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dixie chopper

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by newblade, May 22, 2005.

  1. newblade

    newblade LawnSite Member
    Messages: 162

    What would make a dixie chopper cut better than, say an exmark? Why would dixie chopper be better. I own Exmarks and a friend of mine has bought a dixie chopper. I am just wondering what the technical differences are. I haven't seen him operate it yet either.
     
  2. Gene $immons

    Gene $immons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    Nothing. A mower is a machine that spins a blade. I look for things like the deck, the ease of operation and the cost. I also am interested in ease of maintenance and dealer support more than brand name. I have a Dixie, love it. But... many other mowers will do just as good.
     
  3. SOMM

    SOMM LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    You'll know once you schedule a demo, and can operate it with one hand.

    Having said that, we'll yield the floor to LawnSite's good friend's Richard Martin and Lawn-Scapes.

    http://www.lawnsite.com/search.php?searchid=354442

    (a top bar search for "dixie chopper")
     
  4. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    Thanks for making me feel like I have to respond.. LOL

    I don't know if I would say one is better than the other. As was said above.. you will need to demo and make a decision for yourself. Having owned a 60" Lazer Z for three years prior to the two 72" Dixie Choppers I currently own... I would have to give a slight edge to the Lazer in cut quality. Having said that... I wanted/needed something faster with more hp. So... I demoed a Hustler, Toro, Kubota and Dixie. I decided on the Dixie because none of the others had the speed/hp combo that Dixie offered. The cut quality was so close that it was a non factor. What really sold me was the comfort and smoothness of the Dixie. I didn't feel near the fatigue at the end of a day.. that I did on the Lazer. They are all great machines.. It's just that I prefered the Dixie.

    Good luck.....
     
  5. ChadA

    ChadA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 521

    Thank You. No matter what mower you say is better than another there's always gonna be someone who says so and so makes a better machine. The fact is you could name 10 companies that make great machines. Who has tried them all on A daily basis to compare them, no one. As long at it does what you need it to do effectively and efficiently without problems then its a good machine.
     
  6. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,517

    I am sure deck design plays a role in how well a given machine cuts. I have demod 3 choppers now, and thought all cut very clean. I am impressed with their cut, and have no great reasons why I think they do such a great job. I think in certain circumstances they excell my Hustler's, but in others I think they fall a bit behind. Not that they don't cut clean, just that I feel they fall off in the discharge of clippings when moist or wet.

    That said, with a recent demo of their Ext Mow Machine, I would never opt for it over any of the major mowers. The quirky features are too much for me to take. I am sure you would get used to many of them, but for me, they are not an option no matter how great they cut.

    To each his own.
     

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