Would You Buy A Run-Behind?

White Gardens

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Bloomington IL
Have a chance to pick up a Dixie Run-Behind. One I used to use when I worked for the previous company selling it.

All I remember is that the thing was awesome, but didn't know what the general public thought of them before they were discontinued.

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White Gardens

White Gardens

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Bloomington IL
Here's a good write up. http://www.greenhillfarms.net/dixiechopper.htm

All I remember is when you had it at full speed you would be lightly jogging.

The platform/sulky sucks on it, but I might just modify the one or get a Jungle Jim sulky for it.

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Mowingman

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Texas
I read a lot about them back when they were offered, which was only for about 1 year. I believe they actually had a very nice cut. They were big, heavy, and FAST.
 
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White Gardens

White Gardens

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Bloomington IL
I read a lot about them back when they were offered, which was only for about 1 year. I believe they actually had a very nice cut. They were big, heavy, and FAST.
I remember the machine having a really nice cut, and the guy who owns it has two and is keeping one.

Dangerous, never felt that way when I operated it. Can be any less/more dangerous than any other stander on the market now.

The run-behind kinda fits in my business profile also. The machine doesn't rut as bad a sit-on zero turn, a bit lighter, but yet keeping up production.

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crazymike

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Ontario
I remember the machine having a really nice cut, and the guy who owns it has two and is keeping one.

Dangerous, never felt that way when I operated it. Can be any less/more dangerous than any other stander on the market now.

The run-behind kinda fits in my business profile also. The machine doesn't rut as bad a sit-on zero turn, a bit lighter, but yet keeping up production.

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I don't think running behind a lawn mower is anything like a stander.

When you are running/jogging/power walking you are WAY more likely to trip and fall. WAY more likely.

Tripping and falling into something moving at a quick rate of speed, with spinning blades would probably end badly.
 
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White Gardens

White Gardens

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Bloomington IL
I'm confused. The platform is built in, but you said the sulk sucks?

Why not just buy a walk behind and sulky?
It is a walk behind, but I think I'm going to put a jungle jim 2 wheel sulky on it.

The platform has two pivot points on the frame and one caster wheel in the center. It leaves a tire mark in the center of the stripe and isn't comfortable the way it oscillates.

Look at the pic, you can see the platform and wheel in the up position.



The only advantage to this setup is that you can raise and lower the platform on the fly.

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