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ferriss(sp) walk behinds

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by slowleak, Feb 15, 2003.

  1. slowleak

    slowleak LawnSite Member
    from 63055
    Posts: 96

    any advice about these machine's the one i have has a kaw 14 hp. older belt driven model. thanks, kevin
  2. Heller Landscaping

    Heller Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 204

    Rodfather has, I think nine of them; he will be able to help you.:)
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Extremely reliable machines. We have had I guess like 12 or so of them in the past 9 years. One hydro pump went south on us after 4 years, but it was still under warantee and didn't cost us a dime. We've also had 4 of their 3-wheelers as well...also great machines.

    Recently added a Z (IS3000) from the constant pressure from a certain (unmentioned...LOL) fellow LS member. Very nice unit too.

    We don't run belt-driven Ferris units, only hydro. So I can't really help you there. If you need any additional info, you can contact me at Rspronck@aol.com.

    Good Luck with your machine and I hope that helps.
  4. Ferris are great machines.Plus I have never had a problems with dealing with them.
  5. MOOSE

    MOOSE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393

    I have a 1995 belt driven walk behind. Best mower I have.

    There built well. And cut well too.

    Demo a machine. I'm looking at maybe a new Ferris rider.
  6. skrats

    skrats LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    i have 98'belt drive and it has made me a lot of money$$
    i have had a hydro but didnt like it because it was heavier than the belts and it was harder to make a turn on a dime
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Harder??? :confused: It should be easier. I don't get that one.
  8. skrats

    skrats LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    yah i didnt understand either but i have done both and the belt is easier and also quicker in and out of the turns
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Could be one of two things...it was a single hydro vs. a dual hydro. Secondly, the filter(s) may have needed to be replaced and/or the pump itself wasn't turned up to where it should be.

    Hydro machines will be a little heavier, but like I said, I've never heard someone say a belt-driven unit turned easier than a hydro. Ease of turning is one of the big reasons we run them in the first place.
  10. skrats

    skrats LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    yes i failed to inform you that it was a single pump

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