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Would You Buy A Run-Behind?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by White Gardens, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    And the only shot I found with platform in the down position.



  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    And could anyone really tell me what would make this machine any more dangerous than something like a TORO Walkbehind?

  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    These mowers are no more dangerous than any other mower. Of all of the reports that I've read about them, not one single person ever complained about anything. This mower only had one problem and if Dixie had kept producing them then people probably would have gotten over the problem. They were very ungainly looking. It didn't look like any other mower out there. They are converted Silver Eagles. They had a whole bunch of really cool features like a boat style lanyard, removable gas tanks and factory OCDC.

    Dixie killed them off before they had a chance to get going though. Such a shame.
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    I always wondered why they quit making them. I know it was around the time when the business changed and Art stepped down, so I don't know if that had something to do with it.

    Thanks Richard!

  5. Greyst1

    Greyst1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Why the Ef would you want to light jog during a mow? Is there really any ? why these were killed off.
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    Uh yeah. Because you didn't actually have to run behind them. Dur...
  7. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't think it would be unsafe, but I think either a hydro walkbehind or a stander would be fine alternatives. I think it was dixie's choice for those who want to run dixie...

    white are you sure about this--if it were me i wouldn't operate a division of the business on a used piece of discontinued equipment--just seems like a recipe for downtime. I m not bashing the machine I m just trying to understand the decision
  8. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    :laugh:Hahaha, you took the words out of my mouth. Be great down here in the summer. :hammerhead:

    I got a couple of Metro 36's with 14HP Kawasaki, I push it into 4th and I'm running full tilt boogie. I save it for the crews. What makes the Dixie special?

    I'll bet lot's of the walkers when kicked up in gear will make you jog.
  9. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Normally I've been using my older late nineties Simplicity Coronet. 34" wide, 16 horse motor, and fantastic stripes/cut for about 6 mow/maintenance accounts I do. It's just too bad it's too slow and not "professional looking" (which I think is a crock, but it is what it is.)

    This year I'll be tripling the number of mowing accounts, but they are still small with a handful of larger area that I can put the platform down on and run at top speed.

    Coupled with a lot of curbs to hop, I feel this machine will do just fine. I do have a 60" Dixie ride on at my disposal if need to use it. Basically it's an in-laws and I take care of his property with it. As much as I would like to use it all the time and he has offered to let me rent it, it's not mine, and too big for the smaller properties I picked up.

    It's a means to an end. I didn't really expect to pick up all these accounts but have been slowly preparing for such. This machine will do the job for a season or two until I can go bigger and newer. As a discontinued machine, I still can get parts for it, and I did work on Dixie Choppers for a couple of summers as a part-time mechanic, so fixing it won't take much.

    Also, after running a Toro walk-behind in the past and the Dixie Run-Behind, I feel this machine blows out every other walk-behind in terms of productivity.

    That and it doesn't rut at all or as bad as a sit down ZTR, and I'm a stickler for crap like that as are my clients.

    Ultimately, baby steps is the name of the game. If the mowing division takes off, then I'll start buying better mowers. For now it will just help to keep me profitable and to keep cash on reserve to buy equipment with cash.

  10. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Looks like a nice purchase on a cool machine. Ive seen the ztrs that the controls can be adjusted to walk behind them. Graeat idea just wish the commerical companies would buiold them

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