My Lawnmower!I don't like to leave my grass neglected. I take pride in my lawnmower, even though it may not look like it.
When I was a kid my dad talked about one brand of mowers more highly than all others. We always had a Craftsman or an MTD or some cookie-cutter riding lawn mower. If we ever saw a neighbor mowing with a Dixon ZTR though, it was pointed out. "Look at how easily that turns." "Watch it spin around." So it was that I believed, "When I grow up I'm going to get a Dixon ZTR."
About four years ago my friend, the small engine mechanic, had an old mower that he had come across. I don't know for sure, but from what we've found online, this model is a 1983 or 1984 Dixon ZTR 304. I had to get it. I used it "as is" for the first season, modified it to run on E-85 for two years, and put a new engine on it last season.
The original engine had worked well for 25 years, but this is a great machine. I had the original 10 HP engine replaced with a 17 HP Industrial/Commercial engine and bought a new set of rear tires. This mower can and will do wheelies, especially if someone who isn't used to it gets behind the levers.
It also does some sweet donuts in the driveway. This year my mechanic friend helped me to get the cone drive replaced. This is basically the transmission on a ZTR. If you're a mechanic this is really quite something to see. A belt, driven off the engine turns two cones made out of a brake pad like material and the levers lift or drop two horizontal metal cups onto those cones.
This mower drives like new and for me is one of the most comfortable and precise mowers I've ever used. It may look like crap, but it does quite a job.
Half an acre done in less than half an hour with extra time for pictures.
...and time for more spinning!