Dixie vs cub cadet tank

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Justin5309, May 13, 2012.

  1. lawns Etc

    lawns Etc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,277

    Wow havent heard that name in a long time! I had a M48 tank and it was ok Ive had several Dixies and they are great machines
  2. Justin5309

    Justin5309 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I guess my only concern for the Dixie was that I heard the silver eagle (LT 2500) was a residential mower and the cub was commercial. It sounds like the Dixie brand is better quality but what do you think about the silver eagle line vs the tank line especially considering the tank is $1200 cheaper?
  3. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,756

    MTD owns Cub Cadet and has since 1981. There for a few years Cub joined with Yanmar to have their SCUTs branded as a Cub Cadet/Yanmar. I *think* that Lesco built some of Cub Cadets branded commercial walk behinds, but I think the tank and such was cub built, which is owned by MTD.
  4. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    I'm not gonna bash another brand so bad like some on here do.
    But, I have a Lesco 60" with a Kawasaki 25 and it's as good as any mower out there. It's made by Cub Cadet Commercial.
    It's got all the same components (pumps and wheel motors) and a quality engine.
    I was biased when I first got on here about 10 years ago because everyone bashed Lesco aka Cub Cadet Commercial.
    Gotta realize there are a lot of people on this site and not everyone is informed.
    My mower is the same as the Cub you're looking at except I have a bigger deck.

    Just a side note.
    I got my mower from a big landscaper that tries a lot of brands constantly.
    He didn't like the cut so he sold it to me.
    I ordered blades for it and discovered he put really narrow blades on it and he was right, it cut like crap.
    When I put the correct 3" blades on it, it cut just like my Bob-Cats.
    I've been using it commercially for 4-5 years now and haven't had to do anything other than routine maintenance on it.
  5. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    One has to wonder why the Cub has had 2 owners so soon !
  6. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    All I run is M48's and Cub Commercial walk behinds. They get run hard day in and day out all day long, and mine all have more hours on them than competitors Gravely's, Scag's, Toro's, and eXmark's without any major failures.

    Anyone that doubts a Tank has either run the cheap homeowner Cub models, or went into it with a biased view.

    Expecially for that kind of a price difference, AS LONG AS it is an actual M48 and not a "Recon" or one of the other homeowner models, there is no question or doubt in my mind I'd buy the Tank.

    Actually, where are you located and where is the machine? If you're not interested, I sure am!
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    This is a huge claim. Is there any way for you to prove this? You do know that Dixie Choppers are famous for going well over 4,000 hours on a regular basis right?
  8. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    I would be interested also except it has a 48" deck.
    I use 60's only and smaller 36 and 48 walkbehinds.
    I do have a 52 or 54 Lesco widetrack with a Kawasaki 19, it doesn't get used much since I got my first Z several years ago.

    One more thing for anyone reading this....
    As long as we're comparing commercial mower to commercial mower, I don't think there are any really bad mowers out there.
    Just differences that make one more suitable to a particular user.
  9. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,527

    I would never dought a mower that is capable of interstellar flight, :laugh: let's get Envy in here to chime in on this.
  10. Justin5309

    Justin5309 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Any idea if I would be able to get a grass catcher (or small grass collector off of discharge chute) with the m48?

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