Leveling Ferris 1500 deck??

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by WELawnCare, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. WELawnCare

    WELawnCare LawnSite Member
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    i need helping leveling my ferris zero turn mower. the deck seems to be an inch off and has a downward slope back towards the engine. any suggestions?
     
  2. ricky86

    ricky86 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    First make sure all the pivot points a free. Get an owners manual. Don't skip any steps.
    If it just happened all of a sudden, something's broke, bent or seized.
     
  3. WELawnCare

    WELawnCare LawnSite Member
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    nothing bent broken or seized. we had a problem with the bar that supports the back tires which we fixed. but we have noticed that the deck doesnt go up nearly as high as it used to. before if you would have the deck up completely you would be able to tell when you were cutting now its like the deck all the way up is just a little higher than normal cutting.
     
  4. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    use the horizontal arms with threads and 2 nuts. Have a level handy for side to side levelness. The front to back level/pitch will remain factory set. Do a half of rotation per side to keep even. I forget which direction to go but I believe you will increase the exposed threads at the end of the bar. It's a little involved at first but quite easy when you get going. Good luck.
     
  5. ricky86

    ricky86 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Are you positive ALL the pivots are free? There's quite a few of them. Including
    the push bars. Go to the site. The owners manual explains it in detail. Couple of wrenches
    a few 2x4's and time. Some adjust right quick. Most fight you all the way.
    BUT, your wasting your time if the pivots drag. You need a flat floor.
    Don't skip any steps. OH... We were a Ferris dealer for close to 15 yrs,
    and I still follow the directions. Always check the bld tip to the floor.
    Sometimes the level lies due to irregularity on the shell. As for the push bars
    in back. They will affect raising the deck. The need enough movement in them.
    If they have been rewelded or repaired, they HAVE to be in spec.
     
  6. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    What push bars in the back? Never seen any on a 1500 Ferris.
     
  7. ricky86

    ricky86 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ck that. Rear mower mount. You're right, not really a "push bar" but has a zerk and it needs to be free.
    I've seen the pivots so tight the deck wounld not drop. As I'm sure you have if you see enough of them.
     

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