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Ferris Anyone????????????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by John Gamba, Oct 9, 2004.

  1. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Hows this for 05???

    Is4500Z Will feature front wheel IS Independent suspension (With rear wheel Active Performance Suspension). Model Options Are 61" deck With your choice Of a 27 CAT Diesel Or a 35HP Briggs Air cooled engine. also the mower has a new style look to it to.

    I think its time to look at the NEW Ferris with the 35HP Briggs and a suspension system you will cut faster and be more comfortable doing it.
  2. Travis Followell

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

    Definately sounds like its worth looking into if the price is right and you have a lot of mowing to do. I am going to demo one with a 27 hp kohler and 61" deck with 4 wheel suspension in March or April of next year and am also going to demo a JD 777 with a 60" 7 Iron deck. I will probibly be buying one of the two.
  3. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    If you can demo the Ferris First. Please let us know how they did.
  4. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    How can I do a field test for the ferris company and let them know my thought on their mower? I have a 4000IS with a 31hp dihatsu and I love it. I do need to replaced my old procut z with a new 61". I wish I could put one through a season and give my thoughts.
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Find out who Ferris's Distributor is in your state. I forget their name, but I believe they are somewhere in the Chicago area. And they are either the largest or the 2nd largest distributor for Ferris that I know. Your Ferris dealer can give you their name.

    As more demoing equipment, I was fortunate enough to demo the 32" WB prototype and the IS5000 ZTR a couple of years ago before they came out on the market. My company mows for the Ferris distributor here in NJ for the Northeast and I am also fortunate to be high school friends with the president.

    Like they say, it's who ya know, not what ya know...good luck too btw.
  6. eclawn

    eclawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Thats not it for ferris, they are also adding a 500z.That is realy neet with rear suspesion and pivoting front axle available in 19/42, 21/48, and25/52 all kawasaki engines w/remote air filters,at realy good prices. but the 4500 is awsome, I drove one it is super smooth,deck lifts easier and has neet adjuster. what also impressed me was there new spindles, cast iron housing w/ 10.5'' base, timken rollerbearings and greasable.also to correct John the 35hp briggs will be liq. cooled
  7. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    I just found out about the liquid cooled :dizzy: But i'm sure interested in the four wheel IS on the new 52/23 500 :cool2:. I'm going to see when i can demo one Monday.
  8. eclawn

    eclawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    John most likely wont be available until april, unless your dealer was having his rep. bring one by to show him.You can see picture of it on Ferris web. site,under new products.also your dealer should be getting a few peices of lit. that shows the new unit and improvments on the 3000z.
  9. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405


    I haven't read many of your posts in awhile...are you through with exmark products? What ever happenned with all of that?
  10. ScCo

    ScCo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    I have a limited amount of time on an IS5000z.

    We have a great dealer for ferris here in my area, and he is constantly asking if he can bring machines out for me to demo. He really wants our business and is very confident in the ferris machines. I also like the fact that if you buy a ferris from him you are never without a machine when you have a breakdown or even just routine maintenance do (if you don't maintenance machines yourself).

    Anyhow, the 5000 impressed me a lot with how smoothly it ran through tall, thick growth. The deck left a pretty nice finished cut after one pass, even in our nice transition zone, thick, tough, hard to cut stuff that takes many mowers double cutting to get a decent end result.

    The ride is quite nice. My Super Z has a suspension seat which helps a lot, but it is nothing compared to the full IS of the Ferris. The suspension on the ferris also allows the deck to maintain a more level cutting plane at higher speeds across rougher terrain as the deck isn't getting bounced around like it does on a rigid frame machine. It is almost crazy how much faster I was able to cut on some of my properties simply because the machine didn't bounce around and have the deck slamming up and down like it would if you cut at such a speed with a rigid framed machine.

    I am glad to see above where someone said the deck lifts easier, as lifting the deck on the 5000 that I demo'd was indeed a chore. That of course isn't a big deal, but just something that would be a good improvement to the machine.

    The only other thing on the machine I didn't care for was how dampened the levers were. That's just one of those things though. Some people like it, some don't.

    Fact is that the ferris products and dealer here locally have my attention. I will definitely be looking at them for my future purposes, primarily because of the dealer's reputation for breaking his back to help any of his customer's who need it, and also because I have been impressed with the machines. He quoted me $7900 for a 27hp Kohler, 61" deck, IS3000zx which seems like a really good price to me. The IS5000z he quoted at $13,300 which is a good deal too. I'd be curious to see where the new machines fall into the lineup.

    Hopefully there's something in the above ramblings that is a bit useful to you,


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