FAQ

How often should I sharpen my mowing blades?

  • Sharpening cycles depend on the conditions encountered by the mower. In sandy or very dry conditions, the blades may need sharpening every two to three hours. At minimum, the blades should be checked and sharpened if necessary before each day of operation.
  • Keep an extra set of sharp blades handy to replace those that become dull or damaged during daily operation.

What type of oil should I use in the hydraulic system?

  • Any high quality 15w-40 full synthetic motor oil can be used.

How often should I check and service the hydraulic system?

  • Hydraulic oil should be checked daily. Make sure the top of the tank is clean BEFORE removing the fill cap.
  • Oil level should be 1 inch below the top of the tank.
  • The hydraulic oil and filter should be changed every 500 hours, or once before the mowing season.
  • Instructions for the oil and filter change can be found in the operator's manual.

How often should I grease, change oil, or otherwise service my mower?

  • Complete service instructions and service recommendations can be found in the operator's manual.

Where can I take my Dixon mower for service or repair?

  • For warranty repairs the mower can only be serviced at an authorized Dixon dealer.
  • Regardless of where your Dixon mower is serviced or repaired, genuine Dixon service parts must be used in the repair.
  • To locate a dealer near you, use the Dixon dealer locator page on this website.

Can I turn or space my wheels for a wider stance?

  • No. The drive wheels should not be turned around. The rims are designed with a specific offset to center them on the wheel motor, plus the valve stems would be on the inside of the wheel, this makes checking the air pressure very difficult.
  • Do not attempt to space the drive wheels for the same reason. Any wheel offset, or wheel change, could result in broken wheel motor shafts.

How can I correct poor discharge or uneven cut?

  • Poor discharge is a factor of blade tip and ground travel speed.
  • Always mow with the engine operating at full speed.
  • Regulate operation control with ground speed. At high ground speeds, the blades cannot cut the grass efficiently. When grass is high, the ground speed must be slowed down.
  • Never cut more than 1/3 of the grass height. In high or lush grasses, the mower should be operated at its highest level of cut, and then re-cut at the final desired height of cut.
  • Uneven cut can be something as simple as incorrect tire pressure. NOTE: Check the operator's manual for correct tire pressure.
  • Poor discharge and uneven cut can also be caused by damaged, unbalanced, or dull blades.
  • Grass build up under the deck can damage or wear the deck belt.
  • Check the operator's manual on how to correctly set the cutting height of the deck.

What type of gasoline should I use in my Dixon mower?

  • Any grade unleaded gasoline or gasohol (10% ethyl alcohol and 90% unleaded gasoline by volume) with an octane rating of 87 or higher is recommended.

Can I fix flats on my mower, or must I go to a tire shop?

  • Flat tires should be repaired by a tire shop and at a properly equipped Dixon dealer, because Dixon recommends the tire should be removed from the wheel and the puncture patched properly.
  • Front caster tire beads and wheel rims must be thoroughly cleaned following a flat. Grass and other debris, not properly removed will allow the tubeless tire to go flat again. If debris becomes permanently embedded in the tire bead, installing an inner tube in the front caster tire becomes the only repair solution.
  • Liquid tire sealant should only be used in an emergency. Many sealants harden in time and unbalance the tire creating a rough ride and eventually destroying the tire.
  • Never add any bulk liquid (water, calcium chloride, etc.) to the tires. The added weight could result in broken wheel motor axles.

What is the correct procedure for sharpening blades?

  • Always wear safety glasses and gloves when handling blades. Blades should be sharpened with a hand file or disk grinder. A bench grinder is not recommended as it generates too much heat which will damage the tempering on the blade, causing the cutting edge to become soft. Soft steel with not hold a sharp cutting edge.
  • When using a hand file or disk grinder, clamp the blade by its edges. Flat in a bench vise. Alternately sharpen both cutting edges to minimize heat damage and to maintain a 30 degree cutting edge.
  • Sharpen only the top of the blade. If necessary, clean the bottom of the blade but be sure to keep it flat.
  • Blades must be checked for balance before each use. A simple and inexpensive blade balancer is available at most hardware shops and repair shops. A round screwdriver can also be clamped in a bench vise and set horizontally. Place the hole of the blade onto the screwdriver. A balanced blade should remain horizontal on the screwdriver. Sharpen the side that drops down to bring the blade back into balance.

Should I use a torque wrench when installing my blades?

  • Yes! Never use any type of air tool to tighten the blade bolts.

How often, and what is the recommended procedure for cleaning my Dixon?

  • Bottom of the deck should be cleaned after every use. Always check in the operator's manual for the proper cleaning procedures for your Dixon.
  • Your Dixon should be cleaned regularly, at minimum after every use. In some conditions it may be necessary to clean 4 or 5 times a day! Grass and leaves can build up around the belts and spindles, this can create a fire hazard due to friction generated by these components.
  • Clean with compressed air whenever possible. Wash with water only when absolutely necessary. Water cannot be completely removed from the mower and will cause rust and corrosion in concealed areas of the mower. Water can also get into the wire and plug-ins which may short out those electrical connections. If water is used, use compressed air or a leaf blower to dry the unit.
  • Always lubricate all the grease fittings on the mower after cleaning with water.