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Ferris 3100 61" 36 BB review

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

  1. CurbAppealKS

    CurbAppealKS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 448

    That's right, now that you mention that I remember. They are a solid, reliable motor. The ferris I use to run hasn't had an engine problem in over 350 hours. That's not many i know, but if my thinking is correct most problems that will occur are going to either come in the first few hours or late in the engine's life.
  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 16,994

    That's the way I figure it for engine issues too. At least it sure seems to work out that way more often than not. The Vanguard will always be my first choice in the future if given the option, and I've always been a Kawi guy.
  3. Nate'sLawnCare

    Nate'sLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,001

    I believe Briggs owns Snapper/Ferris.
  4. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 816

    Yea Id say your right, the deck seems well designed for cutting and even clipping dispersal.

    One thing I have been noticing is the deck not cutting as low as the deck im used to, normally using 2.5" on the X1 is a nice low cut, but I find I need to use 1.25" to replicate this height of cut. When I picked up the mower I checked the blade height at 2.5" & it appeared to be correct! I will double check over the weekend, but im wondering if the thick rubber flap hanging off back of deck is holding it up, alternatively the anti scalps, but theres no adjusting them. Anyway is only a slight issue for winter cutting over here, to knock down the clover etc and give a more presentable appearance to shabby lawns. Once spring growth comes then this height is fine and dandy & more often cutting 3" +. However I will investigate.
  5. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 816

    Another thing I do like is the exhaust note coming from the 36 BB & it revs up so crispy! Cold starts are instant so far & same thing once warmed up.
  6. CurbAppealKS

    CurbAppealKS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 448

    It does have a nice growl to it doesn't it? One thing I liked about the 32 was the lopey idle when you cold start it. You can hear that cam in there working, such a good sound! Not sure if you have ever heard a cammed up American v8, but it is just short of heavenly lol.
  7. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,024

    If you are bouncing around that much you might want to play with the settings of the springs on the shocks. I have never upgraded a seat on a Ferris so not sure if you still use the same switch or use the switch in the Michigan seat... I have seen similar systems on other manufacturers. One of them was Exmark on older machines. Its nice as it keeps the wiring from interfering when you tilt the seat up.

    Anything but Generac...

    I think a 3100 could mow over a Z2, spit it out and keep on going.
  8. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,527

    What is it you do not like about Generac?, you never liked the Z2 and the price sure was right and according to Envy you didn't need to spend 12 when you could get a better machine on many fronts than any for about 6.
  9. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,148

    You've got my choice of mowers for your cutting situation, you need an excellent suspension (due to so many rough properties), of which you have the best, you need a good cutting deck of which I would put yours up against any, and I have always claimed Vanguard is at the top of engines in the mower industry. The only need Vanguard has is fuel injection; of which they are working on very hard.

    I hope you will be as happy with this mower as I believe you should be. I only hope you've got a good one, and when I say this, there are lemons in everything made by man.

    I'm really looking forward to hearing details of your experience with the 3100, and if you find the need for more power than the 36 hp Vanguard, you need to be looking for a farm tractor to mow with.

    What's the size of the discharge opening on your deck?
  10. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 816

    Haha yea I know the sound! This may not be exactly the same but close, a few yrs ago I rebuilt my 302 Windsor with a mate. We stroked it to a 349, had it balanced and blueprinted. Then added some alloy heads, a bigger cam, roller rockers etc etc, all hooked up to a 3" exhaust. Gee did that sound nice! & it was such a great thing to drive, very very smooth & so much torque. It was a perfect setup, only wish I could have kept it but it was a sedan & I needed a ute, couldn't afford to rego or keep 2 cars. It didn't "hunt" so much on idle though, more suited to everyday driving, but still somewhat lumpy.

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