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Ferris IS2000 52" cutting problems?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by roberthathaway7, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. roberthathaway7

    roberthathaway7 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    Just picked up my first REAL mower, a Ferris IS2000. Love the ride and the handling, but the cut is giving me fits. Keep UN mind, I'm not in an area where people spend money on their lawn, so I'm mowing half crabgrass usually. Since I've had it, I haven't been satisfied with the cut. It seems to leave rooster tails between the blades, especially with crabgrass. I know crabgrass doesn't cut the best, but it's abnormally bad. The deck is level. I tried tilting forward a little and it didn't make a difference that I could tell, so I put it back . Any ideas? And what should the height difference be between front an back of blades if I do tilt it? I tried 1/8". Also, I put on some G5 gator blades, and haven't noticed a difference either way. I need some help with this, it's killing me that i dropped this much money to have a worse cut than my Bushhog zt
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  2. Frue

    Frue LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,472

    Take the stripe kit off.
  3. Southern grass

    Southern grass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    Not the first time I've heard a ferris cut complaint
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  4. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,529

    What year is it? ICD deck or OLD deck
  5. roberthathaway7

    roberthathaway7 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    It's a 2012 ICD deck. I like the striping kit idea, if i remember right there are breaks in the rubber flaps in those 2/3 areas, which could possibly play havoc with the suction behind the blade/after the cut. Especially in knotted old crabgrass
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  6. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,382

    The first thing I'd do would be to try about 1/2" rake on the deck (lower in front of course). It's likely that when you get on the mower (your weight being more on the rear wheels than the front) negates the 1/8" rake you set the deck at. First thing of course is to set all 4 of your tires at the proper inflation (I like 7-10 for a much softer ride) and then go from there.

    I even load my seat with different things to achieve my weight before setting the deck, but as I said you can just set it a little lower in front than what you want so that it will be right when you sit on it. This is a little overboard to some but I feel like if I'm going to take the time to set a deck I want it to be right.

    I can't say that this will make a difference but it's the first thing I'd try.
    Good luck, Stan
  7. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
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  8. scagman52

    scagman52 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 402

    If you bought it from a dealer take it back and let him adjust it then test it out on the spot. If you bought it from a private party then pay attention to the advise given on this site.
  9. Frue

    Frue LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,472

    I hahve owned three icd decks all have had issues with crab grass and course fescue. Take the stripe kit off an fella problem solved. Next issue will be a air vortex between first and second blade. That is why the rubber strip is there to cover it up.
  10. aroddy

    aroddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    Try lowering the back of the deck 1/4'' instead of the front. I've tried it with bahaia grass here in texas and it did the trick for the Ferris mowers I've sold

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