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Ferris Zero turn mower problem

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Pepler's Lawncare, Feb 4, 2007.

  1. Pepler's Lawncare

    Pepler's Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    hey was wondering if anyone out there has had any problems with ferris zero turn mowers. I bought one two seasons ago and had to replace both hydro pumps and wheel motors with only 500hrs on machine. Now at the end of this mowing season mower is starting to have the same problem . Can anyone help me? thank you.
  2. beano

    beano LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    I have a 1500 IS and it will be two years old next month. I had a wheel motor go out on it this past summer and it was covered under warrenty but if it wasnt it would have been a $1500 job. I had about 220 hours on it when it happened.
  3. 2 clowns mowing

    2 clowns mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    my 1500 has had both pumps and wheel motors replace when it goes out of warranty i'm selling it
  4. Pepler's Lawncare

    Pepler's Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    how many hours on your mower? Ive had nothing but problems with it since day one....they had good financeing when i first started so thats what made my decision...now its a toss up between a bobcat or a scag
  5. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,575

    You are the 5th person I haver heard say this about Ferri hydro pumps. I'm guessing it is a design flaw or they got a bad batch of pumps. I'd scream long and loud to my dealer.
  6. DixieFerris

    DixieFerris LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 440

    Our dealer said it's only been a problem on the 1500's, and yes it was a design issue in most cases
  7. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    Not sure if this is relevant or not...might be worth taking a look into...

    We had a hydro pump go on one of our scags. Brought it back to dealer had it fixed. Not 2-3 weeks later we could tell the pump was starting to go again...was kinda slowing down. Took it back to the dealer...replaced pump a second time. Again, few weeks later starting to have problems. Got fed up with that dealer took it to another one that was recommended by another LCO.

    They took the pump apart and found out the problem was the pump but it was going to be useless unless the system was being completely flushed. He showed me all the metal pieces in the fluid.

    Perhaps this is your problem?? I know long shot but might be worth a look as to WHY its failing.
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Blame the tranny manufacturer, not Ferris.
  9. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    Can we blame Ferris now? lol just pullin your chain Rod.
  10. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Guess you could blame their design engineers...maybe their Purchasing Department too :laugh:

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