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916002 - Ariens AMP Rider (34") Electric Battery-Powered Riding Lawn Mow

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  • ASIN: B0035J3C6W
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,947 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

The First Eco Friendly Electric Riding Mower Absolutely zero carbon/gas emissions 50% quieter than gas engine mowers Finally A Clean Riding Mower Requires no gasoline or oil to manage Eliminates fumes, spills, mess and fire hazards No more annual maintenance 34 Twin-Blade Cutting Deck w/ Marbain® Steel Cutting Blades Specially hardened to extend optimum cutting sharpness Quarter-inch height adjustments from 1.5 to 4.5 Plenty of Battery Power Five 48-volt packs, comprised of four 12-volt VRLA AGM batteries Cutting time averages up to 75 minutes Three Brushless DC Motors Specially Built for the AMP Rider A single 4.0 hp traction motor and two 1.7 hp spindle motors Delivering the same power as a conventional riding mower Includes Battery Charger Fully recharges electric mower in 16 hours Batteries are designed for 200 charges Padded Seat, Easy Steering and Hydorstatic Transmission Model Model Number: 916002 Manufacturer: Ariens Engine Starting System: 12-Volt Key Start Battery Included: Included HP/CC: 7.4 HP Drive System: Hydrostatic Speeds: Variable Drive Wheels: Rear Wheels Maximum Speed: 5 Mph Maximum Reverse Speed: 2.5 Mph Transmission Type: Hydrostatic Wheels Front Tire Size: 11 x 4 Rear Tire Size: 18 x 6.5 Tire Type: Pneumatic Wheels Deck Cutting Options: 3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch) Material: 12-Gauge Construction: Stamped Spindle Material: Steel Blades: 2 Blades Positions: 12 Positions Cutting Height: 1.5-4.5 Inches Deck Lift System: Manual Engagement: Fixed Deck Drive: Direct Accessories Seat Type: Mid Back w/ Seat Springs Rear Bagger: Sold Separately Mulcher Kit: Sold Separately Headlights: No Overview Safety Certification: ANSI Weight: 530 Lbs. (240.41 kilograms) Dimensions: 61L x 44.5W x 41.25H (154.94 x 113.03 x 104.78 cm) Consumer Warranty: 2 Years

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By L. Chambers on July 19, 2012
We bought this mower in April 2011 when we bought our first house. We bought an electric mower because our electric push mower is terrific and because we wanted the low-pollution, low-noise, low-maintenance convenience of an electric mower. Our property is 2 acres, of which, just over 1 acre is flat lawn that needs regular mowing. We always keep our mowers in the garage.

From the beginning, the mower's "full battery charge", which is advertised to mow for about an hour or about an acre of flat grass, has never fully worked. We were able to mow for about 20 minutes or less than 1/4 of an acre before the battery discharged fully. In July 2011, the mower went into the repair shop for the first time. The batteries were bulging in the casing and we wondered if this was perhaps why the full charge wasn't as advertised. We called Ariens, who first directed us to a repair shop that didn't take electric mowers. Our closest repair shop that deals with electric mowers is 30 miles away. The shop had our mower until Sept 2011. They had to go back and forth, phone call after phone call with Ariens to diagnose the problem and order replacement parts. They ended up replacing the batteries. The mower lasted a month before we put it into winter storage, according to Ariens' directions.

In March 2012, we got the mower out of storage and tried our first mow with it only to discover that the mower was completely dead - wouldn't hold a charge and didn't have enough charge to even turn the motor over. Back to the repair shop. We got the mower back in April 2012 after they replaced the batteries and the charger. The first day out, I took 3 swipes of the lawn and the blades stopped. The mower went back to the repair shop. It was returned to us in May 2012 after the motor was replaced.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By john sciarra on August 31, 2011
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I also posted this video on youtube, so you can see there if it does not work here. Just search amp rider and look for a video by drummerhoff.

As for the machine,

I have used it for a few months, and I can say it performs as advertised. I only gave it four stars because:
1.It has a blade cut-off when you drive in reverse--for safety. This is annoying.
2.It has no hitch for towing.

Both of these things I easily modified...but still.

Someone else put it well: "Is it a 60" zero turn monster? NO! It's a nice small riding mower, for a reasonable price, with zero upkeep until the batteries need replacing in 5 years-ish. Who knows what battery technology will be like by then? (Hint- A lot better). So if a gas mower like this would work for your lawn, there are zero compromises in owning this mower."

One year update: Battery run time has improved as the batteries have been broken in. I can easily mow an acre. The charger has had to be replaced twice(under warranty). It is so far the weak link in the system. I also added the mulch kit. This has allowed me to remove the discharge chute which broke (plastic).

As of 2012 the mower has been discontinued, so who knows what kind of future there is. Maybe a new model will come out?? I just hope Ariens continues to support this model, especially in terms of the battery pack, as that will probably determine how long it keeps running.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Bullock on July 27, 2012
I have a 22,000sf lawn, about 40 minutes worth, supposedly.

Purchased from Mowers Direct in September 2010 for all the right reasons. On first use the Amp riding mower wouldn't operate for more than a few seconds at a time, so it immediately went into the warranty-servicer. After much dickering with Amp/Ariens and the intervention of Mowers Direct, Amp/Ariens agreed that the servicer should replace the 5-pack batteries and charger, which had to come from Wisconsin to Florida and took two months. Still the mower seldom took a full charge, and rarely did the charge-gauge reflect battery strength. In the last 18 months, the mower has, in fits and starts, cut my lawn maybe 20 times. Plus the blades are all but impossible to remove for sharpening. As of today, the Amp Rider is good for perhaps 5 minutes of use on any given day. I'm thankful that I have my Homelite battery push-mower as backup, because that is how I have to cut the grass most of the time. It's a lot of work to push-cut 22,000sf, but the exercise is beneficial, and the Homelite mower gets the job done.

As the warranty-servicer said to me, this is a scaled-down golf cart with blades; one would think a big equipment manufacturer could make a battery-powered riding mower which actually functions.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Val Humble on June 18, 2012
This mower is great except for the battery packs. Mine died after the first year, dropping to maybe one-third their original capacity. They were replaced under warranty, but I am not optimistic for the future. They list for about $750! Conversations with my local Ariens dealer suggest my experience is common. I believe this is the reason this model has been discontinued. I hope someone comes up with a replacement battery pack that will provide the 48V, 75 A-hr power and fit in the 15" X 18" X 6" battery box.
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