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Exmark, Ferris, or Dixie Chopper ?????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PLS-Tx, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,383

    I need to buy 2 new 60" ztr's, I'm looking at these 3 manufacturers.

    I have had 3 Dixie Choppers, and they are great, but no suspension seat. Also, you can't set the brake and get off the seat without killing the engine.

    From what I've seen Exmark looks to be very well built, what about Ferris?

    I'm looking at Dixie Chopper Extreme with 33hp Generac, Exmark XS with 31hp Vanguard or 27 Kohler Command, Ferris 3000IS with 32 hp(can't remember which engine).

    I'm planning to demo Exmark and Ferris next week.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Besides having 3 big Toro Groundsmasters, we have used Ferris exclusively for 13 years now and over 20 machines being 3-wheelers (a long time ago), WB's, and Z's. Extremely reliable machines coupled with their independent suspension on the Z's makes for a nice unit.
  3. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    I would recommend the Ferris. They are very well built and reliable mowers. The machine your looking at is an IS 3100 that has the 32 hp Briggs vanguard. A very good engine from what i've heard. Powerful and fuel efficient. The 4 wheel suspension is great. Really improves the ride and the machine leaves a very nice cut.
  4. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,307

    Don,t over look the Scag...I here they are coming out with a small diesel in there wild cat or the turf tiger.
  5. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,168

    They have a 31 hp. Daihatsu in their Turf Tiger.
  6. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,307

    Is that new for 07?... Also It may be the wildcat that I heard they were putting a small Kubota diesel In.
  7. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    Exmark or scag is the best. My dad has a exmark lazer z hp 48 and it is great. It is five years old and runs great. I would pick either. I will be adding a metro to my fleet soon. Just don't forget scag. They are good mowers too.:cool2:
  8. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,168

    They sell them now, I don't really know what they are going to have for 07. They are bringing a 35turbo Kubota for me to run and that will be a 2007 model and they have a 28 Kubota that is not turbo charged for 2007 that is all I really know.
  9. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    I have 2 dixie choppers my whole life, ,2004, and a 2007. They are very well built mowers I think. I like having a manual deck engagement, like the OCDC, and best of all the quality of cut and stripe it gives. I'am already ordering another 2007 due to a big contract I am signing. The neck deck is awesome it discharges good and a clean cut the first time no double cutting.
  10. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,168

    Please explain the manual deck engagement on the Dixie Chopper and why you like them over the electric.

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