Dixon SpeedZTR Series – 30, 42, 46, 54, 42 SE, 48 SE

Announcement (February 2023)

Dixon equipment and parts are no longer available from Shank’s Lawn Equipment.

In 2014, Husqvarna Group, Dixon’s parent company, announced that they would no longer be distributing Dixon products. Since then, the availability of Dixon replacement parts has steadily diminished.

Shank’s Lawn Equipment, a long-time Dixon dealer and a leading source for Dixon parts, will no longer be selling parts for Dixon.

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Top speed isn’t the only factor to consider when you want to mow fast: the closer you can get to trees, fences, and landscaping, the less time you’ll have to spend trimming. Dixon’s Speed ZTR mowers are built with homeowners in mind, delivering the same performance as their professional models in a compact platform that works great for lawns of any size and with any number of obstacles.


Easy to Use and Easy to Maintain

Whether this is your first ZTR or your newest one, it doesn’t take much to get accustomed to the controls thanks to dampened lap bars that provide smooth resistance throughout their movement range. This is coupled with a new control panel puts everything next to the operator. Depending on the model, this includes the choke, throttle, blade clutch, starter, fuel gauge and hour meter. Need to change the deck height? There’s a clearly-marked lever within each reach of the operator’s position.

All models use Dixon’s tungsten carbide Fusion blades which last up to twice as long as standard steel blades and can go up to three times as long before needing to be sharpened.

Need to grease the spindles or replace a belt? The foot pan is removable for easy access. Need to clean the deck? Stamped models have a built-in wash port.

Power and Performance

The SpeedZTR 30 comes with a Briggs & Stratton Intek XRD that produces 16.5 hp. A B & S Professional Series motor rated at 19 hp can be found in the 42, while the 46’s motor is rated at 22 hp.

The 54 and SE mowers use Kawasaki FR Series motors that produce anywhere from 21.5 to 24 hp. These engines come with features usually limited to commercial models including a full pressure lubrication system with a filter.

Motivation is provided by a pair of Hydro-Gear EZT transmissions. They’re maintenance free and have a cooling fan for the pump to ensure long term reliability. Top speed for all Speed ZTR models is 6.5 mph, while the 30 can go up to 3 mph in reverse and all other models can reach 3.5 mph.


Dixon offers the Speed ZTR with 30, 42, 46 and 54-inch stamped decks. The 30 uses aluminum to help save weight, while the other motors have decks made of steel for better impact resistance. The 42 SE and 48 SE use fabricated decks made from 11 gauge steel and cast iron spindles. The mowing finish quality isn’t quite as good as the stamped decks, but the heavy construction shrugs off impacts, making the SE’s a good choice for rough terrain and areas filled with obstacles. Anti-scalp wheels are included with the 46, 48 and 54-inch wide decks to help them follow hilly terrain without cutting into the soil. All decks are designed for mulching and side ejection with the option of adding a bagging system for clipping collection.

Which deck is right for you? Dixon says the 30-inch deck can handle up to 1.5 acres per hour, 42-inch decks can cut 2.2 acres/hr, 46-inch decks up to 2.4 acres/hr, and the 54-inch deck as much as 2.8 acres/hr. Need to pass through a gate? Total width is 6-7 inches wider than the deck area with the chute down or a bagging system attached.

Keeping Your Dixon Speed ZTR Running

Looking to buy a Dixon or need it serviced? Shanks’ Lawn Equipment is a certified dealer for Dixon, Briggs & Stratton and Kawasaki, and we have over 30 years of experience helping residential and commercial users with their outdoor power equipment. Our shop is at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. We’re just off Rt. 11, or you can drive in from I-81 by taking Exit 10 to Marion.

Not a local? We can ship anything you need for your Speed ZTR to any address in the U.S. and Canada. Visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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