Font mount vs. mid mount

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Catcher, Mar 5, 2001.

  1. Catcher

    Catcher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    Thanks to all for the input on my confused homeowner's post.
    I have narrowed myself down to 2 machines, a Dixie Chopper Flatlander of the stainless variety with a 60" deck, 22.5hp Kohler and a Grasshopper front-mount with a 16hp briggs, 48" deck.
    Both units are the same age, shape and price.
    Mowing about 2.5 acres, I have a desire for the 60" deck; but with the trees, slopes and obstacles involved I can see the benefit of a front-mounted deck.
    Trailoring doesn't play into the equation, so room is not a consideration.
    If I could find at least a 54" front mounted mower for the price I'd have my mind made up......
    Waddaya think?
  2. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    The Dixie will cut much faster,I bet you could almost do it on 1/2 the time as the grasshopper,but you will have to hand trim a lot more than with the front mount,so its your choice.I personally,at home would rather mow for 10 more minutes and trim for 10 less,I hate trimming.If i were you,Id consdier the front mount for ease of maintance alone,I have a Dixie,and a front mount Steiner at work,I can service the deck on the steiner without laying on my back or under it,cleaning is so much easier to with front mount.To really clean a Dixie,you need to pull off the floor every time,and clean under it,to clean under the deck,there is no way to do it without getting messy and dirty.With the front mount-its so easy.if you dont have a trailer-you will need to buy or make a jack/ramp,just to change blades,and clean the dixie deck safely.The front mount- a simple jackstand and you can work on it in a few seconds,without crap falling on you,or worrying about the machine falling on you.In my experience with my 60" Dixie,you will get grass stained every time you mow-the machine blows clippings out the front of the deck and up onto you constantly,lowering the shield dosent help much-just gotta live with it,but dont beleive the guy in the DC brochure is mowing with his nice White Polo shirt-if those blades were on-that shirt would be stained green in 30 seconds tops.If your lot was flat and open,the Dc would tear that Hopper up,but in your case I would go front mount,good luck.
  3. Catcher

    Catcher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    Thanks John,
    I realize that the 60" swath will cut faster, not having any experience with zero turns I wasn't sure about the manouveravility of a mid-mount. My goal would be to donate the 'ole pushmower for good cause :)
    However, the 48" deck is still bugging me; oh well - can't win them all.....
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Get the Dixie. I have a midmount Lazer and I do not have any problems with trimming. My midmount and my walkbehinds do not make much difference on trimming. At least not enough to worry about. The time you save with the chopper will greatly outway the trimming. Not to mentio, you will probably get a much better cut.
  5. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
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  6. Eric ELM

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

    You asked about the manouveravility of a mid-mount. They will turn around in the box they came in. :)
    I have used the 60" Choppers for since 1993 and I still use a 1995 purchased in 1994, plus a 2001. I agree the decks do not stick out far on a DC, but it will cut up to in line with the left back tire. Even if you leave an inch of uncut grass, we trim around everything every time anyway. We have not had a problem with this. The speed at which they can cut is unreal and they do a good job of it. I have used out front mowers, but I prefer mid mounts. Everyone has their differences.
  7. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    I use Grasshoppers. But comparing a 48" to a 60" , I'll take the 60" DC. Also a 16hp vs. a 22hp is a no brainer.You will be the envy of all your neighbors. I start to cut my lawn after my neighbors already cut half of his. I'm done way before they are. They all use Crapsman tractors.
  8. Catcher

    Catcher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    I'm not sure how this happened, but I think I boughtst me a brand-spanking new Grasshopper. 618 w 54" flipdeck, low pressure tires, wide stance, etc.
    Now I'm hoping for a season where you have to mow 3x a week.......
    Thanks everyone.
  9. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    Congratulations! You'll love it. It will probably last you forever! My friend was using a Crapsman tractor to cut his large lawn. It was taking him 3 hours every Saturday. He bought a Grasshopper 718. It now takes him 45 minutes.
  10. Catcher

    Catcher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    Well, what's worse than mowing with a crapsman?
    Spending the last 5 years with a crapsman copy ....
    This thing better last me a lifetime, can't afford to buy too many of them.
    Before the name goes on the dotted line; I'm obviously thinking about getting the best gig for the money, I'm still eyeballing the Walkers as well, I like the buid in vac for leaves and de-thatching, but I don't care much to pick up everytime I mow......
    Then there's the Woods dealer, just like the G-hopper but a bit more money.
    I guess I'll end up with the 618?
    Sorry, just the 'day before pay' jitters.


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