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qualitylawnmanagement
01-10-2007, 09:09 PM
Anyone using ferris walk-behinds? I am thinking about just running a crew with walk-behinds to go out and do smaller property's with and have another crew for the Z's to out with. The model I am interested in is the DD 48in, anyone use this one? Any good reviews on it? Any bad ones? One thing that I like about this mower over Ex-mark, scag is the twist of handle to raise the deck just like my 34in simplicity. I havn't seen many ferris's around here, mostly I see is bob cat and ex-mark.

mow & snow
01-10-2007, 09:21 PM
qualitylawnmanagement - I use Ferris 36" belt wb for gated yards but my main mower is a Ferris 52" HydroWalk DD with a 23hp kaw. IMO it's the best hydro wb out there. Mine is a 2006 with a fixed deck.

Dunn's
01-10-2007, 10:45 PM
Ferris are greatfo almost half the price of scag and exmark. No deck problems that I have heard of unlike scag and exmark.Quick infinite height adjust on the floating deck models just started this year so if you go with ferris you would want to get 07 for the 48 inches or above. Electric start comes standard dual stage filters. This years model are so great I keep trying to talk myself into buying a new 48 even though I don't need one.

rodfather
01-11-2007, 08:50 AM
We have 5 of them right now. Been using Ferris for almost 15 years. Their WB's are extremely reliable machines.

AL Inc
01-11-2007, 08:55 AM
I will second what Rod said...I have had two and they were great machines. I sold the 52" when I went over to the Standers, and still have my 36". I went with them because we have a great dealer here who stocks all of the parts and repairs my machines (usually) while I wait.

Just make sure you can get parts and service for your machine, if you aren't planning on doing it yourself.

howardsells2000
01-11-2007, 08:53 PM
I have a Ferris 52" DD and a 36" Belt Drive. I would buy another in a heartbeat.

sawman65
01-12-2007, 06:05 AM
i have a guy that mowes all the medians and gov.buildings some are very large all he uses are ferris w/b 52" he has six put 500 hr a year on them just the normal maint.with no problems

nograss
01-12-2007, 08:27 AM
Been using for 5 years,52 dd. wouldn't buy the 48" personally with 52" available. You shoul be able to buy last years new for about 4800. I have the best service dept around. that's what's important. Ask for other lcs's i your area that have them and call them about the service. that's where your decision lies unless you can service them yourself. I'm buying a new one that has the new controls next year.

qualitylawnmanagement
01-12-2007, 04:15 PM
Been using for 5 years,52 dd. wouldn't buy the 48" personally with 52" available. You shoul be able to buy last years new for about 4800. I have the best service dept around. that's what's important. Ask for other lcs's i your area that have them and call them about the service. that's where your decision lies unless you can service them yourself. I'm buying a new one that has the new controls next year.

Why would you go for the 52in over the 48in? If I do go to buy one, which I probably am going to I am going to get the new floating deck one because of the twist of a handle to raise the deck. I am trying to make it as easy as I can for my guys, don't want them to waste time changing spacers to change the deck height. Yea, the new controls look pretty cool there the same ones on my simplicity.

qualitylawnmanagement
01-12-2007, 04:24 PM
I am going next week to look at one. I have a dealer right here in Lima, so there won't be that much away if I have to go get a part for it.

qualitylawnmanagement
01-12-2007, 04:25 PM
How do these compare to Ex-Mark turf tracer HP's? This was the other mower I was going to get between the two.

nograss
01-12-2007, 04:48 PM
the extra 4" is invaluable and easier to resell when the time comes. There is no spacer raising and lowering on the 52DD. It comes with a floating deck. You just change pin positions. they new one has a crank, and the controls are in the handle. for a $1000 difference I just thought it was more feasible.

Shady Brook
01-12-2007, 07:29 PM
I had a 52" DD for a couple years. It cut pretty nice and left a very nice stripe in good conditions. It was built very heavy duty! I was not a big fan of the thumb controls for reverse as they seemed to wear on your thumbs after a while. My experience was that if the grass was damp at all the deck would clog and blow chunks. Big Chunks that I could do nothing with. I am not sure which was worse between my old scags with the old decks, or the ferris with the 52".

Hope your happy with whatever you purchase!

mattfromNY
01-12-2007, 10:44 PM
All Ferris, All the time!!

nograss
01-12-2007, 10:48 PM
In Tn we get about 35 cuts a year with no rain out or drought.

Pristine PM
02-07-2007, 12:43 PM
My Dealer is telling me that the 48 inch DD isn't a true floating deck. Can anyone confirm this? It doesn't say on the website, but it looks like what I would expect a floating deck to look like.

Thanks,

Jon

MOWER DECK
•Available in 48”, 52” and 61” cutting widths.
• Cut height: 1.75”- 4.75” variable adjust.
• Quick-adjust deck allows operator to change cut height quickly and easily.
• Self-contained dual transmissions are individually fan cooled and filtered.
• Easy access to tracking adjustments minimizes maintenance time.

detailed lawn care
02-07-2007, 01:14 PM
My suggestion if you are going with the 48 inch you need to upgrade to at least the 17hp. I have the 48inch with 15hp kawasaki just not enough power when riding a silky.