Ferris 3000Z....need help leveling the deck

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by downtown, Oct 21, 2006.

  1. downtown

    downtown LawnSite Member
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    I just picked up a used Ferris 3000Z with a FastVac system. I had it serviced, the deck leveled, etc; however, it's still cutting low on the discharge side. I tried to get under the deck to run the bolt down a little further on that side's eyebolt, but it 'seems' to be at the lower limit (at least it wouldn't turn any further). Any ideas?

    I've had a 1500Z for a year and a half and just traded it for this mower. I've let the shop do all the service up until now, but I guess I should learn certain things myself......like leveling the deck.



    I also need a source for replacement bags for the FastVac triple bagger! I've been looking/searching everywhere..... :dizzy:
  2. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Larry, Did you try measuring from the tip of the blades to the ground? This is how I do it on my Walker.
  3. downtown

    downtown LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    No......I haven't tried ANYTHING myself. The dealer supposedly leveled the deck that way.....I inquired when I picked it up. However, it is definitely NOT level! It runs a little LOW on the discharge side. Because I always stripe and am cutting discharge-to-discharge, then nondischarge-to-nondischarge it's not that noticeable except when circling around trees, etc.

    I don't know if it's the weight of the FastVac unit causing this......wear in the suspension......or it's just NOT level. I haven't had time to return to the dealer with it yet. I've got to get one of those leveling gauges so I can check it myself.

  4. Travis Followell

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

    It may be the weight of the fastvac unithanging on the right side of the deck causing the rught side suspension to sag down a little with the added weight. You can check this by getting the machine on a level surface like a concrete floor and measure from the frame to ground on each side. It should be level. You can raise and lower the frame by adjusting the bolts above each rear suspension spring.

    Are you sure you just don't have a low tire on that side? If you only notice it cutting lower going around tree's that may be normal if the ground around your tree's is built up a little higher that will cause the right side of the deck to cut down a little making a gouge around the tree. When you have the machine sitting on a level surface just measure from the bottom of the deck to the ground on each side and that will tell you if its level or not. No need to get under there and try to measure from the blade tips.
  5. downtown

    downtown LawnSite Member
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    Tire pressure is good, but I will def check the frame height. Thanks for the tip!

    I notice it everywhere, but since, as I said, like sides always run together because I'm striping (back and forth) it's not noticeable to people NOT LOOKING for it. If I cut in a circular pattern I think it would be VERY noticeable because the discharge side would be next to the non-discharge side and they would be off by probably a 1/2" or more.

    The scalping nearly always occurs on the discharge side and IF I'M NOT CAREFUL, that side of the cut has some browning/yellowing due to being cut lower than normal. This time of year it's more about vacuuming/clean-up than cutting so I'm not as worried about it.

    I will have to take care of it before next spring.......and I'd like to be proficient at leveling the deck myself. The manual doesn't really explain it and I don't want to be dependent on the dealer for this.......especially since they were less than perfect at it this time. Actually, due to the hours (1500....yikes!!!) I 'hope' to take the time to remove the deck and give it a good overhaul this winter........if I can figure out HOW to easily remove it?!?!

  6. mr mow

    mr mow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 393

    I had to do this on my great dane(no vac) its pretty tedious. goes something like this- on level surface, measure discharge side blade from tip to level surface(with blade in parallel direction to travel)start with tip all the way forward then rotate blade 180degrees and measure SAME tip (according to g.d.) the back measurement should be no more 3/4" higher than front tip(some say back tip should be lower than front and vice versa,this is what great dane said for mine, either way no more than 3/4" either way) then do the other side of deck, much more tedious. that will get you front to back levelness or "correctness". now (once thats done) turn blades perpendicular to direction of travel(straight) and do the same method, but in this direction outside tips should be the same. Hears is the kicker this all has to be accomplished with no slack in the chains that go from frame to deck. it took me several hours, but now i know and i could probably do it in an 1 1/2 hrs. good luck
  7. downtown

    downtown LawnSite Member
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  8. Meg-Mo

    Meg-Mo Inactive
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    Get a small level 6 " long. Put lawn mower on level surface. Put on top of belt pulley for and aft first to get deck level or just a little lower in front. Do this on both sides of deck. Then do the same cross ways to level deck from side to side. Do this also to make sure you do not have a sprung deck. Level is a lot more accurate then a measure is under a deck.
  9. shop22

    shop22 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    Does this unit have four wheel suspension or rear suspension and a pivoting front axle?
    give me your e-mail and I will send you the dealer setup instructions. it will tell you how to level deck.
  10. downtown

    downtown LawnSite Member
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