Exmark or Ferris

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by nitro rookie, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. nitro rookie

    nitro rookie LawnSite Member
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    I posted the other day about a Red Hawk mower. Then I started thinking
    about it. This is going to be my main mower so maybe I should get a little better one. I went out looking again today and would like to hear your input
    between a Exmark Turf Tracer 23hp Kaw and a Ferris Comfort Control DD 25hp Kaw. Haven't decided on the 52 or the 60/61 yet.
    Any pros and cons about either would be great.

    Thanks,
     
  2. howardsells2000

    howardsells2000 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have the older style Ferris DD 52" WB with the 19hp. It seems to be a quality machine. I have not had any major problems and have been very pleased with it. I'm not too familiar with the exmarks.
     
  3. Lohse's Lawn Service

    Lohse's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    from US
    Posts: 213

    I can vouch for ExMark being a quality brand of machine. I have an ExMark Lazer Z Advantage Series 25hp 60" (14 hours on the machine) and I love it. I also own 2 used ExMark Lazer Z 25hp 60" mowers, one with 1600 hrs and the other with over 2000 hrs. I really have no interest in trying another machine. I'm very pleased with the performance and low maintenance it requires to keep these machines working great. Hope this helps.
     
  4. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
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    I own an exmark 52" cut.

    one day I stopped in at a ferris dealer, looked them over pretty good, and wish I had went with them....

    looks like there built stronger than exmark.
     
  5. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
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    both are good. which dealer is closer and better? dealer support is a must in this biz.
     
  6. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I agree it's going to be close.

    Dealer support, which is better?

    Try to get your hands on both and see how you like the controls.

    I have two Turf Tracer HPs and I love both of them. The ECS controls are pretty easy on the hands.
     
  7. Bill S

    Bill S LawnSite Member
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    All things being equal with dealer support, go with the Exmark
     
  8. nitro rookie

    nitro rookie LawnSite Member
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    Both dealers are with in about 5 miles of eachother. I like the ecs controls on the Exmark, and they have loaner machines if it breaks in the 1st year.
    I like the cruise control feature on the Ferris, and it does seem to be built
    stronger. I like the way you can adjust the deck also. Pricing is $300 -$400hundred difference Exmark being more.

    Then to make matters worse for choices, I went to my part time job boss's
    house and tried his Bay Boy 60" 35hp Diesel with full suspention today (just got back) Now that is a really nice machine. To much money for me right now.
    Even being able to get it at a demo price. Wich leads me to my next question.

    Are walk behinds better for residental properties, or will a ZTR be just as easy
    to manuver around landscaping? I have a BAd Boy dealer right around the corner from my house. This is where I work part time in the colder months.
    I can get great service from them.

    Thanks for all your input. I like the idea that between the Ferris and the Exmark I can't go wrong either way.
     
  9. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
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    Either brand would be good. It all depends on which you feel most comfortable with.

    As for a rider over a wb, if you don't have any large properties, I'd choose a Stander instead of either. If you have large properties I'd choose a rider.
     
  10. Lohse's Lawn Service

    Lohse's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    from US
    Posts: 213

    If you are doing smaller, residential lawns, then a 32" will fit through just about all back gates. As the deck gets bigger, say, you buy a 36", you may find some gates too narrow to fit through. Some will say you shouldn't use ztr's on residentials, but I beg to differ. I use my ExMark on just about every front yard, and what would take maybe 10-15 minutes with a 32" walk-behind, only takes me 3-5 minutes with my ExMark. The important thing is knowing how to handle the ztr without tearing the grass up as you turn. But if you are just starting, a 32" would be a great mower for starters; I like my 32" Toros. Good luck.
     

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