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Old 06-26-2013, 10:58 AM
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Ferris 500 vs 600

I've scoured all over trying to find a comparison or recommendations and couldn't come up with what I was looking for. I'm in the market for a ZTR. I only mow just over an acre, but plan on purchasing a new house and hopefully more land within the next 4 years. The ferris dealer is right down the street, which is very convenient.

They have a left over 500 with the 44" deck and briggs motor. They are asking $4400 for it. They also have a 600 with the 48" ICD deck and a briggs motor. They are asking $5200 for it. Is the 600 worth the extra $800? Is ICD vs non ICD a huge difference?
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:12 AM
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I would go with the 600 if you can afford it, we bought one new back in March & its proven to be a great machine. The ICD deck makes a big difference in damp cutting conditions vs. the older style, but you have to stick with Ferris blades for now as nobody has any aftermarket blades yet (Like Gator blades). The 500 has a Briggs motor that I'm not fond of, the 600 has a Kawi FS but its more on the residential side as well with the tiny air filter. I have owned about every name brand mower out there over the years with my first commercial mower being a 48" Ferris walk behind in 1996, I can say that almost anything will serve you well if you take care of it & service accordingly.
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