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John Deere vs Dixie Chopper vs Exmark vs Scag vs Walker

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Doc, Jan 23, 2000.

  1. Turfmanpc

    Turfmanpc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    After reading some of the answers to your questions I figure I might as well put in my 2 cents worth.

    In answer to some of your questions - Which mower is the best? Which ever mower you decide on, make sure you have a local dealer who is used to working with the landscape trade. There is nothing worse than to have something break and not be able to get parts and service.

    Regarding blade tip speed. Most all of your brand name mowers all are running blade tip speed of 19000. This is an ANSI standard not an osha standard. This standard is voluntary. Most all your top name brands (Scag, Exmark, Encore, Bobcat, Bunton) are all there. I believe Dixe might even be more.

    Where this comes in to play for you is that you can cut faster. However, when you are cutting faster than normal and have a machine with a suspended deck (chains) many times on a bumpy lawn your deck is bouncing up in the air and going over the top of the grass leaving an uneven cut.

    Now the Advantage of a front cut over a mid cut !
    You are right you will get a better cut. Because many have fixed deck. It won't bounce as much. They also easier to get under swing sets, pine trees ect. They are generally also more comfortable to ride. More attachments are generally available. Like Grasshopper for example. If you do alot of snow you can get enclosed cabs with heat.
    The disadvantage is that they take more trailer space and they don't climb hills as well. They also aren't as manuverable in tight spaces.

    Bearings: Today most everyone is going to loose fit bearings in an aluminum housing without grease zirks. The reason being is that they are cheaper. The next reason is they are much more serviceable than the cast iron housings and less weight. You don't have to put them into a press to disassemble them. Less chance of breaking the housing. Old technology always had grease fittings but on the negative side to that overgreasing will pop the seal out and allow dirt to get in.

    Most of the warranties today are at least one year and some up to three years.

    If you are doing properties that are a couple of acres or more you really don't want to be bagging. Most of the mowers today have a blade tip speed quick enough to handle the job as long as you are not cutting too fast. Also, keep your blades sharp. It does make a difference.

    Hope some of this helps. Got to run now.
  2. Eric ELM

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

    This thread was started 14 months ago. Without reading all of the thread, I think he bought one last spring.
  3. Catcher

    Catcher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    I think Eric's right, last time 'Doc' responded was over a year ago ....
  4. WC - LC

    WC - LC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Hey DOC, I am pretty devoted to my machine I have the 72" deisel Dixie Chopper. last year I had the 40hp twin engine, it seemed to be alot of trouble though because took twice the maint. It also seemed to have alot of trouble with breaking belts but that could have just been a defective machine. I also run a 25hp 60" that I have had since 1998 and it has about 3500hrs on it and still running pretty good. The deisel is the way to go I think. Its power and speed made cutting time shorter and better. I hope that helps.
  5. Scott H

    Scott H LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    My vote is for EXMARK.
    I have two of them, one of which is over 10 years old and is still running strong. They give a great cut and reliable power.
  6. Catcher

    Catcher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

  7. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 922

    Look at the date of the first post! I think Doc has 300 hours on his Walker by now.
  8. Turfmanpc

    Turfmanpc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Sorry about that. I'm a guy here. I will pay better attention.
  9. Catcher

    Catcher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    Who says he bought a Walker?

  10. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 922

    Read the history on this thread. I think he bought a Walker, but that was a year ago, I could be wrong.

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