Ariens unveiled the IKON XL, an all-new zero-turn mower built for the prosumer and large-acreage cutter markets, at GIE+EXPO 2015. The IKON XL is crafted with the same durability and quality as the Ariens IKON X, but includes several upgraded features needed for cutting larger properties. Packed with premium features like fabricated deck designs in either 42-inch or 52-inch sizes, the IKON XL incorporates enhancements that improve overall durability and comfort.
While other residential mowers incorporate multi-piece frames, the IKON XL is built on a single tubular steel frame, which is welded, not bolted, at every joint for added strength and stability. In addition, the newly designed, fully fabricated, commercial-style cutting deck has a 4.5-inch-deep design to provide airflow in challenging mowing conditions, delivering an outstanding quality of cut. The wide discharge opening allows for even dispersal of clippings without clumping, while the constant tension deck belt system increases the life of the belt and reduces the need for adjustments.
The IKON XL was built with several considerations that improve the operator comfort, integrating features such as a custom-designed, plush, high-back seat with padded armrests, which helps support the operator who needs to tackle a large job. The dial height-of-cut selection, which puts 13 cutting positions at the operator’s fingertips, and other upgrades like the foot-operated deck lift, cup holder, storage compartments and advanced vibration isolation were added to increase operator efficiency.
Larger front and back tires add to the machine’s durability and efficiency, while the easily-serviceable Hydro-Gear ZT-2800 transmission reduces downtime. All models are available with a Kohler 7000 Series engine.
“With the Ariens IKON XL, we sat down and looked at everything that was working well for the IKON X, and added even more features to increase the durability for operators who are using their mowers longer than a typical homeowner,” said Jeralyn Braun, Ariens Company product marketing manager. “We wanted to create a machine that can stand up to the work that our customers with large properties have to maintain. The IKON XL is the perfect solution for those that need a more efficient, more comfortable ride.”
Models start at a list price of $4,459 USD and are available through authorized Ariens dealers only. The unit comes backed by a three-year limited consumer warranty and a five-year limited warranty on the frame and deck shell. A full slate of accessories is also available for the IKON XL, including a powered two-bucket bagger, mulching kit, LED headlight kit and full range of tow-behind accessories. For more information, visit www.ariens.com.