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Is this a good model of Dixie Chopper?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mopar92, May 5, 2011.

  1. mopar92

    mopar92 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    Looking at a 2004 SP2800. never used commercially, has 640 hours on a fuel injected Kohler engine. It is a 72" deck. I have 10 acres that I mow. Should I stay away from this machine? He's asking $5500. I really wanted an exmark but can only find 60" models. Thanks!!
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  2. dhardin53

    dhardin53 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    I think you will do just fine with that mower. There was some issues with the fuel injection, But when it works its fine.
  3. mopar92

    mopar92 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    Are dc drive pumps, etc usually reliable? What do I need to check for? I own a residential grade 50" zero turn, I know how to operate the zt mowers. Thanks for any tips.
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  4. mopar92

    mopar92 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    Roughly, if this mower looks like a 600 hour mower, what is it worth? What to look for? Thanks!!
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  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Personally, if it's taken care of, that is a decent price for a 72" Dixie. Hour wise they can top 1000+ easily.

    Just like any zero turn, the ride will be a little rough, so hopefully the previous owner installed a suspension seat. If it's still rough, go get a set of flex/suspension forks for the front casters.

    I use a 60" classic on 2 acres and can have it mowed in 1.5 hours with the suspension kit on it.
  6. mopar92

    mopar92 LawnSite Member
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  7. mopar92

    mopar92 LawnSite Member
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    The mower ran good, started good, etc. One thing that did concern me, is that it did not seem to go much faster than my home grade zero turn. I thought this model was supposed to be fairly fast.
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  8. weve

    weve LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Central Illinois
    Messages: 384

    I'm looking at a 2004 Dixie Chopper product catalog. The top speed listed for your model is 10 mph.
  9. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    I have a 2005 SP2800 in a 60'' with 1200 hrs on it
    Runs 12 mph have plenty power
    But in a 72'' might be little doggy

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