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Old 01-19-2014, 12:15 PM
Armsden&Son Armsden&Son is offline
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First of all, thanks everyone thus far for reading my long a$$ post! Second of all, thanks for the great comments... Thanks for sharing your experiences TML and thanks for participating GMLC, you know I hold your thoughts and opinions in high regard.

I wanted to address a couple of GMLC's questions and also address something that TML was talking about all at once because it pertains to the same thing... A lot of us Walker users and guys who do not use Walker but that are interested in equipment(gmlc and i coined the term equipment junkies) often forget that Walker offers the B and H units! We call these Walker's mid-mounts, however they are not mid-mounts... These units are a lot faster than their GHS counterparts( 10 mph as opposed to 7 for GHS) but the QOC and the ability to contour the ground is the same.

Granted, these units aren't what people think of when they think Walker but these units are made to side and rear discharge and mulch. Honestly though, Walker has always made side discharge models. If you have any questions about the clippings or discharge patterns, take a peak at some of the stock Walker footage on the website or even on youtube. In fact, go to youtube right now and type in "Walker MT25." Remember, this guy is cutting with the 74 in., That is FOUR blades! Just take a look at the clippings.... DUST.

GMLC... I have seen some footage of you at some point(i think on youtube?) absolutely crusing on your gravely. The QOC looks great and the dispersal does as well if my memory serves me. I have personally not run a model B or H unit yet so I can not attest to how fast they feel or how they feel on bumpier land but from what I have read and heard from friends, it's night and day over the GHS models... However, I personally run my GHS wide open over uneven terrain all the time. But like I mentioned above, I have been running them so long, it's just an extension of my body and I don't notice anything.. haha. Nobody was running full suspension seats when I started mowing, that's for sure! haha

The Walker split tail kit can be obtained new for under 500? I completely forget and I couldn't find any prices for reference.. I do know that I saw one used recently for 200 which is a good deal in my opinion. Personally I don't think I would get one just because I actually think the 3'rd wheel stripe looks great but there is a gentleman here on L.S that runs one and the stripes look AMAZING. Take a look at this thread in the pictures section entitled "RLM Landscaping 2013." He has photos of stripes with the kit and they are top notch for sure. Apparently the split tail wheel kit helps with hillside stability as well but speaking of hillside stability.....

As TML said, you can back up almost anything with a Walker but in all honesty, I think Walkers are outstanding on hills. As long as the hopper isn't full, I can go diagonally up some serious slopes. When I start posting pictures and videos this will be one of the first things I address. Maybe it's because I have been running them for so long and I know how to finesse the hydros but I have had other LCO's ask me HOW I did those stripes!?!

Just like you GMLC I mow in wet conditions a lot too. Not only rain but the morning dew is the real killer. None of us have the luxury of waiting until 12pm for it to dry out though. Sure, the Walker deck will clump up and collect grass on it but it takes a very long time for it to affect the QOC. Great thing about the Walker though is that when it does become a problem..... A quick lift of the deck, a blow off with the back pack, and you are back in business. Actually the ability to lift the deck is one of the reasons that sets Walker apart... Being able to easily maintain under the deck is paramount.

I run Scag walk behinds and I have operated other brands of machines and I have a lot of respect for Scag, Gravely, Exmark, Toro, John Deere, Ferris, just to name a few. I just wanted to spread my Walker love with the original post and then somebody asked me to elaborate on why I liked Walker so much. So that is the reason behind the second post. To be honest, I could talk Walker all day long.... I could actually talk mowers all day long for that matter.
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:18 PM
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I have some honest Walker questions as I have never ran one. They seem to be popular in urban areas where lots are small, flat, and require bagging.

How many bushels does the Walker hopper hold? (My 12 bushel bagger fills up in two passes on 1 acre plus properties, and leaves here get over a foot deep) Good thing I only have a handful of customers that want bagging.

How do they cut in the rain/dew/wet conditions? (We mow in wet conditions often)

How do they handle hills? (Im talking real hills)

I have had customers complain about the third wheel stripe from the sulky on a WB. How much is the Walker 3rd wheel eliminator kit?

What is the top speed of a Walker and how comfortable are they on rough properties? (We have some large rough properties, 3 acres plus)

How is the cut quality on Walker side discharge decks? Clipping size, discharge pattern, any clumping when wet? And any pics would be great.

Thanks!
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They don't handle hills very well

In tall grass that is wet you have to go slow or it will clog

They don't have a fast top speed 5-7mph. And on rough properties the ride is uncomfortable unless you have the suspension seat
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:24 PM
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Depends on the hill, they can't mow horizontal which is a lot slower than a z. Speed up kit they'll hit 8.5, diesels handle the tall/wet grass better than the gas. I'll also add they're great as trim mowers on larger properties.
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:28 PM
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Also sometimes the control sticks don't always make it go perfectly straight
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:32 PM
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Also sometimes the control sticks don't always make it go perfectly straight
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Fix your tracking.
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:39 PM
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Fix your tracking.
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We do it happens at least twice a month
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:28 PM
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Hey there Phoenixsteeler... Just wondering which units you are currently running?

Also, I really have to disagree about Walkers handling hills.... I run GHS units and they rule on hillsides... And the B and H models are supposed to be even better!

Speaking of the B and H models, they have 10mph top speeds... The GHS units also have a speed up kit but in all honesty from what I have seen it doesn't make a huge difference... Like Jrs. said... maybe 8.5mph

You might want to try checking your tire pressure as well.... This can affect tracking.

Are there some things that you can share that you like about Walkers? If you are running them and you put up the $ for a new or used one, I would assume you did your homework and there are some positive attributes that you can tell us about........
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:50 PM
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Hey there Phoenixsteeler... Just wondering which units you are currently running?

Also, I really have to disagree about Walkers handling hills.... I run GHS units and they rule on hillsides... And the B and H models are supposed to be even better!

Speaking of the B and H models, they have 10mph top speeds... The GHS units also have a speed up kit but in all honesty from what I have seen it doesn't make a huge difference... Like Jrs. said... maybe 8.5mph

You might want to try checking your tire pressure as well.... This can affect tracking.

Are there some things that you can share that you like about Walkers? If you are running them and you put up the $ for a new or used one, I would assume you did your homework and there are some positive attributes that you can tell us about........
Company I work for has 2013 Ghs 26hp we have the speed up kit but it really doesn't do much. It seems the more hours put on it the slower it gets. I have run it both vertically and horizontally on hills and going up vertically the tires just spin.
It does reduce trimming and makes a great cut on flat ground
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:27 PM
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I couldn't make it mowing that slow.... Any mower should have a perfect cut mowing that slow.....
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:43 PM
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Hey there Phoenixsteeler... Just wondering which units you are currently running?

Also, I really have to disagree about Walkers handling hills.... I run GHS units and they rule on hillsides... And the B and H models are supposed to be even better!

Speaking of the B and H models, they have 10mph top speeds... The GHS units also have a speed up kit but in all honesty from what I have seen it doesn't make a huge difference... Like Jrs. said... maybe 8.5mph

You might want to try checking your tire pressure as well.... This can affect tracking.

Are there some things that you can share that you like about Walkers? If you are running them and you put up the $ for a new or used one, I would assume you did your homework and there are some positive attributes that you can tell us about........
How do you not slide off side tracking? No arm rests. Control levers seem like Youre always leaning forward. Etc.

Just curious
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