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Why a dixie Chopper???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SouthernYankee, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. SouthernYankee

    SouthernYankee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 789

    What is so great about dixie choppers? Where I used to live up north I never even saw one, not until I go onto this site.

    What does this mower have over the rest?
  2. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,266

    The reason you didn't see one up north is because Northerners have a natural aversion to the word "Dixie". More to your question, I believe they pride themselves on ground speed and interesting engine chioces. They offer one mower with twin engines if I am not mistaken.

    Due to their relatively high center of gravity, they are best suited for flat terrain. That is why there are so many of them in the deep south.
  3. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    Yes they have a high center of gravity, but they have one of the widest wheel bases around. They will handles hills just as good if not better than most ztrs.
  4. SOMM

    SOMM LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    They have one of the most advanced hydro oil filtration and cooling systems. They are fast moving(the duals engines and diesels do 15mph, ours does 8-9mph, we paced it). They have a consistent blade tip speed of 3300 rpms through almost anything: 24" tall fescue lawns after being rained out for a few weeks, foot high Bermuda, dandilion and plantain weed fields even look well sculpted. I've seen them operate on St. Augustine in Dallas nicely, around the hotels and convention centers. We close the side discharge baffle and grind leaves with gator blades installed, like the leaves didnt exist. They cut great in high humidity and moisture conditions, even the cold doesnt phase 'em, unless they're diesel. If you're caught in a torrential downpour on flat to 30 degree grades, keep on mowing, it's still going to look great with no callback. We use ours regularly on some 45 degree grades without reducing our tire pressure. Some local municipalities are using 42-46hp diesel Dixies on some massive slopes too. There are easy and hard hours of operation, Dixies can handle 5000 hard hours with the original engine, before needing major overhauling, nolo prollem.
    We like 'em. As long as we mow, we'll own one. :)
  5. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    I could try to explain but I think you need to try one and see for yourself.
  6. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    I agree with most of your post. But have you tried a mower that had a baffled mulch kit on leaves before? It is night and day between a mulching mower and a Dixie Chopper. That is the only reason I didn't purchase another Dixie. I sure do miss that mower's cut quality in wet conditions, but I had to have a mower that could mulch leaves better. I always had to go backward on the Dixie to get it to mulch descent. I wish I could fit the Turf boss tires on a 52" Hustler. I loved those tires in wet conditions. I need a set of 23x9.5-12 turf boss tires :cry:
  7. Jackman

    Jackman LawnSite Member
    from Zone
    Messages: 231

    Any pics of the dual engine Dixie chopper? Why 2 engines? Seems like unessasary overkill.......
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Dixies also have the easiest to use steering there is. You can easily operate a Dixie for 8 hours without wearing your arms out. One handed! The hydro system is second to none. It is a quad loop system that is normally only found on applications of over 100 horsepower.

    Most Dixies (except the base models) also use a Amsoil 1 micron engine oil bypass filter. All of the engine oil is constantly run through a filter that filters so well that if you were to blow cigarette smoke into it nothing but air comes out.

    They are tough and if you don't abuse them they require little in the repair department. My first Dixie at almost 1300 hours has only needed a set of belts and even at that I think they could have gone a few hundred hours longer.

    If they do need repairs Dixies are built wide open so you don't need to remove un-neccesary panels and cowls.
  9. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    Another good thing about the Dixie's that I saw on the new ones is they have fans on all the deck pulleys. I don't know if the older machines have them or not.
  10. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,468

    mine doesnt have fans its still cutting after 9 years

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