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Old 08-09-2013, 08:56 AM
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Ferris Walk Behind..good deal or not??

Rookie here. Desperate to get a decent walk behind for my yard. I am looking at this one for $1,000

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/grd/3970017621.html

good deal or no? Anyone have anything to say about Ferris?
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:01 AM
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Not bad

It's not a bad deal but I don't like the engine on it. Briggs is no the way to go.
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:19 AM
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I always hear people say that Briggs are bad. Are you saying that in general, or do you know something specific about this engine. When I was a kid, I had a B&S on my go-kart and it worked like a champ.

I cant find jack about 32" ferris durabelt GD on the internet. Did they make this mower for like 10 mins and close the line down? Do you have any idea what year it might be?

Really appreciate the input.
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:29 AM
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Ferris makes the best walk behinds out there in my opinion. I would try and bring him down on the price a lil bit tho. I got a 36 in hydro for 1500. I would try to get him Down to around 850.
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:34 AM
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I just spoke with the guy on the phone. He bought it 4 years ago and really didnt use it that much since the one account he bought it for left him. Basically sat in the garage for a couple of years. He said he paid 1,250 on it when he bought it. I think 1,000 is a little steep. He said its a great mower and runs well. I am going to demo it on Sunday and hopefully get him down on price.

The prior owner was a buddy of his and used it to cut postage stamp yards in NJ. So I am sure it has some hours on it from that guy. Anything I should look for that would indicate significant wear.
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:43 AM
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Look for grease on places where there should be grease. Listen for noises when engaging and disengaging the blades makes sure belts and tires are good etc make sure the spindles are ok because those will cost more than what your paying for that mower.
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:44 AM
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Thank you sir
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:47 AM
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I always hear people say that Briggs are bad. Are you saying that in general, or do you know something specific about this engine. When I was a kid, I had a B&S on my go-kart and it worked like a champ.

I cant find jack about 32" ferris durabelt GD on the internet. Did they make this mower for like 10 mins and close the line down? Do you have any idea what year it might be?

Really appreciate the input.
Yes I had a similar engine except it was a 16hp and it blew with 150 hrs on it. I always changed the oil and did all maintenance it just always had a problem. Also it is a gas hog compared to the kawasaki I have now. Also that is a small engine for that mower. Personally I do not like driving belt driven mowers. I only use hydros and I would never go back. I do not like fixed decks either. They are hard to adjust height of cutting and don't leave as good of a cut. Float decks are way better
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:54 AM
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Guessing the OP is looking for a mower just for his lawn...not for commercial use. Am I right, OP?

There are very few floating decks in a 32.

To check spindles it is best to have owner remove blade belt first. Then see how much play there is by moving/tilting the edges of the 2 blades from underneath.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:17 AM
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The engine should be fine. My ferris 36 inch hydro has a 14 kohler and it pulls me ion a sulky fine. It's struggles a bit but i do weigh 240 lbs...
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