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  1. #21
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    Default Re: What Zero Turn?

    Ferris IMO is the best, but costs a lot more.

    I bought a Snapper Pro, in my case a huge walk behind. Ferris and Snapper are both owned by Briggs and are very similar machines made in the same factory. Ferris is by far the nicer machine, but the decks, motors and many other parts are basically the same between the 2 products. Yet the Snapper Pro series can be thousands less.

    If I mowed for a living it would be Ferris, but just for the 2 lawns I do, Snapper is great for me.

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    Default Re: What Zero Turn?

    I would look at what dealers are in your area and go test drive some mowers. When we purchased our z-turn in 2006 we were leaning towards cub cadet, but after test driving lots of mower we determined that the Gravely was the nicest for our needs. I needed a solid front axle because I mow the creek banks by hanging the front wheel over the edge.
    I would look at the following:
    Bad Boy
    Cub Cadet
    Exmark
    Ferris
    Gravely
    Grass hopper
    Hustler
    Husquavarne
    kubota
    Snapper
    Toro

  3. #23
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    Default Re: What Zero Turn?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sportsman762 View Post
    I needed a solid front axle because I mow the creek banks by hanging the front wheel over the edge.
    Sportsman I am having a hard time visualizing hanging the front wheel over the edge to cut a creek bank - are you saying you run one wheel in the air with the mower at an angle to the creek?
    Kubota B21TLB, Ferris IS2000, Cub Cadet 1811

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    Default Re: What Zero Turn?

    Hustler Makes a good Zero turn. I have a 48in Fastrak. Grasshoppers are excellent but expensive. I also have a deere 54in and thats good but the others are better. I used to have a toro and was also good, but some parts don't last long like belts etc. scag is an excellent machine along with exmark. I don't know enough about the ferris to say but they do look pretty good. But I would say scag is a very good option
    2008 Kubota L3240: LA724 loader, Kubota 72in bucket, Frontier 72in york rake, Bradco 42in Pallet Forks, 58in landpride tiller
    1952 Farmall M (project)
    2013 Deere Z655 54in
    2007 Kawasaki Mule 610

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    2008 Toro z4220 42in
    2008 Deere 2320 with 200cx loader, bucket, artillian 42in pallet forks, frontier york rake (kept it), 54d mowing deck, ballast box, 46 backhoe, with brotek thumb, drawbar

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    Default Re: What Zero Turn?

    Quote Originally Posted by Carl_NH View Post
    Sportsman I am having a hard time visualizing hanging the front wheel over the edge to cut a creek bank - are you saying you run one wheel in the air with the mower at an angle to the creek?
    I pull up the the creek at a 45 degree angle and hang a wheel over the creek. This lets me put the deck over the creek so I do not have to string trim it. The one wheel does end up in the air.

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    Veteran Member Carl_NH's Avatar
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    Default Re: What Zero Turn?

    OK - I understand now - thanks - many of the ZTR have the center pivot point on the front and my Ferris has the independent suspension on the front and that would not work with these machines but I see some Gravely have solid/fixed wheels on the front so that would work. Just have to watch out for undercut creek banks I suppose or you could get wet!
    Kubota B21TLB, Ferris IS2000, Cub Cadet 1811

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    Default Re: What Zero Turn?

    IMO after dealing with my two year old Scag Tiger Cat 52" gasoline repairs I can not recommend Scag mowers.
    My mower has been on the shop for one repair or another for most of the last 8 months. Its back in the shop waiting on a starter now. Been 3 weeks.
    See my posts on the mower. Scag does not support their mowers where I live in Texas. If they did I would have a mower today.

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    Default Re: What Zero Turn?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve18643 View Post
    Thank you for the reply. I would like to stay around $6K. Used is fine. I have read a few threads about Craigs list and ebay. What ZTM do you like for us?

    Thanks,

    Steve 18643
    Ferris ZTR would be my choice in that price range.
    Kioti DK40se hst cab with KL401 loader,Kubota RTV 900,John deere X740,Kioti 73 inch tiller.Ingersoll 4020 3pt,troy bilt tiller,Billy goat brush cutter.

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    Default Re: What Zero Turn?

    I like my IS700Z Ferris with the Kawasaki engine. I mow about 6 acres with at least 100 trees and shrubs to mow around and I can do it in 2.5 hours without pushing it hard. My outer yard is really rough and even with the spring suspension, I have to slow down from the 9.8 MPH max speed to be comfortable and not have the front wheels coming off the ground from a pot hole. I keep saying I am going to mark those rascals and fill them in but can never find them after I finish mowing. The tank from empty (when I bought it) to full holds 4 gallons and I will have 1/4-3/8th of a tank of fuel when I finish mowing. I think it does very well on miserly fuel consumption. It is a carburetor engine rather than fuel injected but it starts very easily and even with the 23 HP rating it has plenty of power for the 52" cut. Only in wet grass over 6" high with the mower set at 2" does it stall a bit so I have to slow down. I have never stalled it in dry grass and it will fling the clippings at least 10 feet from the mower.
    2010 LS P-7010C 20F/20R gear tractor & FEL, 2009 Kubota B 26 TLB, RTV 900 Kubota,17 foot Lund boat with 70HP motor, 2012-20 ft 12k GVW trailer, 2011- 52" Craftsman ZTR mower, 2013 Ferris Zero Turn, 3 weed whackers, pressure washer, leaf blowers, 7 foot bush hog, 8 foot landscape rake , 8 foot 3 PH disc, 2 row cultivator, 350 amp Miller AC/DC welding machine and all the tools needed to keep them all repaired and running.

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    Default Re: What Zero Turn?

    I purchased the Ferris IS2000 about 18 months ago purely for the suspension all round. I have about 105 hours on the machine so far. Only cut my property, about 40 acres of reasonable paddock but quite hilly. It has worked out very well for speed. Quite often find myself flat out just feathering one stick or the other for contours. Plenty of power in the 30hp petrol Briggs. It uses about 5.5lts unleaded per hour running time. Each tank is a bit over 20lts, so about 7 hours between fills. I'm usually knackered by then anyway.

    Gives a very good finish with sharp blades and the blades stand up well to small tree branches, gravel strikes, occasional rocks.

    I had to remove the ROPS bar that is behind the drivers head after the second time I hooked an overhead tree branch and lifted the front wheels way up in the air. Quite a surprise. The machine would also wheelstand accelerating up hill with the ROPS on. Yeh I know, slow down idiot.

    I have followed the recommended service regime and have had nil problems other than a flat battery last weekend as I had not used the mower for some months.

    The area I am covering is probably not appropriate for the Ferris, particularly the open sections. I am researching 3mtr flail mulchers at present as a more comfortable alternative. Gotta love an airconditioned cabin with radio.

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