Dixie Chopper Classic Mower (a crime to call it a classic)
by Mr. M
I have used Dixie Coatsville Classics for years. This year I wanted to trade my old classic for a new classic. When I went to the dealer, I asked where the classics were. He pointed to the lot and what I saw surprised me.
The classic is not a classic any more. The sticker says classic but it is no classic. It's more money (a grand more than last year) and built very cheaply. The floor pan that is stainless on mine is now cheap metal. The brand new machines on the dealers lot were already rusting. The decks are not heavy any more and suspended with cheap hardware store L bolts. The chute on the discharge is now run by a skinny little cable and it gets stuck easy on this new machine. Looks like they painted with a very fast mist coat just enough to color it. There is a cheap wrinkle paint finish that is rough and decals look like they are even cheapened. Needless to say I will not be buying a new classic.
When I got my first Dixie, it was the king of the hill. I guess they now want to build a MTD and charge as if it's still a quality mower. I will run it for the year and go see what else is out there.
I rode a Gravely, a Hustler and an Exmark. They seem to be good too.
I hope Dixie doesn't ruin their good American name by building junk.