32 or 36 Vanguard

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Choppin, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just bought a 2013 Ferris 3100z 37 Kaw DFI and the gas usage similar to my 2010 JD Z950 with a 31hp kaw. Cant tell the difference in usage. The fuel injection is supposed to be more fuel efficient than the regular models.
     
  2. Choppin

    Choppin LawnSite Senior Member
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    How do you like your 3100?
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  3. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
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    Your usage on the 37 DFI model should be in the 1.4 gph range.
     
  4. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I love the 3100z. It is so true that you slow down for bumps on fixed frame units. Not the 3100z. And it seems like you are going faster since you dont have to slow down and pick speed back up for bumps. I have the suspension seat kit added to the machine. It kinda feels like you are floating along. The cut is excellent and the ride amazing. I do like the DFI model(no choking to start). New button to incerease speed instead of leveler( new on 2013 models).
     
  5. retrodog

    retrodog LawnSite Silver Member
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    I would get the 36hp Vanguard. I have had the 32 and the 36hp now on an XP, and its a big difference. I know its a little more for the 36hp, Its $8399 on the Bad Boy XP or like $8799 with the grammer seat upgrade on the 61", but its worth it. I have a 36hp on my demo and everyone is blown away buy it. I sell way more 31hp kawasakis on that mower, but the briggs is good stuff! And for the xp being slower, we put 21cc pumps on an xp here (instead of the 12cc it comes with) charged customer $500, and its pretty dang fast! not quite as fast as the super z with hyper drives (its the fastest one Ive been on stock), but its fast!...
     
  6. Choppin

    Choppin LawnSite Senior Member
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    What should the fuel usage be on the 32 vanguard?
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  7. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have been wondering the same thing, 32 or 36. We plan to add a new 3100 this year..

    The 32hp on the 3100 we have has plenty of puwer but a bit more never hurts. My main concern would be fuel usage.

    Really the 30hp on our 2000 does a good job. The 2000 has held up very well but it is not worked as hard as the 3100.
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  8. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
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    The 32 will be in the 1.5 gph range in average cutting, if you put the engine into constant heavy cutting where the governor stays activated a large percentage of the time you could move it into the 1.7 range, but with that being said, if you move into extremely light cutting you could drop below 1.5 gph...I personally always go with the most hp available, but that's just me, I prefer more than less...

    Listen to what Retro tells you, he is a very knowledgeable hands-on dealer...
     
  9. retrodog

    retrodog LawnSite Silver Member
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    They are both the same the 36 is a hair less if that makes sense. I get cloaer to 1.8 to 2.2 on all air cooled, got efi kohler that gets down there1.3 range. Kubota lc 29hp gas is the best so far they are like a hair under 1
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  10. Choppin

    Choppin LawnSite Senior Member
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    I guess I should have got the 36 but I ordered a 32 today... Oh we'll if it has as much power as the 37 DFI it will have plenty
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