That's because they are made by Briggs and Stratton for Stihl. Pretty much just a Ferris with cosmetic changes.Those mowers look like Ferris twins--just look at the suspension systems.
It's due to all the negative facets of our current economy. Solutions? Demand goes way down (via recession/depression) and prices follow. Monetary deflation (the dollar gains value/buying power) would also lead to price reductions. A strong, multi-year (>5) recession/depression would likely cause a noticeable drop in prices.What's sad here is the market is flooded with mower manufacturers and they still get away with charging 15k plus.
Snapper is generally the lower priced unit, but not all are identical past looks.The Snapper versions of Ferris models have cheaper MSRPs.
OR, is it that the Ferris versions of the Snapper models are more expensive? lol
Chicken - egg ... IDK.
Stihl could make their stuff run better! That would be a novel approach. I got tired of tinkering and tried the 4 mix stuff, but then I had to adjust the valves. Kinda destroyed the point of 2 cycle. I run all ECHO now and it's all REAL 2 cycle stuff.What do they have to concentrate on?? Seems to me being an outdoor tool operation, this is the next logical step. People said the same thing you just did when they came out with pressure washers and battery powered mowers, battery powered handhelds, saws etc. It doesn't seem to me they're losing focus, rather the opposite. Entering a field with a proven design to gather more market share seems pretty smart. You have Stihl loyalists who will be buying these ZT's to have a complete Stihl setup...I don't see the downside here. For most companies' expansion is a very welcome thing. As for perfecting, what would that be?? No manufacturer has perfected their units to become the absolute epitome of greatness....or perfection as you note. On a personal note, I think it's pretty cool! Now if we could get a 2-stroke engine...you know, something along the lines of 3-cylinder Kawasaki H2 750cc, or a Mercury Racing 6-cylinder tower of power, you can even have the same sound as your chainsaw!! (That is joke and only a joke. Had this been an actual true thought you would not be reading this disclaimer. We now return you to your regularly scheduled reading)
Ok, now that all the snowflakes are happy, hope everyone has a great weekend!
Well shoot, heck yeah!! Let's go with those big 2-smokers!! Ring-ding-ding ding....
But prices rarely go down after recessions because corporate America is greedy AF.It's due to all the negative facets of our current economy. Solutions? Demand goes way down (via recession/depression) and prices follow. Monetary deflation (the dollar gains value/buying power) would also lead to price reductions. A strong, multi-year (>5) recession/depression would likely cause a noticeable drop in prices.
I haven’t. However, for the price difference, I went with the “Gravely 60” Zero Turn ZT HD MODEL; 26 hp Kawasaki engine. 1300 plus hours. Only changed fluids, replaced starter solenoid and anti-scalp wheels( all after about 1200 hours of use.) (I did adjust one valve)(just ticking some ) still was running fine. I use it to cut almost 5 acres (in 2.5-3hours). At any choice, I highly recommend the Kawasaki engine Over Briggs or Koehler . (Less fuel consumption also).Mine still doesn’t use or leak Any oil after 1300 hours plus.