Last October I bought a ariens 54" from home depot. Used it twice last year with no real problems.
This year is a different story though. Just had the ariens local repairman pick it up for: won't engage forward or back, lights won't turn on, battery mysteriously drains, wheels are out of aligned-way out of alignment, non turf wheels spin on slight inclines. This has been a terrible purchase and all i want is my money back. The mower sounded great and had a few extras that other mowers didn't have and it was made by husqvarna.
I thought this would be great but it has been nothing but trouble. don't buy this machine.
Monetary Loss: $1.