View Full Version : 72" ZTRs---Exmark or Ferris???

02-08-2006, 11:23 PM
I'm currently running all exmark equip...absolutly love them!!! The 27hp LQ Kaws are proven to be great engines...however, I've been considering switching to diesel...don't want the junk (Briggs) Dihatsu diesel exmark offers. Ferris offers a 33.5 hp Cat diesel. Does anyone have any experience with these?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

02-08-2006, 11:44 PM
Man, i saw one of these at my dealer awhile back, what a beast!!

green acres lawns
02-09-2006, 01:21 AM
I heard somewhere that exmark is switching to Kubota diesels.

02-09-2006, 01:45 AM
I have the 28 hp cat diesel with the 61" ferris and it is awsome. Yeh it is a beast. That engine will not bog down. I have cut chest high grass and only had to slow down from full speed becauset the deck wouldn;t handle it. The enginge never did bog down. I am sure that th 33.5 is just even better.

02-09-2006, 09:16 AM
I have a dihaustsu exmark and would not buy another, in fact I would not buy another diesel mower. I bought a 72" xs 31hp briggs a/c vanguard and love it, I am fixing to add a 35hp 72" xs this year. The big briggs have unbelieveable power. I also use about 1-5/16 to 1-1/2 gallons per hour in fuel, where as my diesel gets about 1 gal hour. Not worth the extra $$$ for the diesel.

K&L Landscaping
02-09-2006, 09:25 AM
How about a John Deere 997 with a 31 HP Yanmar diesel? Really like mine!!!!

02-09-2006, 10:15 AM
Exmark is replacing the 27 HP Daihatsu Diesel with a 25 HP Kubota Diesel...

Green King
02-09-2006, 10:34 AM
I had a Briggs Dihatsu on a machine and cannot say anything bad about it good engine! I had no problems with the engine at all.

02-09-2006, 11:01 AM
Not even a question. Buy the Ferris. The 4 wheels suspension alone makes it a far superior machine and ride, and the motor is also a step above Exmarks. You won't find a weak piece of anything on that Ferris, what a beast and it cuts very well for it's deck size. We used one for 2 weeks last year, tough to give it back

02-09-2006, 11:19 AM
Before you buy a Ferris with a Cat. engine, be sure you can get the engine serviced in a timely manner at your Cat dealer. Around here, the Cat dealer does not want to fool with "lawnmower" engines, and puts them at the very bottom of the list for repairs. They would rather fix the big machines they sell, than fool with fixing a little engine on a mower they did not sell. This problem is not just a local problem, it is a problem in many parts of the country. Cat dealers are a pretty arrogant bunch as a whole.
As one who has owned several diesel machines, and now, as a dealer, I would recommend either Grasshopper, with the Kubota engine, or Dixie Chopper, with the Yanmar engine.
Note, I am a Grasshopper dealer.

Tim Wright
02-09-2006, 12:06 PM
I love my gas Ferris. My neighbo has Ferris's biggest machine and loves it.


02-09-2006, 02:09 PM
The Ferris will be much less likely to scalp compared to the Exmark based on what I've read about those who own 72" Ferris'.

02-09-2006, 02:50 PM
CAT Diesels are proven strong diesel engines. Hey, have you checked into a Deere 997? I love mine, plenty of power on board with the Yanmar.:waving:

02-09-2006, 03:28 PM
i personally dont like ferris i demoed the machine youre talking about and really seen no advantage to it over the exmark except for the engine. like others that haver posted you have this great engine dont get me wrong but the deck cant keep up with the engine. there for it is a complete waste of a money .

02-09-2006, 04:30 PM
I also have a XS 72" and it is a power house. Lots more power than the diesel, I demoed one a wile back and it did not compare to the XS. It also is great on fuel. My only complaint is the offset deck causes it to scalp on the trim side.

Travis Followell
02-09-2006, 06:17 PM
Go with the Ferris. A lot smoother ride and its less likely to scalp because the deck is carried by the suspension so it follows the contour of the ground better and it will not bounce as bad.

02-09-2006, 10:53 PM
The majority of the scalping problems is operator error, not machine.

02-09-2006, 11:01 PM
Personally I would stay away froma Diesel ZTR, becuase of the extra weight. In the rainy spring when the ground is soft that machine is gonna dig in real good.