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Old 07-07-2014, 08:45 PM
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Question Ferris IS3100 questions

First I just want to say I have learned so much from this site. Thanks for all the advice.
I have narrowed my choice (to mow 10+ acres) to the Ferris IS3100. I demoed the 2100, and it felt great. But, now the dealer thinks I need to get the 3100 because of the acreage. I need the best ride possibleÖ..women's anatomy Dealer told me to just add the insert, as the suspension seat is not as "soft" as the premium seat. Thoughts on this?

My pricing around here is basically list. No one seems to want to budge. Nothing like I can find on line. But, the one dealer has a 2013 is3100 with the 30hp Briggs Commericial Turf engine that he may move on. What would be a good price? Is this enough power? It will only be used for residential mowing. (but not "perfect" grass on all 10 acres).

Thanks in advance for your opinions!!
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:55 PM
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Those commercial turf engines are actually really well built. I would go for it but don't know what you should offer. Sorry
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:09 PM
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I just bought a 3100 with the 36 vanguard and demoed the 2000 from the dealer with the the smaller kohler. I think you would be well suited with the 2100, but if money doesn't matter i'd go with the 3100. I bought mine in PA and yes they were pushing me to go with the 30 hp 3100 because they had one on the floor.
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:10 PM
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well..i was looking at that very mower about 3 weeks ago. In some ways I liked the Ferris, and in others I liked the Exmark. I ended up going with the exmark S series 52 inch with the EFI motor.

The Ferris has the suspension which would have been nice, but I also wondered with more moving parts, if that would mean more parts to fail down the road....not sure. I have little experience with the commercial ZTR's, but after only running my exmark for 2 weeks I can tell you the increase in efficiency is amazing. Also, the EFI motor is powering through thick Bermuda with ease compared to what I used before. As a comparison, maybe this will help. The Kohler Pro ECV730 EFI motor that im using on my exmark is rated at 23 HP according to the Kohler webpage. So I would think that 30 HP would definitely do the job also.

Sorry I cant be more help, but figured throwing what I've seen over the last two weeks of use might be at least a little helpful when making comparisons. I can also tell you that after using the exmark, its a pretty rigid maching, and at times I wonder if the suspension of the Ferris would have been a better way to go. im still waiting on the premium seat though, so that should help a bit too.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:28 PM
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I run a 2011 3100, 72", 32 hp big block. Love the mower. I have over 1035 hrs on the machine. I purchased a suspension seat and it smooths the ride even more, but I found that the factory seat was more plush. I ran the factory seat til I wore it out and now I'm back to the suspension seat. The suspension platform or a suspension seat raise you up a little higher, but still comfortable. Friends have both purchased 3100's after trying mine.
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:18 PM
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We've sold three of those mowers (IS3100Z 30hp/61"). With prices ranging from $11,000 - $9,400. Spend the extra few dollars and get the suspension seat. It's definitely worth the money. Take the money you were going to spend on the suspension insert & roll it towards the suspension seat.

The 3100 will ride better than the 2100 for sure.

Also, the 3100 with the 30hp Briggs is a discontinued model. They no longer offer it. Your dealer should be hungry to get rid of it.
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:21 PM
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Ten acres you would want the 3100. Best price I could get one for is 10750 with 36 horse briggs 60 inch cut. I went with a Toro 6000 34 kohler efi. If you have horses look into the Equine savings program. Ferris offers about 750 back on that mower. Check a Scag Cheetah too as it has a suspension platform. The Toro/Exmark has a great suspension seat so they are not too bad riding.
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:09 PM
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We've sold three of those mowers (IS3100Z 30hp/61"). With prices ranging from $11,000 - $9,400. Spend the extra few dollars and get the suspension seat. It's definitely worth the money. Take the money you were going to spend on the suspension insert & roll it towards the suspension seat.


I was wondering if the 30hp was not enough power and that may be why they discontinued it. Makes me a little nervous.
Thanks for the comments.

The 3100 will ride better than the 2100 for sure.

Also, the 3100 with the 30hp Briggs is a discontinued model. They no longer offer it. Your dealer should be hungry to get rid of it.
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:32 PM
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You may want to look into other seat options. Milsco manufactures the suspension seat for Ferris. Grammer seats are also top notch suspension seats as well.
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Old 07-08-2014, 04:40 PM
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Sorry, my last reply was the first one I attempted on my phone, and it didn't work correctly…

My only question is if the 30hp will be adequate. Since they discontinued it, I was a bit nervous. But, I am leaning toward that 2013 model because of the price.

Thanks again!
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