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Old 03-21-2013, 10:06 PM
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Looking at these three mowers. All are in the 6-7K price range. Dealers close by on all three. Although I'm not sold on the BadBoy dealer, as it is just a farm store. All three offer the same Kawasaki motor. Badboy and Ferris have the Hydro-gear ZT3400 transaxles, and the Gravely has the ZT3200. The ZT3200 must be new, I cant find any info on it at all. Hydro-gear only shows the 3100 and 3400 on their website.

Is the Ferris suspension a gimmicky thing, or is it a big positive? I've seen the BadBoy kind of discounted on here. Is it just not as popular, or have lesser reputation for a reason?

Anyone have any experience or opinions on these mowers or brands in general. I'd listen to reccomendations for other brands with similar specs in this price range as well. Thanks.
http://www.husqvarna.com/us/products...owers/m-zt-52/
This is better and less money.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:38 PM
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I have one here in 60" and 13 hours for $4300. He traded it in on a grasshopper. Wont get into why, but nice mower almost new.
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:53 PM
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Looking at these three mowers. All are in the 6-7K price range. Dealers close by on all three. Although I'm not sold on the BadBoy dealer, as it is just a farm store. All three offer the same Kawasaki motor. Badboy and Ferris have the Hydro-gear ZT3400 transaxles, and the Gravely has the ZT3200. The ZT3200 must be new, I cant find any info on it at all. Hydro-gear only shows the 3100 and 3400 on their website.

Is the Ferris suspension a gimmicky thing, or is it a big positive? I've seen the BadBoy kind of discounted on here. Is it just not as popular, or have lesser reputation for a reason?

Anyone have any experience or opinions on these mowers or brands in general. I'd listen to reccomendations for other brands with similar specs in this price range as well. Thanks.
Have you had a demo on any of them? You mentioned the BadBoy dealer is a farm store, do they have a service department? Any of the 3 would probably be fine, just comes down to which one you like better and which dealer you like.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:23 PM
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I used to mow with a 3100z and nothing in that price range compares with the ride. The suspension on the smaller ferris' is not the same however, so the upgraded seat on the bad boy might be comparable with the suspension of those mowers. Idk though.
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I'm glad you brought this up...when you drop below the 3100 series it's like moving from a commercial grade mower to a box store homeowner model, completely different mowers.

The added size of the 3100 and above models give benefit to the four wheel independent suspension. I've operated the 2000 against the 3100, and there is as much difference as night and day, the 2000 is like a toy in comparison.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:29 PM
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The ferris he is talking about it built just as good or better than the mowers he is comparing.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:45 PM
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I have the choice between Ferris, Bad Boy, Exmark, and Hustler from the same dealer. Ferris is my top chioce and then it would be Hustler and the last would be a Bad Boy.... I wanted to get a Bad Boy to save money but i demoed one and talked to another LCO that bought a new Bad Boy Outlaw Xp and he gave bad reviews on it besides the cut... He said the cut was smooth as carpet.
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:52 PM
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Haven't demo'd any of them yet. Supposed to get a foot of snow here tonight, so who knows when I'll get the chance. I'm leaning towards the Ferris right now, but the demo's will be the deciding factor.
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:37 PM
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I have been sending the new Ferris 600/700 series out the door like CRAZY!!!! With the new transmissions in them- they redesigned the rear end and the suspension works MUCH better than the older 1500 series. Don't get me wrong its not like the 2000 or 3100s BUT for the money difference between the 600/700 and the 2000s. My customers ride the 600/700s and then the 2000 and go back to the 600/700s for a $2000-3000 savings and still get a hell of a machine
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:41 PM
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I have been sending the new Ferris 600/700 series out the door like CRAZY!!!! With the new transmissions in them- they redesigned the rear end and the suspension works MUCH better than the older 1500 series. Don't get me wrong its not like the 2000 or 3100s BUT for the money difference between the 600/700 and the 2000s. My customers ride the 600/700s and then the 2000 and go back to the 600/700s for a $2000-3000 savings and still get a hell of a machine
I will take a look at the 700.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:30 AM
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Do you know what exactly they changed about the IS700Z suspension that improved it?

Also does the Kawasaki engine in the 700 have the heavy duty air filter? Does not appear to in the pictures.

Thanks, Dale
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