Ferris IS1000 questions?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AuburnGuy, Aug 27, 2004.

  1. AuburnGuy

    AuburnGuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    I have the 21/48 ferris. I have some questions

    1. I was looking into their triple bag fast-vac. Is it easy to take on and off? does it work well? I have an accelerator right now, but sometimes it will only fill a little over half full if the grass is the slightes bit damp. I am also covered in grass everytime i use it. Will it be less dusty?

    2. I don't stripe grass, but i have thought about putting a roller on the back of the deck to keep it from scalping(especially when backing up. it may even make a smoother cut.

    Has anyone used the mulch kit they make? How well does this mower mulch? Side discharging makes a huge mess sometimes and i fell like i spend a lot more time trying to blow it all off.

    Thanks larry
  2. cward

    cward LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    Maybe Playboy will see this, he has a Ferris. If noone replies, try sending him a PM.
  3. Tider6972

    Tider6972 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 649

    cward, educate me about your mowers, please !

    I have 'about' decided to buy a PM34Z as a small/gate mower, instead of a 32" WB, to compliment a 60. I don't want to have a 21 or a walk behind at all! I know the PM34Z has hill and slope limitations.

    When do you find that you use your 32"WB and when do you use the 34Z? Could you do without your 32", or do have hills that require you to keep it? ...or other reasons?

    Thanks for any info you can offer ! I have been looking for someone with these two mowers so that I can get real world advise !

  4. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,278

    Good choice on the PM34Z. WE got 1 a month ago. Great mower and built like a tank. We also have a 48"lazer and a 36" walk behind. You pretty much have to have a walk behind if you have any hills. ZTR's and hills dont go well together. Out of our 70 lawns we have 3 with hills that we have to use the WB but other than that only the 34Z and 48" lazer leave the trailor.
  5. cward

    cward LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    In all honesty, I use my 21" Exmark more than I do my 32" W.B. I use my 32" on yards that are very hilly or landscaped that the 34Z has trouble negotiating. But all in all, the 32" sits 98% of the time. I primarily mow residential yards and only have one gate the 34Z won't go through. (I know this sounds bad, but I take the chute off for that one.) If you are going to buy one or the other, go with the 34Z. If you get the 34Z let me know how you like it. I love mine and plan on keeping it for a long time.
  6. cward

    cward LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    Pro Street,
    What kind of blades are you running on your 34Z? At first, I had a huge mess with the discharge and the size of the grass coming out. Gators, raptors and the gravely hi-lift didn't help with the discharge problem. I was having to mow and then hit it a second time to clean it up. On a limb, I put a set of Dixie Chopper X-blades with gators on and magically, problem resolved. I don't like running double blades, but for now, the yards look good.
  7. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,278

    I just run the blades that came on it. They dont look like high lift. I have no problem with discharge on mine. Dunno what the problem is with you.
  8. AuburnGuy

    AuburnGuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    Bumping this back up. It kind of got off the original question.
  9. grasssin

    grasssin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    Auburn Guy

    How is the Ferris doing? Business picking up since you got it?

    One more week until La Monroe!!

    War Eagle!!
  10. CJ GreenScapes

    CJ GreenScapes LawnSite Member
    from AL
    Messages: 249

    Auburn Guy and Grassin,

    War Damn Eagle!

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