I dropped off my Exmark 60" Turf Tracer at the dealer today to have one of the hydros checked out, he also sells Dixie's and Cub Tank's, I told him I would be in the market for a new ZTR in the spring. The only demo he had was a Dixie 2703, 60" deck & 27 HP Generac engine. I thought I would give it a try, although I have read alot of mixed reviews about them and have never really been impressed with the looks. Well to say I was unimpressed is an understatment, I felt like I was riding on a death trap. I couldn't get it on a slope more than 10 degrees, absolutely terrrible on the slightest bit of a slope, the seat height and center of gravity is way to high, I felt like I was standing up while I was mowing. It rode like a wagon, cut quality wasn't that great and grass dispersal wasn't any better. Hated the Velvet Touch steering, it is way to sensitive, and those tires are are terrible, it didn't matter how careful I was I was still getting turf damage on turns, even with 3 point turns, the tread pattern is just too aggressive. Didn't like the electric deck lift, I like being able to raise and lower the deck quickly with a foot pedal instead of having to stop and raise and then stop and lower it back down. I really didn't mind the manual blade engagment, one less thing to go wrong. The only thing I was somewhat impressed with was the Generac engine, I went through some thick grass with some wet leaves to see if it bogged the motor, to my suprise it hardly pulled on the motor at all. We lined it up side by side with my Super Z, no comparison, better cut, better clipping dispersal, basically better everything. Not trying to offend any Dixie owners, but I've owned alot of different brands over the years, Exmark, Scag, Grasshopper and Hustler, I honestly can't see why anyone would want to use these mowers, unless you were mowing nothing but completely flat lawns. I just couldn't believe how poorly this mower performed, especially in the light mowing conditions I used it on.