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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-18-2015, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone using Ferris suspension Z turn mowers? Test drove one yesterday, rode like a Cadillac, but not sure the build is rigid enough to handle the joys of foreclosures for years to come.
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Had a couple a few years back. Did everything we asked them to do. Definitely a commercial grade mower.
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I thought the same thing, as they are smooth, these properties aren't exactly "manicured".... what threw me off was the aluminum spindles. Ended up buying a scag cheetah instead, also has some sort of suspension system better than just a seat
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I wish I had the joy of demoing units. All we have is JD here, well this was his birthplace. But I couldn't pass up the deals from JD. I bought a 930m with no down payment, 3 years no interest and deferred payments still January 16. Got to love that.

Obviously this work is extra hard on equipment and I don't baby my equipment. The JD mower has seemed to loose power half way through the season. I definitely have cut some tall and thick grass at 5.5" with the mod- mulch on demand -closed. This has put strain on the engine, but allowed me to not leave clippings and turn a decent profit on my work. So I guess I'm going to trade it in for the Mac daddy 970r I believe it is. Again I wish I had more options here in by because I would love to test other mowers out.
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Shouldn't be losing power just from working it a little. I'm the same way, I run my stuff 100 mph and I expect it to perform. If it doesn't it's gone. What kind of engine is failing? Sure it doesn't just need a valve adjustment? I switched to 31 hp Kaw and have not made one adjustment in 2 1/2 years. 60" finish cut at 15 mph. The replacement engine was only about $1600...well worth it.
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Next time I buy new mower I`m going to try them. test drove 3200 with big block vanguard on it loved it. After talking to sales men I could have paid the same this mower as I did for my JD 930`s. I bought three new JD 930 in 2014. They are great on tall grass (bush hogs), but there ride like a log wagon. I got the suspension seat for what good it did. This last summer one of them start consuming oil, about 1/4 a quart a day. I took it to dealer and left it with for warranty work. They did a leak test and found it was consuming , but JD warranty fix was for me to use a heavier weight oil. I talk dealer mechanic he said he though it was leak threw the valves. To say I`m a little pissed is putting it light. I gave $9000 for each mower, told dealer if they didn`t repair the problem the next time I get new mower`s it would be JD. they said they understand, JD warranty wanting use heavier weight oil and just monitor it. Well I sell my mower s and buy new ever four years and I`m going to try Ferris next go around.
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Grasshopper Diesel all the way....
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Grasshopper Diesel all the way....
now that`s pretty cool. I tried that once with a ex mark and there grass catcher! dam thing keep clogging up. I run JD now . Anyone try there grass catchers?
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now that`s pretty cool. I tried that once with a ex mark and there grass catcher! dam thing keep clogging up. I run JD now . Anyone try there grass catchers?
I cut one direction at 4" and then bag the other direction at 2.5" Works great. 14" blower and an 8" tube. My blower turns the same way the deck does. I think Deere has a vertical blower. Vertical blowers don't work as well....
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Yep, I have 2 of the 700's
so far so good. I do have an old ex-mark pushing 9k hrs Good ol' Mobil 1
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