60" Hustler vs 60" Dixie for 3.2 acres

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Zoso, Jul 16, 2005.

  1. Zoso

    Zoso LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Well I've read here for hours and determined that I am leaning toward buying a 60" Hustler (Z or Super Z) or a Dixie Chopper 60" Coatesville Classic. I'm interested in any advice anyone would offer. Pertinant info is as follows:

    * I will soon be building on a 3.2 acre lot. It is flat, currently with less than 15 trees. I expect it will be somewhat rough since it's only use has been for a cattle pasture over ten years ago. Now it is a vacant grass lot.

    * My closest Hustler dealer (Reynolds Farm Equipment in Sheridan, Indiana) is 5 minutes away (a long established John Deer Dealer with full service and loaner/demo units). So far I am very impressed with the dealership rep. I will be demoing a Z and Super Z in a few days.

    * My closest Dixie dealer (Carmel Welding in Carmel, Indiana) is 30 minutes away. They offer full service but I don't yet know much more than that. I've only spoken briefly so far with their rep.

    * My desire is to obtain an extremely reliable 60" ZTR that will last for as long as possible and present minimum hassle in the event of breakdowns. Mowing has been a time consuming pain in the ass for me in the past due to cheap small equipment. I want to be able to mow my grass in a relatively short amount of time and enjoy it.

    * Pricing seems to be in the $7000 neighborhood.

    Any and all input would be appreciated. After writing this I'm off to talk to the Dixie rep some more.
  2. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,714

    Both are good mowers, but are way overkill for the mowing you have there. Save yourself a lot of money and look at their commercial mowers in a 48", or 52" size, with a smaller engine.
    Those 60" machines can easily mow 3 acres/hr or more. How fast do you need to finish your mowing?
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    I would tend to agree, scale it down to a 48" and save some dollars. You will still cut it after you are used to the machine and the layout in 1-1.5 hours. If you finish to fast you will be looking to cut the neighbors lawn because its a lot of fun on a Z.

    By the way, of the 2 you mentioned, the Hustler would be my choice hands down.
  4. Cutter LLC

    Cutter LLC LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 100

    I own a super mini z 52" and would choose this over a dc let alone a 60" super z. Demo both but my experiances with Carmel Welding haven't been that great (I bought my stihl equip there). They have a I don't care attitude. If you go to Reynolds ask for Guy and he'll take care of you.

    Cutter LLC
  5. Tider6972

    Tider6972 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 649

    Get a 60" Hustler ! You won't save much money by getting a smaller deck, but you will save a bunch of time over the next 10-15 years! The HustlerZ is plenty, but if your property is rough you may want the suspension seat, and by the time you add it to a regular HustlerZ you're almost paying for a Superz - THE finest mower available! If you are really gung ho, get the 28EFI. Now that's an amazing mo-chine!
  6. rough cut

    rough cut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    Do you have a Ferris dealer near? Take a look at the IS3000Z. Look at the Ferris web site and look into the spec on this model. With the rough, former pasture land, you may look into getting on a Ferris with its independent suspension. I cut 10 acres of former orange grove/pasture land with my IS5000z and love the ride. My neighbor has a Dixie chopper and complains about the harsh ride. You can get an aftermarket spring kit for the front end of the Dixies to help the ride. If you are pricing mowers in the 7k range you should be able to get something that will last until you can't get parts anymore.
  7. Zoso

    Zoso LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Thank you guys for the input.

    Mowingman: "How fast do you need to finish your mowing?" To answer your question, if money were not a problem I wouldn't hesitate to buy the biggest fastest ZTR out there. Money is an issue but I am willing to spend it. Also, after thinking about your response, I realized that overkill IS what I want. I just have to justify the expense.

    Cutter LLC: Thanks for the comments about Reynolds and Carmel Welding. I must say that a friend of mine with a DC just told me of a bad service experience at Reynolds. I'll email you the story if you're interested. Overall I feel comfortable with the dealership however, especially since I intend to do all the servicing myself if possible.

    Rough Cut: I appreciate the tip which makes perfect sense. Unfortunately I checked for the closest Ferris dealer and they are not close.
  8. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    Both mowers are top notch machines. Out of the two I would go with the Dixie Chopper. They have some outstanding features that some other mowers don't have and thats what i'd go with if I was choosing between the two.
  9. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    A trouble free unit you wan't ? Dixie Chopper, Hands Down !
    The only time I see one back is at tune & service time.
    They are a simple built unit with easy access to everything and most imporant no electric PTO clutch or wiring to worry about.
  10. Cutter LLC

    Cutter LLC LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 100

    Go ahead and email me the story I'm at lintonindy@peoplepc.com. Did you mean Carmel Welding instead of Reynolds?

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