does anyone use the walker dumping system that allows you to dump into a pickup?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ranger520, Oct 1, 2003.

  1. ranger520

    ranger520 LawnSite Member
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    I love my walker and wonder how well these things work.

    scott
     
  2. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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    There was talk in them in some of the Walker Talk magazine....go to their site and do a search on them. I hear they set high and cause the mower to bounce a little more. As far as working.....hear they work great. I know a local LCO that owns 3 Walkers and has them on all three. He catches everything he mows. I have been thinking about offering this as a service. The lifts run around $3,000 per mower. I don't think Walker makes any, just aftermarket companies. I did some commercial bidding and bidded them to collect the grass. I was just going to use my leaf loader set up for those properties.
     
  3. Tonyr

    Tonyr LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The catcher bin lifters are made by Steven's in your country.
    The later ones are a lot better, they work off of an electric switch which just lifts the bin up and a strap connected to the door is automatically pulled which automatically opens the bin.

    I think they have about a 5 ft clearance....

    I have a walker with one, very fast, great system.

    Only thing to watch is not to lift a full bin on uneven ground as the ol' walker isn't a wide stance machine and with 9 busshells of grass lifted high they can tip over quite easy.

    I never got caught but I have heard of others around here that have had a walker on it's side.

    When the walker finally dies, try looking at the Toro Z355, it now comes with the option of a high lift catcher, and knowing toro as I do it will be a lot better built lifter, and the mower is much, much stronger and more versatile.

    I know as I own both machines, no compassison.

    Tony,
    Queensland
    Australia
     
  4. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    I got one back in 1996 when I first got my Walker. Took it off after 3 days. Works great on flat ground but the extra higth shifts the weight ratio and you loose 50% of your traction on slopes.

    Gene
     
  5. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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    Yes...I have heard this, but here we don't have too many slopes.....KANSAS:)
     
  6. Ax Man

    Ax Man LawnSite Senior Member
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    I didn't try one but after looking at one at a trade show It raises the box about 10 inches, which sets off the balance and gives less clearence under trees.
    I use a ramp from trailer to truck. Fall I dump on the trailer and vac on to the truck.
     
  7. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I think this is the *.pdf file that Walker Talker mentioned. Click the image for link.

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  8. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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    Now there is an idea that I have not thought of. Have you thought of just firing up the leaf loader and vacumnning out of the Walker itself? Or would you consider a waste having to start the vacumn too many times in the day? I am very limited on trailer space.

    Matt
     
  9. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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    Gopher, you're a credit to this site. Hell, I might just drop Lawn Monkey and check out what you got that....lol.....laughing, but not kidding.

    I had actually checked out the ramp for trailer to truck method because I did not think I could afford a debris loader, but the fabricator estimated around $1000. I found a deal on a Lesco debris loader and ended up spending $1500 and got a debris loader.

    MATT
     
  10. Ax Man

    Ax Man LawnSite Senior Member
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    Wow! Ive got to get in to fabrication. I'd guess closer to 300 for a ramp.
    I dump about 4 loads on the trailer then fire up the vac to load the truck. (or before going to the next site)
     

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