Good deal on Walker Mower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TopNotchLawnCare, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. TopNotchLawnCare

    TopNotchLawnCare LawnSite Member
    from IL
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    I am bumping this back up because I found another Walker mower for sale. It is a 2003 GHS 48" Diesel with 475 hrs for $3,500 Price sounds fair to me, but I haven't looked at it in person either. Opinions? Only problem is I don't always bag, usually only during spring clean ups and leaf season. So how can I use this mower in the summer without having to collect clippings? I know they make the No Catch Deflector, but for those who use these how do you avoid throwing clippings in mulch beds when turning, etc?

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  2. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thatis a great deal! Is it a 18 or 21 hp engine? Mine was $16,000 new 1000 hours ago. No way would I sell it for less than $10,000. I haven't noticed any wear in the hydros yet. Unless they have been opened you should get 500 to 1000 more hours out of them. Sounds like it was used privately and the owner doesn't know what it is worth. Unless you see a major issue buy it. I love mine.
     
  3. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You can get a mulching deck for it.
     
  4. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You can test the hydro performance by using the machine for 30 minutes or so. Worn hydros will not work as well when hot. With cold oil they all perform like new. I mention this in case the clock was replaced.
     
  5. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    3,500 is a steal, that kubota motor will go AT LEAST 3500 hours and the hydros should last 2k hours if they aren't abused.
     
  6. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Did you say 475 hours:confused:
     
  7. TopNotchLawnCare

    TopNotchLawnCare LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Posts: 188

    He wasn't quite sure, but he thinks it is a 21 hp. He said all maintenance was keep up on it and this was his back up unit and only used it on his own yard. The only thing that was done to it was a new belt. Comes with extr blades also.

    He said everything was original on it. I have never used a Walker before, but worn hydro's will fill sloppy or not be very responsive if abused, correct?

    Any tips on what to look for with these mowers? I assume check for play in deck drive shaft, leaking hydro's, play in spindles, condition of impeller, and of course all fluid levels.


    Yes 475 hours.

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  8. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    radiator, grease points, deck gearboxes, hydro pumps/gearboxes, wiring harnesses, and pulleys.
     
  9. TopNotchLawnCare

    TopNotchLawnCare LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Posts: 188

    Radiator - check fluid level. What else?

    Grease Points - check and see if they have any grease on them? The only way I know to tell if they are good is use a grease gun and see if they accept any grease.

    Deck Gearboxes - check for leaking fluid and broke shear pins?

    Wiring Harness - what do I look for here? Burnt or cut wiring?

    Pulleys - check for play/wear?
     
  10. TopNotchLawnCare

    TopNotchLawnCare LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Posts: 188

    Well It was all set for me to pick it up tomorrow and I just got a call back saying it was sold out from underneath me. Oh well..:rolleyes:
     

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