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Tell me about a FERRIS Mower

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08-11-16, 02:42 PM   #1  
Tell me about a FERRIS Mower

I hve a Kubota Diesel with 700 hrs on it.. Last month I put a started, replaced the manifold which broke. Been having cut problems wore the middle washers on the spindle down to it would not cut. I'm about ready for a new mower.

I have been looking at a IS3200 Ferris. The cut and ride is suppose to be so great.
It has a 37hp Vanguard. It has a 4 year warranty for everything excepts belts.
They give you 400 hrs a year for 4 years.
Price on this mower is $10,999.00

Now all that seems pretty STRONG.. I have never heard about a Ferris no dealer in my town.

If you will, tell me the PRO AND CONS about a Ferris


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08-11-16, 03:33 PM   #2  
Ferris will be my next mower.
I own a Massey Furgason 2900 which if you look at the mowers side by side it looks just like a Ferris.
Only difference I can see is the suspention on the Ferris.
Heavy welded, not stamped metal deck, there is no bending it when you run into something.
Only issue I've had is about every 100 hours the belt breaks so I carry a spare belt with me.
Simple enough to change using my 3' long 1/2" ratchet.
Took one for a test drive, far faster mowing because you do not have to keep slowing down when it gets bumpy.

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08-11-16, 03:40 PM   #3  
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08-11-16, 03:42 PM   #4  
I don't know anything about them, never seen one. Looks like they are owned by Briggs so not likely much engine options, and in that HP range, Diesel or Kawasaki are usually the preferred engines.
The older Horizontal shaft Vangaurds always seemed to be good engines, but the newer Vertical shaft....don't seem to have the same rep.

This one IS3200Z is powered by a 35 HP Kawasaki, and the IS5100Z has a Cat diesel.

For that kind of money I would like to get you on a Grasshopper
But would be a long delivery or pickup from WV.

Just needs a bigger hammer

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08-11-16, 05:47 PM   #5  
For that money I would look at Exmark's. They are pretty much what all the commercial mowing crews use.

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08-11-16, 07:19 PM   #6  
I don't see many Ferris mowers in my area but the ones I do see are still going strong and in good shape and their owners are very happy with them. I think all the ones I've looked at have kawasakis on them except for the really old one I used to work on. It had 3 wheels and a kohler magnum on it.

What kubota do you have" I have a gf1800 that is hard to beat! I think I'm going to sell it though because I don't have to mow as much property these days as I used to.

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08-11-16, 09:03 PM   #7  
I have a ZD326 I don't I'm just having trouble,, The dealer pizzed me off,, it would not start he first thought started. Then a guy there looked at it and said. You safety switch some where is gone bad. He just rewired it direct by pass them.. Then find out it was started, they ordered one but not for diesel.. I ended up getting one for $69 put it on and its fine.. Now sometimes I turn the key off and it will NOT cut off. open hood and move lever forward to kill.. Im just not happy with it or them.

Now on this Ferris them Man tells me complete 4 year warranty on every thing.. This is if you have 400 hrs a year. Then Im looking on Ebay dealers and prices and I see this WARRENTY LISTED on this same Mower..


Engine 2-Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty

Balance of Machine 4-Year Limited Warranty (48 months) or 500 hours, whichever occurs first. Unlimited hours during the first 2 years (24 months). Coil-over-shocks and all suspension related components are covered for 4 years (48 months) unlimited hours. Belts, Tires, Brake Pads, Battery, Blades: 90 days See Dealer for Warranty Details.*

It says 2 year ENGINE and 48mos or 500hrs.. then end of it says 48 mos unlimited.. who has a warrenty of belts, Tires Pads?? Something just seems not right from somebody????

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08-12-16, 05:20 AM   #8  
What you see the pros use in your area really depends on what's available locally.
No real pro is going to buy a machine they can not get local service on.
Not a thing wrong Grass Hopper, Exmark, Bad Boy, Ect. I just never see them around here.
It's all John Deere, Dixie Chopper, Massey, and Kubota just because it's the only thing our two local dealers carry.
Nice to be able to pull in and within a few min. someone's working on it so you can get back to work.

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08-12-16, 06:57 AM   #9  
Pros like Exmark because they're available everywhere, cost on the cheap end of the commercial-mower scale and use mostly common parts. I'll bet many would PREFER to use a Ferris. Like I would PREFER to drive a Lexus, though a Ford will get the job done

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