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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-01-2017, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Husqvarna vs Ariens

Alright there was a post over on snowblowerforums regarding who makes what. I'm beginning to think that my Ariens razor mower could very well be a Husq. Very depressing. I know that Ariens builds their own snowblowers but did Ariens outsource to Husq for some or all of their mowers? Take a look at the products page of both and tell me what you think.. HUSQVARNA push mowers, awd, walk behind, and commercial lawn mowers https://www.ariens.com/en-us/lawn-products
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Least as far as the push mowers, they don't look like the same manufacture to me.

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I'm not seeing a similarity myself... I've normally got a good eye for spotting machines from different manufacturers that look too close to not be related. For instance my first new rider MTD GOLD was a Cub Cadet LTX series, Today the Craftsman Pro looks identical with the mechanics and layout as the new XT series Cub. Poulan Pro and Ariens are very close. Either one is made by the other or they're cousins.



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Compare the engines and other components for repair part crossovers; for instance my Troy Bilt XP Horse 20 hp (that I recently bought) uses the same rebuild kit for the deck (spindles, blades, belt) as Cub Cadet and Craftsman and the Courage engine is used in both (and many other brands including Husqvarna, Ariens ) it also was running Carlisle tires, which is a decent brand . Because of that it was a no brainer to buy it over the other brands as it was last years model discounted to $997 (from $1399) and a 11% rebate from Lowes all of which made it much lower than either of the other two.
Try this experiment: enter Tuff Torq into your browser then add an J (John Deere) then a C (Cub Cadet) then H (Husqvarna); it appears these (and many others) use them for their hydro-static drives.
Even though they may be made in different plants, if they are using many of the same parts and major components such as engines and hydro-static drives are made by just a few manufacturers (or just one in the case of the hydro-stats); does the sheetmetal really make a difference?
I'm reminded of the farmer who only would only buy GoodYear tractor tires and just hated Titan Tractor tires even though Titan has a tire plant here in Iowa. He was quite upset being shown that, right on the tire underneath the big GoodYear name, it was made by Titan.

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I am pretty sure AYP ( Husqvarna parent co ) is not a part of the Ariens co which is now Gravely owned I think.


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Nope. Gravy is a division of Ariens. Ariens owns em.
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I've kind of gave up trying to keep up with who owns or builds what. It changes so fast anymore and it's not just OPE. Home appliances and electronics are the same way. Power tools is another one I think. Just because there is an old name on the front from years past does not necessarily mean it is not owned by some company you have no idea about. The rights to use old Brand names of the past are sold like business. Westinghouse is one big one that comes to mind first although the list is almost endless. Oh look it's a Westinghouse TV. Must be good with an old name like that on it. They helped bring electrification to houses, then built appliances to use the electric and even helped build trains with air compressors and brakes!

Funai, founded in 1961 in Japan was the last one I recall with the rights to use that name on their products.

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Edit: Actually after reading in full the article I linked to, now they are made by TongFang from China.

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I know five years ago, Craftsman, Ariens, Poulan and Husqvarna were all made by AYP. Craftsman now ( at least the lower end models) is made by MTD...not sure about Ariens.
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