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Dean Williams
08-30-2000, 11:05 PM
Does anyone use Dixon mowers

Richard Martin
08-31-2000, 02:19 AM
The last time I looked at Dixon's web page they were only making lightweight machines. Their machines would no doubt be worn out in a year (maybe less time) when used by a professional lawn service. If you're looking for a really inexpensive commercial machine go to http://www.mowersdirect.com but remember, You Get What You Pay For.

Eric ELM
08-31-2000, 07:58 AM
Dixon does make a commercial mower, but I have never seen one or used one. I have seen a few homeowner models. http://www.dixon-ztr.com/commercial.htm

lawrence stone
08-31-2000, 08:04 AM
Richard you must be kidding about those blackrocks.

You can buy a new toro/exmark metro hybred for those prices.

AB Lawn Care
08-31-2000, 09:29 AM
There was a guy in my city that used one.It had some crappy briggs engine!The guy who used it is now bankrupt.Although I know where he lives and he still owns his old truck and I have seen him cutting his lawn still with his dixion.Stone is right why pay for dixion(homeowner ztr)when you could buy a good walk-behind?????

Richard Martin
08-31-2000, 10:34 AM
Lawerence, the last time I checked (and it was recently) you couldn't touch <b><i>any</b></i> Toro or Exmark ZTR for $4799.00 including shipping. That is the catalog price for the 48" Landscaper/Black Rock ZTR w/17HP Kawasaki. And the 61" Landscaper/Black Rock is $5299.00 w/23HP Kawasaki.

lawrence stone
08-31-2000, 07:27 PM
New 2000 Toro Model 30196 wide area mower. 14 h.p. Kawasaki w/48" fixed deck. PHOTO (In crate) $2,250. Saville's Outdoor Power Equipment, Orchard Park, New York

New 2000 Toro Model 74172 Compact Z. PHOTO 20 H.P Kohler w/52" SFS deck. Full Warranty. (In crate) $5,799. Saville's Outdoor Power Equipment, Orchard Park, New York

Richard exactly where do you take a blackrock to get warrenty work in the NE PA area?

I have a Toro dealer about a mile and a half from my biz.

Richard Martin
09-01-2000, 04:31 AM
Lawrence wrote:

<b><i>New 2000 Toro Model 74172 Compact Z. PHOTO 20 H.P Kohler w/52" SFS deck. Full Warranty. (In crate) $5,799.</b></i>

Lawerence, Like I said. You can't buy Toro/Exmark ZTRs for $4799.00.

Lawrence wrote:

<b><i>Richard exactly where do you take a blackrock to get warrenty work in the NE PA area?</b></i>

Who cares? I wasn't recommending the purchase of them. I was only advising of the availability of cheap commercial ZTRs.

lawrence stone
09-01-2000, 08:03 AM
The diff in price between a 17 kaw and a 20 kohler is $500
alone.

So Richard why would anyone buy a blackrock 48 for $500
less than a 52" toro (lazer hp with a 52" toro deck)?

Please also take notice that the deck on the 52" toro is offset a few inches to the left. This makes for easier trimming than the 48" deck which is flush with the left side of the unit.
http://www.toro.com/landscape/z_midmount/z100compact.html

MOW ED
09-01-2000, 08:12 AM
There is a guy up here that has a large enclosed trailer, that does lots of work with Dixons. I did a little investigating and found out that the dealer lets him lease these for a year. He turns them in and gets 3 new ones for the next season. Funny thing is that he has both the dark blue "commercial" as well as the baby blue homeowner model.

If he would stand still long enough I would like to see how reliable they are.

Eric ELM
09-01-2000, 08:29 AM
I bought a 36" home owner model in 1993 and used it for a year on small lawns. After buying a Dixie Chopper, I sold it to a home owner that has 2 acres and it is still running strong.

cutting edge
09-01-2000, 09:32 AM
My neighbor uses a Dixon with his lawn care business. He likes it so well that he tried talking me into buying one. (I went with exmark). The only problem that I know of him having is with the deck. He just replaced it, the old one was full of holes.

Richard Martin
09-01-2000, 03:30 PM
Lawrence wrote:

<b><i>So Richard why would anyone buy a blackrock 48 for $500 less than a 52" toro (lazer hp with a 52" toro deck)?
</b></i>

Who knows why someone would buy them. They sell them though and they apparently sell very well. I certainly wouldn't buy one. When I had to replace my 10 year old Woods 36" this year I didn't even consider buying a Black Rock. I went straight to the Exmark dealer and bought a 36" Metro. And next year I'm buying a 62" Toro ZTR (sorry Eric but the type of grass that grows where I'm moving to requires the wide space at the front of the deck like the Toro has).

Dean Williams
09-01-2000, 06:24 PM
The reason i ask is im lookin for a better mower,not that dixion has been a bad choice in the past just there seems to be better lines of equipment available now days,We have used dixions for 13 yrs now and never had any real problems we use commercial kolers, and get about 2300-2500 hrs out of them,then dicard them to a home owner.last a home owner yrs.I am lookin toward an exmark because i need to bag some of the time,and like to be able to do baggin and dicharge with same machine.

Eric ELM
09-01-2000, 08:11 PM
You said the Dixons are holding up for you. What size decks are you using and how do you compare them to other brands you have tried. I've only used up to a 42" Dixon.

Dean Williams
09-04-2000, 09:06 PM
We use 4-50",and 1 60" deck size