Ferris IS3000 25kaw.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by brandy, Mar 3, 2001.

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  1. brandy

    brandy LawnSite Member
    from Pa.
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    purchased the new Ferris Is3000 with 25 horse Kawasiki engine, this thing rips compared to my Bobcat!!!!Smooth ride also!!!
     
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    Congratulations Brandy! If I remember correctly you were impressed with the Ferris after visiting the trade show in Baltimore. I was impressed at the same show by the Dixie Chopper and I bought the other day. The only thing I didn't really care for on the Ferris was the weight. Those things are heavy at 1250 pounds. The Dixie comes in at 975 pounds.
     
  3. brandy

    brandy LawnSite Member
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    Wasn't thrilled by price and behind the times desings. Also the dixie chopper looks as if it would break , I stood on the frame and it flexes alot but from what i've heard from people on this sight is that they are great mowers good luck with it!!!!
     
  4. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
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    I still don.t understand how the deck can remain flat while the wheels on the Ferris are going all over the place. I need to go demo one and find out.
     
  5. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
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    how much for the ferris brandy i was impressed
    with them at the show also
     
  6. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
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    Brandy-you are right about Dixie frames flexing-they bend with a bagger attachment on them-it seems to take 2 seasons to start to bend them.At 1250 lbs that Ferris must be built like a tank.
     
  7. brandy

    brandy LawnSite Member
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    Paid 8500 with tax! If you jump up and down on the back of the machine the deck dosen't move!!!!
     
  8. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
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    thanks for the comeback where did your purchase
     
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just for conversational purposes Brandy the Dixie isnt that much more than your Ferris. You paid around $8090.00 for your Ferris and I paid $8700.00 for my Dixie. Also, with a 5 rail frame (most other mowers only have 2 rails) it is not likely you will ever break a Dixie. And even if you did they come with a lifetime warranty.
     
  10. I looked at the Ferris IS before I bought my DC. I was not impressed with the unit at all. I talked to a couple guys I know who are running them and they both commented that theirs were in the shop alot. One even had the hydro pumps and wheel motors replaced on his twice in less than a year after he bought it. He told me he wished he had gone with his second choice which was the DC, but he is stuck with his Ferris for now.

    If the deck is supported by the frame, how can the deck not move if you jump up and down on it? I have seen lawns cut with these mowers and the quality of cut was far below the quality of cut I get with my Dixie, even a Ferris owner agreed that the Dixie has a better cut quality. I drive by a property each day that is cut with a Ferris IS and it shows several places where the Ferris has scalped it, which can probably be contributed to the operator experience, but 2 years on this machine he should know what it can and can't do.

    Just MHO.

     
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