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Ferris ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dad, Apr 29, 2006.

  1. dad

    dad LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I would like your opinions please. I have been with JD for years, but I don't like my 04 797. It has a poor cut quality at 3" or higher. I handle properties from small yards to our local school system. A 72" is required. My JD dealer is dragging his feet about getting me a new series II machine to try so I have been thinking about going to Ferris. Maybe a 3100 with a 72" and a 32hp. If you have used Ferris PLEASE tell me what you like or dislike about the machines.

    Thank you.
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Anyone will tell ya I am Ferris's biggest fan.

    I've purchased like 20 Ferris machines over the pat 13 years. They are extremely reliable machines and with the independent suspension, you can't beat it. Not too sure that the 3100 series you can get with a 72" deck (61") is what's available. I believe the 72" side or rear discharge is with the Cat engine, 5100 series, and the 4500 series can either be the Cat engine or 35 hp B&S with either a 61" or 72" deck.

    Right now we have 7 Ferris machines.
  3. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    I know you are new, but do a search. The Ferris has been discussed alot, lately. :usflag:
  4. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    The 72" deck is available on the 3100 series, but only with the 32hp Vanguard.
  5. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    I used to be a Ferris fan, however, after talking with the rep again last week, I'm no longer a fan.

    I had some serious issues with a mower 4 years ago, and the rep last week literally said that mower should have never been brought to the market. I had 2 of them.

    They never wanted to deal with my warranty issues.

    The rep last week was trying to tell me that their 3.99% after 12 months of no interest was better than Kubota's no interest for 3 years.

    My Ferris was a wonderful ride, which is the reason I was toying with the idea giving them another shot.

    Rep from Ferris, look at my location, and you said you've read this website. If you have, you can contact me again, and I'll give you a further opinion as to why I won't try your machine again, or ........ whatever I guess, maybe there ARE too many people on here that "complain too much".
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    See that, an old dog can be trained...I stand corrected. :)
  7. Travis Followell

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

    We have a IS 3000 with a 61" deck and we love it. The ride is great and it cuts very good too. I would definately recommend one.
  8. Dashunde

    Dashunde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 638

    Have you considered a Grasshopper?
    Years ago I worked for a guy who ran Grasshoppers and we did large parks and rec areas for a local city - they were excellent.
  9. E.L.I.T.E.LawnCare

    E.L.I.T.E.LawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    I have the IS 3000z and there is not another company that can touch this unit. I've demo the john deere, exmark & toro's biggger than 44" cut like sh*t to me. once you ride w/ the suspension you can't cut w/o it.
  10. ProScapePM

    ProScapePM LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1

    i just purchased a hyrdowalk ferris mower USED for 2050 *walk behind model ddskav15. THIS MESSAGE IS FOR DAD! does ferris make a mulch kit, or is there a universal mulch kit i can get for my ferris, because i have alot of problems with too much eccess clippings going all over the yard

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