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DaddyRabbit
06-09-2009, 11:33 PM
The Big Red Machine finally jumped off of the trailer today straight from the dealer. I was trying my hand on my pond banks when all of a sudden the front end came up higher than my comfort level was game for. I was with in a Millisecond of heading back to the house to change my shorts after that one. :eek: All in all I am so completely impressed but the real test doesn't begin until years down the road. I want to tinker on it so bad I can't stand myself. http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/SonofSouth/DSC09194.jpg
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edgewood
06-10-2009, 09:55 PM
That thing looks waaay too clean, go get it in the mud or something...

ericmcj31
06-10-2009, 09:58 PM
cool---if you don't mind me asking...what kinda $$$ did that little beauty set you back?

zman2307
06-10-2009, 09:59 PM
Interesting. It has the same 2-stage canister filter as the smaller machines. I would have figured it would have the 4-stage Enginaire VLR cleaner like the Bad Boy for the money you dropped on that thing.

All that said, that is a beast and should make you some serious money if you're a contractor.

zman2307
06-10-2009, 10:04 PM
I wonder how it would ride with the Michigan seat?

SfTD_service_CENTER
06-10-2009, 10:28 PM
that is one awsome looking machine! it is really nice, i want to know how it does with ruttin and tearing when turning? when you get some time on it let us all know the ins and outs of it! i have to say that is pretty much the king daddy of ztr's it might not have the most engine and not the biggest deck but i bet it is the biggest frame with the most suspension! im sooooo jealous! one day i will own somthing like that for just myself no work.

DaddyRabbit
06-10-2009, 11:11 PM
$13600 OTD new in crate. I felt like it was a heck of a deal. :clapping:

cool---if you don't mind me asking...what kinda $$$ did that little beauty set you back?

ericmcj31
06-10-2009, 11:16 PM
I coulda got you one for around 10K--you would've had a little drive..not too bad, though

puppypaws
06-10-2009, 11:22 PM
I coulda got you one for around 10K--you would've had a little drive..not too bad, though

Are you kidding, that is the new style 5100, a dealer can't buy that machine for $10,000.00.

ericmcj31
06-10-2009, 11:35 PM
it's a demo...has like 20 hours on it; but still a new warranty and all

ericmcj31
06-10-2009, 11:36 PM
....and no, I am not kidding; if interested, I will post info. first of the week (after I pick up mine-lol)--don't wan tyou guys getting my source befor eI pick up my mower-lol; and it's DEF. NOT close to GA

SfTD_service_CENTER
06-10-2009, 11:46 PM
liquidation sale!?!?! i believe you they are priced on ebay like that. demo untis i dont know if they are still on ebay but i saw them a month ago. ther was a hustler super z diesel for 10k with a hydraulic deck reardischarge like a 17000 mower with 100+hrs on it i wanted to buy it bad! i ended up spending more with a newwer smaller mower though.

ericmcj31
06-10-2009, 11:49 PM
I will reveal my source in due time-lol; no, seriously...next week I will post pics. and if he still has some units I'll share my source with you guys!

nathannc
06-11-2009, 12:03 AM
that is one awsome looking machine! it is really nice, i want to know how it does with ruttin and tearing when turning?

In regard to the rutting and tearing when turning, if it is like my IS5000, it doesn't do any worse if as bad as my eXmark Lazer Z with the ultra 60" deck. My guess is that it might be due to the low pressure system on my 5000 that allows the wheels to roll with less resistance as the hydraulics move closer to a neutral position. That might be why the IS5000 and probably the IS5100 will roll fairly easily when the engine is off while the eXmark was extremely resistant to movement when the engine was off. This might also mean that the IS5100/IS5000 might have less handling precision and responsiveness but, not enough to be noticeable at least by me. All in all, you would be surprised at how turf friendly the big red beast is.

puppypaws
06-11-2009, 12:05 AM
I will reveal my source in due time-lol; no, seriously...next week I will post pics. and if he still has some units I'll share my source with you guys!

Man, someone is losing money on that kind of deal. A 5100 with 20 hrs. will bring $13,000, something funny about this. You know what they say, "if it is to good to be true, it probably isn't."

SfTD_service_CENTER
06-11-2009, 12:09 AM
In regard to the rutting and tearing when turning, if it is like my IS5000, it doesn't do any worse if as bad as my eXmark Lazer Z with the ultra 60" deck. My guess is that it might be due to the low pressure system on my 5000 that allows the wheels to roll with less resistance as the hydraulics move closer to a neutral position. That might be why the IS5000 and probably the IS5100 will roll fairly easily when the engine is off while the eXmark was extremely resistant to movement when the engine was off. This might also mean that the IS5100/IS5000 might have less handling precision and responsiveness but, not enough to be noticeable at least by me. All in all, you would be surprised at how turf friendly the big red beast is.

that sounds awsome! my lazer z doesnt really tear up the turf unless you try to so if this is close to that i would probly like it! it seems really heavy though so you say it doesnt rut really from the weight?

eatonpcat
06-11-2009, 08:11 AM
Man, someone is losing money on that kind of deal. A 5100 with 20 hrs. will bring $13,000, something funny about this. You know what they say, "if it is to good to be true, it probably isn't."


What Paws said!!

Too much don't worry I will reveal my source...etc.
How many Demos with 20 hours could one dealer have??

nathannc
06-11-2009, 09:16 AM
that sounds awsome! my lazer z doesnt really tear up the turf unless you try to so if this is close to that i would probly like it! it seems really heavy though so you say it doesnt rut really from the weight?

In my experience with my IS5000, it seems to do better than my 2002 eXmark on turns in regards to tearing up turf. EXmark might have made some changes in their system since then that made it less inclined to tear up the turf on turns because it seems you're having pretty good luck with yours.

However, the IS5000/5100 are BIG machines, over 2000 lbs without the operator. I have got to be honest and add that even though it has larger tires than most ZTRs, I believe that it puts more weight per square inch on the ground than most mowers and thus more likely to rut with regular use. However, I have not experienced that as of yet.

The best reason to get a Ferris in general is the back saving ride and the higher productivity that can result from being able to run the mower faster on rough terrain. The best reason to get the IS5100/5000 in particular is for the diesel engines which are durable, possess tons of torque and are highly fuel efficient. If you get one, I am sure you'll love it especially if it has the newly designed deck. However, avoid the rear discharge unless it is absolutely necessary.

Dave in NC

nathannc
06-11-2009, 10:22 AM
I wonder how it would ride with the Michigan seat?

It's funny you should mention that. I actually have a 3000 Ferris with a Michigan seat. The seat greatly improves the ride of even a Ferris and I would highly recommend it to Ferris owners. The 5000/5100 has a better ride naturally than the 3000 but, I have been thinking about putting a Michigan seat on my 5000. I am sure it would the ride would be even better.

puppypaws
06-11-2009, 02:57 PM
$13600 OTD new in crate. I felt like it was a heck of a deal. :clapping:

I don't know if yours is a 2009 year model, but that is a good price. I questioned the salesman on the price of your mower this morning and he said, $13,700.00 on a 61"/5100 and $14,200.00 on a 72"/5100

DaddyRabbit
06-11-2009, 03:37 PM
2009 out of the crate. PM me if you need the name and number of the hook up at the dealership and I'm sure he'll match you for what I have in mine. He's sold two of the Ferris 5100Z's since I procured mine.


I don't know if yours is a 2009 year model, but that is a good price. I questioned the salesman on the price of your mower this morning and he said, $13,700.00 on a 61"/5100 and $14,200.00 on a 72"/5100

puppypaws
06-11-2009, 07:24 PM
2009 out of the crate. PM me if you need the name and number of the hook up at the dealership and I'm sure he'll match you for what I have in mine. He's sold two of the Ferris 5100Z's since I procured mine.

Your dealer is doing a great job; selling those high end mowers in this economy.

zman2307
06-12-2009, 01:00 AM
It's funny you should mention that. I actually have a 3000 Ferris with a Michigan seat. The seat greatly improves the ride of even a Ferris and I would highly recommend it to Ferris owners. The 5000/5100 has a better ride naturally than the 3000 but, I have been thinking about putting a Michigan seat on my 5000. I am sure it would the ride would be even better.

I figured it would. The Michigan seat is amazing. Every mower needs one.

greenred
06-12-2009, 01:43 AM
Thats a sweet looking ZTR.

retrodog
06-12-2009, 01:59 AM
I know a guy here that paid $18000, but it was for the 33.5hp engine. It looks like a pos, but it has a little over 500 hours on it. He said its been to the dealership tons of times, but the engine had never been touched.

ericmcj31
06-12-2009, 06:53 AM
I know a guy here that paid $18000, but it was for the 33.5hp engine. It looks like a pos, but it has a little over 500 hours on it. He said its been to the dealership tons of times, but the engine had never been touched.



That sucks! I'd be hella pizzed if I dropped that kinda coin and constantly in the shop!:hammerhead: He could nearly buy 2 Z's for that kinda price!:hammerhead:

DaddyRabbit
06-12-2009, 07:15 AM
The 33.5 h/p Cat is the same engine I have. I'm guessing lemons come in all shapes and sizes or brands if you will. Regardless of color if Man builds it you're likely to have trouble at one time or another.


I know a guy here that paid $18000, but it was for the 33.5hp engine. It looks like a pos, but it has a little over 500 hours on it. He said its been to the dealership tons of times, but the engine had never been touched.

puppypaws
06-12-2009, 08:07 AM
The 33.5 h/p Cat is the same engine I have. I'm guessing lemons come in all shapes and sizes or brands if you will. Regardless of color if Man builds it you're likely to have trouble at one time or another.

You are a very smart young man, proven by the philosophical statement made in your last sentence.

dwost
06-12-2009, 08:25 AM
That is one beast of a mower. I've always liked Ferris, it was the price that threw me. It sounds, however, you got a screaming deal!

eaglescout1993
08-29-2010, 05:19 PM
at some point all the problems have been replaced and it will work like it was intended, i love warranties.

2manymowers
08-29-2010, 05:56 PM
Well being eaglescout 1993 resurrected this thread, I would like to know how the IS5100 is doing for Daddy Rabbit after using it a year. What do you say Daddy Rabbit? Thanks.

balreadysaid
08-29-2010, 06:33 PM
Yeah I'd like to know too! Been demoing gravely and really not liking the. Pro turns in the. Rough!
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Huling
08-29-2010, 10:35 PM
I am looking to try a 72". A good friend keeps pointing me to the Kubota, but to me, way too rough on larger properties. Theirfor, I too, am interested in your review,

DaddyRabbit
08-30-2010, 07:12 AM
Its been absolutely 100% problem free and even though I get tired of cutting my grass/weeds the Ferris makes it almost therapeutic. Nothing but great things to report thus far. Thumbs Up

puppypaws
08-30-2010, 01:11 PM
Its been absolutely 100% problem free and even though I get tired of cutting my grass/weeds the Ferris makes it almost therapeutic. Nothing but great things to report thus far. Thumbs Up

How many hour have you put on the 5100 at this point in time?

DaddyRabbit
08-30-2010, 08:49 PM
Its worn out with 147 hrs and believe it or not looks just like the day it was delivered. :)

puppypaws
08-31-2010, 09:51 AM
Its worn out with 147 hrs and believe it or not looks just like the day it was delivered. :)

I believe exactly what you say, you appear to be a person who would take extremely good care of their mower, especially one of that caliber, it is kind of like your baby.

I don't know how old you are, but at the rate of roughly 150 hrs. per year, the 5100 should last you until you can no longer crawl into the seat from old age. The Cat engine should outlast the the other mower components, 8000 hrs. should be no problem for this engine, and I honestly can't see the mower lasting nearly that long. 8000 hrs. ÷ 150 hrs. per year will run you 53 more years, but in all reality you will more than likely want to see a new shiny mower long before that time arrives.....LOL

Rick S
09-01-2010, 08:48 PM
About a month ago I purchased a is2500z Ferris with a 61" deck and I have the 24 hp Yanmar diesel and so far no problems or complaints.

Apples
09-01-2010, 10:09 PM
Rick S, Are you happy with the power of the engine?

Rick S
09-01-2010, 11:32 PM
we have had a lot of rain here in Wisconsin and it is being used everyday mowing a bunch of wet tall grass and seems to handle it with no power issues or problems with bogging down with the wet conditions.For my money it was a good purchase.

PLS-Tx
09-01-2010, 11:59 PM
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PLS-Tx
09-02-2010, 12:03 AM
Sorry, I don't post from my phone much.

Rick S., Do you have the new deck, ICD I think its called? Also, how much do the 2500's run? Thanks
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pieperlc
09-02-2010, 09:21 AM
we have had a lot of rain here in Wisconsin and it is being used everyday mowing a bunch of wet tall grass and seems to handle it with no power issues or problems with bogging down with the wet conditions.For my money it was a good purchase.

Do you have the icd deck? If so, how is that performing?

On edit: Just saw PLS's post. Sorry for the double.

Rick S
09-03-2010, 01:00 AM
yes I have the ICD 61 inch deck. I bought it for $10495 with it's first service included.