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Old 03-12-2012, 05:46 PM
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What's the word on the street for a target date for first mowing for 2012 in SW PA?

I always look to the last day of March, or April 1. I've seen many seasons come and go, and the start date usually doesn't change much. But, I'm seeing things come to life this past week. I sense that we may be a few days early this season.

What do others think?
I'm going to shoot for Monday April 2nd but could be sooner if this warm trend continues!
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:48 PM
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Just picked up my first commercial mower.

Ferris 36" Comfort Control DD hydro...





Bring on the grass!
Nice mower there OakNut!
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:15 PM
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I just ran my fingers over one of these a couple of days ago. If I was in the market for a new 36" hydro mower, this one would be near the top to consider. I liked what I saw.

Let us know your experiences with this mower.

Where did you buy?
Due to dealer/servicing convenience, I narrowed my choices down to Toro, Exmark, or Ferris. I wanted a floating deck hydro and Toro doesn't offer a hydro until you get to a 48" deck, so that got ruled out.

I got this at Norwin Rental during their open house and this one was marked down from $4,999 sale price (I had been in previously) to a $4,750 "this unit only" show price. If that one had sold to someone else and I wanted to order one, the price would have been $5,200. (show pricing)

The comparable Exmark (Turf Tracer S-Series) was not in stock, but show price was $5,300.

I had previously set a limit of $5,000 for what I would spend, so while the controls appear more user friendly on the Exmark, the Ferris was in my price range.
Also, I liked that the Ferris has electric start where the Exmark did not (only avail on 20hp models), and more importantly, I like that the Ferris has an infinitely adjustable deck raised and lowered with cranks on the deck rather than using washers, or pins.

I was a little upset after the purchase when I discovered that it was manufactured in 2008/2009, but after speaking with Ferris, I learned that the only difference between this and current models is that they have discontinued the "electronic sensor-grip operator presence system" - mine has it, as I found out by accident. The dealer stated that they purchased this unit "before the price increase in January".
Anyway, I now have a brand new commercial grade mower that should serve me well for some time. I've got some more practicing to do, as this is the first I've operated a walk behind, and the controls take some getting used to, but I don't think it's going to be an issue.

BTW, if anyone in the east is looking, Penn Hills Rental is having their open house on 3/23/12 if I'm not mistaken. Show pricing and 10% off everything.
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Those Ferris mowers seem pretty nice...I like those pistol grips.
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Just picked up my first commercial mower.

Ferris 36" Comfort Control DD hydro...





Bring on the grass!
Nice mower!!
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What's the word on the street for a target date for first mowing for 2012 in SW PA?

I always look to the last day of March, or April 1. I've seen many seasons come and go, and the start date usually doesn't change much. But, I'm seeing things come to life this past week. I sense that we may be a few days early this season.

What do others think?
I am mowing one on wednesday. then i am hoping to do a few next weekend then a full schedule the week after
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:57 PM
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Thanks for the compliments, guys!

I didn't think I'd be getting one of these for another year or two.
I made it through last season with a Toro Super Recycler that I picked up new at the start of the season.



It certainly doesn't look like THAT ^ anymore! LOL!

I was initially hoping to find a decent used walk behind, but don't have the funds to pay a private seller in cash, so I ended up buying new since I can make payments with 0% financing for 3 years.

Most of my other handheld equipment has been upgraded to commercial stuff, but this is my first commercial mower. I think I'm now ready to take on those procrastinators who wait until the end of April to call about getting their lawns cut.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:28 PM
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I'm ready to cut some grass. I got rid of my 36 so i'm down to one mower this year. Hoping to acquire some more equipment including at least a 1500 this year maybe a bigger trailer and maybe a 60 inch turf tracer. I might get an llc this year aswell, a whole lot of maybes and i hopes.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:55 PM
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If anybody's looking for a 16' trailer this year, mine will be for sale within a couple week...I just need to brighten it up a little bit this weekend.
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Seems like might be the first week of april to start mowing we will see
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Oaknut, you will love that Ferris. I have a 48" ferris which was my main mower for a few years. It is now a backup to my Grandstand. Ferris makes a nice machine, if they made a stander I would buy one.

Looking to start mowing April 2nd. Last year I did not start until April 14th. This will be nice to bill out a full month right from the start. Equipment is ready to go and everything is ready on the business side. I just have to mentally prepare myself for the grind of another season.
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