:blob4: Hope you have better luck then I. Only 300 hours and uses 2 quarts of oil every 3 hours. I've also had both hydrostats replaced (warranty) but it was out of service for a week. I'd consider something else. Food for Thought.
I love my Dixie Chopper, and although I'll probably demo many other brands when it comes that time for another one or a replacement, I'll probably end up with another Dixie. Check out sites connected with Dixie Chopper's site if you're considering buying a chopper. Although they're probably a little biased towards the choppers on the forum I'm alluding to, there's plenty of knowledgeable people over there with thousands of hours of experience with choppers. Make sure you've got a good dealer nearby though-not having parts is a pain.
Industry-leading blade tip speed
Awesome striping capabilities
up to 15mph mow speed on some models (although I wouldn't reccomend mowing like that in all conditions of course)
Easy to work on and less parts to go wrong
The deck cleans itself out quite well in many conditions (however, when it's too wet, it's too wet)
Turf Boss Tires
with my dixie while mowing a very old cemetary, I hit an old fallen over headstone which ended up bending the deck shell a bit. I would argue that the deck shell could at least look a little tougher like scages or exmarks, but I would figure that may detract from it's awesome cutting abilities.
Ditto with the hill capabilities--weight distribution on them is not all the greatest. It's walk-behind time on the steeper hills and ditches imo.
Ive ran dixies for many years and im verry happy with them. Im not going to give you a biast oppinion of them. Ive had my ups an downs with them. On my 05 Xtrems they had a bad batch of hydrogear pumps. I had bolth of them switched out. The new grey decks they have dont cut NEAR what the old black decks did. But they are makeing improvements every year. I hear the 06's are going to be updated. Ive ran exmarks also, the exmark cut is better on some applications. If you stripe dixies will out stripe an exmark with no stripe kit. But an exmark with the exmark factory rooler will do better then the dixies. I run X blades and big league lawn rooler stripers on my dixies. Its right up there with the exmark. As for quality. You will get good eggs and bad eggs with every brand. Id say Demo it and Demo it and Demo it again. Make sure your getting what best fits you. And make sure the dealer is good. One of the best things ive found with dixie. Is if i ever have a question that I cant get answered with them. You can call the factory and talk to Art Evans (owner) and get a real answer and results. Not many other brands will let you talk directly to the owner and ask him anything you want.
Just get what you feel fits you for your lawn and applications.
I love my Dixie Chopper on hills. If I have a steep property to mow, that is all I would use. I have a couple Wright Sentars which are great on hills too, but the really steep ones only get the Dixie on them... it's safer. Also, the hyraulic system on a Dixie is better than any other mower.