Ferris 3100 Positives/Negatives

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

  1. greenology

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  2. greenology

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  3. Ridin' Green

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    That's all looking quite good for the conditions right now. I doubt you'll see that much difference in QOC when growing season rolls around for you guys down there, but ya never know I guess.
     
  4. WilsonBoud

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    Hi Green, Is the cut in those last photos at 3 inches or below....?? I find that the grass looks a little short.....!!!

    Looks to be a great cut all the same.


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  5. greenology

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    Tend to agree with you, I cant foresee this iCD deck giving me much to stress about!
     
  6. greenology

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    Hey, yep cut too low for winter that's for sure, but the home owner/client is a good friend of mine and he didn't mind me doing this for a decent test! He owns a John Deere himself and has been shaking his head at the bad QOC from the VX4 & is right on board with me testing new ZTRs !

    Honestly I couldn't say the exact height, I can only say I had the deck set at 1.5" on the pin, but being a demo machine I didn't get time to check the height was correct, however I highly doubt it was cutting at 1.5" as that would cut into dirt no doubt. Im guessing somewhere between 2-2.5" was the height.

    That grass is predominately Kikuya, which is happy at a height off 1.5" providing its cut regularly & irrigated/fed as with most grasses I assume. However when using a 60" wide deck, you cant cut undulations at 1.5" without getting into the dirt.

    I regularly use the SP mower to cut our grasses over here between 1.4-1.7". Not sure how that compares to you guys when your using push mowers, but im assuming you would maintain the 3"+ height.
     
  7. WilsonBoud

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    I have not used a push mower in almost thirty years, but the snapper self propelled I used a long time ago, was set at 3 1/4 inches. I have always cut high.

    This is the results of my first cut on the Cheetah at 3 1/2 inches


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  8. greenology

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    Looks excellent!
     
  9. greenology

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    Well Gravely wouldn't come to the party with a 460 demo. My only dealer for gravely here tried explaining to me the 252 would be my best option, compares more in line with a 3100z. I don't know whether that's the case or not, but the point was I needed to demo the 460 for the air ride seat & they just weren't prepared to demo it in the end. Another thing is I really needed to test that deck in the summer conditions, however we're now in mid winter.

    So I went with the 3100z. It fits my criteria quite well, so heres hoping it wont be a lemon like cimkills and all will be good for some productive mowing!
     
  10. greenology

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