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ferris or toro walk behind?


LawnSite Senior Member
I'm been mowing for quite a few years with a 21" honda, but I want something larger to save time and get larger accounts. I've been looking at a Toro 37" and a Ferris 36". I used a 36" Toro with a fixed deck and had problems with scalping on bumpy lawns and on small hills. I had to go slow on small bumps or it would scalp. Was I doing something wrong or do all fixed deck mowers do this? The Toro I am looking at has a floating deck. I can get the Ferris with a hydrostat cheaper than the Toro with gear drive. Which is a better machine for the money and will I always have problems with scalping on bumpy lawns? Any response would be greatly appreciated.


LawnSite Member
Scott: I have been using a 36" Ferris for five years now. Exceptional reliability and very easy to use. I have had no problems with it at all and usually starts first pull. Cut down on my cutting time by one half. A little more money but a lot more value.


LawnSite Senior Member
Scott, as far as walk behinds go I use Toro. I have had 12.5 kawi with 52 " deck(sold after 5 years) and now have 2 44" 14 and 15hp and a 37"14hp. They are reliable and easy to operate and maitain.


LawnSite Fanatic
N.E. Wisconsin
It only matters to you. Have the dealer set you up with a demo unit for a day. Take into account warranty and service its worth plenty. You make the call - your the one cutting with it. BTW I love my Toro 15hp 44" hydro.Good Luck.