Dixie Chopper owners

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JOshua Gallerick, Mar 7, 2001.

  1. JOshua Gallerick

    JOshua Gallerick LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    I'm curious to know how many acres can you mow with a 60" diesel dixie on flat terrain with minimal obstructions?
    Are there any upgrades for the 2001 26 hp dixies?
  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    I have an 2001 XWD2600 which is the machine you are talking about. I got it in June, so it was one of the first ones made, so there has an electric fuel pump upgrade, which helped in two ways. It gives 3 more times fuel pressure to the engine and now if you run out of fuel, just turn on the key and it will self prime with the new self priming filter system.

    You should be able to mow at least 4 acres an hour with the regular XWD2600 and 5 with the XFD2600, the diesel Flatlander. It is possible to do more in great conditions, but what I gave is reasonable numbers for average growing grass. In the spring when it's growing an inch a day, you will do less if you have to slow down some or if you have rough lawns. I hope this helps. Are you getting one? If so, which model?

  3. turfquip

    turfquip LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    Eric, Is there some reason why a flatlander would not be appropriate for hillside mowing as opposed to other dixie models? Is the frame set up different on these?
  4. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    I think 3 3 1/2 per hr is realistic,as long as you can crank,and dont let the grass get to tall.
  5. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    Flatlanders have smaller wheel motors which gives them the extra speed. I'm not sure what the diesel Flatlander has for top speed, but the diesels have 3 inch taller tires on them which gives my regular 60 inch model a top speed of 12 MPH, about 2 MPH faster than a gas model. The gas Flatlander with the 22 inch tires goes 14 MPH, so the diesel with the 25 inch tires might go 16 MPH. I am not for certain.
  6. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Old Flatlanders pre 97 had the rear trimside tire kicked in. Mounted closer to the frame. This gave good trimming clearance when trimming along fences and around tree rings. After 98 [I think], all Dixies [including Flatlanders] went to the wider track. The diesels track width is even wider than the deck! The Flatlander also has faster [smaller displacement] wheel motors. In essesence, its like 4.11:1 XWD versus 3.08:1 Flatlander. Flatlanders were not the best hill climbers. It put a lot of strain on the pumps. Tipping over wise, my Flatlander was great. That 4 inches less track width didnt handicap its hill holding ability much at all.

    Now see....I can talk nice about Dixies.

    [you beat me to it Eric!!]

    [Edited by dixie1 on 03-07-2001 at 11:45 PM]
  7. weve

    weve LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Central Illinois
    Messages: 385

    I have the XFD2600-60 Flatlander. This is my third flatlander. The flatlander wheel motors are a little harder on the pumps than the regular wheel motors. It is a bit like starting in second gear instead of first. I just ease into my steering levers until I get rolling a bit. The pumps have to work harder on steep hills.

  8. JOshua Gallerick

    JOshua Gallerick LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    so wich dixie is better the flatlander or the other model. And what are the differences?
  9. Ricky

    Ricky LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154

    I have an XWD-2600 and I live on a very steep hill. It has plenty of power even with double blades. I have heard before about the deck being wider than the width of the back tires. I have a '99 model, this is not true on my mower.

    I have a friend that has a gas flatlander and a XXWD-4000 (2 -20 hp.Kohlers). He and his friend (that has a flatlander diesel) ran them side by side. The diesel is faster than the gas by about 1 mph. But the twin is faster than the diesel flatlander.

    My dealer runs the 50 horse diesel and the twin. He says that the twin is faster than the big diesel. He also pulls a "pup" and he prefers the diesel to do this. I have tried the large diesel and it will out run mine. I think this will be close:

    26 horse diesel = 12 mph
    gas flatlander = 13 mph
    26 flatlander diesel = 14 mph
    40 horse twin = 15 mph (or a little more)
    About the 50 diesel vs. the 26 diesel flatlander, I don't know which is the fastest.

    I have also found that tire pressure makes a big difference in ground speed with the atv type tires. When I am cutting a rough area, I will sometimes run about 6-7 lbs. of air pressure in the rear tires. When it is smooth, I will go for the max. which is 10 lbs. This will also increase the speed. But keep an eye on the pressure because it will increase when they get hotter.

    If I was going to cut many hills, I would go with the extra torque that the XWD-2600 has. If I didn't, I would go with the XFD-2600, if speed is the major consideration.
  10. luckylawnboy

    luckylawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 433

    I have an XFW 2500. It will climb any hill you want, steep enough to flip it over backward if you want. I see no reason not to Get the flatlander. I think the chassie is still off set because when I hade my striping kit the holes on the wheel motor housing were off a couple of inches from side to side. If you do not want to go that fast just slow down, if you do just go faster.

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