Ferris 3100 61" 36 BB review

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by greenology, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    With the Gravely air seat less air gives you more dampening and a softer ride. More air give you less dampening and a firmer ride. I personally like my air seat in the 1-2" up range. It all depends on weight and personal preference. The seat isolators also play a huge role in how the Gravely seat feels. Even with no air it rides really good.
     
  2. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
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    Didn't get the opportunity yest, only had 2x 1 acre lots so not enough open area for testing. Today however I have a 5 acre place I should be able to get the figures. I did test it a week ago, was getting 13 mph on a smooth surface & 12 mph cutting but I think it fluctuated between 12-13mph while cutting. Anyhow Id like to do it again to clarify. My GPS is a couple yr old & it doesn't have 0.5 increments which is a shame. I will give it another go today.
     
  3. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
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    Would you say the Air seat is a good percentage better than a Mech seat? If you have used a Mech seat, which Im sure you have.
     
  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    IMO there is a big difference. Plus the air seat can be adjusted more to your preference. Also the Gravely seat uses some kind of memory foam. Not sure about the puffer seat?
     
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  5. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nah the puffer seat is just an insert, so you need to retain your factory seat. I would imagine the Gravely could be a little better, but the puffer might be the next best thing. I just don't recall a great benefit at all from a Mech susp seat & I think they would cost me roughly the same price.
     
  6. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    If you like your current seat it seems the puffer would be a good option. I didnt know it was just an insert, thanks for informing me.
     
  7. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
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    Gave the speed a good test today, consistently cutting at 12 mph without any hesitation. Cutting up a gradient will still make 11 mph. Definitely more productive for me as I can do between 9-12 mph basically all the time if theres enough length in each run. The cut is excellent, will get back to you on cut in spring/summer. But expecting great results.
     
  8. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yea I thought the same thing in the beginning.

    I havnt made my mind up as yet, I can live without it, but on the other hand over the long term its not that big of an investment & helps that little bit further in preserving the back. eh :confused:
     
  9. JTLarson

    JTLarson LawnSite Member
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    I should say we made the assumption it was a twisted belt. After if kicked off the first time he put it back on & it instantly kicked back off when he engaged the blades. When putting it back on the second time we noticed it had a twist (which must have been undetected under the covers in the deck pulleys). He hasn't had it happen since.
     
  10. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
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    The ICD deck does a great job, and as I told you long ago, I felt the Ferris 3100 was your mower, and from what I'm gathering from you so far, it appears that is the case.
     

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