Company History

  • 1980

    Working in his barn near Greencastle, Indiana, Dixie Chopper founder and chairman Art Evans knew there had to be a better way. The result of his efforts becomes the first zero-turn radius lawn mower built for commercial use that would soon revolutionize the lawn and garden industry.

  • 1987

    Stainless steel becomes a standard "Plus Feature" on all production models, introducing an unprecedented level of durability and quality.

  • 1987

    No more chain drives: Dixie Chopper raises the bar by introducing the "N" Series, the industry's first hydrostatic drive zero-turn radius mower.

  • 1990

    The Quad Loop Direct Hydrostatic Drive is introduced, featuring advanced design previously found only in 100HP plus industrial machines.

  • 1993

    To prove that a stock Dixie Chopper mower can handle a whopping 150 horsepower, Art Evans builds a jet powered lawn mower using a Chinook helicopter engine. The jet mower is made famous by Tim Allen and Bob Vila in a 1993 episode of the TV sitcom Home Improvement.

  • 1996

    The world's first Twin Engine Mower, the S'Burb'n Turb'n is introduced. Dixie Chopper asks: "How fast do I want to ride it today?"

  • 1999

    Diesel power debuts with an unprecedented 50 Horsepower turbo-charged engine.

  • 2000

    The Millennium Mower hits the market becoming the first liquid cooled Dixie Chopper.

  • 2003

    Conceived as a residential mower, the Silver Eagle is introduced and later becomes Dixie Chopper's biggest selling commercial machine.

  • 2003

    Dixie Chopper introduces the Xtreme Mow-chine, the ultimate commercial mowing machine of the day. At 15 miles per hour actual cutting speed, the Xtreme was truly the World's Fastest Lawn Mower.

  • 2005

    In celebration of Dixie Chopper's 25th anniversary, the crew from television's American Choppers builds the famous Dixie Bike using a 1000cc Generac lawn mower engine.

  • 2006

    The world's first true propane powered lawn mower is introduced, again placing Dixie Chopper ahead of the pack in innovation.

  • 2007

    The Xcaliber is born. Once again Art Evans takes it to the next level with the exclusive X2 Wind Tunnel deck and unprecedented overall performance.

  • 2010

    The CNG Eco-Eagle again places Dixie Chopper at the forefront of technology and innovation with the most environmentally friendly combustion engine lawn mower ever built.

  • 2012

    The Xcaliber 4x4, the first-ever 4 wheel drive lawn mower with zero-turn capabilities is introduced.

  • 2013

    The Zee 2 joins the popular Zee 1 in the new residential line-up of Dixie Choppers, making even more speed and power available to the discerning homeowner who demands Dixie Chopper quality and value.

  • 2014

    Dixie Chopper joins the Jacobsen/Textron family of quality turf products.