More questions, this time on Ferris w/b's

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by stryper, Apr 26, 2005.

  1. stryper

    stryper LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Posts: 132

    In my quest for a new w/b, I stopped by my Ferris dealer today, who also sells Toro and Bobcat. He quoted me a price of $2,899 for a 48" UltraBelt GD. Does this sound about right?

    Also, there were a couple of questions I forgot to ask: Are these fixed or floating decks? It seems there's not much of a concern around here with fixed 36" decks, but should I be concerned with a fixed 48" deck? Some of my terrain is a little bumpy, but not to the point that I would call it rough.

    How is tough the deck height adjustment? And how easy is it to change the oil? Blade sharpening/changing sounded pretty simple.(At least I asked one pertinent question.)

    He clearly favored Ferris over the other brands he sells--something about the way the pulleys are attached--but did say the quality of cut was pretty similar across the board.

    Just trying to learn...
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I just picked up a brand new Ultrabelt GD-36 yesterday. It seems to be your standard gear drive walkbehind. The 48 is a fixed deck but I wouldn't be too worried about that. I used a fixed deck Gravely 50" for years and didn't have any problems with scalping. There is one quirk with the Ultrabelt that I am going to remedy. They don't come with a parking brake. They have a neutral lock but no parking brake. There is a threaded adjustment rod that comes up from the brakes just like every other mower. I'm going to put a coil spring on it just like the Exmarks, Gravelys and everybody else has so I can set the brakes and walk away from the mower without fear that it will roll away..
  3. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,569

    I don't know if this helps you any but I was quoted $2550 for a 2005 48" eXmark belt with ECS Controls and for me personally I would buy eXmark over Ferris.
  4. stryper

    stryper LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Posts: 132

    Yes, thanks...I am going to check with my (two) Exmark dealers in the next couple of days. Unfortunately, the more convenient of the two has a less than stellar reputation, so I have to be careful. I won't tolerate crappy support for the sake of a couple of hundred bucks, and I already know I like my Ferris guys.
  5. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,280

    Come on, guys, for $ 2500- $2900 you can get a decent used Hydro unit which is the only way to cut for living. Don't spend your hard-earned dollars on a belt machine, it is not the same league as hydro counterpart.
  6. snap12.5

    snap12.5 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 288

    around here most are selling that unit for $2999. the cheapest i found is $2700.
    if u go with the ferris, are u going to offer the dealer less than $2899??? let me know how it goes.
  7. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,701

    A friend of mine has a 48" ferris ultrabelt WB and he seems to like it. It leaves a pretty good quality of cut and stripe. That sounds like a pretty good price to me. Personally I would only buy Bob-Cat or Toro mowers!

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