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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by countryscaper, Sep 15, 2002.

  1. countryscaper

    countryscaper LawnSite Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 23

    Hey..Got some questions concerning mowers..Does anybody have a Encore?..Mid mount..outfront..what do You think of it?...and has anybody tried the Ferris IS?......and how do these mowers compare to Exmark..Looking for some insight to the good mowers...Thanks
  2. countryscaper

    Havent owned a ferris but we did own a encore ours was a piece of junk

    But that said maybe we got a bad one i dont know all i know is the one we got wasnt any good and cut like ****.
    It was a 36 inch walkbehind.

    Id stick with major brands like exmark toro dixie chopper scag and maybe ferris ive read good things about them on this sight and those guys who own ferris can advise you on them.
  3. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Before I bought my Exmark, I was calling dealers getting prices for 36" w/bs. I was looking at Toro at the time so I called a Toro dealer that sold Encore as well. The lady I was on the phone with told me she would rather see me with an Encore over Toro :confused: Don't understand that one. Anyway, stick with a name brand. Exmark, Toro, Scag, whatever you can get that has a good dealer nearby. A good dealer makes all the difference.
  4. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,732

    if you get an encore better invest in extra blades for running doubles. build quality isn't too hot.
  5. ScotLawn

    ScotLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 309

    Encore = Piece of JUNK. Blade speed is too slow for a good cut. Mower is too slow and not quality built. I have obtained all this from using one for just one week.

    Ask 65Hoss, He owns the mower i used and he has the same thoughts as I do.

    Ferris compaired to Exmark I don't know about. I run an Exmark 48" and love it. I ran a 36" Honda and a 52" bunton and the Exmark is HANDS DOWN much better.

  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    I'm not real fond of mine. The cut quality is NOWHERE near the quality of the eXmarks. Blade speed is pretty slow. All the little parts seem to break pretty easy. I've been thru a few sets of spindle bearings. No matter how much grease I've put in them they just don't last.

    The frame and deck are solid and well built. It makes a great bushhog. I tried recently to use it cutting grass again, but the cut compared to the eXmarks just was way to bad, so I put it back into daily retirement.
  7. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,068

    why not try putting a differnt size pully on the motor to make the blades spin faster . and see what that does
  8. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    With a bad spindle design that eats up bearing pretty fast, that the last thing I need. Speeding things up would make it even worse.

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