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opinions on Ferris......

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jeepster, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. Jeepster

    Jeepster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    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
     
  2. craglawnmanor

    craglawnmanor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    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). :)
     
  3. ktb2006

    ktb2006 LawnSite Member
    from MKE, WI
    Messages: 4

    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-
     
  4. ktb2006

    ktb2006 LawnSite Member
    from MKE, WI
    Messages: 4

    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-
     
  5. ktb2006

    ktb2006 LawnSite Member
    from MKE, WI
    Messages: 4

    Sorry about the double-post. Should have spell checked first.

    Kevin-
     
  6. Bueller

    Bueller LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    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
     
  7. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 590

    I think the 500 is a residential machine and the 1500 is commercial.
     
  8. Jeepster

    Jeepster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    anyone else?
     
  9. Jeepster

    Jeepster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Must be that this is still a first year model and no one has any seat time on this unit?
     
  10. landscape guy

    landscape guy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    Ferris make a tough machine even though their owned by Briggs,i have a 36" walk behind and a 1000z and they are time savers and really dependable.:canadaflag: :usflag: :drinkup:
     

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