Nothing beats the power, speed and maneuverability of zero turns when it comes to maintaining the lawn. These mowers are designed to cover large areas of lawn in a short amount of time without compromising the quality of the cut. Although zero turns are more expensive than other regular lawn mowers or tractors, they’re worth every penny.
Another feature which makes the zero turns different from other mowers is its ability to make a sharp turn and navigate lawns with a lot of obstacles. Large lawn owners who are always on a tight schedule can be most benefited from the zero turns.
In this review, let’s take a closer look at one of the best mower produced by Ariens, the IKON-XL 60 model.
| Powerful Kohler or Kawasaki engine|
Good option for large yards
This model is available in two variations: one is powered by a 25 HP Kohler 7000 series twin-engine, while the other is equipped with a 24 HP Kawasaki engine.
When it comes to looks, this zero turn is pretty much similar to other XL models such as IKON XL 52. The Ariens IKON XL is more powerful, more robust, and more comfortable than the IKON, its little brother. It is built to cut through the toughest grass effortlessly.
The IKON XL 60 Kawasaki has a ten gauge fabricated steel, while the Kohler powered model’s deck is fabricated with 11 gauge steel. Both have a four and a half inch steel deck. Equipped with a 60-inch cutting deck, the mower possesses a tougher and more aggressive look.
The Ariens Company has been in business for a long time, each and every single unit they have produced has been well received. Apart from its incredible performance, one of the main reasons behind their success is that they make sure that these machines are sturdily built. The IKON XL 60 is no exception, and the built quality is extremely tough, sturdy, and highly durable. Just like any other machines, this mower will also require time to time maintenance, but you can be sure that this unit will not give you more complications apart from the regular checkups.
To make the lawn mowing more enjoyable and fun, this z-turn mower offers excellent comfort. With an adjustable plush high back seat and a padded armrest provides an exceptionally comfortable ride. The deck lifting mechanism is designed for easy, better and more convenient operation. You can easily lift or lower the deck just by hitting the foot pedal with your feet. The IKON XL 60 has large tires to provide a stable and smooth ride even on an uneven surface. This also increases traction.
Cutting height selector is dial operated, and this eliminates the use of levers and pins, which can pose a bit of a challenge. The lap bars/steering bars have adjusting options, which makes it even more comfortable. So, whether you are vertically challenged or blessed, operating this machine at a comfortable position is guaranteed.
These models are truly amazing when it comes to performance. Although the engines are different, the performance level is almost the same. This is because both of these two mowers have a Hydro-Gear ZT800 transaxle. In addition to the powerful engines, these machines produce a very high torque, which allows it to operate in areas where the toughest grass grows.
It is no surprise that this machine mows the lawn with speed and with incredible cut quality, thanks to its powerful engine and giant cutting deck. A considerably large area is covered with just one pass. It can cut through the grass at a speed of 7 Mph which is almost twice the speed of a traditional lawn mower. One of the best features which add to the performance of this zero turn lawn mower is the availability of cutting height options. 13 different cutting heights are ranging from 1.5 inches to 4 and half inches.
Enhance the look of your zero turns with this headlight kit. You can also finish the mowing in a low light environment. It can be used with the IKON X, and IKON XL.
The secret to a healthy lawn is a right mower and a good mulching kit. The mulching kit prevents the grass clippings from being discharged. The grass is cut into tiny bits and spreads the clippings unto the lawn, and the decomposition process is accelerated since the grass is cut to very small bits.
Protect your mower from all sorts of damage, rain, UV rays and other objects. This zero turn mower cover can cover up to 60-inch deck mowers.
- Powerful and fuel-efficient engines.
- Mows large lawns in a short time.
- Comfortable features.
- Wide range of cutting options.
- Tough and sturdy deck.
- Large tires provide a smooth ride even on rough and uneven surfaces.
- Requires more space for storage
- A bit expensive.
Lawn mowing can be a fantastic experience or a tiresome and tedious chore. It largely depends on the type of equipment you use. If you are compulsively driven to mow the lawn, or you’re doing it just because you need to, then it’s time to change that. Give the IKON XL 60 a chance to transform your less liked chore into a favorite pastime.
If you liked the model, but you think the deck size is too large for you? That is not a problem at all, and the Ariens have carefully considered multiple factors when producing this zero turn lawn mower. To ensure that everyone gets their equal share, The IKON XL 60 is also available in 42 inches and 52-inch deck size. As mentioned earlier, this model is a bit pricey, but as you get into action, you will realize that the decision to buy this zero turn was one of the best decisions you ever made. This review is not based on a personal experience with the machine, but a result of extensive research.