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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ProCare Lawn Service, May 10, 2005.
If so what are the pros and cons and what did you pay for it?
I run a IS300 Z independant rear, Pivoting front axle. I demoed both I felt the pivoting axle was best. I like the ride. It's been more dependable than my Kubota but doesn't have as good a feel on the levers. The kubota was smoother to operate. Cons are lots of grease points 28 If memory serves me right. I don't think its any better than Exmark ,,Dane,Scag, bobcat, Etc. It is smoother riding. Thats important to me. Hey I'm over 50. If you don't go Ferris I'd at lest get a machine with a pivoting front axle. It cuts the effect of bumps on front wheels in 1/2. A 2inch hump under a front wheel will raise the front of the mower 1 inch. Ridgid frame mowers== 2inch bump /2inch raise. I also run my tires a little softer than spec'd.
I bought 2 in April...with sales tax (6%), I paid like $8655 each.
We have an IS 3000 ZL that we have put 30 hours on amd its got the 26 hp LC Kawasaki. We paid $9400+tax for it. Its a great mower. We love it and it rides and cuts great and I would highly recommend one.
I purchased a new IS3000ZX this spring for $8895 plus tax. I had a 3000 model with the rear suspension and the 25 hp kawasaki. I had some carb problems and plug fowling with that machine so I opted for the Kohler this time. The full suspension makes a big difference in the ride of the machine and the bigger tires add to the handling capabilities over the older 3000. So far I love it. It has increased my productivity. This machine seems to disperse the clippings better than the old 3000. I think the chute opening is wider.