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Review and Purchase of Dixie Chopper

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sniggly, Nov 3, 2004.

  1. sniggly

    sniggly LawnSite Member
    Posts: 190

    Just thought I'd post some personal observations about my recent demo and subsequent purchase of a Dixie Chopper X2003-50 Coatsville Classic. The Coatsville is Dixie's entry level full commercial duty mower. Never owned a rider.....always been wb....so I am writing from that perspective. I mow mostly residentials 10ksqft or less. Have 2 commercial prop's that are over 30ksqft of turf.

    For those that don't know....machine has:
    20hp Kohler
    50" deck
    Turf Boss Tires (24")
    OCDC
    tach/hour meter
    After uncle sam 6600.00

    What impressed me the most was the quality of cut I got from this machine. Simply pristine!....better than my walkbehind (36 Metro HP). Absolutely no stragglers from the Dixie. Cutting mostly St. Augustine. Discharge with chute up is....well I don't know what to compare this to.....it just throws anything way out there. The OCDC has holes in it so when it is closed it is only 50% effective. If Dixie meant this setup to provide mulching capability they missed the mark. Clippings don't stay under the deck long enough to do anything but get catapulted superman style out of the chute. If the OCDC is down....the deck simply forces the clippings thru the holes. I can't drive over sand or dirt with the deck engaged under full power. WAY TOO MUCH dust. I have heard that Dixie Chopper's blades are the fastest......and I beleive it. The sand isn't present on any of my prop's but it is at the dealer lot.

    Controls are very, very sensitive. Some may say rudimentary since there are no shocks on the control arms. Takes a while to get used to.........infact I have been running it at 3150rpm's to soften the pumps and make it easier to control while I learn. Full power at 3710rpm's.....and if you touch one of the sticks you better be ready to go....it's plenty of power. Mowed 10ksqft of open field today with nothing but 10 inch tall weeds and it handled every bit of it without choke or pause. Tires will spin quickly at full power if you aren't careful or practiced on the steering arms, so learning on customer's property on fewer rpm's is good. It will mow faster than I can handle right now (10mph). Plenty fast enough for residentials and I don't think I'll be going that fast anyway.

    If you move forward in a straight line.....and then pull back on the sticks to reverse the mower in a straight line.......the front wheels will spin on the turf and leave a 'divet'. Today I figured out how to keep that from happening by forcing the front to make a small circle before reversing course.

    Bottom Line......I am so happy with it my wife had to come out and peel me off the seat for dinner. What an incredibly productive machine. Today I shaved 19 minutes off of one prop. Very very satisfied with it. Good decision.
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  2. Rrjp111

    Rrjp111 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 67

    Let me know how it goes over the next couple of days. I am looking into getting on like that. I would like to know if there is anything extra you think I should try to get on it. :cool2:
     
  3. dixhead

    dixhead LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    I just purchased a used XT-2800 with 32 hours on it and I love it.My current home has a 10,000 SF lot and takes about 8 minutes to mow. I have a 4 acre lot I'll be mowing next year that will be a better test. I'm pretty used to the controls after 3 mowings, but I have done several burnouts in wet grass with the Turf Boss tires. Mine leaves great stripes (has the striping kit) and has plenty of power (28HP EFI Kohler). So far the only annoyance I've noticed is that you have to put the steering levers up to engage/disengage the deck where I would prefer to b able to do it on the fly.
     
  4. sawman65

    sawman65 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 751

    you need to run that thing wide open to get the full quality of cut. dixie has just offered a new dump valve that takes some of the power from the pumps
    wile you learn. this has been a problem, the dixie is made for the pro's and
    the home owner and first time buyers will tear up some grass before they learn how to run the sticks. ask you dealer he can get them. also make sure the deck is pitched at the right angle and the baffles lowered.
     
  5. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Posts: 2,207

    Congratulations on the new Dixie Chopper. You will be very happy with it as the hours start racking up.
     
  6. sniggly

    sniggly LawnSite Member
    Posts: 190

    Sawman65...........are you talking about the baffles on the front of the deck? If so they came from the factory all the way up..... As I think about it.....lowering them would help stop the blowout. Would I sacrifice any quality of cut?

    The dealer told me I should check the cut quality while running on less than full power....and I gotta tell ya......it's still great. Fresh blades I guess.

    As far as extras go....the only other thing I might put on this machine is the canister air filtration system. It currently uses the stock kohler cowl cover thing. Still thinking about this though since I really don't spend much time on anything that isn't really thick with grass.

    Engaging blades on the fly........hmmmmmmm........haven't thought of that but I am concentrating on not tearing up lawns right now. Do you think you coul lock the engagment handle in the 90 degree position and do it with your foot?

    I am going to take some pics today and post here.
     
  7. eagle670

    eagle670 LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 18

    How did the DC stripe for you? I am looking at purchasing a 2005 Silver Eagle 24/50" mower. They have increased the HP on this machine, which was originally 20 hp. That seems like an incredible amount of power for that size of deck. I can't wait to try it. I tried out a Grasshopper 23/52" mid-mount, but was real disappointed with the quality of cut and the fact that it did not stripe. I am using a Scag 36" WB now and it stripes really well. I can't believe how some mowers can do this and others can't. It's a mystery to me.
     
  8. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,810

    Good choice... have fun with it.
     
  9. sawman65

    sawman65 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 751

    lowering the baffles should add to the cut quality
     
  10. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Posts: 2,207

    I didn't even know Dixie used an adjustable baffle. They don't have much information on their decks on their website or in their catalogs.
     

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