To me, after sales support is key. If your local Ferris dealer isn't known for good support it might be a good idea to shop around. Not saying they make a bad machine, the factory is only about 15 miles from where I live and I know some people that build them.
As has been posted already, a dealer who will support you, carry a good supply of parts and not let your mowers sit in his shop for days is far more important than the brand of machine you use. As was said, if equipment is down your customer will show you the road.
In my area, most of the machines used are Grasshopper, ExMark, and Toro.
I worked in DES Moines for 28 yrs, and by far the most commercial operators were using Skaggs.
I say this based on my experience mowing up to 17 lawns a week 30 yrs ago.
Make sure your in it for the long haul. I would start out in the spring with about 12 lawns, what I could do while working a full time job. By fall I would have 17-20 lawns.
The high school kids would take jobs but by August, would quit to play football or some other thing and people would be coming to me.
I have considered doing this now that I am retired, but I can not drive across town without seeing 3 rigs on the job. So I think the market is saturated, the work is hard enough I am not interested in getting into price war and not making any money.
Edited by JD DANNELS, July 31, 2015 - 09:11 AM.