Ferris 3100 Positives/Negatives

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by greenology, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. CurbAppealKS

    CurbAppealKS LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah the machine I used was a 72". The 61" very well may do far worse on hills, I have no idea. My only complaint was with the 32 vanguard. Alot of power, but it burned alot of fuel.
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  2. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Obviously you really liked it?, Their are no Ferris dealers in my town but a pawn shop locally had one for sale and I looked it over. Real nice mower for sure.it was a 3100 I believe 61 water cooled Kaw I think?

    The suspension was trick for a mower, now where in the range of the suspension on one of my MOTO X bikes however.
     
  3. CurbAppealKS

    CurbAppealKS LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yep I liked it tremendously. A little costly to operate because of fuel use, but at the same time you could get things done quicker because of the lack of slowing to a crawl for rough terrain. As in everything there are positives and negatives, but to me the positives
    outweigh the negatives for sure.
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  4. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yup you don't slow down for bumps. I got back on my deer last week and it is like night and day between the two units. The ferris just so smooth and the deer such a rough ride.
    People on here says just to get a suspension seat. Let me tell you that the seat helps a tad. But a true amazing ride required a full suspension and a suspension seat. That my friends will give you an ultimate ride that a fixed frame unit with flex forks a suspension seat will never match.
     
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  5. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
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    All the properties here in this town are for the most part smooth, neither my Deere or Scag TT rode near as well as my XR7 Super Z's and I can go full stick with those so I don't think the Ferris would help me.

    That is probably why there is no dealer here locally, the mower is probably over kill for here?
     
  6. buckhtr77

    buckhtr77 LawnSite Member
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    I just bought a 3100 61 inch with 36 HP. Dealer gave me same price for 36 as 32. I absolutely love the machine. I used to cut with a Ferris Comfort Control DD 25 HP 52 inch with a Bull Rider. While the walk behind is a tremendous machine in it's own right, the rider is where it's at for me. I cut almost 3 acres of grass and mow another 2ish acres every other week in my subdivision. I have some bumpy areas in my yard and some real bumpy areas in the subdivision. Using the walk behind wasn't fun with my back. I now can mow my yard and blow off driveway and sidewalks in right @ an hour. The rider has been a big time saver and it's so nice to ride. I can compare with my father's Kubota rider, it rides like a log wagon. Comparing the 2, there is no comparison, the Kubota will throw your A$$ off and the bumps go right up your spine. The cut with the Ferris is very nice as well.
     
  7. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yea mate, these ppl claiming sus seat is good enough, just don't operate on rough enough ground to know the difference ;)
     
  8. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
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    An old log wagon! this is a good description :laugh:

    I too may well get a Ferris soon, to replace my old log wagon. :cool2:
     
  9. buckhtr77

    buckhtr77 LawnSite Member
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    After using my father's Kubota for several hours I'll take the Ferris every time. A suspension is the way to go. If you're concerned about time, I would think the suspension would serve you well as you're not having to slow down so much over the bumpy stuff. The 3100 is built very well. I'll never wear mine out. My mower is used for my own residential purposes. I don't mow commercially. I've found when buying stuff like mowers you might as well buy something made for commercial use, it makes life so much easier. Yes, it's more expensive up front but the ease/time savings/comfort is well worth it.

    I plan on lending the Ferris to my Dad to try out on his property. I think once he rides the Ferris he may want to switch. He's in love with the diesel and stated he absolutely wants a diesel. The Ferris diesel is quite pricey.
     
  10. CurbAppealKS

    CurbAppealKS LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah the ferris diesel is sooo expensive. I'm sure it's an awesome machine, but you can get so much with the gas machine that I can't justify paying for the diesel.
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