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demo'd a couple

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HOMER, Nov 7, 2001.

  1. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,183

    While at a dealership today I had the opportunity to demo a couple different mowers. One was the Ferris with the independant suspension. I was a little confused when I got on this thing.....................where was the suspension? It was a very bumpy ride to have a suspension. The cut quality was not that good in my opinion either. Have to give this one a thumbs down.

    Second mower was a 52" Hustler Z. This mower rode better than the Ferris! It had a 23 Kawasaki engine and seemed to be a little underpowered for some reason cutting the field grass I was in. Quality of cut is/was better than the Ferris though.

    Both machines............especially the Ferris...............were difficult to manipulate. The levers were stiffer than anything I have ever tried out.............even my Scag. I know they were new so that may get better with age.

    I didn't stay on either mower very long and didn't test them on any of my properties so this wasn't a lengthy demo.

    I wasn't shopping...........just taking an opportunity while I was there to check out the competition.

    In summary: Think I'll stick with my current manufacturer for my next purchase.
  2. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,354

    Gotta love those demo's. We have a local Toro company that brough out 2 Z355's out fronts for us to demo for 3 days and what our opions are! Thats great 3 days of cleanups with 2 extra mowers for our crews!!! Mabey we can get them to let us run em in December with 42" snowblowers in a storm!!!
  3. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    I have never been a big fan of the Ferris line although I cannot personally speak for the Hustlers.

    I find the Ferris' to be very bulky and awkward to the point of aggrevation as far as the DualDrive is concerned. I dont like the thumb operated controls they have and tried to run the ProCut with the 22hp and found it to be underpowered as well.

    The one feature that I did like about the 3-wheeled rider was that they are great for cutting under low-limbed trees such as pin oaks and pines. Thats why I have kept my scag sthm all this time for big jobs with those special cutting provisions.

  4. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    I'm with ya on the suspension or lack of one on the Ferris. I thought I was the only one to notice. I got to ride one at expo and even though I wasn't cutting I knew that this was not an option for me.
    It is amazing how all of these things that are made to do a certain job are so different.
  5. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,183

    I was really surprised when I took off on the thing that I even felt a bump! The Hustler rode much better with no suspension. I let the dealer know my opinion too and at $11,000.00+ I just couldn't see it.

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