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Ferris 3100 61" 36 BB review

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by greenology, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,274

    No! Just need to choke and it will turn over pretty easily!
    What I hate is that you dont get any warning when it runs out, it just stops. Not good when on a hill or slope. I remember the 28efi giving a few splutters which gave time to switch tanks.
  2. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 816

    Thursday I was cutting some relatively long clover which was damp, this loaded the deck up somewhat but the motor handled with no real worry, however I think the 32 may have hesitated a little with this. More due to the deck loading up than anything. This deck is suited to well maintained lawns, not going to be so great at cutting down badly overgrown stuff like Mick deals with after rain holds him up etc. I occasionally get this stuff but will be avoiding it where I can.

    From the 5 hrs I have put on the machine Im very pleased & can say for sure it is the best ZTR I have owned for my application. At this point I don't think id ever buy another non-suspended ZTR as my primary machine. I hope eventually we see a 3100z with EFI & wouldn't mind having an extra mph or 2 just for the rare occasions I can utilise it.

    I have no idea why ppl don't think the Ferris is built with strength, I thick its as well built as the Hustlers etc, besides the deck strength but that should be fine.
  3. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 816

    Not a bad idea!

    But I cant see a positive for being able to switch tanks, can you?

    I don't think its ideal to have a full tank one side and empty the other, its like 20-25kg or 50lbs on one side of the mower when one tanks empty, prob doesn't matter much but its not ideal.

    The way they have installed the 3 way valve on Ferris is with spring clamps, so it will only take me a minute to pull the hoses from valve and clamp them onto a t-piece.

    Ill never run out of fuel this way & if I did I always have spare fuel as im sure everyone does. But it would be a rarity as opposed to almost always doing it with the switching over.
  4. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 816

    I also didn't have any problems with the 35 or 31, little choke and away it went again.
  5. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,445

    I think I remember someone having a problem with the T setup on here years ago. When both tanks were full and they mowed hillsides the upper tank would drain into the lower one and come out the cap. Not an issue with new machines but maybe something to keep in mind.
  6. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,445

    Look at those nice, notched foil, blades...
  7. Growin Green

    Growin Green LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    This sounds like good advice. On my Toro Z Master I have been lowering the air to find a better ride, even to the extreme of trying it too low..8psi rear and 6 psi front, just to see how soft I could go. I went Back to 10 rear and 12 front. But on a side hill I got a flat rear tire. Not sure if I pinched the tube or what.
    On the Ferris I think one should let the suspension do the work it was designed to do.
  8. Growin Green

    Growin Green LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    greenology: Do you have the High back seat? My brochure shows the 3100 to have it as standard equipment, but the one I rode only had a low back on it. I will have ask the dealer what happened to it.
  9. edbeek

    edbeek LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    It looks like the high back seat. http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=402178&page=20

    I haven't spent much time in mine yet, but the first thing i looked for was an adjuster to straighten the back up a bit, but no adjustment there.
  10. Growin Green

    Growin Green LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    AHH yes, that is the high back. I couldn't find that picture...thanks!
    That is a great seat. very comfortable. It would be nice to be able to adjust the back some.

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