I'm finally about ready to drop a wad on a ztr, and narrowed the choice for me down to the Ferris 1500 and Scag Tiger Cub. I demoed both machines over the last week, and thought I would share my thoughts with you all. First, some background. These demos were the first time I have ever sat on a ztr. I've used my trusty Scag WB for over 3 years now. The demo machines were a 23/52 cub, and a 21/48 ferris 1500. I wanted to demo the ferris in a 52, but the dealer was sold out of them. Overall, both machines looked to be well made. Controls were all easy access, and the deck lift systems were easy to operate as well as quick and easy change of the deck height on both. Scag definitely wins in the fuel capacity category. Come on Ferris, a 6 gallon tank for a 21+ hp machine? booooo The cup holder on the Ferris is an interesting idea, but what happens when you hit a big bump? Steering on the Ferris was very sensitive, but required very little operator effort on the steering arms. The Cub was a bit less sensitive on the steering, and the dampened steering arms require a tad more effort. I'm glad I got my feet wet on the Scag first tho, because I would have probably torn up a bit more turf on the Ferris being a ztr rookie. Now for the all important quality of the cut. I took the Scag out fairly early in the am, after rain the night before. The Scag handled the wet condition better than I expected, with little to no clumping. The cut was very nice, and the stripe with no striping kit was nice, as I would expect from a Scag. The Ferris was taken out fairly early in the am also, and I started cutting after the frost had mostly melted to dew. The Ferris seemed to load up the deck and puke a bit more than would have been desirable, but as things dried up a bit (but still damp) the cut was beautiful. The stripe left by the Ferris rivaled that of the Scag. btw, both machines had factory high lift blades. As far as the suspension on the 1500, it may have smoothed out the bumps a bit, but it sure didn't get rid of them. I hear the Ferris 3000 has a better suspension system, but I'm sticking to the smaller ztr's for now. I would actually have to say the ride between the two machines was pretty even. Price wise, the Scag is about $500 more than the Ferris, but to get a Ferris I'll have to wait at least 2 weeks before they get more with the 52" deck. Ferris has a more attractive financing option, but Scag's isn't all that terrible. What will I get, stay tuned.