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thinksnow
07-06-2007, 04:09 PM
Im looking at a used DC. It's a 2005 SP2800, 72" deck, 28HP FI Kohler, 897 hours. He claims it runs and cuts perfectly. THe only problem it has is one of the parking brakes isn't working, Im not sure what the problem was with it. What should I being looking to offer this guy. He is asking $5300.

Richard Martin
07-06-2007, 06:06 PM
It sounds like it has a broken cable. Those are a pain in the arse to replace. Neither parking brake will work if one of the cables is broken. I'd offer $4500.

kjslawn
07-06-2007, 06:15 PM
I would buy something eles dixie sucks. 10 years ago they were the best out there but everyone has past them buy in my opinion.

Fantasy Lawns
07-06-2007, 07:00 PM
N this is coming from all your 1 year of experience .... how many DC have you owned to back up the "Sucks" opinion ?? OR how many years using one ???

MY DC is is GREAT mower ....it's a 2004 .... 1600 Hours .... 60" 26HP ..... n I also have a big eXmark Laser ... bout 5 Walkers (brand NOT a walk behind) .... n a great Hydro Snapper 36 (fore those little back yards)

kjslawn
07-06-2007, 10:44 PM
I bought a dixie and every couple weeks somthing had to be adjusted. The ride sucked. In thin grass it would leave tails everywhere. On hills it sucked. The wheels would rip grass at every turn. "I know it is operator error"lol but on all the others I dont rip up anything.The controls were very jerky. It drank oil and gas for lunch and dinner. I save 1hr a day easliy on my Everide Warrior. Hey some people like them more power to them in my OPINION they suck. One year in the biz but have been on ztrs for years Im now getting paid for it.

DixieChopper88
07-06-2007, 11:03 PM
kjslawn-did you buy a new one or a used one? The reason i'm asking is because i bought a new 60" and have put 150 hrs on it and haven't had one problem with it.

Richard Martin
07-07-2007, 04:42 AM
Let me add that I've put almost 2,000 hours on 2 different Dixies and after the initial setup there's been little to adjust. I did have some problems with my First Dixie using oil but I attribute that to the Kohler engine and not the mower.

kjslawn
07-07-2007, 06:25 AM
MIne was new It had a generac 27hp engine it would back fire every time I shut it off. I have a couple of people here that love theres but I was not a big fan

dhardin53
07-07-2007, 06:41 AM
Personally I would not worry about fixing the Park brake unless you live on the side of a hill.
My DC needs a brake cable as well but I have found very few times I wish it was working.

Don't worry Dixie Chopper is still a fine machine. Price might be a bit high but it still worth the money.

lawnjockey56
07-07-2007, 08:53 AM
i used dc early on and then a few yrs back went back to one-awful cut-they are great in large acre accounts or city work but the quality of cut sucks. for what youd pay for this used get a scag tiger cub new and youll have a 3 yr warranty

clncut
07-07-2007, 03:47 PM
[PHP][MIne was new It had a generac 27hp engine it would back fire every time I shut it off./PHP]


Mine also backfires after shutting off the engine. I found that letting the mower idle for a few seconds reduces the amount of times it backfires almost 100% percent. Love the mower, great powers, cuts great just a little too aggressive tires is my only complaint.

John

TJLANDS
07-07-2007, 06:38 PM
Two years old 900 hours $4500 if it was perfect.
I get 3500 for my 2 year old Dixies with 1500-1800 hours + and they are used.