AriensCo began in 1933 when Henry Ariens and his three sons – Steve, Leon and Francis –developed the first American-made rotary tiller at a time when other manufacturers were experimenting with imported tillers. It took many years of experimentation, education and perseverance before rotary tilling became accepted as a proven agricultural tool. The Ariens family conducted educational programs to teach commercial growers, nurserymen and landscapers how the new Ariens Model A Tiller, powered with an air-cooled engine, "plows as it discs as it harrows."

Many commercial tiller models followed, all aimed at improving output for vegetable growers around the country. AriensCo introduced the more compact Model B Tiller, the Roller-Tiller, the Multi-Tiller Tractor Tiller, the Jitterbug single-row front rotary tiller and the Tillivator RC for celery growers in Florida.


Housed in our original factory building, the AriensCo museum features interactive exhibits and vintage equipment revealing how our machines shaped the American landscape.

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4 Generations

AriensCo was established in 1933 by Brillion, Wisconsin resident Henry Ariens. Since then, the company has been passed down, son to son, for four generations. Over the course of nearly 90 years, our company’s zip code, along with our CEOs’ last names have remained the same. That’s our commitment to local, family-run manufacturing, and we don’t plan on changing.

Henry Ariens
Henry Ariens

President 1933-1956

Steve Mando Ariens
Mando “Steve” Ariens

Son of Henry Ariens
President 1956-1969

Michael Ariens
Michael Ariens

Grandson of Henry Ariens
President 1969-1992

Dan Ariens
Dan Ariens

Great-Grandson of Henry Ariens
Chariman & CEO 1998- Present