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Old 08-09-2014, 08:17 PM
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I know this is a older thread but it seemed to be filled with ferris knowledge! Alittle background on my situation, I'm in the process of looking for a good, reliable, efficient and power to spare zero turn. I have already demo a gravely 260 which did not cut well in the dew, and seemed just not like a solid mower. I then demo a john deere 920M 54" with a 23.5 Kawi. Absolutely loved the QOC, mower felt solid built but the darn thing was under powered in taller grass and inclines. My last local dealer is ferris. While the first 2 dealers let me demo for 1 full day of mowing ( 4.1 hrs on the gravely and 4.9 on the JD) the ferris dealer is only allowing me 1 hour of drive time. I have a great property I maintain in mind for this hour but still looking for some input please.
The mower in my price range is the same one all the comments are saying don't buy and go bigger!!! My budget is $10k, I got quoted $9,999 for the ferris IS2100Z 61" with the 32HP vanguard big block.
I chooses the big block to demo because I want to have that extra power when needed for inclines, wet grass or biweekly accounts in the spring. I'm a bit nervous about fuel consumption, I prefer to stay under 1.5 GPH if possible and the dealer was no help knowing what the big block will burn.
Any information on this mower or comments will be greatly appreciated as I continue in my search. Thank you
Sounds to me as though you were really impressed with the JD and only needed a little more hp for you to be perfectly happy. I believe if I were you, I would try and work a deal with the JD.
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Old 08-09-2014, 08:27 PM
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They don't have as many engines to choose from, and for me to get a bigger engine (25.5 Kawi in a 54" instead 23.5 Kawi in a 54") I need to upgrade from the M series to the R which is a $2k upgrade putting me up around the $12k mark and I really don't want to go that high ( and my wife would kill me haha)
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Old 08-09-2014, 08:28 PM
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I don't demo the 2100 until weds this week so I've never even driven a ferris
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Old 08-09-2014, 10:04 PM
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If you have any slopes.....go side to side and turn quick - they will scalp on slopes.
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:42 AM
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I don't demo the 2100 until weds this week so I've never even driven a ferris
You may be satisfied with the 2100, and if so, do not get onto a 3100. The 3100 is a true commercial mower, whereas the 2100 is teetering between commercial and homeowner grade. I'm not only saying this from personal experience, Ferris themselves are actually the ones that made the statement, "we consider the 2100 as just making it into the low end commercial range, with the 3100 being our first true commercial mower in the lineup." There is so much difference in the 2100 and 3100 it's like the difference in night and day.
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Old 08-10-2014, 01:32 PM
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I run a 3100, 32 big block, 72" cut. Over 1000 hours on it so far. Motor is strong, even on a 72. I have used 1.4-1.8 gph depending on terrain and mowing conditions. I have never been on a 2100, but I know guys that run the 5100 diesels and they think a 3100 is rough compared to theirs, so I assume it would be the same going to the 2100 from a 3100.
I think u will be amazed with the ride of a Ferris verses a rigid zero turn. The ICD deck gives a very good cut also.
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I run a 3100, 32 big block, 72" cut. Over 1000 hours on it so far. Motor is strong, even on a 72. I have used 1.4-1.8 gph depending on terrain and mowing conditions. I have never been on a 2100, but I know guys that run the 5100 diesels and they think a 3100 is rough compared to theirs, so I assume it would be the same going to the 2100 from a 3100.
I think u will be amazed with the ride of a Ferris verses a rigid zero turn. The ICD deck gives a very good cut also.
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The 3100 is the mower to own, the 5100 is a tank, being extremely heavy is what makes the mower ride somewhat better, but with the additional weight comes other problems.
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