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Ferris IS1500z or Toro Z440

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dsmill, Jul 17, 2005.

  1. dsmill

    dsmill LawnSite Member
    from NW Oh
    Messages: 2

    OK I’m getting ready to take the plunge to a zero-turn. Here’s my situation.
    Home owner with 2 acres. My old Craftsman just isn’t getting it done any more.
    I’m looking at either a Ferris IS 1500z 21hp & 48” deck, or a Toro Z440 with 19hp & 48” deck.

    The prices are about the same. They are both right at $5500.

    The Dealers:
    Toro - Claims he has the largest Toro/Wheelhorse showroom in the world. He’s built a great business and from what I hear has great service. He charges $40 to both pickup and deliver to my area. He sells only lawn and garden equipment.

    Ferris – This dealer is a Ferris Platinum dealer. They also are a farm implement dealer. He also has a great reputation with his farm customers. He only charges $26 to pickup and deliver.

    My lawn is flat but bumpy, so I’m leaning toward the Ferris. I’m planning on having both dealers drop off the units some Friday, so I can compare both on my yard and look at them side by side.

  2. Travis Followell

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

    We have a IS 3000 Ferris and its a great mower. The suspension really helps out on rough ground. I would take the IS 1500 over the Toro but thats just me. Both of them are good mowers and your doing the right thing by demo-ing each of them on your own property.
  3. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    5500 is right about dealer cost on that toro z 440 I got a good deal on mine compared to some guys and paid 5995. Are you sure its a 440 and not a z400?

    Price for the ferris looks decent from what I been quoted down here. Dealer just opened here and I test road a 52 inch 23 hp around his really bumpy parking lot and it was pretty plush. The deck on the toro is heavier built and from what I seen the cut is a bit better too.
  4. 026TB4U

    026TB4U LawnSite Member
    Messages: 113

    I have the Ferris 1500Z 21HP/48". I think it's a great machine. I never demoed Toro so let us know how the comparison goes.
  5. iluvscag

    iluvscag LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 743

    I would get the Ferris because of the A-arms. :)

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