View Full Version : Grasshopper or Ferris?

03-04-2004, 06:36 PM
I just got back from a dealer, I demoed a 220/52 (20 hp Kohler) midmount grasshopper and he offered it to me for $5,995.00 then he told me he had a Ferris 1000 IS model 23 Kaw/ 52 cut midmount mower he would let me have for same price. Both drove well and both have full two year warranty, I liked the seat on the Grasshopper best but the Ferris is a lot faster and has larger motor and he says better pumps on it.

If you had to choose which you you buy?

03-04-2004, 06:47 PM
Go with the Ferris IMO...more hp and a nicer ride too with the IS. BTW, I have owned like 15 or so Ferris machines during the past 9 years. Anyone on LS that knows me knows I'm their biggest fan. Feel free to send me a pm or email me at rspronck@aol.com if you have any questions relating to Ferris machines.

03-04-2004, 06:52 PM
Ferris all the way!!! I don't have one, but I know a couple of guys who do and they are in love with them!!

03-04-2004, 07:08 PM
Is the price right on this machine at $5995.00?

03-04-2004, 08:29 PM
Good price on the grasshopper, i love mine would buy another 1.

03-04-2004, 08:29 PM
I also meant to ask, does the IS1000Z hold slopes OK?

03-04-2004, 08:52 PM
Originally posted by robertyb
I also meant to ask, does the IS1000Z hold slopes OK?

Better than most cause of the Independent Suspension system.

03-04-2004, 09:20 PM
Don't buy either of them! GET A HUSTLER SUPER Z AND BE DONE WITH IT!

03-04-2004, 09:25 PM
Oh, that really helps him a whole lot. What does he do if he doesn't have a Hustler dealer near by? Hmmm...5 posts so far? Someone has a lot to learn btw since our profile says we have been in business 1 year...

03-04-2004, 09:27 PM
I have looked at both. I feel the Grasshopper is a sturdier designed machine with less to go wrong. Of course, this is just my opinion. The Ferris seems to be a lighter duty machine than it's bigger brothers. The Grasshopper shares almost of it's design with the bigger Grasshopper machines, which really makes it overbuilt. I own two Grasshopper midmounts, and they are very good machines.

03-04-2004, 09:49 PM
I really like the Grasshopper but the Ferris seems to be a great buy for the money. I actually would like to get a Hustler Z that a dealer here has but can't get him right on the money. It is a 23 Kaw./60 cut. He priced it at $6500.00 plus tax. It is a 2003 that has been used as a demo and been scratched up a little. If he would give me a driveout of $6,500.00 I would probably buy it.

03-04-2004, 09:57 PM
That's a great price on the 220. We sell a 220/52" right now for $6599.

P&C Lawn Care
03-04-2004, 10:41 PM
THe 1000 only has front IS doesn't it? Both great machines but I would go with Grasshopper.

03-04-2004, 11:29 PM
the ferris of course is going to be faster because of the Kawasaki engine, they are geared different and do not have as much torque as a Kohler. Grasshopper has a better deck design and I believe are built better. I run a 325 midmount liquidcooled 61 and a 725 frontmount liquid 61. Though you are going to the lower end, I am confident in grasshopper and kohler, much better combo than ferris and kawasaki.

03-06-2004, 08:38 AM

John Gamba
03-06-2004, 09:07 AM
If i remember ? Grasshopper has a 5.5" deep deck and blade speed at 19000 to boot. You might want to try them and see witch one has the better cut, If that matters?

Ground Effects NH
03-06-2004, 10:24 AM
I have a single drive hydro 48" Ferris "GREAT "machine
great cut, stripes well .....jmo.....never tried a grasshopper

05-10-2004, 11:21 AM
i just got my 23/52 ferris...demod alot jd,hustler,exmark...chose it and love it so far...jmo