Originally Posted by GMLC
Dont get me wrong, I loved the Ferris! It was on my short list for a long time. The Gravely uses control arms for the deck hangers so deck movement is almost eliminated. I have never tried flex forks so I cant give an honest opinion. But when I watched your vids it looked like you were on a bucking bronco. My 452 and the Ferris I demoed did not do that.
That's a good thing the control arms, look forward to trying. The FFs just don't seem to take any shock out in my experience, they only cause a problem for cutting, ie if not careful when backup up for a quick turn, then weight being transferred forward makes the FFs flex as they should, but that brings the front of deck lower & will leave 3 crop circles from the front on blades. I tried and tried to do this with the Ferris front end, as I was weary it may be worse then the FFs, but in no way did it do that, the cut was as level as a level itself & the shocks were close to bottoming out with the movement I was giving them. I put 45mins cutting time on the Ferris yesterday, on slopes and undulations cutting on the lowest level & couldn't get the deck to scalp, I was very impressed with it to say the least! miles better than FFs.
However the FFs Ridin has showed me on the JD range, appears to be very good. I feel as though Gravely should look into developing a set of these if they aren't already, given puppys review!
Im not too sure on the weight of the 452 as compared with Ferris 50"er, but it appears with the 3100z comparing with the 460, the 460 is actually 180lbs heavier. Although PP prefers heavier, I prefer lighter, as you do. I hate rutting lawns & that's so easy with these heavy ZTRs.