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Kings of Green LLC
01-21-2013, 12:50 PM
i have been looking for info on rear discharge mowers. seems grasshopper makes a good one. has anyone had experiences good or bad with a rear discharge deck?

retrodog
01-21-2013, 01:09 PM
I have the 4x grasshopper, only rear discharge i have ever seen actually throw down a pretty cut and ive mowed on alot.. the 4th blade extra over the decks regular blade setup is the key component. Do not get the half and half get the 4x
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Kings of Green LLC
01-21-2013, 02:40 PM
thanks for the info retro what price range are they

joemower
01-21-2013, 03:13 PM
i have been looking for info on rear discharge mowers. seems grasshopper makes a good one. has anyone had experiences good or bad with a rear discharge deck?

Give the Walker Super B with a 52" rear discharge/mulching deck a try. We run two of them and are extremely impress with the cut quality. They also handle hills better than any other rider that we've used. I would recommend the 29 EFI version that I believe are running around $10,600 the last I heard.

lil
01-21-2013, 03:16 PM
Make sure you demo. I found the quality of cut on the grasshopper unacceptable.
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Kings of Green LLC
01-21-2013, 03:43 PM
Give the Walker Super B with a 52" rear discharge/mulching deck a try. We run two of them and are extremely impress with the cut quality. They also handle hills better than any other rider that we've used. I would recommend the 29 EFI version that I believe are running around $10,600 the last I heard.
I I run walkers now ghs 48" just trying to get away from bagging. Love th
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joemower
01-21-2013, 04:32 PM
I I run walkers now ghs 48" just trying to get away from bagging. Love th
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I ran the GHS's for over 25 years and yes they are a great mower if you want to bag... I was in the same boat as you and it just wasn't economical for us to bag any more. We tried side discharging and that didn't go over well at all with our spoiled clients that were use to years of being cut with a GHS. The next step was using mulch kits on our walkbehinds and standers. Worked better than the side discharging but was a slower and more tedious job. When Walker came out with their 52" Rear discharge/mulch combo design we bought one and was absolutely floored at its performance. We couldn't buy another one fast enough. After the success of the MBS we thought that we would give an MB a try. So we bought an MB with the 48" mulch deck and our clients would run out and thank us for bring the "yellow mowers" back on their properties. Little did they know that we were mulching now instead of bagging. The MB 23EFI is one incredible machine. You must demo both the MB and MBS and see what will work for you. The MBS does better if you have larger properties and it will handle taller grass fast. The MB is faster than a GHS but is still better suited on properties under 1-1.5 acres. Both machines are outstanding on hills though I feel the MB handles them better.

weaver
01-21-2013, 04:39 PM
i have been looking for info on rear discharge mowers. seems grasshopper makes a good one. has anyone had experiences good or bad with a rear discharge deck?

It wouldn't't be Ferris.. I looked at a youtube video of there diesel version with rear discharge and it was rough, leaving all kind of clumps and stuff.. Using a Bush hog would looked better than what that mower was doing...

Kings of Green LLC
01-21-2013, 07:12 PM
Hey joe great info! I looked online at the mb and all I can find is side discharge.
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joemower
01-21-2013, 07:45 PM
Hey joe great info! I looked online at the mb and all I can find is side discharge.
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Hey Kings... Go to the Walker website and look under decks/mulching and chose the ML-48". Here is the link if it works http://www.walkermowers.com/images/curve7.png . You can also find pics the 52" rear discharge/mulching deck there too. As with all of the Walker the MB decks are interchangeable so they can't put up pics for every combination. If you check out some of the latest product videos on YouTube you may be able to see some of the different combinations of decks used on the MB and MBS there. Also they have video of some of the other attachments/implements that you can use on them. If you can't find what you are looking for definitely call you dealer or better yet your distributor and ask them for a demo on exactly what you interested in. They will be happy to do it for you for that is how they make a living.

joemower
01-21-2013, 07:49 PM
oops! try this link it may work better http://www.walkermowers.com/decks/ml-48in-122cm/ml-48in-122cm.php

Or just go to www.walkermowers.com and follow the tabs.

Kings of Green LLC
01-22-2013, 10:19 AM
Hey Kings... Go to the Walker website and look under decks/mulching and chose the ML-48". Here is the link if it works http://www.walkermowers.com/images/curve7.png . You can also find pics the 52" rear discharge/mulching deck there too. As with all of the Walker the MB decks are interchangeable so they can't put up pics for every combination. If you check out some of the latest product videos on YouTube you may be able to see some of the different combinations of decks used on the MB and MBS there. Also they have video of some of the other attachments/implements that you can use on them. If you can't find what you are looking for definitely call you dealer or better yet your distributor and ask them for a demo on exactly what you interested in. They will be happy to do it for you for that is how they make a living.
Hey joe what size of deck do you like for residential the 48" or 52" I have a 52" stander and it doesn't seem to get used a lot.
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retrodog
01-22-2013, 11:55 AM
Hey on the hopper you have to get atleast the 223 up. Start at $8k basically up to the nicest 30hp kubota diesel. The 4xa option on the deck is a $395 option so you can add to any model basically. As far as the cut, gh has one of the smoothest around here, all the guys mowing the banks use the frontmount ghs...
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joemower
01-22-2013, 02:19 PM
Hey joe what size of deck do you like for residential the 48" or 52" I have a 52" stander and it doesn't seem to get used a lot.
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Wow Kings that's a loaded question. Ask 10 different people that and you will certainly get 10 different answers. I think you kind of answered it already for yourself. You really have to define what your need is and use the size that works the best. IMOP, If you are dealing with 5-10K or less residential lots I would prefer a 48" over a 52" unless everything is wide open and flat. I feel that though a 52" could be more productive it can also be a hindrance if you have yards with tight areas or uneven terrain. If you primarily cut 10K lots and up you are better off with a 52" in most cases. With that said with our stand-ons we feel we can get away with using a bigger mower on the smaller lots (but that also depends on the operator). You definitely don't want to waist space on you trailer with a bigger mower if you are only able to cut a yard or two a day with it. Sounds like the 48" is the best for you. 4" more really doesn't make enough difference that will kill you.

Having this conversation with you leads me to believe the MB would be perfect for you. The MBS is a much bigger machine that may just get in your way if you don't have enough of the larger properties to use it on. As you know one of the beauties of Walker is that you can swap out the decks to suite your needs. The MB 23 EFI will accept up to a 74" deck if need be. My distributor tells me he sells a lot of them in that configuration. Though it may not be as fast as the Super B you will be able to use it on all of your properties and it is a bit cheaper. Feel free to send me a PM with your phone number if you want to talk more in depth about the MB & MBS.

mowzilla
03-14-2013, 03:56 PM
i have a mt 26 ghs and mbv. the mbv is pretty good on ever the bigger properties i do, but the mbs i would think would be king. i have been blown away by the mb. with all the deck options walker has, they are absolutely 'fine tunable' to your useage. i run 42's on both, a mulch 42 on the mbv. i switched to walker and havent missed my exmarks at all, in fact my customers love the fact i run walkers now. they cost more, a little more maintenance, but worth it. a mb weighs only 175lbs more than a 48" turf tracer exmark walkbehind btw.

Kings of Green LLC
03-15-2013, 10:10 AM
i agree with you on the mb.I demoed an 2013 18hp mb the other day and could not believe how it performed. I did not try the ml deck though. i am wonder how the ml deck does with leaves?