Grasshopper or Ferris?
Hope everyone's winter is good! Right now I am writing up a proposal for a local small business grant that I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get. I could receive anywhere from $1000-$10,000. Being relatively new, and having been torn up pretty bad by last year's drought, I am looking at using the money to put a down payment on a new mower in the entry-commercial level 52"-60" range, total cost somewhere around $10,000. I am really due for a new mower, and the only two brands sold locally are Grasshopper and Ferris. I am needing help deciding which to choose. They both have similar finance options and the service is good at both places, so that's all a toss-up. The Ferris dealer has just gained his dealership and I will/may be ordering mine with his first shipment ever here in a few weeks, so I don't have much to go by on them except that suspension just sounds dreamy... I do know that Grasshopper is a proven machine though.
So I'm looking at the Ferris IS2000Z, and the Grasshopper 227 with added Duraflex Suspension forks. Does anyone have experience with both of these machines? Or both brands at least?
If you could please give me any comparative experience you have with the two, or just good/bad experience with either individually? And if you know of best engine options, maybe? Thanks!