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Lesco hydro w/b or Ferris hydrocut

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Smitty58, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. Smitty58

    Smitty58 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 531

    Anyone have an opinion on which is the better deal/mower? The Lesco 36" hydro is pretty much the same price as the Ferris hydrocut 36". The Lesco has dual pumps where the Ferris is only a single.
  2. OnMyOwn

    OnMyOwn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 372

    Personally, I have never used either WB, but know quite a few guys that swear by the Ferris WB's. They claim they are simplistic quality machines with a great striping ability.

    Hope this helps.
  3. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,154

    I've never run ferris, heard some stuff about them, I have run lesco/mtd/cub, they work for me.
  4. arborist-28

    arborist-28 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 246

    I never had a problem with the lesco's / ferris I'm not so sure about ...c
  5. cpipke

    cpipke LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 84

    Hello, I have (2) 2005 Ferris 36" Hydro and it is a great machine, it seems to handle better then most of the WB I have used and it cuts great with electric start it starts instantly. I live in Sidney Ohio 1 hr south of Lima what area are you located? If you decide to go with the Ferris, let me know my second 36" only has 2 hours on it and I only need one because most of my account I only use my 61" IS 3000Z.
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    If you have any hills to cut get the Lesco dual hydro. The cut of the new Ferris 36 hydrocut is absolutely the best of any machine that I've owned including Exmark. The down side is that the mower is horrible on hills. The front end is impossible to keep on the ground when going up hill on anything over 15 or so degrees. Since it lacks the brakes that the old hydrocut had it is difficult at best to mow back and forth across hills.
  7. Smitty58

    Smitty58 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 531

    cpipke - I'm in Trenton which is at mile 32 on I-75. How much do you want for that Ferris? What has been your experience with it on hills?
  8. cpipke

    cpipke LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 84

    Shoot me an E-mail Cpipke@woh.rr.com with tax it was aprox $3000.00 new but they will be lowering the price in the late fall about $200.00, I am sure we can work something out I have extra blades (Hi-lift) and oil filters.
  9. cpipke

    cpipke LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 84

    Sorry I did not answer the hill question, I have several (8) props with hills, (7) medium sized and (1) prop that was steep and gave me issues but it was fixed by adding weight to the front and I will tell you what it cuts better then any other WB I have ever used.
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,192

    Try mowing a ditch with single hydro and see how it does. Not many advantages of single hydro except original cost, get the dual hydro you will have less stress on your body.

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