John Deere VS Dixie Chopper

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by EAT1303, Jul 8, 2006.

  1. EAT1303

    EAT1303 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I am looking into buying a ztr for my home use. I have looked at the John Deere 737 (KAW) and the Dixie Choppers LT 2700 (Generac). As well as the Exmark. I like all of these machines, but am hearing both good and bad. Problem is, I am hearing all the good and bad from the dealers. Can any one help me with some suggestions, tips, or advice on which would be the best mower for the money? Once I buy, I don't want to have to buy again for a long time. I have an 1-3/4 acre of thick Bermuda.

    Thanks for any help,
  2. dfischer

    dfischer LawnSite Member
    from Il
    Messages: 114

    Perhaps a bit I can.

    I bought a JD 757 w/60"
    I wanted service where ever I lived.
    I sold my 16 year old JD 265 for $1400. I call that holding value.

    I had (traded up) a generac generator w/generac engine. Ok, but not as solid feeling. Seemed a shorter stroked, busier motor, and it was just harder to find service, not to mention parts on hand

    I do find the JD's a bit short on power for their deck and frame size. Not bad, but a little short. But then I mulch.

    Cleaning the deck is a hassle.

    I kinda wish it was joystick operated.

    It's freaking heavy, and certainly far more rugged then I will ever need.
    Tractor strong, but it will never do more then cut grass. Wish it was a bit less rugged (heavy) as it's really wide tires can do damage on a "Z" turn. Care is needed.

    I wish it started the blades like the kubota. I wince everytime the PTO nearly stops the motor..

    Otherwise it's perfect. The above are simple observations of on otherwise good machine.

    BTW, I think the dixie's are ugle.
  3. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    I tried the dixie before buying my deere 737 and I did not like the chopper mainly because of poor dealer support. In my area there has been several dealers that sold dixie and did not stay in biz very long and the one I tried it at is now out of biz. Also are not real popular here. My 737 does a fine job and I also run the mulching kit. Good luck in whatever you decide, there are a lot of folks on here who run/like dixie but it all comes down to dealer support.
  4. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    Dixie Chopper is hands down a better machine then a John Deere IMO. Maybe not as pretty however but one mean machine when it comes to mowing grass.
  5. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Deere gets my vote. Especially with their new stamped instead of fabricated 7 iron deck.
  6. rodneyskip

    rodneyskip LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Messages: 196

    GO with Deere.

    Resale value and service.

    No need to even think about cleaning the decks on the 7-iron II decks.

    I would look at the 757 over the 737 because of the extra horsepower.

    If you are only going to mow that much grass, I would save money and go with the 717. Smaller motor and deck, but good power.
  7. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    No need to think about cleaning off the deck ?
  8. rodneyskip

    rodneyskip LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Messages: 196

    Topside, but not the bottom.
  9. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    i have a friend who has a jd 717 with the old style 7 iron deck and i have used it many times. long story short, it's awesome. i can only imagine the new 7 iron II decks. tried a dixie once, and didn't like the overly agressive tires but the cut was pretty good. but it is REALLY ugly. if you're only cutting 1.75 acres, i would also lean tword the jd 717. i have mulched with it and it takes a surprising amount to bog it down even with a 19 hp kaw engine.

    WREBELMACHINE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,089

    Between those two Dixie Chopper! And at least here were I am the resale is much better!

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