Landscape contractors spend grueling days in the field, and that means many consecutive hours running their commercial mowers to maintain clients’ properties. During the busy season, a landscaper likely clocks more time sitting in a lawn mower seat than sleeping in bed at night. That’s why comfort is king.
Mowing comfort literally can make or break the success of a landscaper—at least in the “back breaking” sense. Steve Bennett, president of Bennett’s Lawncare in Maiden, N.C., runs eight Ferris mowers that feature Independent Suspension (IS), a patented system allows each mower wheel to move up and down independently. Mowing crew members at the company start an average day at 7 a.m. and mow until about 5:30 in the evening.
Mowing comfort is why Bennett chose Ferris, he says.
“Other mowers were beating me to death,” Bennett says. “I was going home after mowing all day and feeling my heart beat in my spine. When I switched to Ferris, I was able to get through the day more comfortably.”
Bennett explains that the mower suspension system “takes the shock out of the ride,” and this is especially helpful during dry mowing conditions when the uneven terrain is not forgiving. Besides, he notes, the commercial grounds his crews mow are generally not smoothly graded. “When you do large, commercial mowing like we do, mowing comfort is critical,” he says.