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Old 05-03-2010, 06:26 PM
jedkld jedkld is offline
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Rops or not?

Good Day All,
I bit the bullet and purchased a new to me Ferris IS1500Z this past month and so far I love it. However it does not have ROPS. What is everyones thoughts on these?

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Old 05-03-2010, 06:33 PM
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Depends on your terrain. I mow flat ground mostly so I didn't see the need for it.
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Old 05-03-2010, 06:52 PM
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I keep my rops folded 95% of the time. I mostly mow flat lawns so the rops is useless on those accounts, but when its folded it is completely out of the way for me. I do have a couple accounts that I do that have hills, so occasionally I will fold the rops back up, just to have some sense of security in case something should happen.

So if you do any accounts with large hills, ones you feel uncomfortable on or plan on doing accounts with hills, then you should probably look into getting the rops installed.
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:25 PM
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My last ztr came with no rops, and I ran it for about 7 years that way. Plenty of hills did I mow. Still, when you do that, your life is in your own hands. Better know what you're doing, and know the limitations of your rig.
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:37 PM
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Honestly, I think just as many LCO's and HO's have died each year with rops as they did with out it. as most people when have rops they don't use the seatbelt. I feel the rops will give you a false sense security and make you feel safer while you are doing hills that are too steep for your machine.

do what feels right to YOU....if you put rops on then you need to wear your seat belt other wise you might as well do nothing... whether you get crushed by the machine or bifurcated by the rops....dead is still dead
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Old 05-03-2010, 09:22 PM
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Mine is folded on all lawns but one. It is a lakefront lawn. I fold it up and put the seatbelt on. My Lazer has front weights (4 of them) and it handles hills exceptionally well. I wouldn't take any other machine up this hill but the one I got, I'm very comfortable with it. Even still though, if I were to go I would want that ROP up and my ass stuck in the seat. The thought of 3 blades spinning my way to heaven one piece at a time just doesn't appeal to me right now.
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Old 05-03-2010, 09:59 PM
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I'm relatively new to riding zero turns, and ROPS was a MUST for me when I bought mine. I mow 2 hills at 15-25 degrees, and I would feel VERY uncomfortbale without it. We all know ztrs bounce and bump, and when your headed straight up a hill, all I can think is that one good bounce would send the casters right over my head.

99% of ROPS are never used for what theyre designed for. That 1% is happy they had it though. Its a comfort zone thing for most.
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:04 PM
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my thoughts is if your mower comes with it when you purchase it leave it on. if it doesn't have it, don't worry about it.

just like guards on trimmers. if you purchased it with a guard on, it stays on....
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:17 AM
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Thanks to all of you for your advice. Happy Mowing
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:42 AM
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I thought it was a law they couldn't sell a Z mower without Rops?

Guess not?
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