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LawnSolutions, LLC
08-04-2008, 01:24 AM
I have been looking into buying a new ztr, and I love the whole idea of a smooth ride, which the Ferris ztr provides. The only thing that I am concerned about is the way it cuts. I went to the dealer and they let me demo it but they would not let me cut with it, so I was wondering what feedback I can get on the way it cuts?

The mower I was looking at getting is the Ferris is2000 28/52.

Thanks

WOODSHED
08-04-2008, 08:13 AM
I own an IS 1500 Z 21/48 and it does a great job on my yard. It leaves an excellent finish cut and stripes without a roller or flap. It is very important theat the deck is setup just as the manual suggests. Alot of people slag Ferris as having a poor cut but in my experience th cut is on par with my father-in-laws Exmark Lazer XS with Triton deck. Any mower will suck if the deck isn't level and pitched correctly.

Scott

tnpete
08-04-2008, 06:40 PM
We have a pair of the IS-2000-Z' and they cut great. Now I will not say they give the best cut. But I can stand the cut with the ride. One is a 2007 and the other is a 2008.
Never plan on going to any other mower. If I were you, I think I would talk to the dealer. As he should allow you to try one out. And that is cutting with it also. Sure would not have bought one without it. Shoot the dealer brought the 4500 and the 2000 out for me to try out.
Good luck
Pete

mybowtie
08-04-2008, 09:23 PM
I like my IS2000...The ride great. It cuts good...not as good as my laser z ultracut..The Z will throw the clippings frather and disperse them better.

HighlandLC
08-05-2008, 03:29 PM
How do the Ferris's handle wet morning grass ? Do they clump up a lot ?

TomberLawn
08-05-2008, 04:01 PM
I get a little bit of clumping if I'm in really thick, wet grass. One of these days I'll remember to charge the batteries for my digital camera and get a picture of my nicest yard striped really pretty. With a set of sharp blades, my Ferris cuts as good as anything I've seen.

Has anybody demoed a 1500 and 2000? I've got a 1500 and my dealer told me he might get a 2000 coming in with a 61" and 26hp l/c Kawi in a couple weeks. I know a 61" would be more productive. Is there anything about the 2000's that are different from the 1500 that I might not like?

tnpete
08-05-2008, 05:53 PM
How do the Ferris's handle wet morning grass ? Do they clump up a lot ?

Morning grass with sharp blades not much. Now if its come a good rain and the grass is high. It will throw out clumps. But most will.
But if its normal grass and just from dew. Not an issue at all.
Pete

mowerbrad
08-05-2008, 07:05 PM
Why wouldn't they let you cut with it? Any time I demo a mower I am always able to take it with me for a couple of days and actually use it on my accounts, in fact I'm doing that this weekend with a Toro. Commercial dealers are always able to get their hands on a demo unit that you can actually use and not just drive.

seneca county snowman
08-05-2008, 07:52 PM
the is1500 has apivoting front axle the is 2000 has indp. front susp.

redfox033
08-05-2008, 08:50 PM
I demoed the 1500, toro 400, and scag tiger cub 48" cut. I whent with the scag. The 1500 was ok, but it didn't cut as well as the other 2. If they wont let u cut with it I wouldn't buy it.

punt66
08-05-2008, 09:13 PM
The problem with the 2000 and the 52" deck is this. The 1500 is an all around smaller machine that also comes with the 52" deck. So the smaller wheel base of the 1500 allows for a longer reach of the deck for trimming. The 2000 with the same deck and larger wheelbase there is less reach in the deck for trimming. So if i were to go to a 2000 i would get the 61" and the big block vanguard. If i wanted the 52" then the 1500. I have the 1500 and it has been a great machine for me and fairly inexpensive.

mattfromNY
08-05-2008, 10:17 PM
I have a IS2000 with a 27 hp Kohler and a 61" deck. I also have a DD with a 52" deck/ 17 horse. I will tell you the 52" deck (mine anyway) will outshine the 61" any day of the week as far as quality of cut. Unfortunately, with only a 17 hp, I have to go slower and it wont go through tall grass very well b/c of not enough power. My 2000 has plenty of power and will cut tall grass as fast as it will go, but will clump terribly if I so much as sneeze on the grass, and it doesn't leave a very nice cut on a normal, dry lawn. Not sure of the difference, I am told the 52 is just a scaled down 61, but I have seen it every day that the 52 cuts much nicer than the 61. On that note, I would agree with the above post that the wider wheelbase of the 2000 will not let you get as close to obstacles as you could with a 1500- just get the biggest motor you can for your machine- Ferris mowers can cut fast, but if you bog the motor getting into heavy or wet or tall grass, or hills, you will sacrifice cut quality b/c of slower blade speed.
Just my 2 cents (6 cents?) after sharing the last 3 mowing seasons with 3 Ferris machines.

ojpent
08-05-2008, 10:40 PM
I have 1500 with 48/21, and the warranty is up in october and plan on putting a larger pulley for the blades coming off the motor to increase blade speed. i'm just getting sick of double cutting most lawns this year. I wish ferris would go back to the old design for there decks before the company was bought by B/S... Just my 2 cents and venting over a machine that I have owned for almost 2 years now...

HighlandLC
08-06-2008, 10:20 AM
I have 1500 with 48/21, and the warranty is up in october and plan on putting a larger pulley for the blades coming off the motor to increase blade speed. i'm just getting sick of double cutting most lawns this year. I wish ferris would go back to the old design for there decks before the company was bought by B/S... Just my 2 cents and venting over a machine that I have owned for almost 2 years now...


Im not sure I woudld tinker with the pulleys to increase blade speed. You might end up with spindle issues, or straining the belts too much.

StumpZ
08-06-2008, 11:06 AM
I just bought a 2000/61" with the 30hp Vanguard. They let me demo it for 4 days and I am just a homeowner with no previous relationship with the dealer. If you can't mow with it that is not a demo.

ojpent
08-06-2008, 10:43 PM
Im not sure I woudld tinker with the pulleys to increase blade speed. You might end up with spindle issues, or straining the belts too much.

i'm not worried about the spindles or the belt, I'll just grease the spindles more often.. There's a couple of things you can do to increase your blade speed without doing much to the machine, and remember the spindles are grease able...