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Exmark vs. Ferris Walk Behind Mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by STL Cuts, May 17, 2009.

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  1. STL Cuts

    STL Cuts LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 493

    Exmark or Ferris? Which company makes the best walk behinds in your opinions? I have a 2007 Ferris 36" Single Hydro and purchased a 2007 36" Exmark Metro last week, both units are great machines! Let me know what you think
     
  2. Green Skapes

    Green Skapes LawnSite Member
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    I think Ferris mowers are great! I use a 48" Ferris hydro and it stacks up with the best of them. It stripes great without the use of a stripping kit and it is very reliable.
     
  3. Linder'sLawnCare

    Linder'sLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well which one do you think is the best?
     
  4. Green Skapes

    Green Skapes LawnSite Member
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    I personally think the Ferris is the best! I have a 48" belt drive Exmark as well and I think the Ferris cut much better.
     
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
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    exmark turf tracer over a ferris anyday.

    Why not look into wright standers?...those blow walk behinds out of the water...

    Believe me...I have 3 WB's.
     
  6. TheC-Master

    TheC-Master LawnSite Senior Member
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    TTHP over Ferris... more costly though.

    I demoed a wright, good stuff, but not for what I need just at the moment, it isn't as safe to push with either on some parts. When I get huge properties I'll probably just sit, even the guy said that.
     
  7. STL Cuts

    STL Cuts LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 493

    I can't really say just yet which one I prefer, as I just got back from college and tomorrow will be the first time I use the Exmark. The Ferris I've used has been fantastic though, so I'll see tomorrow morning.
     
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Once you get used to the Exmark you'll never use the SD Ferris again. The only advantage the Ferris has over the Exmark is instant reverse. Well, that and a better cut. The belt drive Exmark is easier to turn and can be easily used on hillsides.

    I have a Ferris 36" SD and we're finishing up putting steering brakes on it. Then I'll be able to use a sulky on it and do hills.
     
  9. TheC-Master

    TheC-Master LawnSite Senior Member
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    Are we talking belt drives, because my hydro goes instant reverse and leaves a superior cut. I see he said Metro though.
     
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    We're talking about both, single hydro and belt. I hit on all of your points in my post.
     

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