I recently purchased a 2003 Walker with just over 2400 hours on all original major components. I'm replacing the blower this winter, it's not completely shot but close to it. The frame, box, wheels and tires are mint. The tires were obviously replaced recently before I got it. Everything currently works as it should with no leaks or hiccups, BUT I realize that the engine and hydros are probably playing in the 4th quarter so to speak and I can't be surprised if either gives out this coming season. I'm a maintance finatic and am familiar with these machines so mabye Ill get lucky and get another 1000 hours out of it. Since the rest of the mower is in great shape I plan on replacing as needed. I could not afford a new 10-13k plus ZTR. I'm solo and have a mint Exmark WB as well that is primary on some lawns and can be used as a back up if the Walker is down for a couple of days for a new engine or hydros. If I had employees I would not do this for the risk of breakdown and downtime. The machine I bought was owner operated and clearly well cared for. I think the decks and frames on the quality modern ZTRs are made to outlast the drive trains. With the exception of the engine just the sales tax on a new machine would cover the cost of almost any other of the repairs I can think of. This goes against most of what everybody suggests to do with mowers on here so we will see, admittedly apprehensive but took a gamble.
I met up with my old boss this fall who runs a large LCO company with 13 Walkers and over 20 trucks. When I started for him in 1997 he had 1 walker he bought new in 1996. I asked him what did he do with it and was mortified to hear he had repowered it and it is still in use today! He has gotten rid of many others but has kept his 1st., the hour meter is broken.
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