Zero Turn Mowers: Hustler VS Dixie Chopper?

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  • lovemachine

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    I may be in the market for a new zero turn mower. I currently have an older Dixie Chopper, which will need to be replaced at some point.

    Yesterday, I was able to mow with an older Hustler. Its still newer than my Dixie, and sat lower to the ground. It mowed good as well.

    So which is a better mower in general? Hustler or Dixie? Or are they just pretty similar?

    FYI, I have a 5.6 acre yard.
     

    Brandon

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    I have not used a dixie, but have used a Hustler since 2008.

    It has been extremely reliable, easy to work on and maintain.

    If I were I the market personally I would get another hustler and not think twice.

    We also have a JD rider, its a good machine but I wouldn't consider a jd zero turn based off my experience with the S240.
     

    jmarriott

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    I might say. You try a Spartan mower.
    I like mine. a little tougher than hustler I. Ride vnut I. Think hustler has more mowers than they carried
     

    Hoosier Carry

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    I know this wasn’t one of your options but Bobcat has a real nice mower in its line. I sat on one Friday while renting an attachment and it would be worth a look. Pretty nice mower.
     

    Old Dog

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    I have an 06 Dixie Chopper Eagle LT 44", and it has been very good. Minimal maintenance and no troubles. However the current DC is not made by the same company. DC was sold to a company in Illinois and as I understand it, there were many troubles getting production and quality up after the new owners took over. I suggest really looking at reviews and customer comments before you purchase a DC.
     

    indyblue

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    I just bought a used hustler from 2017, 54 inch fabricated deck.

    I’ve been using it for the last half of the season so far no complaints. The hydros were a little out of sync as one side went a little faster but that was easy to readjust and have the machine go straight with both arms all the way forward. Parts seem to be readily available and it is easy to work on and it leaves a really nice finish on my lawn. The Kohler V twin 24 hp engine doesn’t seem to strain at all in heavy grass. For the 2400 bucks I paid for it I consider it an excellent value.

    I am only mowing 1.8 acres maneuvering around trees and bushes in about 40 minutes.
     

    model1994

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    Is your property just 5-6acres of flat grass? If so, you won't tell much a difference in any mower aside from deck width and seat comfort. A budget or used mower would be fine.

    But to suggest options;

    If it's hilly, bumpy/rough terrain - a Ferris is unmatched

    If you have a lot of trees and/or things to mow under, or 'reach' into - a front-mount deck mower will save yourself hours of weed eating effort.

    A front mount such as Grasshopper 700+ series with diesel engine, I believe is the best mower in general. But $$$$.
     
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