Originally Posted by Keith
Sorry to barge in, but how is the maintenance on something like the MBK compared to the grass handling models? I have been looking at smaller machines for smaller lawns and I like the fact the MBK comes in at about 800 lbs. And that a 23 EFI is available.
Keith- Maintenance on the MBK is a breeze. Just like CurbAppealKS stated the frame design is wide open with easy access to everything compared to the GHS. Walker really did their homework on this one. As for cutting your smaller yards... I wouldn't want any other machine. Out of all of the mowers that I have owned over my career, the MBK 23efi certainly has been my favorite.
RonWin- As for the GHS clogging up, it will happen in the right conditions. The newer models with the bigger blower seem to do a better job than the old machines. There are things that will help. When I was using them they didn't plug up that often but when my men would use them they would. The case there was improper awareness. They just didn't pay attention to the machine. You can tell when the Walkers are about to clog up from listening to the sound of the airflow. It will get deeper right before it will plug up and you need to stop and empty it out. The fill alert signal will not always alert you in time. Also make sure your chutes and blower stay clean every time you dump the hopper. This will save you time and keep things from clogging in the first place. You can buy a large hole screen for the hopper which will increase the air flow and helps out allot too. Coating the chute and deck with something like WD-40, Fluid Film, or water/spread sticker when it's wet will go a long way too.
23efi yes! Just like the 26efi these engines are solid. Start right up every time, consistent power curve, and good on fuel. I'm loving the Kohler efi stuff. Not a big fan of Kawi engines. (Sorry, let's not get off topic... didn't mean to start a Kohler vs Kawi debate...).