Dixie Chopper Gearbox?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Greg78, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Was just doing some routing maintenance on our Dixie Chopper Classic 2750 and while checking hydro fluid level noticed a sticker on the reservoir that said to check the gearbox oil every 50 hours and to fill the the top of cross shaft IIRC. I didn't see any cap only a fitting with a vent hose coming out of the top. So my question is how do I check the gearbox? I looked in my manual and got nothing.
     
  2. BigFish

    BigFish LawnSite Gold Member
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    Clean all the dirt off and either remove the fitting or pop the cover off( 4 screws)
     
  3. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thanks Fish.
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  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    What year is the T gear box? If it has 2 hoses entering it from the hydro tank, don't bother. If you remove the cover the tank will empty it's self down to the point where the hoses are tapped into the tank. For some reason, and I had a Dixie with that sticker, they put that sticker on and the T gear box does not need to be checked, since it fills automatically from the hydro tank.
     
  5. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Richard it's a 2011.
     
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    Big Fish is right. They've changed it again. But... I'll be honest with you. Checking it every 50 hours is a little overkill. If you don't see any signs of leakage on the outside then I don't see the point. I would check it with every oil change. I don't like the idea of taking that cover off that often and exposing the gears and bearings to the risk of contamination if you don't have to.
     
  7. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thanks Richard and Fish.
     
  8. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    So I heard awhile back that Dixie was bringing back the Classic which I was happy about as I really am liking ours more and more and will be needing to retire our old Exmark Lazer and will probably add another Classic.

    I was looking through the 2013 Classic owners manual and saw that they have added a T-Box overflow tank. I think that is a good idea and will probably see if I can get one to add to ours.

    DixieChopper T-Box Overflow.jpg
     
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't know why they did away with the previous setup that worked excellent. They just ran the hydro fluid through the T gear box.
     
  10. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The Tboxes that were plumbed to the hydro tanks had a few issues..
    The hydro fluid is a good lubricant for roller bearings but not for metal to metal differential type gears..
    The gears would wear quicker and all that metal ended up in the hydro tanks and ultimately clogged the hydro filters..
    If the Tbox seals leaked...it would drain half the hydro tank..
     

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