Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-03-2006, 10:53 PM
Jason Rose's Avatar
Jason Rose Jason Rose is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Hutchinson, Kansas
Posts: 5,777
Smartest purchace so far...

The 36" walker mower!

I have saved myself so much walking on small lawns it's not funny. I did 9 in a row this morning with that little walker and just had a grin from ear to ear with every back yard gate I was able to sneak through. I'm sitting down and catching the grass like it needs to be done. It even traverses hills really well, which was a suprise to me, I thought it wouldn't climb well at all!

My small lawns that I used to "cheat" on and use the 50" ZTR on the front and then have to walk the back I can now cut with one mower. The walker dosn't leave turn marks in wet soil like the big ZTR can, and it lays nice stripes for the small lawns too.

The mower is a model S, which is only an 11hp kaw. Suprisingly it has ample power for most jobs. Like all walkers, they aren't speed deamons. Reguardless I'm able to cut as fast as I need too. Some lawns are soooo bumpy from the nightcrawlers you just can't go too fast... lol.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-03-2006, 11:23 PM
FinerCutslawnCare's Avatar
FinerCutslawnCare FinerCutslawnCare is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Posts: 1,341
I was also thinking about buying a 36" wb, I heard they are really productive and also the do great in fenced in abck yards!
__________________
www.FinerCutsLawnCare.com
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-04-2006, 08:10 AM
nmurph nmurph is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: ga
Posts: 668
Quote:
Originally Posted by FinerCutslawnCare
I was also thinking about buying a 36" wb, I heard they are really productive and also the do great in fenced in abck yards!
i think he was referring to a 36" Walker, not a 36"wb.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-04-2006, 09:04 AM
MOW ED's Avatar
MOW ED MOW ED is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: N.E. Wisconsin
Posts: 5,029
They are great mowers. I have one and will always have one. They aren't for every situation but which mower is? Congrats on the new purchase, I know it will make you cash and ease your work.
__________________
Check out the SPONSORS, they keep this site going!!!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-04-2006, 11:38 AM
jsf343 jsf343 is online now
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Portland,Oregon
Posts: 1,743
Hey Jason, I sent you a pm.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-04-2006, 12:38 AM
ODwyerPW ODwyerPW is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 72
If I were starting my lawn care company all over again....I'd have a small 6 X 10 open trailer, a used longbed Chevy S-10, a 36" walk behind mower, a Lesco spreader, Stihl Blower and Trimmer. I'd do nothing but small town/city residentials cleanups, fertilizations, mowings and trimmings. I'd have no employees. I'd have no debt to service. My insurances would be cheap. I'd make great money in 35 weeks. I wouldn't plow in the winter.

Gone are my days of huge trucks, 10 employees, over sized trailers, heavy expensive Zturn mowers.
__________________
I'd still rather be in New Zealand.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-04-2006, 06:58 PM
MOZE4MUNY MOZE4MUNY is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: NW Fla
Posts: 31
I use a Walker MCGHS with a 36" deck. It works great for the type of properties I service. A lot of times I don't even need to un-rack the line trimmer because I can get into so many tight places with such control. I love it. The only problem I have is a solution for clippings. Right now I use a 50 gal rectangular Rubbermaid tub to dump in and then transfer to a normal (lined) trash can. I sure would like to refine that process. Anyone have any suggestions?
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-04-2006, 09:01 PM
ed2hess's Avatar
ed2hess ed2hess is online now
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Austin Texas 78727
Posts: 11,391
The big problem with the Walker is they don't make a 36" mulching deck...we got a Walker and now went to Wright Sentar Sport 36" for mulching. It is actually a better unit than the Walker for small yards...since you can mulch. Don't get me wrong we still use the Walker for bagging jobs on rye grass and general cleanup and like it a lot but I only paid $1500 for it.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-04-2006, 10:13 PM
Jason Rose's Avatar
Jason Rose Jason Rose is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Hutchinson, Kansas
Posts: 5,777
I guess I forgot to mention that this is a USED machine I bought. All seemed fine and dandy untill I ran it a few times and then it started acting up, not running right, backfiring and so on. Took 2 different shops (first just swore it was junk in the carb.) the second figured out that the ignition module was going out, but it was away for 2 weeks... I FINALLY got it back last saturday and it ran soooo nice for me monday. I went out today and needed it on my first lawn for the back yard. Welp, the NEW belt I had put on the blade drive decided to shread apart in 3 places!!!

Tonight it was too late to get a new belt so I replaced the bad one with the old one that I thought was slipping. I added 5 shim washers to the spring tensioner to make the belt tighter and it seems to be fine again.

THIS IS WHY I HATE USED EQUIPMENT!!! Not that I have much luck with NEW stuff either.

MY NEW Dixon left me stranded 2 times today with what seemed like a dead battery. I had to jump it 2 times with my other mower to get it started and it had only sat for 15 to 20 minutes both times. I checked the battery terminals, both are tight and look fine. I wiggled every lever that has a saftey switch too and still couldn't get more than a few clicks from the starter. Sure had me baffled, and pissed.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-04-2006, 10:28 PM
Scotts' Yard Care Scotts' Yard Care is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Northwest
Posts: 343
Jason

Congratulations on the new Kodiak I'm looking real hard at one myself and if we can put together the financing I'll have it tomorrow. What engine are you running? I was impressed with how smooth both the deck and hydro system is on the machine.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:02 PM.

Page generated in 0.11116 seconds with 7 queries