Which 36 to add to the fleet?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by jpotter0135, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. Clippers PLS

    Clippers PLS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I wouldnt be concerned as much about the controls (whatever he feels most comfortable with should be a selling point) I would be more concerned about belt over hydro. If he has alot of hills, I would go for a hydro, more expensive, yes, but in the long run will save him a lot of frustration in my opinion. Not bashing ferris here, ive never even used one, but if it isnt a hydro, I wouldnt consider using it if he has alot of hills
     
  2. Porcupine Lawn and Snow

    Porcupine Lawn and Snow LawnSite Senior Member
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    In my opinion they require more effort than the ECS controls. The ECS controls also have a much better position that your hands are put in to.
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  3. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We have a Ferris 36 Comfort Control DD 36. Great machine. With the cruise bar its not your normal pistol machine. Set your speed and go. Super comfortable, great on hills, cuts nice, and easy to operate. I hope they never change the controls. If you don't need electric start and wanna save some money take a look at the Snapper Pro 36.
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  4. Holland

    Holland LawnSite Senior Member
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    I run a 36 Viking. Killer little mower!
     
  5. jpotter0135

    jpotter0135 LawnSite Member
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    Money isn't an issue. I would never buy a belt drive after using hydros for so long. Really have it narrowed down to the exmark turf tracer S and the ferris dd
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  6. Clippers PLS

    Clippers PLS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I can't comment on the ferris but you really cant go wrong with the exmark.
     
  7. TPendagast

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    I don't think ferris makes a belt drive anymore.

    Ferris made the first ever hydro walk behind…they are pretty much a hydro company.

    They had a belt drive for a little while but ditched it…probably wasn't a big seller.

    Ferris DD is a hydro mower DD standing for "dual drive"
     
  8. TPendagast

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    I do not like ECS at all…

    Ferris has a unique set of controls, and first glance they seem like a typical pistol grip but they are quite different, if you learn the controls well…they are a specifically suited for hilly terrain…. but there is a bit of a learning curve.

    Other wise you can use them as typical pistol grips.

    ECS is good for the vantage but crap for walk behinds IMO.
     
  9. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes, this ^^

    (and noted… we NEVER agree…so THIS must be true!)
     
  10. Clippers PLS

    Clippers PLS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Gotcha. Not really familiar with ferris machines
     

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