View Full Version : Opinions on Gravely XDZ vs. Cub Cadet Enforcer vs. Ferris IS2000z

04-05-2010, 04:09 PM
Looking for a commercial zero turn but am wary about buying a used one with 500+ hours. Budget is around $5-6k. I will be mowing about 3 acres of totally flat ground with minimal trees/obstacles.

The three I have checked so far are:

Near mint 2005 Ferris IS2000z 61" with 92 hours and 25HP Kawasaki. It was used by a hang-glider club to mow an airstrip. I could get this for $6200.

New 2007 (yes that is NEW 2007) Gravely XDZ152 52" deck with 23HP Kawasaki - $6000.

New 2009 Cub Cadet Enforcer 54" deck with 23HP Kohler Command - $5800.

Lastly, does anyone know about the new Cub Cadet zero turns with the steering wheels (Z-Force S model line)? I saw one at the dealer with a 60" deck and 26HP Kawasaki for $5000. The deck is fabricated (although not as beefy as the Tank model) compared to the stamped steel version on the old Z-force model. The only other thing I noticed was the front wheel spindles were cast iron but they did have a grease fitting.

Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated!

04-05-2010, 10:34 PM
Don't know much about the Ferris, but was a dealer for Gravely and Cub. The Cub Enforcer is a joke. Very poor design throughout. It is just a cheap toy, compared to the Gravely. The Enforcer is really a top-of-the-line homeowner machine, or at best, an entry level commercial machine.
For a couple of hundred more, the Gravely is a steal. It is built like a tank, cuts great, and is very well engineered. I think the Gravely is a way better machine than either the Ferris or the Cub.

04-06-2010, 12:22 AM
I have an 08 enforcer that I have had no issues with but has under 200hrs. It has the 23hp kawi and 54" cut. Thinking about selling it because I bought it as a back up and could use the cash. $4k and its yours.

04-06-2010, 12:33 AM
The Gravely. Will last you forever on 3 acres of easy mowing.

Gunnels Grounds & More
04-06-2010, 01:20 AM
cub cadet Enforcer.....

04-06-2010, 01:51 AM
At those prices, go with the Gravely.

04-06-2010, 09:24 AM
Thanks for all the replies. I was leaning toward the Gravely also but the dealer won't budge on the price and the mower has been sitting on his lot for 3 years!

Anything else I should be looking at? The only other commerical dealers I have near me is Ex-Mark, John Deere, and Kubota.

04-06-2010, 03:29 PM
That is dealer cost, ( $5,948.77), so you can not expect him to take a loss on it. Suggested retail on it was $8149.00.
I was a dealer in 07, still have the dealer price book, so I looked it up. You would be a fool not to buy it at that price. Warranty does not start until you buy it, so you have brand new full warranty on that Gravely.

04-06-2010, 06:16 PM
As lond as it's got a waranty I would go gravely. My gravley 148z tows over 1/2yd of compost at a time with ease. Been running it for 4yr's or so and only problem is the key switch went out and I have to replace hydro belts a few times a year. But I think thats due to the type of side work it does. Like push cars, pull out trees, and move mulch to name a few

BearWise Landscapers
04-06-2010, 06:59 PM
I hear good things about Gravely and would recommend that as well

04-06-2010, 07:01 PM
The Gravely does come with a 2 year warranty. Does anyone know if they make a mulch kit for the Gravely and how it performs?

I stopped at the Ex-Mark dealer on the way home tonight and they have a leftover 2009 Lazer Z 52" with a 23HP Kohler for $7,000. It has the old style deck (not the Triton).

I also just found a used 2006 Ex-Mark 60" with 166 hours and 23HP Kohler for $5500.

04-06-2010, 10:08 PM
Gravely has a mulch kit for it and it does a great job.

Jeff Tracey Enterprises
04-08-2010, 12:15 AM
I have a Gravely 252 and absolutely love it! Great stripes, great cut, have zero complaints about it. I highly recommend gravelys, this is my second one and I dont for see myself going with any other manufactures any time in the future.

Grass Shark
04-08-2010, 12:34 AM
gravely is a nice machine, X-Factor Deck?

04-25-2010, 01:38 PM
Well I waited it out a little and got a great deal - I hope!

The place that had the Gravely for $6000 had an auction to get rid of its trade-ins and a bunch of junk that people left there after getting service quotes. They also included some new old stock equipment.

I picked up the Gravely 152 XDZ for $5141 out the door!!!!!! Sold as a brand new unit (it only had 0.3 hours on it) so I get the full 2 year warranty.

Shasta Lake Landscaping
04-25-2010, 02:42 PM
Good deal, they look like a nice solid machine, just saw one on craiglist with 44hrs for $5500.

04-25-2010, 03:07 PM
Go with the Gravely, oh, you did.... LOL