Ferris IS users--what model for estate work

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by callmechaz, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. callmechaz

    callmechaz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3


    Appreciate the info here that helped me choose Ferris IS for the estate I maintain. My employer gave me free rein to pick brand and model size for mowing his estate. He and I both appreciate fine equipment, and want to size it for a long life. Will be used as follows: five acres weekly of finished lawn; some areas a bit rough; twice yearly mowing of 1.5 rough acres between trees (mowed high just for weed control); ocassional light bagging if clippings not dry before parties, etc (aftermarket, non vac likely); pulling small eq trailer with weedy and push mower; ocassional mowing paths through tall weeds (not brush!).

    Lots of trees to mow around, but lots of room between them. About 50% straight unobstruted mowing. I figure deck of 52-61" has lots of working room. I'm looking at machines from 1500, 2000, 3000 series. Based on usage, and keeping it large enough (frame, motor, spindles) to go 10 years, what are your suggestions? Money is not the objective, but I don't want more machine than I need.

    Thanks in advance.

    COLLINSVILLE LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 35

    For mowing a single estate the 1500 is plenty of machine. But it only goes to a 52'' machine. If you want a 61'' the 2000 series is more than enough.. more than glad to help you size the right machine. pm us for more info thanks
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    anything up to the 3100 series you will be fine...we've had like 20 or so Ferris's during the past 13 years.
  4. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    3100 with 61 inch deck 32 hp briggs vangurd engine
  5. callmechaz

    callmechaz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Ok so of the three mowers, 1000, 2000, and 3000 series, I could pick the 1000, 2000, or 3000! Damn...I thought I could get y'all to pick one for me;)
    Seriously however, one tiebreaker is certainly if I want a 61" deck, I cannot use the 1000. The 61" deck would let me mow about 20% faster, which would save me about 24 minutes on a two hour mow. That would be important if I were mowing 15 lawns a week, but I only mow the estate so it's not a big factor. Equipment longevity is. Back to square one.

    So the question for me becomes this: will the 1500 be enough machine to take a bit of rough mowing now and then, comfortable enough over some rough landscaping; and give us 10 years of good service. Not sure what the bigger mowers offer that would help longevity, other than the heavier spindles and hydro drives. So, deck size aside, it almost seems like the 1500 and 2000 would be relatively the same for me (any thoughts), and I would have to jump to the 3000 for a more "heavy duty" machine.

    Again, your thoughts would be most appreciated. I gotta' pick one like soon.
  6. Budget

    Budget LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 368

    I have a IS 1500 52" 25 hp., so far i can't complain about it at all. You know what property you are cutting, go and see if you can get a 61" around. The flex discharge shute is very nice to get into tight spots. Make sure you can use the machine to get into tight spaces, make for less trim time on your feet.
    Good luck.
  7. TriplePLandscaping

    TriplePLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    i have a 1500 and have mowed some pretty tall grass 10+ inches, and no problems. but for your situation i def wouldnt go smaller than 52",
    heres a basic price breakdown for my area dealer

    1500z 52" 25hp~6500
    2000z 61" 25hp kaw or 27hp kohler~ 9-9500
    3100z 61" 26, 30 or 32hp -10500-11200

    personally i would go with the 2000z with 27hp, u always want to get a lil more than you need so that way you never regret your decision.
  8. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,210

    i have a non IS 1000z 27hp/61" deck, i cut a 5 acre lawn, takes a long time lol

    I would suggest a 61" deck at least, 72" if you think you can fit it without getting hung up around trees

    Id look at at least the is 2000 27hp model or the is3100 with the 30hp kohler/61" deck air cooled. thats a large property.
  9. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,210

    i thought my 61" would be way too much, its only on smaller lawns, like 1/4 acre or smaller, but its STILL small on anything acre and bigger lol.

    my dealer has a is4500 35hp briggs big block water cooled/61" deck for $10,900, the 3100z is in the range of low 9k range. the 2000z is under 9 in nj.
  10. Travis Followell

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

    I'd also recommend this machine. You would not regret getting it. More machine than you need it better than not enough. The 32 hp will help you to mow a little faster and be a big help when mowing the tall weeds you mention.

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