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opinions on Ferris......

Jeepster

LawnSite Member
Location
syracuse ny
I have 1 1/2 acres.
Anyone have an opinion on Ferris mowers? My choices are between the new is500z 44" 25hp B&S ELS or is1500z 48" w/kawie 21hp.

Thank you for any replies.
Dan
 

craglawnmanor

LawnSite Member
Location
Nashville, TN
Well, between those two models, I would definitely go with the IS1500Z.
More rugged construction than the IS500Z, and I like the Kawasaki engine over the Briggs engine any day (although Briggs and Stratton owns Ferris). :)
 

ktb2006

LawnSite Member
Location
MKE, WI
I've got a 04 Ferris IS1000, 21hp kawasaki, commercial set up with a 48-in deck for my +1 acres and its been a great machine. If you run a vac system with a PTO off the deck, ther is some power loss but it is nominal. I have alot of flower beds and trees to cut around and some relief (drainage ditch along road) and the 48-in deck was the right choice for my lawn. I agree that the IS1500, 48 to 54in deck, with a Kawasaki 21hp would be the way to go.

Kevin-
 

ktb2006

LawnSite Member
Location
MKE, WI
I've got a 04 Ferris IS1000, 21hp Kawasaki, commercial set up with a 48-in deck for my +1 acres and its been a great machine. If you run a vac system with a PTO off the deck, there is some power loss but it is nominal. I have a lot of flower beds and trees to cut around and some relief (drainage ditch along road) and the 48-in deck was the right choice for my lawn. I agree that the IS1500, 48 to 54in deck, with a Kawasaki 21hp would be the way to go for your 1.5 acres.

Kevin-
 

Bueller

LawnSite Member
Location
New England
I have a 05 Ferris 1000 with 27/61" can't remember if it's a kaw or kohler. Thing has been great. It was the last year before the suspension upgrade, of which I hear great things. Don't really know much about the new Z. I have been looking at a walkbehing though
 

ACutAbovesiny

LawnSite Senior Member
I think the 500 is a residential machine and the 1500 is commercial.
 
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