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Old 05-03-2006, 03:33 PM
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Walker GHS Mowers

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The Good News: I have a chance to pick up two Walker GHS mowers 26HP Kohler's for free. Both different years, (Don't know exact years as of now)

The Bad News: Both naturally have problems! One needs a new bottom end of the engine, and the other needs a new starter. I was thinking of taking the starter off one mower and putting it on the other. The man who is getting rid of these mowers said that the dealer wants $300 for a starter and $500 for labor. For those who are familiar with the walkers, are they that tough to work on?

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Old 05-03-2006, 03:45 PM
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The Starter sounds bout right .... I believe he may have to pull the engine .... had one on a reg fuel 25 HP the starter was like $170 n labor was 3 hrs or $150 ... but that was 3 years ago

I can tell you that a replacement 26 efi Kohler gonna run $2400 without labor ... the correct speck # is PA78528 ..... I wish the 515 from small engine wharehouse would fit as it's $1700
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Old 05-03-2006, 04:17 PM
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Starter price is ok, but labor sounds about $200.00 too high. We did one at our shop and I believe it took 4.5 hours or so. The engine does have to be removed, or at least repositioned to get at that starter.
Maybe your dealer charges $100.00/hr? I know everything is a lot more expensive in your part of the country.
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Old 05-03-2006, 05:58 PM
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Thanks for the replies!

Is replacing the starter a job one can do themselves? Or is it highly recommended that the dealer take care of this problem.

Also, are there any good Walker Dealers in Central NJ?
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Old 05-03-2006, 06:36 PM
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its 800 bucks to get a whole working 26hp walker. who cares if the labor is too high, christ i'd pay a $1000 to get a working walker and a parts machine. thats a steal imo. btw they are difficult to work only b/c its very tight underneath and there may be some complicated electronic components if its an efi. Y uncle is quite mechanically inclined and he doesn't futs with our walkers. you really have nothing to lose if your getting them free, but free up some time to work on them.
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Old 05-03-2006, 06:40 PM
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If you dont get them let me know i could use a back-up machine...
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Old 05-03-2006, 07:28 PM
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about 3.5 hrs for me to pull engine and swap starters. 2.5 on non efi walker. on the one with bad engine, you can rebuild it for as little as $200 if you do it yourself. its really not that hard. if you rebuild it, switch it to carb. you have to do a bit of parts swaping, but it can be done. fewer probs without the puter and you only loose about one hp.
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Old 05-04-2006, 03:31 AM
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you wanna sell one of them
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Old 05-07-2006, 07:56 PM
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Correction on the walker mowers...

I just spoke with the man who is getting rid of these mowers today and he informed me that they are both 20HP machines instead of the 26HP. What i've collected thus far is that the 26HP Kohler EFI engines are a nightmare to work on. Are the 20 Horse machines a little easier to work with? Still the same problems, one's a bad starter, and the other's a faulty bottom end.

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Old 05-07-2006, 10:10 PM
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Same problem on the starter change out, but much simplier engine to repair due to less electrical stuff
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