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a few chopper questions

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Griz, May 23, 2007.

  1. Griz

    Griz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I have an opportunity to pick up a Dixie chopper for a song. However I was told that the hydraulics are bad on the left side of the machine. So my question is this. Is there a rebuild kit for these hydraulic motors and pumps, or would it be easier to replace the whole thing. And what is the ballpark cost in doing so. Also are there any other reasons that could cause this to happen. When I was talking to the guy, and asking questions over the phone he didn't sound very mechanically inclined. Any info would be a great help, as I am unfamiliar with these machines.
  2. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    whats bad ? the pump? the wheel motor ? J-Thomas will probably have both or take them to your dealer or hydraulic shop and have them prfessionally rebuilt.
  3. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    I work for a Dixie dealer and we have been selling them for around 5 yrs, I have had zero problems with these hydro systems. There are some things to check before throwing parts on.

    The most common is the belt tension/adjustment, If this hydro belt is worn/miss-adjusted it will cause one side to be weak. Another is the spring loaded idler arm for the hydro belt, It is mounted with a 3/8' bolt and nyloc nut to the upper frame under the seat. Dirt gets packed around this bolt/bushing and causes binding/tension loss and belt slippage.

    Dump valve could not be seated tight enough.
    Check all hydro line fittings for tightness, One could be sucking air but not bad enough to leak oil.

    If they are saying weak on one side they may mean it drives to one side or the other. In this case check rear tire pressure first, In some cases one tire may have been replaced with the same size but different brand and could be larger or smaller in diameter. In this case measure the circumference of the tires.

    Also a tire could have a split cord making it larger or the tracking may just need a adjustment.
  4. Griz

    Griz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks for all of your help guys, I went and took a look at it, and i believe the problem is the linkage between the steering lever and the drive motor. I made him a low-ball offer, we'll see if he takes it.
  5. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997

    sooo.... did he take it?

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