers excellent control over smaller spaces. A smaller deck would’ve provided better control but the 42-inch deck is a good fit for faster mowing.

The deck is also adjustable that gives you a very good control over the mowing and is always a good feature to have in a mower. Users have assured that the mower is also very durable and with little maintenance, will give excellent results.

Ease of Access

All zero turn mowers have a learning curve. Zero turn mowers have a different driving mechanism than regular cars. Ariens as a brand is known for designing excellent mowers specifically suited for residential uses. 

The mower has a comfortable seat made adjustable which is a rare feature in lawn mowers. The mower is also loaded with other amazing features that most of its competitors do not have.

Starting out with zero turn mowers can be hard since it can take a while to familiarize with the sensitivity of the handlebars. The handlebars on the Ariens Ikon X42 have a personalisable sensitivity that you can fine tune according to your preference. 

The mower also comes with comfy armrests and rubber mats. This in conjunction with the springs provide excellent isolation from the throbbing engine that greatly helps muscles to relax.


Price is always an issue for most people before buying expensive machinery. Well this machine is definitely not the cheapest one in the market and if you’re looking for really cheap alternatives, you can definitely look at other mowers we have reviewed. 

This mower, in our opinion, is priced fairly, keeping in mind all the different functions it provides and user opinions. The mower is a good option to go with for the money and with proper care and maintenance, can definitely prove to be a good investment in the long run.

Should You Buy This Mower?

 We have discussed the Ariens Ikon X42 in quite detail and before we come to a final verdict, let’s have a look on the pros and cons of this machine.



Having looked at the pros and cons, we can now narrow the best operating conditions for this mower. This mower will probably suit you best under the following conditions.

  • You have a big residential lawn. 
  • You do not mind proper maintenance.
  • You seek comfort while using your mower.
  • You don’t need way too much power. 
  • You are new to zero turn lawn mowers.


From all of the above discussions, it is safe to say that the Ariens Ikon X42 zero turn mower can be a very good deal if you’re looking for a mower that allows you to understand how zero turn mowers work. The mower works best in residential settings and provides good features. We hope you found the article informative.   

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Gabriel Tackett
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