Ferris 3100 Positives/Negatives

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

  1. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not to mention the size and weight of the Ferris 5100. That thing is huge and heavy, and if there's any moisture in the ground, there's going to be some rutting eventually.
     
  2. skew

    skew LawnSite Member
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    I priced a 5100 before purchasing my 3100 I was quoted 8K more!!!! Thats alot for a diesel motor and bigger tires. Plus the hassle you would have to go through to have it worked on. All of the cat service places around me is super heavy equipment repair. I would love to see the look on the service managers face calling in to have your lawnmower looked at while they are pulling in a 100ton dump truck into the bay LOL

    All I can say is full suspension is the only way to mow. I would almost rather go back to a push mower :walking: than ride on any other zero turn with some gimmicky seat platform or forks.
     
  3. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The thing you have got to consider is it is more to go wrong.
     
  4. farmmower

    farmmower LawnSite Member
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    12 hrs. on mine and getting ready to change blades. This is one nice machine and wouldn't think the suspension would add additional maintenance over time. Looks pretty straightforward if anything broke. Worth whatever for the ride and cut.
     
  5. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
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    Agreed, it suits a smaller niche market. I don't think many of us contractors would have use for it
     
  6. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
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    This is a popular saying I've found for non-Ferris owners. In particular any dealer that doesn't sell a Ferris, they like to say this.

    But I couldn't disagree more, if it costs more to maintain the extra moving part, its worthwhile for the better ride. Just as we wouldn't go backwards to have a car without suspension, simply due to cheaper maintenance.

    The important point to make here though, is you do need to have rough properties to be cutting. If you do then you will feel more at ease about maybe replacing a shock here or there, the next time your riding over a series of back jarring ruts, yet you don't feel them :) youll be thinking about how much you don't care about the cost of replacing that shock which is taking all the beating for you! :laugh:
     
  7. CurbAppealKS

    CurbAppealKS LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah it's like running the air conditioner in the middle of summer and then complaining about the electric bill lol, I mean I guess you could turn it off and sweat all the while you were home. I'll pay the bill!
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  8. CurbAppealKS

    CurbAppealKS LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah that's insane, my local ferris guy quoted me $12,500 before tax for a 3100. I will not pay $20,000 for a mower, Idc if it changed oil, cut grass, and wiped your ass. It's not worth it to me when you can get a mower that does almost all of that for he the price.
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  9. buckhtr77

    buckhtr77 LawnSite Member
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    What kinda blades you guys running on your 3100 mowers? I mow fescue and blue grass. Thanks.
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  10. skew

    skew LawnSite Member
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    Maybe everyone should go back to using a hand sickle. Look at all of the extra cost to replace blade spindles!! Just to spin blades when you can use your back lol

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