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New Ferris 36" Walk Behind - Woo Hoo! (pics)


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Default New Ferris 36" Walk Behind - Woo Hoo! (pics)

Today I purchased my first walk behind mower!

Ferris ComfortControl DD 36" hydro floating deck.

Crappy cell phone pics first...
















It's a 2011 model that the dealer purchased "before the January price increase". They originally had it on sale for $4,999 and today was an open house/show, so they had in-stock items marked down a little more - today only.

I asked what the price would be for the 2012 model and was told $5,399 - same unit.
I paid $4,750. Also 0% financing for 36 months.







As some know, I had picked up a residential ZTR in January and although I hadn't cut grass with it yet, I had several problems with it. Yesterday I decided to return it. and put the money towards a commercial unit. A commercial ZTR is not in the budget, so I then began scrambling to research what type of walk behind mower to get.
I narrowed it down to Exmark, Ferris, or Toro. (avail from local dealer)
I also set a maximum price of $5,000.

Toro doesn't offer a hydro until you get up to the 48", so that was a factor, as I was leaning toward a hydro if affordable.

The Exmark in a similar size - 36" Turf Tracer S-Series (floating deck hydro) was "show priced" at $5,400. (Reg $5,900) Doesn't even have electric start!



What sold me on this Ferris:

- It has the infinitely adjustable deck (not in 1/4 or 1/2" increments like others) that can easily be changed by turning two cranks.

- It has electric start. Not a major issue, but certainly a nice option.

- Price. $650 less than the Exmark and under my $5,000 maximum budget.


I can't wait to go back and pick it up. It wouldn't fit in the trunk of the Cavalier!!!




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I want to say "THANK YOU" to everyone who posted in my "need advice quick" thread. Your input was very helpful to me indeed.
Much appreciated.

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Shes purrrrty!

Still have any wax left over?
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Shes purrrrty!

Still have any wax left over?

LOL! As a matter of fact I do, smartass.







Funny thing is, I am actually "rationing" the wax I used on the Husky because it's no longer made, so I am a bit perturbed that I wasted some on that mower.

The Ferris is certainly Astro Shield worthy and will receive the ole "wax on, wax off".

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Congrats! Lookin gooooooood
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Congrats on the new purchase. Please keep us updated on how the ferris works out for you. I currently run exmarks, but I really want to try out the ferris. I have heard nothing but good things about them so it should serve you well. Good luck this season.
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Congrats! Lookin gooooooood

Thanks. Wait 'til I get a coat of wax on it and take pics with a real camera.
Anyone wanna put on a bikini and lay across it for a photoshoot?


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Congradulations. You will be able to cut more grass for sure now. Make sure to wax under the deck so grass don't stick
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Congrats on the new purchase. Please keep us updated on how the ferris works out for you. I currently run exmarks, but I really want to try out the ferris. I have heard nothing but good things about them so it should serve you well. Good luck this season.
Thanks man!

I was really liking what I was seeing about the Turf Tracers, and after laying my hands on the Enhanced Control System I nearly went that route, but ultimately, it was the price that was the deciding factor. Several people said I couldn't go wrong with either of them (or the Toro for that matter), so I'm comfortable with my choice.

All I see around my immediate area is Toro (and a few Exmarks) because the Toro dealer is right here. This Exmark/Ferris dealer is a 30 min turnpike drive away from me, but fortunately owned by the same guy as my local Toro dealer. Either shop can do warranty/service work for me.

I've nothing to compare it to, as I've never used a walk behind before, but I'll certainly be posting my thoughts as I use it.
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Different world from the ztr you had. Did you get a sullky for it?
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Congratulation man
I hope this works out better for you than the other affair you had as fleeting as it was.
I am an eXmark man my self and someday I hope to own one.
But in till then my trusty old Honda will have to do.
as for a bikini wearer to lay in front of the mower ........
I hear Cheese2009 is available.

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