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Thinking of buying four Ferris Evolutions...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by HudsonBrosLawnCare, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. HudsonBrosLawnCare

    HudsonBrosLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 182

    Hey guys,

    My company runs two crews. Right now I run a 44" Exmark and a 42" Hustler since we do 90% residential. I have a 52" Toro as a back up but it is constantly broken down. As of late we have been picking up a bunch of yards with super tiny fences that we have to push mow, and we have been picking up some very large commercial accounts. I don't want to buy a ridiculously huge trailer that will piss off people in neighborhoods, so I'm trying to find a way to fit two mowers on a midsize trailer that fit my needs. So I've been looking at the 36" and 52" Ferris Evolution mowers. Ferris is running a rebate special right now for $1250 off each mower, so that brings them down to $4250 and $5250 respectively. I'm thinking of buying a set for each of my crews so we can fit them on a decent size trailer and have all our bases covered. But I haven't seen a ton of feedback or reviews of them, so I was wondering what you guys think of them. I am demoing one next week, but I'm curious to get your thoughts. What do you like? What don't you like? I have heard some guys complain about how they handle hills, but I live in the low country and there is not a hill in sight. So that isn't an issue for me. Any feedback will be great!
  2. lightdutylandscape

    lightdutylandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    The shop in my area quit carrying them. They said they broke down a lot. I ran into another guy who bought one and said he had to put a new carb on it the first month he had it.
  3. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,686

    I run a 48 with a 27hp. With no hills you'll love it. Takes up very little room. Downhill off-cambers its not so good so I run it uphill as much as I can. Straight downhill its fine but will rut on a sharp turn going back up.
  4. Nate'sLawnCare

    Nate'sLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,001

    I had the Snapper Pro version of it in a 52 inch deck and it worked great for me. I only put about 75 hours on it and needed to trade it on a larger mower. I really liked the compactness of it, but it's not the easiest mower to work on because of that. The cut quality with the ICD deck is great!
  5. HudsonBrosLawnCare

    HudsonBrosLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 182

  6. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,994

    4250 sounds cheap.

    Can you walk behind them?
  7. HudsonBrosLawnCare

    HudsonBrosLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 182

    No, you ride them like a motorcycle.
  8. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,994

    Guess Ill have to stick to my grandstands, that seems like a real good price
  9. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,686

    Its a great price.
  10. truckn

    truckn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    I have the 52" Snapper version with a 23HP Kaw and I love mine. The cut quality of the ICD deck is great even in wetter conditions. It stripes very well. I have 140 hours on it and I've had no issues. I had a belt go out, but I consider that a freak thing that can happen to any mower that uses belts. Like Nate said the compactness is a blessing and a curse in certain instances. You'll find that with any compact style Z or stander.

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