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Old 04-28-2010, 08:15 PM
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John Deere 900 or Ferris IS

Alright guys, I have narrowed my search to the JD 900 series or the Ferris IS1500 or 2000. My concern is how the ride on the JD will compare with the Ferris on bumpy lawns. Will those who have ridden both please give me your opinion.
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:23 PM
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The 900 series is more comparable with the 3100 ferris I think. The 2000 ferris will be a better ride than the JD for sure. Ferris's new icd deck is top notch. I ve been using it for the past month on my 3100 and I cant say enough good things about it. JD has an excellent cut as well so I guess dealer support and comfort are your big factors. If the JD is the MOD version then you have a tougher decision. Both are extremely reliable and durable. The suspension seat is must on the JD so maybe that will be enough for you. Good luck.
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:42 PM
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Rode a buddies Ferris but it was a smaller one than a 60" a while ago, rode real nice. Seems real smooth and left a nice cut. ID rather be on my 900, but thats after demoing alot of mowers and choosing the one that fit the bill the best.
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:26 PM
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Did the Ferris ride better than the deere?
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:45 PM
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I can't recall as the Ferris was a smaller machine, light commercial and my deere is the real deal. It is the best mower of operator comfort I have found in all my demoing of mowers. So, if the Ferris rode better, I still wouldn't change, the Z900 is a operator friendly machine.
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:17 PM
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Demo both of them and see which you prefer.
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:43 PM
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You will get a smoother ride from the ferris, there is no question about that....afterall it does have the full suspension system. Since the deere has no suspension system the ride will be more "jolty" on rough terrain. However, like others have pointed out you aren't comparing "apples to apples". The ferris that you're looking at is one that is more light commercial while the deere is a full size, full commercial machine.

Try and get a demo of both mowers and see which one you like better. Since you seem to be focussing on the ride of the mower, demoing will be the best way to find out which one you like. But I'm partial to JD and their 7-iron decks.
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:50 AM
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I like the ergonomics of the deere and I like JD in general. However, I am concerned that the ride of the JD may be significantly less comfortable than the Ferris on bumpy terrain. Is this a reasonable concern or would the ride be only slightly less comfortable?
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:10 PM
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:58 PM
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I test drove a Ferris IS2000Z and a JD Z920A both 60" and purchased a JD 950A 72" C&C with Pro Suspension Seat this morning. Yes the Ferris is more comfortable but I choose the JD.
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