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Ferris IS 1500Z vs. Exmark HP

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grassmeister, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. grassmeister

    grassmeister LawnSite Member
    Posts: 73

    I want to see what people think about the difference between the Exmark HP and the new Ferris IS 1500z. I see very few Ferris' used down here in Atlanta, but that's probably just because there aren't many dealers here. I just assumed the Exmark was better since people really seem to like them and they're very popular with people around here, but when I compared the two side by side, I like the Ferris better and it's about $1000 less.

    Here are my findings:
    + Ferris: Active suspension
    + Ferris: Cooling fans on pumps
    + Ferris: Maintainable, greaseable spindles
    + Ferris: Easier height adjustment setup
    + Ferris: Speed (10 mph vs. 8.1 for 44")
    + Ferris: $1000 less for 44" model

    + Exmark: More dealers to support it
    + Exmark: ROPS included
    + Exmark: Bigger gas tank (11.5 vs. 6 gallons)
    + Exmark: Slightly bigger tires (23" vs 22")

    Draw: Same Kawasaki engine
    Draw: Both have canister air filtration system
    Draw: Similar deck configuration and strength

    From what I see, Ferris comes out ahead even w/o the price difference. When factoring the price ($5200 vs $6200), the answer seems clear.

    What are your opinions?
  2. eclawn

    eclawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    The answer is simple you have already seen all the differences. There is nothin the hp has that the 1500z doesnt, but the 1500z has suspension.
  3. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,353

    Yea but the 6 gal tank may not get you through a day of cutting the 11.5 gal tank will always go into your second day. Nothing worse then being on the farthest part of the lawn with the longest possible walk to the trailer and that’s when your tank goes dry. Ok one thing worse being on a hill side when it goes dry for those that do not know this when you run out of fuel then you are basically free falling with no control of the mower since you have lost all hydraulics and there is only a parking brake.
  4. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Posts: 2,207

    If I was you i'd get the Ferris. The suspension delivers a very smooth ride, the smoothest of any machine and that will make a big difference in how you feel at the end of the day and with the machine being $1000 less its pretty much clear what the best choice is. Hope that helps. :)
  5. jayandlo

    jayandlo LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 35

    I just went through the same delimna. I ended up purchasing the Ferris. I pick it up on the first week of March. I used a dealer in Conyers.

    COLLINSVILLE LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 34

    Thats why there is a gas gauge.
  7. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,403

    I think I saw that the Ferris is about 100 lbs heavier, and that's with the rops on the exmark.

    Not sure the suspension will matter as much on a 44", which I assume would be used on smaller properties.

    Exmark is slightly more compact.

    Check resale values in Atlanta on Ferris vs. Exmark. If you want to upgrade or make a change it might be a factor.

    But it just goes to show you that Exmark could probably stand to lower their prices some.
  8. 026TB4U

    026TB4U LawnSite Member
    Posts: 113

    I don't see why the Exmark HP is so much more money than the Ferris. I looked at an Exmark HP this weekend and it seemed really overpriced. It was close to the same price as a comparable Hustler Super Mini Z but without all the extras.

    I think the Hustler Super Mini Z is a better comparison to the Ferris, but again, it's more money like the Exmark. But the Hustler does have a suspension seat, goes the same speed, and has cooling fans.

    I just spoke to my dealer and he finally got his 1500Z's in stock, so I'm going to test one out this week.
  9. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,353

    My 2003 did not come with one and my 2004 only has one on the left side, which has never worked accurately since the day we got it. Best way I find take your hand and tap the side you learn what full and empty feel like.
  10. grassmeister

    grassmeister LawnSite Member
    Posts: 73

    I'm still waiting for the 44" to come out. Only the 48" and 52" are available now. The 44" won't be available until at least March.

    Though the Hustler may be a great machine, it's still quite a bit more than the Ferris. For my usage (non-commercial), the difference in cost makes a difference since they're all pretty expensive. I just don't see why there would be such a price difference when Ferris seems to have all the important things I'm looking for.

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