Ferris IS5000 big boy!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cgland, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Any of you Ferris guys have any experience with the IS500 w/ the 34hp Daihatsu motor? We are looking to purchase a 72" deck mower, but it must be liquid cooled. Any help would be appreciated.

  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Do you mean the IS5000, dunno of a 500 model?
  3. Apples

    Apples LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    I've used the IS5000 Cat diesel, very nice!
  4. Stinger

    Stinger LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    Demoed the IS5000Z diesel and it made my old promaster feel like riding on a board. Had a fluffy ride, you still felt the bumps but it didn't jar you to death. When cutting at an aggressive pace I hit holes without slowing down and the machine soaked it up without scalping.
  5. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Rodfather - You have never heard of the IS500 36" rider w/ a 34hp Daihatsu liquid cooled motor? It's awesome! :rolleyes:

    Of course I meant the IS5000! Come on! Read the title!

  6. Travis Followell

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

    That suspension is really sweet. I've used an IS-3000 and it had such a smooth ride. Why don't you get the Cat diesel?
  7. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    I run a IS4000 72" with a 31hp lc dihatsu. I has plenty of power and does a great job. However, it doesn't like wet grass.
  8. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    I really don't want the CAT for 2 reasons. A) Its a much heavier machine B) Diesel stations are few and far between and it becomes a PITA to have to make 2 stops or carry a bunch of extra cans around. Plus my dealer told me that the Dihatsu motors run very smooth and quiet, unlike the beefy CAT motor. :dizzy:


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