dixie chopper wheel motor leaks

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by doublesharp, Jul 3, 2006.

  1. doublesharp

    doublesharp LawnSite Senior Member
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    My 6 year old 280 hour dixie chopper is leaking oil under the left side. About 6 oz.low. Has done it twice so I took it to my dealer. He says left wheel motor must be replaced @ $550-600. Any alternatives? Is the price in the ballpark? Thanks
     
  2. MowerMedic77

    MowerMedic77 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Not sure what wheel motor you have there should be a small round metal tag on the back side of the wheel motor with all the info you need, check out J-Thomas.com for your motor call them direct give them your #'s and they can get you a master seal kit probably $20-$30 bucks. The new motor complete yes will cost $300-$400 before R/R and oil. Most (busy) shops will not want to rebuild your wheel motor they will want to do the R/R this is quick and less likely to have a return. Hope this helps:)
     
  3. doublesharp

    doublesharp LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the reply. I'm not skilled enough to install the seal kit, and time is of the essence, so I guess I'll bite the bullet and have the new pump motor installed.

    Should I expect the right side to go soon or did I just have bad luck to spring a leak at under 300 hours? Any preventive maintenance?
     
  4. MowerMedic77

    MowerMedic77 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I can't say that I have never seen wheel motors leak before but I can't also say thats its common. Your hours do seem low for the year of the mower, its hard to say if the other motor will leak but if its not broke don't fix it applies here IMHO. Do you use this mower daily or does it have lots of down time? Keep up with your fluid services per your manufacture this will help the entire hydro system.
     
  5. doublesharp

    doublesharp LawnSite Senior Member
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    2 1/2 to 3 easy hours a week is all I use it and I've never serviced the hydraulic system. Says to change hydro fluid at 1000 hours so I'm not sure I'll live long enough at 50/60 hrs per year. I change engine oil and grease it once a year and that's been about it. 5 years trouble free.
     
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    I had one go out on a Scag WB that had high use but the other side still is okay. The failure on mine was not simply a seal problem it was the bearing went out and that resulted in damage to the spindle and consequently the seal. A bearing kit would not have solved mine. If I had inspected my wheel on regular basis I might have caught the bearing problem before it caused more damage.
     
  7. HornetMowing

    HornetMowing LawnSite Member
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    I noticed not many mentions about Dixie Chopper, here, this is a first, I've noticed here. Several LCO's use them, what are the thoughts on them here, as far as Maintenance and such, and Quailty verse Price.......Just curious Hornet Mowing
     
  8. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Well, the shop where Rob works has apparantly had good luck with them and repairs. I dont like them because of the industrial look they have. Seems to me 200 hours and they would look like 5 miles of gravel road...
     
  9. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes maniac, We have had super luck with them. I feel like the maytag repair man sometimes. :laugh:

    At least they don't have paint on them that peels off like Gravely's are prone to doing. :p
     
  10. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
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    At least they don't have paint on them that peels off like Gravely's are prone to doing. :p[/QUOTE]


    Real funny ... :laugh: :laugh:
     

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