Thanks, I hope to demo some later this week. The dealer I have bought all of my previous equipment from sells ferris and dixie chopper. Right now I am leaning toward a ferris, but I hear alot of good things toro, so I'll let you know. Thanks
If ride quality is important while all are good-ish, comparing spring suspension machine to a suspension seat machine, the best ride I found from my comparison was the suspension seat gave a better ride, now if the ferris came with a suspension seat AND the springs, now that would be one awsome mower!
the springs while great and all, but just don't take as much rough out of the ride as a good suspension seat imo.
Ferris IS 3000 cuts well, overall a good rig, only drawback is if you mulch and require a dedicated bolt in mulch kit, they don't make one to my limited knowledge. Run meg-mo's on one and plug the shute, may solve that problem some?
A 60 in gets my vote.
Not to big for most residentual lawns and not near as bad about scalping as the larger mowers.
It will probably become your primary mower so why not get the most productive.
As far as which brand goes I would just make sure you have good dealer support.
Ferris is super mower but last time I looked at them they did not have a good mulching kit, yazoo/keys will out mulch them. But the IS is good on them. Another thing to look at for a first ZTR is mid-mount or front mount. If you are use to running WB's with the deck out front you may want to look at a front mounted deck mower, but they will be higher in price than a mid-mount. Grasshopper makes the best front mount that I have seen. Front mounts may be a bit slower than a mid-mount but they give a better cut and you will have to do less trimming with them. I think a 52" or 60" deck is a good six deck, not too large or too small. But I guess you only asked what size.