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Old 04-01-2012, 08:01 PM
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Glad you are getting to use your new mower, but i'm kinda disappointed in the striping ability. Looks like the Ferris WB's will need a stripe kit. Have you considered adding one?
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:59 PM
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Glad you are getting to use your new mower, but i'm kinda disappointed in the striping ability. Looks like the Ferris WB's will need a stripe kit. Have you considered adding one?
What are you basing this conclusion on - the last two photos I posted?

That "lawn" was overgrown and filled with leaves. Should I expect "nice" stripes on a lawn with excessive clippings thrown everywhere? I had to go over a few spots because the clippings were so thick in places and this was my first real use with this mower.

I don't mow enough nice lawns to justify another expense at the moment. Most of my clients don't even notice when I cut fancy patterns, so stripes aren't a priority.
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:46 PM
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as much of a pain in the @$$ as it is, you might want to look into a bagger. I have to bag most of my yards around here because if not, i am always blowing clippings where they dont belong.
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:57 PM
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as much of a pain in the @$$ as it is, you might want to look into a bagger. I have to bag most of my yards around here because if not, i am always blowing clippings where they dont belong.
That's why I ordered a mulch kit.

If that turns out to be a bust, I'll look into an OCDC. Aside from heavy spring growth in my nicer lawns, I'm not bagging unless someone puts a gun to my head.
Besides, a grass catcher costs almost as much as my first car.
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:03 AM
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haha i understand! bagging can be a pita but i have landed quite a few jobs because I do bag compared to some of our other competitors around the area. I will have to look for you when i am over in penn hills. I have my route set so I will be there on Wednesdays
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:09 AM
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Its hard to get away from bagging in spring and fall in pa. I do it, some houses ill do it all year
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:14 AM
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90% of mine get bagged all year but they do look nice!
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:30 AM
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Here's why I didn't bag last season...



There's really not much room for grass clippings.
I will still be using this setup on my "city" routes where parking a trailer is next to impossible and I'm doing lawns too small to use the Ferris on.



Here's why I still won't be bagging this season even though I have a trailer...



Aside from in the trash can, that little strip of real estate to the left of the Ferris is about the only place left to put anything without having to move it just to back the mower out.

Next year I'm looking to replace the 5x8 with a 10' or 12' trailer - that's all I have room for in my driveway.



I DO bag with the Toro when I have to (wet/tall grass), but I keep it to a minimum. That Toro does quite well when mulching and I'm praying the Ferris will do as well.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:45 PM
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I LOVE this beast!

I love the rumbling purr of that Kawasaki when I turn the key.

I love the ease of maneuvering - especially backing up.

I love the wide (OK, so it's wider than my push mower) cut.

I love the way it devours tall grass without hesitation.




I used it on three lawns today. Two were somewhat small, flat areas. One was a fairly steep sloped backyard.

It's so hard to accept that I can't manhandle this machine - I control it by using the levers to make it do my bidding! You "drive" these things - you don't "push" them. (old dog - new tricks)

I took pics, but too tired to post. Maybe tomorrow.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:23 PM
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Here's some pics of my first use on a hill.

Before:




After: (crappy lawn to begin with, so...)





Looking down from the top of the yard...













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