2007 Dixie Chopper XXWD 3500 Review
I have owned three Dixie Choppers since 2001. I am no longer going to purchase any more and I am in the process of selling the 07 Diesel model.
Here are some of the problems I am seen with this company:
1. Mowers are poorly designed:
- Hard to service. Odd placement of filters. When I service my Diesel model the oil drain plug is right above the frame. So every time I service the mower, I get oil all over the frame.
- These mowers cannot handle hills at all. They slide a lot. The mower has a very high center of gravity which causes them to handle very poorly.
- Since the mower has no deck cover, belt and spindles get covered with debris and mower is hard to clean since debris get caught in every inch between belt, spindles and deck lip.
- Hard to clean since the mowers have no covers over engine. The mower engine compartment is all exposed and makes them look cheap. Even a partial cover would help.
- They need to learn that stickers will not stick on stainless steel near a fuel tank. After a season the stickers look horrible. This drives me nuts. No one wants stickers all over thier mower. They need to clean up the sticker clutter.
- Horrible ride. The frame needs to be stretched a few more inches. They need to study a SCAG Turf Tiger and find out why
it rides nice and can handle extremely steep hills.
- Parking brake does not last past a season. You will have to repair it once a year.
2. Hard to get service after the sale:
- Parts take way too long.
- Took two weeks to get two new front tires and front rims. Dealer told me I had to buy both since tire centers could not install their low profile (Chopper Style) tires. Change the damn tire design people. A tire repair that should cost under $30 ended up costing over $100 since they said I had to purchase the tire all ready mounted to the rim. WHO THINKS THIS IS NORMAL?
- The dealers are few and far between.
- After seeing their latest design (The DOMINATOR model), I am now very positive that I will be purchasing from another brand. Those engineers should be fired for coming out with something so stupid and cheap looking. If they would just change the frame design and create a lower center of gravity, this would fix most of their problems reguarding poor handling on hills.
The "Dominator" looks like something two guys designed out in a garage. If this company does not shape up, it will close its doors very soon. I don't care how fast a mower can mow, or how much horsepower they have, if the mowers is cheaply built, horribly designed, and not dependable then you must be doing something wrong.