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StumpZ
06-17-2008, 11:47 AM
Hello everyone,
First off this is a great forum. Very informative and most everyone seems to
get along good!
I am a homeowner with a large lawn ~ 5 acres. I have a very close Ferris dealer that is a great guy. It a small place that has been around forever. The type you don't mind buying something from. I was looking at a IS2000 with the 25 hp Kawi 61" deck. After much discussion he said he could sell his IS2000 demo to me in about a month and a half with the 30hp Vanguard & 61" deck for $7,300 + tax. Anyone have any feeling about that price? Thanks!
Jim

ProStreetCamaro
06-17-2008, 01:17 PM
While im not sure if the price is good or not somebody else will have to chime in on that. My concern is the reports of poor cut quality of the ferris mowers. Do you really want to pay that kind of money for a mower thats known to have poor cut quality? We paid $6800 for our NEW Gravely 160Z this spring.

StumpZ
06-17-2008, 01:36 PM
Thanks Pro Street. Cut quality is not #1 on my list. My lawn isn't smooth on the outer 3 acres so the suspension is #1. The dealer recommended the additional horsepower because I mow next to a wetland where the grass/weeds grow like crazy. The demo will have less than 50 hrs on it. What do people think of the price?

CTmower
06-17-2008, 01:41 PM
I dont know where your hearing bad things about ferris cut quality but here in CT they do a great job.... In the past years ive used IS5000 72", IS3000 61" 61/25 Hydro WB and a 52/25 Hydro WB... All these mowers striped exceptionally well and left a nice crisp clean cut..

mybowtie
06-17-2008, 04:36 PM
I have a IS2000 27 hp, 61". Ride is great. However it's cut is not as good as my exmark Z. I use the Z in the heaver wetter areas, and the Ferris in the shorter dryer areas. Would I buy another Ferris??............... Yes.:usflag:

StumpZ
06-17-2008, 04:41 PM
Bowtie, in the wet grass is it a horsepower issue or deck design?

mybowtie
06-17-2008, 06:30 PM
Bowtie, in the wet grass is it a horsepower issue or deck design?

I think its deck design. My Z has the 27 hp kolar 60". The Z throws the clippings farther, and clumps less. The ultra cut deck on the Z is awesome. There hard to beat. Dont get me wrong, I like my Ferris. It cuts well. Leaves a nice cut, just not as good as the Z in heavy wet grass. Aftermarket blades did help on the Ferris. My back thanks me every evening when using the Ferris. Hope this helps......:usflag:

StumpZ
06-17-2008, 07:38 PM
I usually don't have to mow the taller stuff when it is wet. My thought is if I buy this mower it will cut down my mowing time so I won't let the grass get as long! I just don't know if there is a rule of thumb to demo discounts?

mybowtie
06-17-2008, 10:09 PM
Sounds like a fair price for it. Month or two, season almost over. Dealer dont want to sit on it all winter, so I would work him on the price. Paid $8500 for mine in spring of 06. Dealers near me is selling them for $8850 now. Have 2 dealers close to me, same price at both. Although blades and belts are more expensive at one of them.:usflag:

Frue
06-17-2008, 10:48 PM
I have a is 2000 27 kohler and it runs great that is a good price. there are better decks out there but none have that ride.

StumpZ
06-18-2008, 11:54 AM
I figured it must be about $1,200 off the "new" price. I would prefer the big Kawasaki engine but I haven't heard anything bad about the BB Vanguard. Thanks for the input.

TEKracing37
06-18-2008, 05:08 PM
I bought an IS1500 (25hp Kawi / 52" inch) about a month ago and I couldn't be happier. The ride is far and away better than any of the others I tested. In a two day span, I rode the Scag, Toro, Exmark and Ferris and there is a noticeable difference with the Ferris suspension.

With regards to the cut, it does an excellent job for my application.

They also sent me a "free gift" in the mail that included:
-extra set of blades
-hitch kit
-headlights kit
-ferris t-shirt
-ferris hat

Added bonus....:drinkup: