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THIESSENS TLC
05-13-2012, 10:20 AM
Well to start, I absolutely love this machine! I really thought this machine would kick my a$$. Ya the arms were a little sore yesterday while i was using it, but im ok today. Its very easy to maneuver. Handles steep ditches no problem. And im only 140lbs. As someone said in another thread, yes you can perform z-turns! and its simple...the outside wheel turns forward, and the inside wheel turns in reverse...just a little bit. It leaves a beautiful cut IMO. Height adjustment is easy, just wish they had put more of a handle on the end. The controls are very nice and really comfortable. I thought it had a 15hp kawasaki, but it comes with a 16hp kawasaki! Plenty of cutting power. When my dad had his rental business, he used to sell for the Ferris dealer I got this from, (just found this out yesterday) so I let him try it and he loves it! He is 55yrs old and has a fake hip (hernia) and had no problem maneuvering this machine. The dealer had it full of gas for me too! I still have a few more days with this machine before i have to return it, so I will take more pictures and give a little bit more of a review. http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248132&stc=1&d=1336915194

THIESSENS TLC
05-13-2012, 10:36 AM
just a couple more pics for now...http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248133&stc=1&d=1336915950 http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248134&stc=1&d=1336915950http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248135&stc=1&d=1336915950

THIESSENS TLC
05-13-2012, 06:45 PM
heres a few more i just took in the garage...http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248175&stc=1&d=1336944989http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248177&stc=1&d=1336945082 I thought this oil drain hose was a neat featurehttp://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248178&stc=1&d=1336945158 got the chute a little scuffed up, but i had to test her out.http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248179&stc=1&d=1336945224http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248180&stc=1&d=1336945331http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248181&stc=1&d=1336945380 Height indicator, i wish it had numbers instead of letters http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248182&stc=1&d=1336945430 lever at the side to disengage the hydro and put into free rollhttp://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248183&stc=1&d=1336945515

OakNut
05-13-2012, 06:54 PM
Nice. Someone else who takes as many pictures as I do!
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=373771&highlight=ferris+walk+behind

:laugh:


You gotta return it? Is it a loaner, or are you demoing it with thoughts of purchase?

THIESSENS TLC
05-13-2012, 06:57 PM
http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248184&stc=1&d=1336945665http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248185&stc=1&d=1336945956http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248186&stc=1&d=1336946002http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248187&stc=1&d=1336946045http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248188&stc=1&d=1336946090http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248189&stc=1&d=1336946142http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248190&stc=1&d=1336946187http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248191&stc=1&d=1336946257

THIESSENS TLC
05-13-2012, 06:59 PM
Nice. Someone else who takes as many pictures as I do!
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=373771&highlight=ferris+walk+behind

:laugh:


You gotta return it? Is it a loaner, or are you demoing it with thoughts of purchase?

demoing, and seriously considering buying...i love it! ya i know, i take lots of pics!:laugh:

THIESSENS TLC
05-13-2012, 08:08 PM
i know, i know...but heres a few more. lolhttp://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248207&stc=1&d=1336950059http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248208&stc=1&d=1336950227http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248209&stc=1&d=1336950302http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248210&stc=1&d=1336950351http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248211&stc=1&d=1336950415http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248212&stc=1&d=1336950461

bohiaa
05-13-2012, 11:50 PM
they sure are CLEAN when there new..............

May want to invest in a OCDC.....

I dont see how people get by with out them....

best of luck

DA Quality Lawn & YS
05-13-2012, 11:57 PM
16 horses on a 32? Holy stripes, Batman!
That has to be a butt kicker.

THIESSENS TLC
05-14-2012, 07:08 AM
they sure are CLEAN when there new..............

May want to invest in a OCDC.....

I dont see how people get by with out them....

best of luck

I'm gona guess that stands for operator controlled discharge chute? Please correct me I'm wrong. Thanks
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THIESSENS TLC
05-14-2012, 07:13 AM
16 horses on a 32? Holy stripes, Batman!
That has to be a butt kicker.

Didn't stripe too well at my dads apt building...he has really bad grass and cuts it too short! I tell him that too! Lol It would've been fine with a 13hp imo. But I'll take the 16hp:)
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Valk
05-14-2012, 11:31 AM
Can you measure that overall mower's length, PLEASE?
Would also like to know the true width with and without the chute...??

The Ferris website has the 32 Hydrocut length incorrectly measured at 82" I'm told.

THIESSENS TLC
05-14-2012, 01:11 PM
Can you measure that overall mower's length, PLEASE?
Would also like to know the true width with and without the chute...??

The Ferris website has the 32 Hydrocut length incorrectly measured at 82" I'm told.

I did the best i could at measuring length & width
Manual says 74 inches long overall
I measured 75-76
Manual says 41 inches wide overall
i measured 45.5-46 (chute up was 32-32.25)
weighs 330lbs
Manual says height is 41 inches

I saw 82 inches on the website too...hope this helps

weesa20
05-14-2012, 03:19 PM
How do you like the comfort controls? thumbs get tired? This is one with only a single hydro right? turns are okay? The simplicity version has a 17.5 briggs but a different 12g deck.

Valk
05-15-2012, 12:21 AM
I did the best i could at measuring length & width
Manual says 74 inches long overall
I measured 75-76
Manual says 41 inches wide overall
i measured 45.5-46 (chute up was 32-32.25)
weighs 330lbs
Manual says height is 41 inches

I saw 82 inches on the website too...hope this helps

Thank you for taking the time to do this...very much appreciated!
I gotta say that mower looks REALLY long in your pics, and the official pics online...especially from the end of the chassis to the ends of the handlebars...but it sure sounds like it's loaded with some nice features.

THIESSENS TLC
05-15-2012, 03:38 AM
How do you like the comfort controls? thumbs get tired? This is one with only a single hydro right? turns are okay? The simplicity version has a 17.5 briggs but a different 12g deck.

Controls are very comfortable imo. Single hydro yes. Turns with ease.
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THIESSENS TLC
05-15-2012, 03:40 AM
Thank you for taking the time to do this...very much appreciated!
I gotta say that mower looks REALLY long in your pics, and the official pics online...especially from the end of the chassis to the ends of the handlebars...but it sure sounds like it's loaded with some nice features.
Ya no problem Valk. It does have a few nice features.
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THIESSENS TLC
05-16-2012, 04:42 AM
thought i would give a bit of an update on this machine. Im in love....thats all i can really say at the moment. lol JK it works really well. stripes are nice. This unit saves ME lots of time. i finished up my yards today almost 2hrs early! Heres a couple more pics.http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248420&stc=1&d=1337153788http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248421&stc=1&d=1337153858http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248422&stc=1&d=1337153901http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248423&stc=1&d=1337153932http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248424&stc=1&d=1337153982http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248425&stc=1&d=1337154008

THIESSENS TLC
05-17-2012, 04:03 AM
Gotta take it back today:cry:

THIESSENS TLC
05-20-2012, 06:46 PM
Well, I sold my stander and decided to go back and pick up the Ferris! I cleaned it up from when I demoed it, then i put on a coat of wax....which my buddies laughed at. :confused: Anyways, cant wait to start cutting again on tuesday. I ordered gator mulching blades, ($25 each) and got the dealer to get me a price on the "Trimmer Trap". Turns out they can only get them from the states. Might be cheaper to just make one....I guess we'll find out next week.

OakNut
05-20-2012, 10:25 PM
Wax a mower? Now who would do something like THAT?


:D

THIESSENS TLC
05-21-2012, 09:42 AM
I really wish i didnt have to bag this one...unfortunately I still have to use the 22:cry: Its such a beautiful lawn and would look awesome if I could use the new mower! This is the only lawn I have where the guy requires it to be bagged. Just cant justify spending 3-500 bucks on a bagger for the ferris for 1 lawn. Oh well...http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248879&stc=1&d=1337603995http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248880&stc=1&d=1337604033http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248881&stc=1&d=1337604068http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248882&stc=1&d=1337604105http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248883&stc=1&d=1337604153

K & K Mowing
05-21-2012, 05:27 PM
Looking back at the pictures noticed that there was VERY little drive belt on the outboard blade spindle pulley. Receipe for slippage under load???

Kevin :usflag:

ed2hess
05-21-2012, 10:45 PM
Controls are very comfortable imo. Single hydro yes. Turns with ease.
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Don't underestimate the force needed to turn that unit and to keep it straight on slopes. That litte better company gave up on their single for a good reason...it sucks.

OakNut
05-21-2012, 11:34 PM
Don't underestimate the force needed to turn that unit and to keep it straight on slopes. That litte better company gave up on their single for a good reason...it sucks.

After reading enough comments of this nature, I decided to go the hydro route over a belt drive. I mow hills and slopes constantly, so I was looking to get a unit that would make my life a little easier. I ended up with the Ferris 36" dual hydro and I'm SO happy with how it handles crossing steep hills.

Ramairfreak98ss
05-22-2012, 12:20 AM
Looks NICE! how much?

we have 1334 pacer simplicity"s" and a 1534... nice machines, i'd always have loved a v-twin engine though since the single cylinders are always so damn loud compared to the twins..even with that, they've always had plenty of power.

orangemower
05-22-2012, 09:57 AM
I see foot prints on the lawn, shame on you. :)

TriCountyLawn
05-22-2012, 10:50 AM
Aw come on , you know you want a new catcher for your new mower!

Darryl G
05-22-2012, 11:12 AM
I don't see anything in the pictures that I couldn't mow with a 48 inch mower. Just curious why you'd go with a 32 incher. Gates? I would not have the patience to mow that one yard with a 21 incher.

Richard Martin
05-22-2012, 02:34 PM
What happened in the horseshoe pit? Is it not a part of the yard?

http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248883&stc=1&d=1337604148

THIESSENS TLC
05-22-2012, 10:40 PM
Don't underestimate the force needed to turn that unit and to keep it straight on slopes. That litte better company gave up on their single for a good reason...it sucks.

I don't have any properties with slopes. So this mower Is perfect for what I need it for.
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THIESSENS TLC
05-22-2012, 10:46 PM
Aw come on , you know you want a new catcher for your new mower!

I would love one, but just don't want to spend the money for one yard. I ordered mulching blades last week and the dealer is trying to find a price for an OCDC (trimmer trap).
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THIESSENS TLC
05-22-2012, 10:52 PM
I don't see anything in the pictures that I couldn't mow with a 48 inch mower. Just curious why you'd go with a 32 incher. Gates? I would not have the patience to mow that one yard with a 21 incher.

Ya most of the properties I cut have gates. It does suck cutting that yard with the 22...oh well
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THIESSENS TLC
05-22-2012, 10:55 PM
What happened in the horseshoe pit? Is it not a part of the yard?
I don't understand your question richard.
http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248883&stc=1&d=1337604148
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THIESSENS TLC
05-22-2012, 10:59 PM
Looks NICE! how much?

we have 1334 pacer simplicity"s" and a 1534... nice machines, i'd always have loved a v-twin engine though since the single cylinders are always so damn loud compared to the twins..even with that, they've always had plenty of power.
$3900 out the door.
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TriCountyLawn
05-22-2012, 11:25 PM
I would love one, but just don't want to spend the money for one yard. I ordered mulching blades last week and the dealer is trying to find a price for an OCDC (trimmer trap).
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Between the cost of the blades,ocdc and your time your most of the way there. But I hear ya. I know i cringed when I dropped the cash on an accelerator. Some guys I know who are audio contractors always preach , "buy one cry once". :drinkup:

THIESSENS TLC
05-22-2012, 11:37 PM
Between the cost of the blades,ocdc and your time your most of the way there. But I hear ya. I know i cringed when I dropped the cash on an accelerator. Some guys I know who are audio contractors always preach , "buy one cry once". :drinkup:

Lol there's lots of gardens I have to cut around and would like to be able to control some of the clippings. And with the mulching blades I'm hoping there won't be as much. How much was your accelerator?
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THIESSENS TLC
05-22-2012, 11:39 PM
Oh, I'm sure someone here knows how to reply to 5 people at once, instead of replying separately. Help pls!!!
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TriCountyLawn
05-22-2012, 11:44 PM
Lol there's lots of gardens I have to cut around and would like to be able to control some of the clippings. And with the mulching blades I'm hoping there won't be as much. How much was your accelerator?
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I got my catcher in 06' and if I remember right it was in the 350-450 range. I remember thinking "this better be worth it" to myself. Having used toro and exmark cloth catchers before I wasnt let down at all.

Greyst1
05-22-2012, 11:45 PM
I'm a huge Ferris fan, but those stripes suck. Are your RPM's good? Is there a stripe kit for this machine? I really want to but a Ferris WB, but if it ain't ICD, it ain't striping.

OakNut
05-22-2012, 11:54 PM
Oh, I'm sure someone here knows how to reply to 5 people at once, instead of replying separately. Help pls!!!
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Look in the lower right corner of every post.
Just to the right of the "QUOTE" button is a "Multi-Quote" button. (hover over it and it will show you what it is)

Click on that button for each post you want to reply to in one post, THEN hit the "Post Reply" button.

You can then click to place the cursor below each person's quoted text to reply to the individual quotes, or just type under all of them at the bottom.

frotis
05-23-2012, 12:37 AM
Did it come with that oil drain hose? I may order one for my eXmark since its threaded for the Kawasaki engine block.

THIESSENS TLC
05-23-2012, 05:56 AM
I'm a huge Ferris fan, but those stripes suck. Are your RPM's good? Is there a stripe kit for this machine? I really want to but a Ferris WB, but if it ain't ICD, it ain't striping.

Im not a big fan of the stripes either, but im really not too worried about. The rpms i believe would be factory set, no? I thought about getting an hour meter with the setting that displays rpms, but that costs more too!:cry:

Look in the lower right corner of every post.
Just to the right of the "QUOTE" button is a "Multi-Quote" button. (hover over it and it will show you what it is)

Click on that button for each post you want to reply to in one post, THEN hit the "Post Reply" button.

You can then click to place the cursor below each person's quoted text to reply to the individual quotes, or just type under all of them at the bottom.
thanks alot oaknut!

Did it come with that oil drain hose? I may order one for my eXmark since its threaded for the Kawasaki engine block.

Ya it came with it. i think its pretty cool and is going to save me tons of time and of course spills. if it didnt come with one, i would've rigged something up!

I got my catcher in 06' and if I remember right it was in the 350-450 range. I remember thinking "this better be worth it" to myself. Having used toro and exmark cloth catchers before I wasnt let down at all.

way too much for 1 lawn! if all my clients wanted their grass bagged, it would be a different story.

Richard Martin
05-23-2012, 06:03 AM
I don't understand your question richard.

Interesting. You don't see it. You could have taken 5 seconds and knocked that grass down in the horseshoe pit. I'm just saying.

Now you need to put brakes on your new Ferris SD.

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb56/RMartin631/mower%20stuff/DSC00568.jpg

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb56/RMartin631/mower%20stuff/DSC00569.jpg

THIESSENS TLC
05-23-2012, 06:11 AM
Interesting. You don't see it. You could have taken 5 seconds and knocked that grass down in the horseshoe pit. I'm just saying.

Now you need to put brakes on your new Ferris SD.

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb56/RMartin631/mower%20stuff/DSC00568.jpg

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb56/RMartin631/mower%20stuff/DSC00569.jpg

ahhh yes the weeds! good eye. well, now i know who i can turn too for questions. assuming you have a hydro-cut as well. How come you put brakes on it?

Richard Martin
05-23-2012, 06:36 AM
ahhh yes the weeds! good eye. well, now i know who i can turn too for questions. assuming you have a hydro-cut as well. How come you put brakes on it?

I wanted to use a Velke behind it and it just generally makes it a whole lot easier to use, especially on hill sides. BTW, I disconnected the thumb safeties. I found that it was literally wearing my thumbs out holding down on the safeties the whole time. I don't know if they still use them but it was a really stupid idea. If you have a problem in the future with the mower acting like it's running out of gas when the tank is half full, you may need to do this mod.

http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248174&d=1336943262

http://www.lawnsite.com/showpost.php?p=4417761&postcount=2

THIESSENS TLC
05-23-2012, 10:09 PM
I wanted to use a Velke behind it and it just generally makes it a whole lot easier to use, especially on hill sides. BTW, I disconnected the thumb safeties. I found that it was literally wearing my thumbs out holding down on the safeties the whole time. I don't know if they still use them but it was a really stupid idea. If you have a problem in the future with the mower acting like it's running out of gas when the tank is half full, you may need to do this mod.

http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=248174&d=1336943262

http://www.lawnsite.com/showpost.php?p=4417761&postcount=2

is it hard to steer with a SD & a velke?

THIESSENS TLC
05-23-2012, 10:30 PM
So heres the hour meters I got today. One on the right was $25 and the one on the left was $65. Guy at the counter says the cheap one isnt waterproof & if it quits on me in a week...thats it! The good one is going on the bike because it is waterproof and has a couple settings, and it has a battery that can be replaced too.http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=249146&stc=1&d=1337822997

OakNut
05-23-2012, 11:13 PM
I'd be surprised if the inexpensive one isn't waterproof.
That's just a re-branded SenDEC - I've seen at least three different brands of the exact same unit. I wouldn't be too concerned.

The replaceable battery - now that's a nice option.

THIESSENS TLC
05-23-2012, 11:14 PM
Hey Oaknut, dealer got back to me today with a price for a OCDC. $239+freight which he said was about $50. Way too much!!! I will be making one instead! :dizzy:

OakNut
05-23-2012, 11:44 PM
Hey Oaknut, dealer got back to me today with a price for a OCDC. $239+freight which he said was about $50. Way too much!!! I will be making one instead! :dizzy:

Ehh... The price for the unit seems about what I expected - the freight pushes it a bit though.
Heck, the Ferris mulch kit I bought was $100 including tax. One hundred dollars for two curved pieces of steel and a bag of bolts - that's it. Doesn't even include blades.

THIESSENS TLC
05-24-2012, 05:57 AM
Ehh... The price for the unit seems about what I expected - the freight pushes it a bit though.
Heck, the Ferris mulch kit I bought was $100 including tax. One hundred dollars for two curved pieces of steel and a bag of bolts - that's it. Doesn't even include blades.

Ya he asked if I wanted a mulch kit for 90 bucks. The kit I got when I had my stander was 100 with no blades too.
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Richard Martin
05-24-2012, 03:06 PM
is it hard to steer with a SD & a velke?

In one word... Yes. You can want it to turn but the amount it actually turns may not be as much as you are hoping for. Sharp 90 degree turns are out of the question.

THIESSENS TLC
05-24-2012, 10:58 PM
In one word... Yes. You can want it to turn but the amount it actually turns may not be as much as you are hoping for. Sharp 90 degree turns are out of the question.

What are your thoughts on a proslide?
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Richard Martin
05-25-2012, 06:21 AM
What are your thoughts on a proslide?


A Proslide is still a sulky and will have the same problems as a wheeled sulky. You will not be able to turn the mower while using it. Also, I don't know how much more power the Proslide takes to pull verses a wheeled sulky.

The SD tranny is a strange little tranny. The more load you put on it the more force you will need to push on the thumb controls to keep the mower moving. If you want to see what I'm talking about try to move the mower while the brake is on. You'll see that it takes a whole lot more thumb power to push the thumb controls forward.

THIESSENS TLC
05-25-2012, 06:13 PM
I know what your sayin, I gotta push the thumb controls farther forward to climb the ramp into the back of the truck. I was just thinkin that with the proslide I could step off quick, have it retract up into the transport position, make my turn, then hop back on it. Not sure if that would be a PITA though.
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THIESSENS TLC
05-26-2012, 06:33 PM
what kind of oil should I use? sae 30? 10w30? anybody have any suggestions? 3-4 more hours and then I have to do the 1st oil change.

Richard Martin
05-26-2012, 07:33 PM
I use Pennzoil 10w30 regular oil in all of my mowers.

THIESSENS TLC
05-26-2012, 07:37 PM
I use Pennzoil 10w30 regular oil in all of my mowers.

thanks Richard, heres a pic of the hour meter. i mounted it under the dashboard....thats just what i'll call it.http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=249344&stc=1&d=1338071842

THIESSENS TLC
05-26-2012, 07:38 PM
kind of a crappy pic...

THIESSENS TLC
05-28-2012, 06:04 AM
Hey Richard, would you happen to know why I now hear a screech sound when I engage the blades after installing new ones? Blades don't hit eachother or the deck.
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Richard Martin
05-28-2012, 06:34 AM
Hey Richard, would you happen to know why I now hear a screech sound when I engage the blades after installing new ones? Blades don't hit eachother or the deck.

Put the old ones back on and see if it still does it.

I_am_a_beginner
05-28-2012, 11:25 AM
I got a 32 ferris 2011, a 21 honda, a 21 toro and a 48 toro. I have to say that the ferris is the worse mower I have. The mower doesnt leave a beautiful cut. The thumb controls get your thumbs really tired after a couple of weeks/months. Mine were completed exploded after last season. You have to help mower to turn which isnt cool when you work with the mower alot, it can bring you some arms/back pain. We had problems with the mulching kit that was leaving an uncut line of grass between both blades. They tried everything to fix the problem but we were force to remove the mulching kit. During the season our belts for blades broked 5 times over 300-400 hours of work. Overall dont buy this mower, trust me.
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THIESSENS TLC
05-28-2012, 05:43 PM
I got a 32 ferris 2011, a 21 honda, a 21 toro and a 48 toro. I have to say that the ferris is the worse mower I have. The mower doesnt leave a beautiful cut. The thumb controls get your thumbs really tired after a couple of weeks/months. Mine were completed exploded after last season. You have to help mower to turn which isnt cool when you work with the mower alot, it can bring you some arms/back pain. We had problems with the mulching kit that was leaving an uncut line of grass between both blades. They tried everything to fix the problem but we were force to remove the mulching kit. During the season our belts for blades broked 5 times over 300-400 hours of work. Overall dont buy this mower, trust me.
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Too late! I love it!
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THIESSENS TLC
05-28-2012, 08:28 PM
Put the old ones back on and see if it still does it.

thanks Richard, I was loading up the truck for tomorrow and engaged the blades a few times...and it wasnt as bad as when I first tried it. I will put the old ones back on this weekend and then give an update.

Richard Martin
05-28-2012, 08:49 PM
thanks Richard, I was loading up the truck for tomorrow and engaged the blades a few times...and it wasnt as bad as when I first tried it. I will put the old ones back on this weekend and then give an update.

Most likely what you're hearing is the clutch squealing. Make sure you engage and disengage the clutch at 1/2 throttle or less. You're also supposed to check the clutch clearance at 100 hours. If you feel uneasy about how to do that just have your dealer do it.

THIESSENS TLC
06-18-2012, 10:27 PM
Well, I havent been on here much lately. havent had the internet either for about 3 weeks. I just finished making the trimmer trap for the hydro-cut. heres a pic for now. I will get up more pics later when i find some free time. i will also give a write up of material used, how i made it, and the cost. More details soon....hopefully!

THIESSENS TLC
07-09-2012, 12:03 PM
well i figured i have a bit of time today, so i might as well put up some pics.http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=252638&stc=1&d=1341845857http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=252639&stc=1&d=1341845916http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=252640&stc=1&d=1341845957http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=252641&stc=1&d=1341845997http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=252642&stc=1&d=1341846041http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=252643&stc=1&d=1341846087http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=252644&stc=1&d=1341846128http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=252645&stc=1&d=1341846174

THIESSENS TLC
07-09-2012, 12:11 PM
heres more....http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=252646&stc=1&d=1341846267http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=252647&stc=1&d=1341846311http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=252648&stc=1&d=1341846398http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=252649&stc=1&d=1341846443http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=252650&stc=1&d=1341846488http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=252651&stc=1&d=1341846531http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=252652&stc=1&d=1341846571http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=252653&stc=1&d=1341846613

THIESSENS TLC
07-09-2012, 01:02 PM
forgot the last one of it painted w/tremclad gloss. http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=252656&stc=1&d=1341849719http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=252657&stc=1&d=1341849749

Richard Martin
07-09-2012, 01:42 PM
The only part that doesn't look professional is the bracket attached to the handle bars. I do quite a bit of fabbing myself and some of this stuff can be hard to make look right, but I really think you can do better than that. Otherwise, it really looks excellent!

THIESSENS TLC
07-09-2012, 02:39 PM
The only part that doesn't look professional is the bracket attached to the handle bars. I do quite a bit of fabbing myself and some of this stuff can be hard to make look right, but I really think you can do better than that. Otherwise, it really looks excellent!

i know you can always make things look better. So what would you suggest?

Richard Martin
07-09-2012, 02:51 PM
i know you can always make things look better. So what would you suggest?

You could probably make it much smaller by using heavier gauge steel. And then once you get the size and look you can weld it to the handlebar and paint it to match. Like I said, the construction and the rest of it looks very pro. It just needs a touch of fine tuning on that bracket.

:usflag:

THIESSENS TLC
07-09-2012, 03:35 PM
i could've performed more welding to this set-up, but really wanted to be able to remove it if needed.

OakNut
07-09-2012, 09:13 PM
Just cut off the excess on those U bolts. Done.

How much more "professional" does it need to look?
It's not like the mower say "CRAFTSMAN" on the side. Nobody is going to see it, or care.


Nice work on that flap!

THIESSENS TLC
07-10-2012, 03:10 AM
Just cut off the excess on those U bolts. Done.

How much more "professional" does it need to look?
It's not like the mower say "CRAFTSMAN" on the side. Nobody is going to see it, or care.


Nice work on that flap!

thanks oaknut! hows the mulch kit workin for ya?

OakNut
07-10-2012, 10:45 AM
thanks oaknut! hows the mulch kit workin for ya?

I'll let you know if our grass ever starts to grow again.

THIESSENS TLC
07-10-2012, 11:27 AM
I'll let you know if our grass ever starts to grow again.

i hear ya, no rain in the forecast all week and all the lawns are already brown and dried up. im guessing a few more weeks before the lawns bounce back to life....thats if we get rain. never seen it this bad before. i stopped cutting last week. skipping the next 2 weeks forsure.

THIESSENS TLC
06-12-2013, 04:44 PM
Well, blew out the belt today. It was my fault though...had the e-brake on and then engaged the blades...oops! $53 for a new belt! Ouch!!!!
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OakNut
06-18-2013, 06:26 PM
Well, blew out the belt today. It was my fault though...had the e-brake on and then engaged the blades...oops! $53 for a new belt! Ouch!!!!
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Heh. I had never done that with my dual hydro until today. Stalled it QUICK.
First thing I though of was this thread. I looked at the belts, gave them a tug, and all looked good. Tried restarting and was good to go.

Whew!

THIESSENS TLC
06-18-2013, 10:49 PM
Heh. I had never done that with my dual hydro until today. Stalled it QUICK.
First thing I though of was this thread. I looked at the belts, gave them a tug, and all looked good. Tried restarting and was good to go.

Whew!

haha! ya mine stalled for good that day! im not sure if it was just a coincidence or if that's what actually did the damage. the grass has been long and very wet lately...so maybe that was the problem. I also get a lot of grass build up under the deck cover where the belt is...:confused:

OakNut
06-18-2013, 11:58 PM
I popped the drive belt on my Ferris shortly after I bought it.
I was about 300 feet (with slopes in between) away from my truck when it happened, so there was no "pushing it" to the trailer.

I think I hit something like a low-cut stump - not sure now, but it was dead in the water. I was freaking out because I had never used a WB before and had no real understanding of how things worked on it yet.
I took off the deck cover and saw the belt had popped off the pulley. I tried prying the thing back on with no luck. I decided to call the dealer and see if they had any suggestions. He was nice enough to help me out by suggesting a way to get the belt back on by using a rope on one of the springs to pull it back to get the belt on. It worked.
Haven't had it come off again since.