Originally Posted by Keith
I wrestled with the idea of a Walker for 20 years. When I was 22 years old I had $3000 to put toward equipment. I tried to put half down and finance a Walker, but was turned down because I had no credit. (Now you walk in with no money down, less than perfect credit and leave with a mower at 0% for four years
) I ended up purchasing a used 54" walk behind, new trailer, stick edger and a blower with that $3000. That turned out to be the best possible thing I could have done with that money.
But the curiosity of the Walker has come back time to time over those years. I have known people who have had them. I have used theirs from a couple of times. And while I'm sure it's a fine mower and some of you couldn't live without them, I just didn't see what I was missing out on. I think it's like a really hot, rich girl. You think she will make you happy, but then you realize you live in an average world. You can't really afford her for the amount of use you will get out of her. She's pretty high maintenance compared to the average girl. She's got a nice body, but she doesn't run the house any better than the girl next door. She's got one hell of a body, but she requires more work on your part.
In the past 20 years though they have fallen out of favor in these parts. The guys that were using them exclusively in the 90's either have replaced them completely with mid-mounts or keep one for small areas and the small amount of work in the winter. The guys that have kept buying them have mulching or side-discharge dedicated models with no GHS at all. That pretty much defeats the purpose entirely. To me that's like seeing that rich girl without all her makeup, her implants and nice clothes and realizing she is really average...at best.
Still doesn't keep me from looking. If I was going to the country club everyday, I'd love to take her with me. But most days it's just Sizzler
for me and my old lady. She cleans up nice though and no one turns up their nose at her when we step into the finer establishments. She's pretty fun to roll around in the hay with too
Well said, and a fun read.
Originally Posted by BPS##
Opinion?? Not really, I'm speaking from personal experience.
Unlike you I've owned several over the years.
The view on the stripes.......... well that could be a matter of opinion.
One thing for certain I get NO complaints from any of my customers on the way the stripes look. Matter of fact I get a lot of compliments.
Yes, your personal experience and how you
perceive(d) the results. In other words- your opinion
. There's nothing wrong with that, and I'm actually not knocking it either, in case that's how you're taking it (which it seems from reading this post). Just stating the facts, personal experiences are still opinions. Two different guys can use the same machine and come up with two totally different "opinions" or perspectives, but is the one that agrees with you right and the other guy wrong? Nope, because it's not a matter of being right or wrong. It's simply a matter of perceptions, they just perceived things differently after using it. Therefore, they have differing "opinions". I for one, never said they sucked either. I did say they have their place, but they aren't superior anymore to any other machine when it comes to QOC.
I'm not a Walker hater, but I do get sick of hearing that owning one somehow makes you superior, or that you provide a superior service over those of us who don't use one. It just isn't true. As fop the stipes, it must be a regional thing for those who like them, because around here, those that have a choice in what type of stripes they'd prefer to see on their lawns, prefer the look of stripes left by a "conventional" Z.