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Grasshopper or Ferris?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by robertyb, Mar 4, 2004.

  1. robertyb

    robertyb LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Messages: 105

    I just got back from a dealer, I demoed a 220/52 (20 hp Kohler) midmount grasshopper and he offered it to me for $5,995.00 then he told me he had a Ferris 1000 IS model 23 Kaw/ 52 cut midmount mower he would let me have for same price. Both drove well and both have full two year warranty, I liked the seat on the Grasshopper best but the Ferris is a lot faster and has larger motor and he says better pumps on it.

    If you had to choose which you you buy?
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Go with the Ferris IMO...more hp and a nicer ride too with the IS. BTW, I have owned like 15 or so Ferris machines during the past 9 years. Anyone on LS that knows me knows I'm their biggest fan. Feel free to send me a pm or email me at rspronck@aol.com if you have any questions relating to Ferris machines.
  3. Dave655

    Dave655 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    Ferris all the way!!! I don't have one, but I know a couple of guys who do and they are in love with them!!
  4. robertyb

    robertyb LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Messages: 105

    Is the price right on this machine at $5995.00?

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Good price on the grasshopper, i love mine would buy another 1.
  6. robertyb

    robertyb LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Messages: 105

    I also meant to ask, does the IS1000Z hold slopes OK?
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Better than most cause of the Independent Suspension system.
  8. flyboy

    flyboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    Don't buy either of them! GET A HUSTLER SUPER Z AND BE DONE WITH IT!
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Oh, that really helps him a whole lot. What does he do if he doesn't have a Hustler dealer near by? Hmmm...5 posts so far? Someone has a lot to learn btw since our profile says we have been in business 1 year...
  10. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,719

    I have looked at both. I feel the Grasshopper is a sturdier designed machine with less to go wrong. Of course, this is just my opinion. The Ferris seems to be a lighter duty machine than it's bigger brothers. The Grasshopper shares almost of it's design with the bigger Grasshopper machines, which really makes it overbuilt. I own two Grasshopper midmounts, and they are very good machines.

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