Ferris Walk Behind..good deal or not??

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Resident, Aug 9, 2013.

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  1. Resident

    Resident LawnSite Member
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  2. djschofield22

    djschofield22 LawnSite Member
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    It's not a bad deal but I don't like the engine on it. Briggs is no the way to go.
     
  3. Resident

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    I always hear people say that Briggs are bad. Are you saying that in general, or do you know something specific about this engine. When I was a kid, I had a B&S on my go-kart and it worked like a champ.

    I cant find jack about 32" ferris durabelt GD on the internet. Did they make this mower for like 10 mins and close the line down? Do you have any idea what year it might be?

    Really appreciate the input.
     
  4. jakes mowing

    jakes mowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ferris makes the best walk behinds out there in my opinion. I would try and bring him down on the price a lil bit tho. I got a 36 in hydro for 1500. I would try to get him Down to around 850.
     
  5. Resident

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    I just spoke with the guy on the phone. He bought it 4 years ago and really didnt use it that much since the one account he bought it for left him. Basically sat in the garage for a couple of years. He said he paid 1,250 on it when he bought it. I think 1,000 is a little steep. He said its a great mower and runs well. I am going to demo it on Sunday and hopefully get him down on price.

    The prior owner was a buddy of his and used it to cut postage stamp yards in NJ. So I am sure it has some hours on it from that guy. Anything I should look for that would indicate significant wear.
     
  6. jakes mowing

    jakes mowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    Look for grease on places where there should be grease. Listen for noises when engaging and disengaging the blades makes sure belts and tires are good etc make sure the spindles are ok because those will cost more than what your paying for that mower.
     
  7. Resident

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    Thank you sir
     
  8. djschofield22

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    Yes I had a similar engine except it was a 16hp and it blew with 150 hrs on it. I always changed the oil and did all maintenance it just always had a problem. Also it is a gas hog compared to the kawasaki I have now. Also that is a small engine for that mower. Personally I do not like driving belt driven mowers. I only use hydros and I would never go back. I do not like fixed decks either. They are hard to adjust height of cutting and don't leave as good of a cut. Float decks are way better
     
  9. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    Guessing the OP is looking for a mower just for his lawn...not for commercial use. Am I right, OP?

    There are very few floating decks in a 32.

    To check spindles it is best to have owner remove blade belt first. Then see how much play there is by moving/tilting the edges of the 2 blades from underneath.
     
  10. jakes mowing

    jakes mowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    The engine should be fine. My ferris 36 inch hydro has a 14 kohler and it pulls me ion a sulky fine. It's struggles a bit but i do weigh 240 lbs...
     

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