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robertyb
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?

rodfather
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.

Dave655
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!!

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

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

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

rodfather
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.

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

rodfather
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...

Mowingman
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.
:)

robertyb
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.

jkelton
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.

advantagelawn
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.

robertyb
03-06-2004, 08:38 AM
Bump........TTT

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?
John

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

timinkc
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