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Old 09-09-2018, 09:37 PM   #1
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In the market for a new lawn mower. Will mow prolly close to 3 acres each mowing. What’s everyone’s opinion on best ? Anyone sell them here?
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:42 PM   #2
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Ferris 2100is with a kawasaki. The 25 hp engine sounds like a racing engine.

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Old 09-09-2018, 09:44 PM   #3
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:44 PM   #4
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Ferris 2100is with a kawasaki.
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:45 PM   #5
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I bought a Big Bog Alpha MP earlier this year. Been very happy with it. Has a butt cooler.
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:46 PM   #6
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Bad boy. Call my nephew at Hoffpauir Polaris in Goldthwaite. His name is Michael. Tell him uncle Mark said to give him a call. They have a website.
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:46 PM   #7
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Kawasaki motor and serviceable hydros, minimum 60” deck.
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:47 PM   #8
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:50 PM   #9
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X3 on Ferris, I have a 72 inch and it is a beast. Not to mention the ride is far superior to anything else out there.
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:00 PM   #10
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:03 PM   #11
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Something with a Kawasaki. Scags are awesome but I hear Kubota has stepped up their game. Lots of good options
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:04 PM   #12
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:09 PM   #13
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Best with no budget constraints? Kubota Z300 series with the Diesel engine or a Scag Turf Tiger with Kubota Diesel.
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:14 PM   #14
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Best with no budget constraints? Kubota Z300 series with the Diesel engine or a Scag Turf Tiger with Kubota Diesel.


I can only dream....OP if you can go this route!
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:15 PM   #15
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Best with no budget constraints? Kubota Z300 series with the Diesel engine or a Scag Turf Tiger with Kubota Diesel.
I wish it was unlimited budget!!
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:16 PM   #16
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:17 PM   #17
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What is your budget?
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:18 PM   #18
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:20 PM   #19
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Also should add I ain’t the smallest fella... needs to be comfortable for my 6’3 340 self!!
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:23 PM   #20
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Haven’t set a number yet looking to see what options are .. sure mommas gonna wanna stay under 6k.
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:28 PM   #21
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I just got a scag patriot earlier this year. Kawasaki motor with 61”deck. Very happy so far.
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:29 PM   #22
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I had a hustler raptor 52” deck residential model, I bought some acreage and the front 8–10 acres has a ton of oak trees and it took forever on a tractor with a 6’ brush hog. I sold the raptor to a buddy and test drive the scag cheetah and hustler super z, both drove great I was leaning toward the scag but the dealership by my house was closing down and the hustler dealer near me has great service so I went that route. I’ve got the super z 60” deck with the commercial Kawasaki motor. It’s a beast I mow that 8-10 acres with 500+ trees in about 5 hours. It’s a great machine. All that being said I would just by one from whatever dealer is close with great service. If my super z breaks down they will come pick it up and drop off a loaner for free. I think like the earlier post, Kawasaki commercial motor, and serviceable hydro’s and a air ride seat and ur good. Big dog mowers are hustlers mowers but cost more. Something great too was the dealer put a 10” led light bar on the front of mine for $70, makes mowing in the evening great when it’s much cooler


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Old 09-09-2018, 10:35 PM   #23
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Haven’t set a number yet looking to see what options are .. sure mommas gonna wanna stay under 6k.


If you have a scag dealer close by go try one! Do not get a stamped deck & no sealed hydraulics
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:38 PM   #24
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Did y'all here Burt Renolds died
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:40 PM   #25
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These days focusing on Kawasaki is overrated. They all make a good one now. I have really worked the crap out of my Kubota with commercial Briggs with no issues. That said I don’t have the most level ground and a Ferris is the only change I would make if I could do it again due to the suspension
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:49 PM   #26
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Kubota with the diesel never looked back
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Old 09-09-2018, 11:31 PM   #27
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I'll 4th or 5th or whatever the ferris recommendation!
I know the reputation of the Kawasaki, but like bphillips said, the commercial Briggs Vangaurd is a hoss!
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Old 09-09-2018, 11:34 PM   #28
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Old 09-09-2018, 11:40 PM   #29
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Old 09-09-2018, 11:43 PM   #30
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I have a 72 inch ferris with the vanguard efi and the ride and cut are amazing. Almost makes me like mowing grass..... not quite but almost.
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Old 09-10-2018, 08:29 AM   #31
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What’s rough estimate on Ferris cost?
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Old 09-10-2018, 09:12 AM   #32
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Not hating on any engines, but I mow with an old Encore 52inch that has a 23hp Kawasaki. I purchased it brand new in 2004. Engine is sitting at 591 hours. I have had ZERO problems out of the engine or the mower. When and if this one ever goes down, I will make sure that my next one has the Kawasaki engine. Seems like there are many good mower choices today than there was back then. Pick a commercial grade deck and Kawasaki engine and maybe you to will get 14-15 years out of yours. I am hoping to get to 20 years.
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Old 09-10-2018, 09:16 AM   #33
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Not hating on any engines, but I mow with an old Encore 52inch that has a 23hp Kawasaki. I purchased it brand new in 2004. Engine is sitting at 591 hours. I have had ZERO problems out of the engine or the mower. When and if this one ever goes down, I will make sure that my next one has the Kawasaki engine. Seems like there are many good mower choices today than there was back then. Pick a commercial grade deck and Kawasaki engine and maybe you to will get 14-15 years out of yours. I am hoping to get to 20 years.
I bought a JD riding tractor from the dealership with a 23hp Kawasaki in 2001.

Just retired it last year for a Hustler with the same engine. Engine was still fine on the old one but they rest of it was wore smooth out.

Can't go wrong with the Kawsaki engines.
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Old 09-10-2018, 09:21 AM   #34
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I went to my local "pro" mower shop. told him I have 2.5 acres at my house and was looking at a commercial-grade mower.

He point blank said no way he recommends a commercial mower for my 2.5 acres. Said it was pointless to spend 6-8 grand on a mower when I could drop down to the residential version and be extremely happy.

He is a Ferris dealer. I found that interesting that he would rather be honest than make a sale
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Old 09-10-2018, 09:22 AM   #35
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I bought a commercial country cutter with the kaw. it has joystick steer instead of the two handles (you can mow with a cold one in hand LOL) I really like it !
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Old 09-10-2018, 09:23 AM   #36
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Best with no budget constraints? Kubota Z300 series with the Diesel engine or a Scag Turf Tiger with Kubota Diesel.
Yup agree with this
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Old 09-10-2018, 09:29 AM   #37
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These days focusing on Kawasaki is overrated. They all make a good one now. I have really worked the crap out of my Kubota with commercial Briggs with no issues. That said I don’t have the most level ground and a Ferris is the only change I would make if I could do it again due to the suspension
Same for me, I'm thinking about buying a ferris for use at a couple properties with rough ground but kubota with the vanguard has been great at my house.
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Old 09-10-2018, 09:30 AM   #38
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I bought a commercial country cutter with the kaw. it has joystick steer instead of the two handles (you can mow with a cold one in hand LOL) I really like it !
Did you mean Country Clipper? That's what I have and have really liked it. Nice to have a free hand to stiff arm those low branches

But I do constantly hear that the Ferris suspension has the smoothest ride by far.
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Old 09-10-2018, 09:32 AM   #39
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I had a few ferris's with a side business I had they ride well but way too many parts with the suspension. Then you have the ability to get said parts Ferris is not as popular as they used to be . we had issue with linkage and the arms wearing bushing out things like that

We switched over the Hustler. I sold off the side deal but kept one kawi 27 hp engine 60 inch deck hd version ..

HUGE difference from commercial vs lowes or Home depot versions . the lower cost units will work but they are not using the same quality of parts . kawi's get much better gas usage than the Brigs we had the Brigs big blocks in the ferris fuel hogs .

But back to your usage , for most it will never matter when you have 9 mowers running it now matters Hustler with Kawi and a ferris with Briggs.. The Briggs will be out of fuel long before the kawi . Just the way that went .

No such thing as the best . We had Hustlers, Ferris and Kabota , its like asking for the best truck ..


we had a Z300 its a monster for sure but super heavy it got stuck often ha ha .. But you have only 3 acres to mow most will get the job done .. pick your poison and buy it .

Myself would look for a light used mower from a company that is selling them off or CL deal .. Buying new is costly for sure . you could save a few thousand for sure .
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Old 09-10-2018, 09:32 AM   #40
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Old 09-10-2018, 11:56 AM   #41
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Agree, I have a ZD 326 60" that's one bad dude....I got it bc almost every commercial mowing service around Houston has these on their trailers. I have a landscaper who does some of my work when not busy and he said he's tried just about all of them and these are what he runs now and won't change. However, they are not cheap....$12K

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Old 09-10-2018, 02:24 PM   #42
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I used Bad Boys when i had my lawn service. Simple reason was the parts where local and they are super easy to work on. you can get to anything on the machine in minutes.

I didn't by a Scag simply because they are much harder to work on in comparison.

If you do buy a bad boy or hustler or whatever. Buy the commercial grade machines. I can tell you the bad boy at TSC vs. and Outlaw or something you would buy from a an actual dealer is a whole different machine. The Hyd output on the pumps is double.
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Old 09-10-2018, 02:28 PM   #43
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read the other 1400 threads about zero turn mowers on here lol that being said look in to bobcat mowers. best warranty and get a lot of mower for your buck. Ex: I would have had to bump up two levels in a hustler to get what I got with my bobcat. All of em cut grass just get what you like in your budget
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Old 09-10-2018, 02:39 PM   #44
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What kind of money are you looking to spend? if money is not a issue then I would go with a grasshopper mower.
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Old 09-10-2018, 02:48 PM   #45
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Old 09-10-2018, 02:59 PM   #46
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Had a HUSTLER for 16 years and its still going strong. If it broke down today i would buy another tomorrow.
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Old 09-10-2018, 03:00 PM   #47
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The very best, top of the line mower is one that you can BORROW from a FRIEND and let him pay for repairs when you break it and gas, oil, belts, & filters.
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Old 09-10-2018, 08:22 PM   #48
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Old 09-10-2018, 11:19 PM   #49
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Thanks for the input everyone... After countless hours looking online and at different shops. I believe I have made a decision. Believe I’m will be getting a Bad Boy.
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Got a bobcat 62” Kawasaki commercial bought it in 2012 and never ever had an issue paid 5200
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