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nateturner
10-19-2011, 05:08 PM
hi, has anyone had experience rebuilding a dixie chopper hydro transmission? im thinking about buying one that needs rebuilt or replaced. I just havent found too much information on rebuilding it. Where do you get parts and diagrams etc.? Thanks!

Richard Martin
10-19-2011, 06:31 PM
Dixies don't use transmissions. The commercial Dixies use a modifed hydro pump and wheel motor setup. One for each side. There are many places to buy the parts. Dixie Chopper and J Thomas to name a couple. It could cost upwards of $3,000 to replace all of the pumps and wheel motors.

nateturner
10-19-2011, 11:16 PM
so can you buy parts to rebuild these components? the guys selling it says that they work now but need rebuilt. and if so, how tricky is doing this?

Snyder's Lawn Inc
10-19-2011, 11:43 PM
[QUOTE=nateturner;4191858]so can you buy parts to rebuild these components? the guys selling it says that they work now but need rebuilt. and if so, how tricky is doing this?[/QUOTE
Just buy new ones not worth rebuilding I could be wrong dont think they offer a rebuild kit for them you fix leaks with a seal kit
I only replace 1 hydro pump and one wheel motor since 1985 and both of them was shot

StihlMechanic
10-20-2011, 01:51 AM
Its super easy.

dhardin53
10-20-2011, 01:26 PM
Historicaly when a pump or a motor goes out or gives up. A complete failure most of the time it means there are metal filling in the hydro system. When this happens it can not be long before the other half the the system has had these small metal part in it as well.

A pump or wheel motor that is week but still working, it is a toss up for just how fare along the other parts may be damaged. You will find most dealer that work on a bad pump or motor will not guarantee the rest of the system with a complete cleaning and or complete rebuild.

If you know its just one pump or one motor you may get by with a complete flushing the system and rebuilding the worn pump/motor. Then all new filters and fluid. Good luck.

nateturner
10-20-2011, 05:52 PM
Its super easy.
what all do you have to do? remove pump and motor take apart im guessing, but whats next? thanks

Lbilawncare
10-20-2011, 10:36 PM
If the pumps are not leaking, the problem could be a worn out hydro pump belt, a fairly easy fix that most guys do not think about when their hydros seem weak. Taking hydro pumps off to put new seals on is a time consuming endeavor, and the air has to be purged out properly or the pump will fail.

nateturner
10-21-2011, 05:17 PM
oh ok ok thank you everyone. so whats more time consuming and harder? rebuilding a hydro or an engine. Because iv done engines in the past.

dhardin53
10-22-2011, 12:31 PM
A motor rebuild is more time consuming and more part expensive, But there are many great repair manuals. And the success rate is high.

Hydro work is much quicker and in some cases and not as expensive. It all depends on to what extent the pump is worn. Check balls, springs and rings, seals are no big deal. But it is difficult to determine if you need shafts and cams or complete castings. (if you and get the parts) Till you get it apart. A good work space, parts washer and lots of patience is a good thing. A real hydro shop will have testing equiment to test the pump to factor specs. Kind of expencive for the guy that dose not do hydro repair a lot.