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callmechaz
06-19-2006, 02:08 PM
Greetings,

Appreciate the info here that helped me choose Ferris IS for the estate I maintain. My employer gave me free rein to pick brand and model size for mowing his estate. He and I both appreciate fine equipment, and want to size it for a long life. Will be used as follows: five acres weekly of finished lawn; some areas a bit rough; twice yearly mowing of 1.5 rough acres between trees (mowed high just for weed control); ocassional light bagging if clippings not dry before parties, etc (aftermarket, non vac likely); pulling small eq trailer with weedy and push mower; ocassional mowing paths through tall weeds (not brush!).

Lots of trees to mow around, but lots of room between them. About 50% straight unobstruted mowing. I figure deck of 52-61" has lots of working room. I'm looking at machines from 1500, 2000, 3000 series. Based on usage, and keeping it large enough (frame, motor, spindles) to go 10 years, what are your suggestions? Money is not the objective, but I don't want more machine than I need.

Thanks in advance.

COLLINSVILLE
06-19-2006, 04:20 PM
For mowing a single estate the 1500 is plenty of machine. But it only goes to a 52'' machine. If you want a 61'' the 2000 series is more than enough.. more than glad to help you size the right machine. pm us for more info thanks

rodfather
06-19-2006, 05:55 PM
anything up to the 3100 series you will be fine...we've had like 20 or so Ferris's during the past 13 years.

Drew Gemma
06-19-2006, 06:01 PM
3100 with 61 inch deck 32 hp briggs vangurd engine

callmechaz
06-20-2006, 01:14 AM
Ok so of the three mowers, 1000, 2000, and 3000 series, I could pick the 1000, 2000, or 3000! Damn...I thought I could get y'all to pick one for me;)
Seriously however, one tiebreaker is certainly if I want a 61" deck, I cannot use the 1000. The 61" deck would let me mow about 20% faster, which would save me about 24 minutes on a two hour mow. That would be important if I were mowing 15 lawns a week, but I only mow the estate so it's not a big factor. Equipment longevity is. Back to square one.

So the question for me becomes this: will the 1500 be enough machine to take a bit of rough mowing now and then, comfortable enough over some rough landscaping; and give us 10 years of good service. Not sure what the bigger mowers offer that would help longevity, other than the heavier spindles and hydro drives. So, deck size aside, it almost seems like the 1500 and 2000 would be relatively the same for me (any thoughts), and I would have to jump to the 3000 for a more "heavy duty" machine.

Again, your thoughts would be most appreciated. I gotta' pick one like soon.

Budget
06-20-2006, 08:09 AM
I have a IS 1500 52" 25 hp., so far i can't complain about it at all. You know what property you are cutting, go and see if you can get a 61" around. The flex discharge shute is very nice to get into tight spots. Make sure you can use the machine to get into tight spaces, make for less trim time on your feet.
Good luck.

TriplePLandscaping
06-20-2006, 10:15 AM
i have a 1500 and have mowed some pretty tall grass 10+ inches, and no problems. but for your situation i def wouldnt go smaller than 52",
heres a basic price breakdown for my area dealer

1500z 52" 25hp~6500
2000z 61" 25hp kaw or 27hp kohler~ 9-9500
3100z 61" 26, 30 or 32hp -10500-11200

personally i would go with the 2000z with 27hp, u always want to get a lil more than you need so that way you never regret your decision.

Ramairfreak98ss
06-20-2006, 10:50 AM
i have a non IS 1000z 27hp/61" deck, i cut a 5 acre lawn, takes a long time lol

I would suggest a 61" deck at least, 72" if you think you can fit it without getting hung up around trees

Id look at at least the is 2000 27hp model or the is3100 with the 30hp kohler/61" deck air cooled. thats a large property.

Ramairfreak98ss
06-20-2006, 10:57 AM
i have a 1500 and have mowed some pretty tall grass 10+ inches, and no problems. but for your situation i def wouldnt go smaller than 52",
heres a basic price breakdown for my area dealer

1500z 52" 25hp~6500
2000z 61" 25hp kaw or 27hp kohler~ 9-9500
3100z 61" 26, 30 or 32hp -10500-11200

personally i would go with the 2000z with 27hp, u always want to get a lil more than you need so that way you never regret your decision.

i thought my 61" would be way too much, its only on smaller lawns, like 1/4 acre or smaller, but its STILL small on anything acre and bigger lol.

my dealer has a is4500 35hp briggs big block water cooled/61" deck for $10,900, the 3100z is in the range of low 9k range. the 2000z is under 9 in nj.

Travis Followell
06-20-2006, 09:31 PM
3100 with 61 inch deck 32 hp briggs vangurd engine
I'd also recommend this machine. You would not regret getting it. More machine than you need it better than not enough. The 32 hp will help you to mow a little faster and be a big help when mowing the tall weeds you mention.

Drew Gemma
06-20-2006, 09:45 PM
not to mention if you intend to pick up leaves or bag grass the vac unit takes power away from the engine and blade tip speed so go real big trust me with these ferris machines you can go full throttel but sometimes the blades can't keep up so go with the machine mentioned and you will never buy another get the 3 bag collection system worth 2,200 extra if you want a real professional looking place.

hossmp
06-21-2006, 02:15 PM
If you are looking at the 2000 and the 3100 take a close look at the decks. I am not sure they are similar. I believe the 3100 uses the same deck and spindle design of the 4500/5100 series with the hercules spindles. I am not sure if the 2000 has this or if its the aluminum ones..which are probably fine also. One other thing I noticed at the dealers was the seats, the 3100 has a much higher back and more comfortable seat.

ACutAbovesiny
08-31-2006, 11:21 PM
Greetings,

Appreciate the info here that helped me choose Ferris IS for the estate I maintain. My employer gave me free rein to pick brand and model size for mowing his estate. He and I both appreciate fine equipment, and want to size it for a long life. Will be used as follows: five acres weekly of finished lawn; some areas a bit rough; twice yearly mowing of 1.5 rough acres between trees (mowed high just for weed control); ocassional light bagging if clippings not dry before parties, etc (aftermarket, non vac likely); pulling small eq trailer with weedy and push mower; ocassional mowing paths through tall weeds (not brush!).

Lots of trees to mow around, but lots of room between them. About 50% straight unobstruted mowing. I figure deck of 52-61" has lots of working room. I'm looking at machines from 1500, 2000, 3000 series. Based on usage, and keeping it large enough (frame, motor, spindles) to go 10 years, what are your suggestions? Money is not the objective, but I don't want more machine than I need.

Thanks in advance.

2000 would be my pick.

Dashunde
09-01-2006, 12:18 AM
If you are looking at the 2000 and the 3100 take a close look at the decks. I am not sure they are similar. I believe the 3100 uses the same deck and spindle design of the 4500/5100 series with the hercules spindles. I am not sure if the 2000 has this or if its the aluminum ones..which are probably fine also. One other thing I noticed at the dealers was the seats, the 3100 has a much higher back and more comfortable seat.

Yep, you have to get up to the 3100 for the Hurcules spindles.
If money is not much of an object... go for the 4500 with the Cat diesel... that should be a 15 or 20 year machine.

The 3100 and 4500's also have the swiveling adjustable height scalp rollers...

shop22
09-01-2006, 09:02 PM
i would choose the 3100 since money is noobject. Better to buy a little bigger then to have to trade one back in to get the one you need. The extra $1000 will be nothing in the long haul.

downtown
09-10-2006, 10:34 PM
It's been 3 months since the original post and I'd 'assume' that you've made your purchase.........but IF you haven't, I'll throw my 2 cents worth in.

I've owned a 48" 1500 for 2 seasons now and I love it. 5 acres would take you 3-4 hours. It's a great machine and the suspension really helps you keep your speed up..............HOWEVER...........

I've been using a 3000Z loaner while my 1500 is in getting the bagger put on. I've mown our lawn 3 times and my accounts once with it (Yes, I'm that anal about our own lawn). I've been VERY IMPRESSED with both the superior ride and the speed increase of a 61" deck. Between the larger seat & frame and the suspension......the ride is head and shoulders above the 1500. It 'seems' to have dropped my cut time by about 1/3rd. What I've been most impressed by is the superior trackability on difficult slopes with the 3000. There are a couple of really tricky slopes here......one off our leach field that ends in a severe drop to our neighbors driveway. I've nearly put the 1500 in the ditch a couple of times and have given up on mowing down the hill in that area....it's strictly up the slope there for two passes or the 1500 slides towrds the ditch. The 3000 mowed down the slope and held it's line without a hiccup.....and this is a 1550 hour machine!!! There are also a couple of slight swales accross the front of the leach field that tend to push the 1500 off line ......only by being VERY careful can I track accross it without shooting down the slope. The 3000 handled it with ease.

Finally, you mentioned trees. We have several pines.....LOW BRANCHED PINES! The 61" deck lets me get further under them and keeps the branches from raking my arms and face as badly as they do when I try to get aggressive with the 1500. So it helps with the trimming and is easier on you.

So, while I love my 1500........I'd HIGHLY RECOMMEND the 3000 for you! Good luck.