I have a hustler mini z and it's a good machine. Very reliable, but it has had it's issues. It eats blade belts. They didn't put one on that's thick enough (it's an a series belt) and so it snaps easily when it starts to get worn. Also it doesn't have the most amazing cut when things start to get wet. I think that's just the deck design personally. I would demo the ferris if you can.
Would you happen to have a scag or toro dealer in your area? They are expensive, but a demo model could save you some money. Also exmark is an option. (Toro mowers, just rebadged)
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