Would You Buy A Run-Behind?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by White Gardens, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Have a chance to pick up a Dixie Run-Behind. One I used to use when I worked for the previous company selling it.

    All I remember is that the thing was awesome, but didn't know what the general public thought of them before they were discontinued.

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  2. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    Pics please....how fast?
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  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Here's a good write up. http://www.greenhillfarms.net/dixiechopper.htm

    All I remember is when you had it at full speed you would be lightly jogging.

    The platform/sulky sucks on it, but I might just modify the one or get a Jungle Jim sulky for it.

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  4. crazymike

    crazymike LawnSite Senior Member
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    that sounds incredibly dangerous and tiring. And likely to cut poorly.
     
  5. Gilmore.Landscaping

    Gilmore.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Wow I thought the title was a joke....that seems incredibly dangerous.
     
  6. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I read a lot about them back when they were offered, which was only for about 1 year. I believe they actually had a very nice cut. They were big, heavy, and FAST.
     
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    I remember the machine having a really nice cut, and the guy who owns it has two and is keeping one.

    Dangerous, never felt that way when I operated it. Can be any less/more dangerous than any other stander on the market now.

    The run-behind kinda fits in my business profile also. The machine doesn't rut as bad a sit-on zero turn, a bit lighter, but yet keeping up production.

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  8. crazymike

    crazymike LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't think running behind a lawn mower is anything like a stander.

    When you are running/jogging/power walking you are WAY more likely to trip and fall. WAY more likely.

    Tripping and falling into something moving at a quick rate of speed, with spinning blades would probably end badly.
     
  9. crazymike

    crazymike LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm confused. The platform is built in, but you said the sulk sucks?

    Why not just buy a walk behind and sulky?
     
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    It is a walk behind, but I think I'm going to put a jungle jim 2 wheel sulky on it.

    The platform has two pivot points on the frame and one caster wheel in the center. It leaves a tire mark in the center of the stripe and isn't comfortable the way it oscillates.

    Look at the pic, you can see the platform and wheel in the up position.

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    The only advantage to this setup is that you can raise and lower the platform on the fly.

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