Some Dixie Questions

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by turfquip, Dec 30, 2000.

  1. turfquip

    turfquip LawnSite Senior Member
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    Anybody know what the maximum height of cut on the 72" Yanmar 50 H.P. diesel?

    Is the 1700 difference between the smaller and the larger diesel worth the money or is the big diesel overkill?

  2. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    I looked in my Chopper catalog and all the Choppers including the diesel you are talking about have a maximum cut height of 5" and a minimum of 1". I have not heard of anyone buying the 50 hp Yanmar.
  3. Eric ELM

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

    The 26 HP Yanmar would handle the 72" in normal conditions, but the 50 HP Yanmar would handle it with style in any conditions. If you want to cut some tall thick grass, the 50 won't slow down in anything. The 50 HP has a turbo on it, so it may just be worth the extra bucks on a 72". I know a guy that has the twin 20 HP Kohlers on a 72" and he used a 72" with a 26 HP Yanmar and said there was quite a difference in the two. Try them both out in the worst conditions and normal conditions and you will see what I mean. :)
  4. As Eric pointed out, if you are going to be cutting in some extreme conditions such as overgrown grass, then the 50Hp on a 72" would be worth the extra $$. The extra Hp will definitely keep the blade tip speed up in the heavy grass. I chatted one night with a guy who owns 2 of the 50 Hp DC's. He loves them for the speed he can cut at and the economy of the diesel over the twin Kohlers on the S'BURB'N TURB'N XXW4000.

    In normal cutting conditions the 26Hp Yanmar should be able to handle the 72" deck OK. But if you feel that you may encounter tall grass on a regular basis, then go for the 50Hp model. I know the next DC I buy will be a diesel, for the power reserve of the diesel and for the economy.

  5. turfquip

    turfquip LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    Thanks guys.

    Davis, did your friend say the 50 HP was as fast as the Suburban Turbin as far as cutting speed under normal conditions?

    Does it make sense to believe you could cut grass at 13 mph anyway? How realistic is that?


    Considering a Chopper
  6. Eric ELM

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

    Ed, I also talked to the same guy with the 2 50HP Yanmars. He said they go as fast as the XXW4000, but just has more power and uses lots less fuel. I also talked to another guy that has one of these machines. You should come to the Dixie Chopper Chat Room I have on my site and talk to other owners. Terry from Ky. has a XXW4000, the twin 20 Kohler set up and he mows at full speed on big lawns. He mows several large commercial lawns and he also has a 60" Flatlander which mows at 13 MPH. He says the XXW4000 is faster than the Flatlander. From what I've heard, the XXW5000 is as fast as the XXW4000 with power to spare.

    We also have another member that has 2 of the XXW2600 models, the 72" with a 26 HP Yanmar and he is very satisfied with them. He mows sports fields with them and is from Maine. You are welcome to come join in our chat room anytime Ed.


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