Ferris suspension -vs- Hustler add-ons

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HS Football Rules, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. HS Football Rules

    HS Football Rules LawnSite Member
    Messages: 151

    I'm stuck......I'm ready to write the check, and I've got paralysis by analysis.:dizzy: ...Ferris 1500 series 25/52 ($7200)..or..Mini Z 19/52 ($6200)
    By the time I add flex forks and susp. seat..price is a push....sooo..that leaves me with choosing either 6 more HP(Ferris) or the better warranty(Hustler). Am I missing any major pros or cons...or do I flip a coin.

    HELP !
  2. ojpent

    ojpent LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    I own the IS1500 21/48 it's a great mower and tuffer than any other one that I looked at, but the only thing is that the center of gravity is higher than most. If you have some really sloped lawns try to demo it before you write out the check!!! Other wise its a great ride and really has saved my back with the suspension.......
  3. jsaunders

    jsaunders LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,781

    Now I only have Ferris W/b's and Hustler w/b's- I will say the hustler warranty is alittle better YET I have had more problems with the hustlers in 2 years than I have with the ferris in 5 yrs.

    The biggest repair on the ferris were the spindles which had 7-900 hrs on the and one low pressure hydro hose(loose belt was rubbing against the hose)

    I have used the Ferris rides with suspension a while back it was a 3000zx- I made an offer on the machine but they weren't budging.
  4. HS Football Rules

    HS Football Rules LawnSite Member
    Messages: 151

    Thanks for the reply......I noticed the lower center of gravity on the Hustler....and I will be doing some moderate side hills..
  5. HS Football Rules

    HS Football Rules LawnSite Member
    Messages: 151

    thanks j.....Each has strong and weak points....and they're not real common down here yet....so feedback is scarce!! I like the ferris, but I'm leaning towards tricking out the Hustler.
  6. Husqman

    Husqman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    I have a mini z 52 inch with suspension seat and flex forks and a buddy has a ferris 48 inch with front and rear sus. The hustler imo rides much better. Now if you put sus. seat on the ferris it might make a huge difference with the four wheel sus. In my oppinion between the 2 I would go with the hustler the controls on the ferris wore me out they are real stiff plus the hustler is more user friendly to do maintance on.
  7. Liquidfast

    Liquidfast LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 739

    IMHO, you are comparing two HOME OWNER models. However high end, but home owners nevertheless.

    Now, if you want a REAL suspension, please do get the IS2000. The IS1500 is really NOT an independent suspension and the springs are rinky dink.

    If you absolutely go with the models you have chosen, go with the HUSTLER.
  8. Rob.C

    Rob.C LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    hustler all the way no comparsion, I have a 60" e.f.I super-z with most of the upgrades and it blows my buddies 3500 away and his 5000 away like nothing, IMO ferris cuts horrible in damp weather, horriblle on hills. I will say ferris has a good ride but thats it.
  9. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    Eh, are those your only choices?

    19hp on a 52" deck is underpowered in my opinion.

    From what I see around here, Ferris' cut quality leaves something to be desired. The walk-behinds seem to cut beautifully though.
  10. HS Football Rules

    HS Football Rules LawnSite Member
    Messages: 151

    I agree, 19hp on the Mini Z 52 seems low...and I seem to hear a recurring theme of bad cut quality on Ferris riders. I will be mowing 6 apt complexes, the 3 smaller ones are on flat ground, the other 3 are pretty hilly, so having the correct powerplant is important, quality of cut is secondary is this situation.... the HOMEOWNER MODEL comment concerns me....should I bump up to the 60" Z w/25hp Kawi...with seat and forks I'm looking at $7700.
    Don't know if I need all that mower....but it is a hoss, that's for sure.

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