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Old 09-19-2000, 11:00 PM
John DiMartino John DiMartino is offline
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The Zero-turn mowers are great for speed and the ability to turn around easy.I own a Dixie Chopper and there arent that many around here either,mostly Bobcats.I dont think there is anything special about a Dixie that makes it better than another brand,if there is its speed.Mine hasnt been very reliable and it doesnt cut that great either in certain grass types,but it is fast when its running on an open area.It is fairly easy to work on to,good thing for that,ive been turning wrenches more that Im used to on a new machine.The pluses of a DC are very fast,easy to service,extra cooling on top of line models,light weight,heavy built deck,strong hydro sytem.The minuses are poor trim capabiltys,way to wide a track width for deck size,seat height is very high,you have to retrim everything after you switch to Dixie,the high seat height lets it buck you when you hit a bump too,it pitches you forward and back as you move along,this gets to your back after a while.Mine is 5 months old and has been in the shop over 7 times already and its still not right,so mine has been unreliable,but others have had great reliablity-this doesnt help me at all.I hate the tiny twin 3 gallon tanks,if this machine can run all day,it should carry enough fuel to do so.I also hate the white seat,its comfy,but white is so hard to keep clean,it looks bad easy and is impossible to keep clean.
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Old 09-19-2000, 11:03 PM
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I have never used a chopper, but my yards are very scalp prone. I think a chopper will tear them up. My next mower is a 60" exmark.

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Old 09-19-2000, 11:46 PM
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the chopper has earned its place in the lawn care biz i have no complants mine cuts great
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Old 09-19-2000, 11:56 PM
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I also am in nj time to time and here in pa I don't see too many dc's and also see alot of bocats and exmark z's and occassionally a scag rider. I have yet to see a dc on a trailer riding by me. That's probably cause we need a dealer here near philly.

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Old 09-19-2000, 11:57 PM
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As John mentioned, all mowers have their strengths & weaknesses. Honestly, you couldn't get a Dixie to do ALL of my route.
Flat stuff, sure. It'll outrun my Bobcat hands down. As soon as you get on some of my hillsides, the DC will stay on the trailer. There are a few hills I have that the Bobcat won't even cut-time to break out the Steiner 220.
If I had tons o' money & enuf clientele', I'd have a dixie, bobcat, steiner & Walker type mower. The Bobcat will also trim & maneuver smoother than a DC, but time behind the "sticks" will help that.
If I had a DC, I'd choose less hills & more big acreage as new customers to keep a DC busy. All depends on your route.
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Old 09-20-2000, 12:56 AM
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Old 09-20-2000, 04:21 PM
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Cos: There is a DC dealer in Concordville (Chadds Ford) - Kellam's. At least he has the sign that he sells them, but when I was there on Saturday to buy a chainsaw and BP Blower all he had was Gravely's. Meant to ask him about the DC's, but forgot with my new toys in hand.
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Old 09-21-2000, 12:21 AM
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Saw my first dixie in action today

I have seen a couple of dixies in the area on trailers, but had never seen one out and running until today and you guy's are right, those things can really fly. I could not believe how fast this thing was moving. Does it still leave a clean cut at that speed? If so then I do understand the hype. Unreal.
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Old 09-21-2000, 12:29 AM
Eric ELM Eric ELM is offline
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You need to keep the blades sharp for a clean cut at high speeds. That is why I keep extra blades with me at all times. If I see it's getting bad, I change them on the job.
You should have gone and checked the cut today.
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Old 09-21-2000, 12:41 AM
John DiMartino John DiMartino is offline
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The Dixis will cut clean if the grass is healthy and strong,any thin spots or weedy areas dont cut quite as well,but considering how fast you can go,it cuts excellent.I get a tire track in my cut from the left front castor wheel in certain grass too,but with sharp blades-they do cut excellent at speed.The seat on my Dixie Chopper says it all.My pictures were taken after I had cut the whole lawn wide open,thats why my stripes are a little wiggly in spots.
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