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Demoed FErris 3000 ZX

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JLH, Sep 4, 2004.

  1. JLH

    JLH LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    Yesterday local Ferris Dealer and Distributor Rep brought Demo 3000ZX to my property for demo.

    Upon their arrival I was using my Father's Scag Turf Tiger which was in the process of jarring and shaking me like a bucking bronc.

    I was considering purchasing a new turf tiger 61" 27 hp kohler, but wanted to try the Ferris with Independent susp. (IS)

    I was amazed at the difference in the ride, I could run the Ferris full forward speed, whereas with the scag I had to run much slower and sit taller and try to brace myself for the ruff ride.

    There are several thngs I like better about the scag mowers,

    driveshaft to deck
    outside spindles easier to access
    deck feels more solid
    100% confidence in dealer and service after sale, I'm related

    Ferris 300 ZX

    The ride was superior without question
    foot platform is more comfortable
    seemd to run quieter with the 27hp verses 25hp on scag
    outside spindles not as accessable as scag

    How can I decide between the two models? It's hard for me to bring myself to buying the scag knowing how good the Ferris rode.

    Would the scag suspinsion seat make the ride equal to the Ferris?

    Undecided, please offer your advice fron experience.

  2. zpoore

    zpoore LawnSite Member
    Posts: 64

    you should demo the new turf tiger and go from there
  3. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 997


    Any mower that uses low-profile tires will shake you quite soundly as you mow. A suspension seat will help... some. I suggest you demo a Dixie Chopper and a Wright Stander.

    The Dixie uses ATV tires which act as shock absorbers. The Stander allows you to stand and bend your knees to absorb the jarring with your leg muscles. I myself find standing to be less tiring than sitting.

    WREBELMACHINE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,089

    Yes a suspension seat will help a lot! There is some truth to the dixie tires but the ride is still going to be choppeier than the machines with a full suspension seat.
  5. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 618

    I bought the Ferris for the ride. I have the IS 3000 with rear independant and front pivoting axle It actually rides smoother than the front coil over model. I drove both the same day one after another on the same ground. As far as the drive shaft. In my opinion this is not an advantage. The deck still has a belt . The ferris has one belt only so actually has less moving parts and no drive shaft splines to wear or u-joints to replace also the belt doesn't require lurication as the drive shaft does. I previously had a Kubota ZD-21 It has a shaft and was a pain to grease. Just my 2 cents.
  6. youngdude

    youngdude LawnSite Member
    Posts: 152

    In a couple of year the IS goes out on those Ferris and will end up costing you around 1200 dollars to replace it. Keep that in mind when you purcahse the ZRT.
  7. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    First I've heard of that...
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    There was one other report here at Lawnsite earlier this year about the springs sagging and that they needed to be replaced.
  9. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    Just like a car.

    Oh envy
    Take a look at the EGDE cutting deck on the L130 deere. Its 17100 Fpm Blade speed. Not bad for a Lawn tractor.
  10. JLH

    JLH LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    Thanks for the replies!


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