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Dixie Chopper Run Behind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Quikcut, Jul 27, 2005.

  1. Quikcut

    Quikcut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I'm shopping for 2 WBs a 36" and something larger from a 52" on up and I keep coming across what I consider good deals but always on stuff that I'm not familiar with. Today I came across a Dixie Chopper "Run Behind". It has a 27Hp Guardian engine that I know absolutely nothing about. Anyone familiar with these engines or Dixie Chopper in general. I've narrowed my 36" search down to a Ferris and will be picking it up tommorow. However my search for a larger WB seems to be ever increasing. I even came across a ZTR to throw in the mix. Here's what I've come across; All are Brand New
    A Great Dane 52" for 3000.00 (#1)
    A Lesco 52" 3500.00
    Dixie Chopper 52" for 3900.00
    Snapper Pro ZTR for 4900.00 (Not exactly sold on it because a lot of my props have hills but thats what the 36 is for)
    So I guess I have two questions.
    1.)Anyone familiar with the Run Behind/ Guardian engine?
    2.)Which one of the above mowers would you purchase?
  2. Pumper

    Pumper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116


    I don't think you will find many guys who have experince with the Run Behind. However, the engine is the same as they use on the Silver Eagle. The only bad thing I have heard about the Generacs have been the fuel consumption. They are powerful engines but they like gas.

    I haven't mowed with the Run Behind but I have driven it on a lot and at some shows. It is way more responsive to the controls than most walk behinds. This means it will take a little getting used to.

    I can't speak for the other models you have listed. Sorry. I hope this helps.
  3. splatz100

    splatz100 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 647

    Pick up the run behind, brand new those things are 5800
  4. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    personally i would be more inclined to get the dane or lesco, i haven't heard too many good results from the dixie wb, so a search here and see for yourself
  5. Appalachian landscape

    Appalachian landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    I demoed a runbehind and hated it. I felt like I was going to fall off the velke the whole time. It has a kill switch similar to a jet ski where you have to clip it to your belt so iff you fall off the mower will die. I assume by having this kill switch that falling off the back has been an issue. Demo one before you buy, maybe you'll like it.
  6. eclawn

    eclawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    If Your Getting A 36'' Ferris Why Not Get A Larger Ferris Also, Thier Dual Drive Hydros Are One Of The Best Walks Out There. If You Got A 52'' It Would Use The Same Blades And Some Other Parts Would Interchange Also.
  7. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    For a 36" look at the wright sentar sport. it gets great ratings on lawnsite.
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Ferris makes a great 61" DD, WB with a 23 hp Kawi. We have 5 of them.
  9. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    Try the eXmark Turf Tracer. If I had the money I woould have gotten that instead of the Metro. But, that's great too.
  10. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    I recommend Toro for the WB.

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