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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dhunterd08, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. dhunterd08

    dhunterd08 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    hey everyone. I cut about 23-27 smaller residential yards consistently this year with a 36 inch gravely(amazing) and a 26inch snapper. As much as I love my gravely i think its time to move up, as i want to bumpt that up to 30-35 next summer. I was looking at this 61 inch Ferris? I am not very familiar with Ferris, but from what i have heard it is a good machine. I found a 52inch gravely hydro for 3000 that i should have bought, but i haven't been able to touch that since then. If the link does not work its just a 61 inch Ferris Hydro walk behind with 420 hours for 3500. I think i bought my gravely from this guy and he takes excellent care of his equipment. Let me know what yal think. Thanks for the help
  2. dhunterd08

    dhunterd08 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 314

  3. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    I just bought a Ferris WB 61", 23hp kawi. It is a huge mower and very powerful. It does take some getting used to though. Mainly the drive system, unlike other WBs, on the ferris, you move the hydro stick forward while it is in motion, it took me forever to get used to this! And the whining from the hydros is common, so nothing is wrong, thats just the way they are? Sometimes if you get it on a steep hill, it will kinda stop and seem to lack the power to climb it, but when it does this, you just push down on the controls, and this gives it a boost of power. I had to learn this from a friend that had one. Other than those little quirks, its a great machine, and cuts great! Takes alot to bog one down too! Just remember to grease the deck spindles every day! For that price its well worth it.
  4. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    I just looked at the ad, that is the newer model,and does not have the same drive system as mine. For that price for a newer one, I would jump on that! They wanted close to $7500 around here for that model, but I bought the 2008 for $5500.
  5. dhunterd08

    dhunterd08 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    Thank You very much for the advice. Do you know what kind of drive system that one has? Do you think it is too big for residential stuff? I do mow on a lot of hills. Do you think that will be a problem?
  6. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I bought a 60" dixie chopper earlier this season and do mostly residentials around 1/3 acre sized lawns. I will say that it was a little big for what I was doing. I will be switching to 54" and 48" mowers for next year. But the 60" could be used on all my properties, but was just too big for what I would have liked.

    If I were you, I would look into getting a 48"-54" mower instead.
  7. TomberLawn

    TomberLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,299

    That's a nice mower and a good price. I've got the 52" version and love it. Great cut quality and easy handling.
  8. DT Lawn Care

    DT Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    Wow only 420 hours on the elec PTO? Early failure there... It looks like a beauty, you shouldn't have many problems with it. As for the price that's your decision, you decide whether a $3500 machine can be justified by your profits. Good Luck
  9. Alpha Property

    Alpha Property LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 409

    i would really think about the hole 60inch thing.... around here i would only be able to get a 60 on front yards and corner houses, and it would be very over sized for front yards. i find with my 48inch its even a little tight getting it around, have a good look at the houses you do and the areas you would like to expand into and see if you think you would be able to use the 60 on enough of them to justify buying something that big
  10. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    They are big WBs, but I use mine on smaller residentials as well with no problems. I think they addressed the drive system issue on the newer ones. Plus it has the easy deck height adjustment knob, mine has the regular 4 corner pins, and a 61" deck gets heavy to lift sometimes!

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