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Exmark Navigator vs Walker comparison

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by weeze, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. b121774

    b121774 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 206

    I considered that but felt the smaller deck compensated for the 4hp difference. I have run walker's for years. This is my 1st Navigator. The cut quality and low clogging is better with the Nav.
  2. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,012

    Id be willing to bet when the exmark engineers starting working on the navigator, they probably bought a walker and took it back to the shop and de-engineered it and built the navigator minus the flaws of the walker. The navigator is a great machine. You walker guys just need to realize that.
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  3. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,717

    We were planning on buying a Navigator a few years ago. We demoed it and the collection power was better than the Walker. Then our Walker dealer told us to trade out our hopper screens and we couldn't believe the difference it made with collection.
  4. Armsden&Son

    Armsden&Son LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,358

    Hey, don't get me wrong Yardguy...... I totally respect your opinion and the opinion of everybody on this forum. However, I just wanted to point out the fact that the video is one sided. You said "After watching the video, i'm sold on the navigator being the better mower hands down." And I just can not allow someone to form an opinion from this video...... If you want to have an honest opinion on something, you need to research it first and watching this video is not research..... This video is just propaganda.... Don't know if this guy has stake in the company or if he has a back room full of 50 navigators that he needs to sell... Either way, it is so obviously biased.... And believe me when I say it that I LOVE Exmark.... I run both Walker and Exmark.. Why? Because they are both great machines and also TOOLS... Different tools for different jobs... That's all folks...
  5. BPS##

    BPS## LawnSite Senior Member
    from WY
    Posts: 828

    Take your own advice in the last sentence.

    The walker haters need to just realize that the walker machine is a good made in the USA machine.

    Is it a one size fits all???
    Of course not, no single machine on the market is that.
  6. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,012

    I don't think the walker is horrible, like the walker guys feel about the nav, I have ran both machines and with that experience, I feel like the nav is built better with better suction and blower. It doesn't clog as easily, the frame and bones of the machine are beefier, the gear case is better. The walker has more attachments but for me I didn't care. I run my nav everyday on high end properties and it hasn't ever let me down. Other than basic maintenance, or wear items needing replaced, it has been as reliable as anyone would ever want. I bought the nav for those reasons, I don't need the attachments like a snow blower, de thatcher, other what ever else they offer with the walker. One thing they have in common is they both suck on hills lol
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  7. BPS##

    BPS## LawnSite Senior Member
    from WY
    Posts: 828

    A lot of that is the operator, I find in discussions with my local walker owning friends.

    And face it, turf tires aren't the best when it comes to hills.
    My JD 777 is lethal (to the driver) on side hills with turf tires, much better with knob tires.
    As is a walker.
  8. BPS##

    BPS## LawnSite Senior Member
    from WY
    Posts: 828

    I'd NEVER dream of mowing this with turf tires.
    The 777 with knob tires blazes right thru it.

  9. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Posts: 4,137

    When I had my z950 it would have mowed no problem with tied tires
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  10. BPS##

    BPS## LawnSite Senior Member
    from WY
    Posts: 828

    Thats easy to say, but that hill is far steeper than it looks in any of the pics I've taken.

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