Originally Posted by d.klas
Walker delivers and excellent cut quality and the GHS is a good design but to all you walker users out there...... Can you tell me about the maintenance on them?
I am thinking of getting one..
I've heard that they break down a lot and require a lot of repair and maintenance and that they arent very strong.
Are there any machines I should consider? I would go for a Ferris Zero Turn or Toro and use the bagging system for the fall but.. I really like the out front deck of the walker that can mow more tight areas and cut down trimming time..
What do you guys think?
Sorry this may be a long read but I feel like writing today...
The short and sweet of it is that a Walker is like you mom's "good pair of scissors." You know the ones that she would never let you use... Yes any pair of scissors could do the job but the "orange handle" pair that mom had always did a nice precise job. She always took extra care of them and was mindful of how she used them. Thus they lasted a long time and did a great job.
I've used Walkers for at least a quarter of a century now and had my ups and downs with them. I've even tried to get away from them at one point but that didn't last. I missed them and so did our clients. After bringing them back many of our clients remarked about how pleased they were to see that we were using the "yellow" machines again. The funny thing was that the yellow machines that we brought back were all mulchers and our clients didn't even know the difference.
A lot of the issues that you hear about Walkers refer more so to the old school GHS models. Yes they are slow, expensive, and you have to deal with disposing of the clippings. One of the reasons we tried to get away from them along with the lack of a dealer around here. But with all that said the GHS was and still is the best for what it does. As far as maintenance goes we do the same things for our Walkers as we do on our Toro and Exmark mowers. Besides to the contrary, you don't have to grease the 1000's of grease fittings every day. As with any machine, keep them clean, sharp, and full of fluids. Yes keep a watchful eye on all the parts, belts, and grease points but you only address what is necessary. Walkers also may be a bit scary to work on for they are so compact and this bone is always connected to that bone... but that is what makes the Walkers such a compact and nimble machine. They also warrant the operator's attention. They weren't designed the be a grinder! We educate our employees on how to properly operate and care for their machines and we get 2000 hrs out of them before we sell them to the next happy Walker owner.
Now I would urge everyone rather they had a sour taste in their mouth for Walkers or not to try the new MB and MBS models. Totally a new bread of animals. Faster, outstanding on hills, mulch easier to maintain, and less expensive. I've been using the MBS's and MB's with mulch decks on them for over three seasons now and they have really changed the game for us in production while maintain our quality which equals money!
There are many different types of mower operators with many different needs thus there are many different machines out there. Walkers are very good at doing what they are designed to do and they are only getting better. Yes I wish they were less expensive! Though they have always made enough money to pay for themselves. In the end we love our Walkers!