Ferris IS Does it work?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Gatewayuser, Jul 9, 2006.

  1. Gatewayuser

    Gatewayuser LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,765

    I might go demo a Ferris Is tomorrow I tried of destroying my back. Do they offer a GOOD striping kit for this mower yet? Are the mowers holding up well and does the suspension really work as well as they say? Thanks!
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Most comfortable mowers out there IMO. We just finished field testing the IS 2000Z for Turf Magazine's article/report. The independent suspension makes all the diference in the world. We have it on our 3000's and 4000 as well.
  3. 2 clowns mowing

    2 clowns mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    i own a ferris 1500 48" deck, this works great, helps with smooth ride i test drove a ferris 2000 this spring for a week it was real smooth. i tested the is5100 WOW! what a machine but too pricey for me. koenig john deere tractor sells the ferris mower they offer a 4 year warranty that covers the original warranty on the unit for a full 4 years. ferris is only two years. koenig extra coverage is around $1000.00 i'm thinking of buying the is2000
  4. TNT Lawncare

    TNT Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    I own a 1500 with a stripe kit. I like it. Mine 48" and I wish I had a bigger one. I have pics of what the stripe kit can do in the picture forum under June stripping contest.
  5. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,169

    we just demoed a IS2000 a few days ago. and IMO i dont know how other guys can even use rigid frame mowers. we demoed a Lesco and ive taken a Tank M60 through a parking lot and over a bumpy piece of grass. and i felt it big time in my back the next day. so needless to say when i purchase a Z it will be a Ferris. unless someone else comes out w/ a better suspension system.
  6. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,025

    How much extra is all the suspension stuff compared to a similar Bobcat or Exmark or what not?

    How well do all those extra moving parts hold up?
  7. sawman65

    sawman65 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 754

    i dont see any big price mark up on them. the 60" 27 hp exmark is about the same price in my town. i think it may be somewhat cheaper
  8. hossmp

    hossmp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    Hands down one of the best riding machines you will every demo. I suggest finding a dealer and giving one a try. I have the 3000 with a 26 kawi. I also have a Scag and an old Bobcat/Ransommes. I think they all have there strengths and weaknesses. I would highly suggest the Ferris if you have back issues. As for pricing its up to the dealers somewhat. In my area the pricing was competitive with all other major brands.
  9. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    ive been using a scag Z when working for another LCO this summer and man, i can really see how that suspension would be nice! i got used to the ride and how to move my body and such with bumps but those ridgid frames make for a bumpy ride!
  10. Howie's Lawn Care

    Howie's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    What's the other LCO you work for like? Is he a big company and are you learning alot from working for him? I wish I would have worked for someone else so I could have learned about the landscaping aspects of business. There's not enough time for me with my other 20hr weekend job and then school the other 4 months of the season. I'm going to try working part time next summer for an LCO that is located about a block away from my house. He has three dump truck, and a regular mowing crew. He has a tractor and two skid steers. Its a really good operation and he always has plenty of work. I've heard a few of his bids and he isn't cheap either. He knows what he's doing and is very close to being as big as the biggest LCO in town, and he just started mid last year. Anyways, I've talked with him a few times, so I think he would take me aboard if he needs the help. What is your employer paying you if you don't mind me asking? I'm not expecting to make much working for someone else. Thanks for any opinions on this subject.

    -Nick Howard

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