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Ferris SRS Z3X Stand On Mower Review

UPDATED: May 11, 2019

The Ferris SRS Z3 Standon is a new mower that was introduced this year (2017.) The only word that adequately describes it is “beast.” It is a huge mower and will be stopped by nothing in its way. This is a bit of a speciality mower and will only have a few applications but boy will it shine in those situations! Let’s take a deeper look into the Ferris SRS Z3 Stand On Mower.

Video by: Nickens Lawn & Landscape

Comparison:

The only real mower that compares is the Wright ZK Stand On. However, after riding both the Ferris Z3 outdoes the Wright by a little. It is just overall a smoother ride, with tons of power, that holds to hills very will.

The Wright ZK has a large fuel tank and is slightly faster. However, we think the Z3X comes out a little ahead because of some other features the mower has. The cutting deck and pivoting front axle are just a couple that really stand out on this mower.

FeaturesFerris Z3Wright ZK
Cut Width:52", 61" and 72"52", 61" and 72"
Engine:37 hp & 33 hp Briggs & Stratton Vanguard with oil guard OR 29.5 hp Kawasaki FX85037 hp Briggs & Stratton Vanguard, 29 hp Kohler ECV860, 27 hp Kawasaki FX850
Drive System:Hydro-Gear ZT-4400 TransaxlesHydro-Gear 15 cu in wtih 16cc pumps with fans
Speed:12 mph12.5 mph
Tire Size:Front: 13 x 5-6 Flat-free
52" Back: 24 x 9.5 - 12
61" & 72" Back: 24 x 12 - 12
Front: 13 x 6.5 – 6
52" Back: 23 x 10.5 - 12
61" & 72" Back: 24 x 12 - 12
Fuel Capacity:11 Gallons15.5 Gallons
Deck Type:10 Gauge ICD Cutting System7 Gauge Aero Core Deck
Spindle Type:Cast IronDuctile Iron
Deck Adjustment:Manual hand leverManual hand lever
Suspension:Full suspension platformNone
Commercial Warranty:2 Year Unlimited hours OR 4 Year/500 Hours 2 Year Unlimited hours

Power:

The Ferris SRS Z3 Stand On comes with either a Kawasaki FX850V EFI (29.5HP) or a Vanguard BIG BLOCK Oil Guard System EFI (37HP and 33HP). Lets just say these are some BIG engines. Either one you just you are going to have a very hard time bogging these guys down.

We are a huge fan of the Oil Guard System that this stand on and several other Ferris mowers offer. It allows for 500 hours in between oil changes and increases engine life by running the oil cooler and cleaner. This system allows allows the engine to run better when operating on hillsides.

Features:

  • 52″, 61″ or 72″ iCD deck
  • Hydro-Gear ZT-4400 Transaxles with 8″ cooling fans
  • 11 Gallon Fuel Tank
  • 12 MPH (yeah, this thing is FAST)
  • 4 Position speed changer
  • 2 Position PTO
  • Flat Free Caster Tires
  • Pivoting Front-Axle
Ferris Z3X Padding

The wide wheel base on this mower is so wide… it holds so well on hills. The pivoting front-axle is also a game changer for sticking to hills.

It also has the two position PTO like the other Ferris SRS models. This allows you to step off the mower with only the blades shutting off and not the mower. So you don’t have to pull the parking brake and shut the PTO off in order to get off without the mower shutting off.

Overall, this mower is an absolute beast that is packed with tons of feature that will increase your productivity and give an amazing cut.

Cut Quality

The Z3X features the ICD cutting system deck. This is a sloped nosed deck that offers an amazing cut in many different applications. The baffling of the deck and wide chute allows for a consistent cut. Even in overgrown situations the deck performs very well.

The pivoting front axle allows the deck to follow the contour of the ground very well. It is similar to Ferris’ suspension units the way the deck moves.

Something small that makes a big difference is how the deck is hung. It is hung with steel rods instead of the chains that many other manufactures use. This prevents the deck from “jumping” while mowing.

Ferris Z3X Pivoting Front Axle

Durability:

Since it has just been released there isn’t a lot of data on the durability of the mower. However, we know Ferris’ durability and we expect this mower to last a long time. It is built very tough and appears to be able to withstand the harshest conditions.

Comfort:

This is probably the most comfortable stand on in the industry. With the suspension stand on platform is has great shock resistance.

The padding that you lean against is also very comfortable. It has a contoured design that is mean to support your legs better for uneven terrain. It makes it easy to stand in different positions while mowing. The way this padding hugs your legs is a great feature.

While this pivoting front axle is great for helping the deck follow the contour of the ground it also makes the machine more comfortable. This stand on gives an extremely comfortable ride because of the pivoting front axle and the suspension platform.

ferris z3x suspension platform

Aesthetics:

The Ferris SRS Z3X Stand On mower looks amazing. It definitely stands out and will get a lot of attention. It looks solid and very modern. You will be stunned when you actually see this mower in person.

The wide stance of the machine and the pivoting front axle make this machine look great. It definitely turns some heads!

Ferris Z3X on a curb

Safety:

Safety is very important on a stand on. There has been a lot of talk in the industry about people being thrown off stand ons. Because of the platforms design you lean forward more so you are less likely to fall off.

There is also a blade shut-off feature that is pretty standard across the industry. If you step off the mower’s platform the blades will shut off. This is a key safety feature in case you fall off.

Stand ons in general are usually safer than traditional zero turns. This is because you can easily step off the mower if you lose control of it. They are also much better on hills than zero turn mowers.

Price:

The price of this mower is very competitive. It seems to be about $1,000 less than the Wright ZK across the board. There are several factors that could go in to this so be sure to check with your local Ferris dealer for pricing.

Overall:

Performance:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Cut Quality:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Durability:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Comfort:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Overall:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)

What’s your opinion on the Ferris SRS Z3X Stand On?

Do you own or have you rode this mower? If so, leave us a comment and tell us how you liked it!

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