Who has used both...Ferris walk and Scag walk

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mow Money Lawn Care, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. Mow Money Lawn Care

    Mow Money Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 764

    I have had Ferris since 2005 and I don't really have any issue with them. They last long (if you keep up on the maintenance) they cut great and they are relatively fast. I am considering buying a new mower within the next few months and I have had my eye on Scag. I will need a 61" walk behind mower. According to the specs, the Scag can go up to 7.4mph compared to the Ferris at 6mph. If it is faster and as durable (more durable I hear) it would be a no brainer for me. I would like feedback from people that have ran both the Ferris 61" comfort control DD and the Scag 61" Walk behind... new models only. I don't know if the comparison will be worth it for older models unless they haven't upgraded them much.
  2. evencut

    evencut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Never used a Ferris, though a salesman who also sells Ferris told me that the only issue with them is that on the suspension only lasts about 300 hours. I have used Scag zturns, stand ons and walk behinds. Love them. I'm thinking about buying some for my own biz. I think they are offering some pretty sweet deals thru March. I think that they all have their strengths and weaknesses, so it comes down to money. Also, a guy on this forum gave me great advice yesterday - it comes down to dealer support.
  3. Greyst1

    Greyst1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 900

    What do you mean the suspension only lasts 300 hours?
  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    I have been running scag walkbehinds since the mid 90's. They really are built like tanks plus the velocity deck speaks for itself. My oldest right now is a 2006 with over 3000 hours! I run 52's with velkes.
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  5. Mow Money Lawn Care

    Mow Money Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 764

    Thanks. I may just test one out when I am ready to decide. I will still have my Ferris and most likely always will. But if the Scag is more efficient I may add one to my fleet.
  6. showmestaterida

    showmestaterida LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 57

    I have had 1 older ferris 61 that I bought for backup a will ago. Sold it. Was awesome , the best thing I liked was the compact size ,short wheelbase and it was stout. Cut good for being an older mower. Looking to purchase a 60 walkbehind again. Leaning toward the ferris because of the shorter wheelbase and compact size, Also will be cutting some hills with it. I have a exmark turf tracer and it is alot longer than the ferris. Cant remember how much but I think around 1'. The snapper pros seem to be alot longer than the ferris.What is the price difference of the scagg and ferris ?
  7. Mow Money Lawn Care

    Mow Money Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 764

    I believe Scag runs a bit more expensive. I am not exactly worried about paying a bit more. No one is running both? I was hoping for some good comparisons like fuel economy, speed, stripes, operator fatigue, ease of use, ability to lift the front end when something like a rock mole track is in the way, tire size/traction, maintenance, how often something goes wrong with them, starting every time, I guess I can go on but if anyone can touch on any of these comparisons that are currently or have recently operated both the Scag hydro walk and Ferris hydro walk, I would greatly appreciate it.

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