Ferris 3100 / 37 DFI

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by puppypaws, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
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    This is a good point, to add to what I say on previous page to weaver <

    If my calculations are correct & they do appear to be without me using a laser for start/stop, then the 3100 being lets say a 12.8 mph mower, would be very close to or right on a 14 mph mower with 26 " tires.

    Since you cant utilise the true 15.8 and you say your more often than not using 14mph range, then this would bring the 3100 so close to a fast enough mower for you also. Would that be right. I would go as far as to say you would complete your mowing just as quickly taking into account the entire property, because your rough sections you will be able to cut twice as quickly. I don't know what percentage of your property you find yourself backing off even a little due to even small bumps, but if you do back of for them on the SZ you wouldn't do that on the Ferris as you know.

    So I'm betting you would complete your property in the same time frame.
  2. CurbAppealKS

    CurbAppealKS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 448

    This is what we have been trying to get across to him forever lol.
  3. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 816

    True enough, but im more convinced of it now that I know the 3100 Is capable of 13mph rather than 12.
  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    Never say it cant happen...real world conditions are the only deciding factor. Ask any engineer. All I ask is to actually test something before throwing out blanket statements on LS.
  5. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Thank you...Spoken from experience.
  6. weaver

    weaver LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would have thought different, but that is good to know....
  7. aroddy

    aroddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    I'll tell you the best thing about the 37DFI is that if you mow properties that get mowed weekly or twice weekly, the DFI will save you fuel since its not loaded up at all. But if you get to the really tall/thick stuff, then the ECM sends more fuel to it and it will chug through almost anything without bogging down at all like a carb model will.

    Give it another year or two, and you will see more 37DFI powered machines by OEMs other than Ferris and Bobcat.

    The cheetah is nice compared to a lot of mowers out there. But take a super z with a nice seat on it and flew forks and it rides better than the cheetah.

    No comparison to a 3100Z
  8. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Greenology, in your opinion what rode better? The cheetah or your super z?
  9. doublesharp

    doublesharp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    Yeah, that's exactly what I'm talking about. :cool2:
  10. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    Trying to work out the details on getting a 3100 demo!! Going back to my dealer to grab the new scag WB for a couple days to finish that review first.

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