Heard thru the Grapevine> New Walker Speed

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by David Grass, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. David Grass

    David Grass LawnSite Senior Member
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    I heard thru the grapevine, that the new Walker coming out in April with the 31 hp liquid cooled Kohler was clocked at the factory at 7 mph. The person I spoke with is checking to see if the speed up kit will get it to a respectable 8 mph. It is fine to have a mower that can go 15 mph, but realistically, I can only mow from 5 to 8 and get a quality cut. My Walker does 6, but in the dry summer I would like to go 8. Just thought I would pass it on to you guys, in case the speed factor was keeping you away from a great machine!
  2. Boycea

    Boycea LawnSite Senior Member
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    In the last issue of "Walker Talk" Magazine on page 19, their is a brief description of a new mower called the Model MTL that will have the top ground speed increased fro 5mph to 7mph. Is this the model you are referring to??

  3. The Dude

    The Dude LawnSite Member
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    7 whole miles per hour? 7! wow ;)
  4. David Grass

    David Grass LawnSite Senior Member
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    yes, it is the MTL, and I think a speed up kit will put it at 8. For the previous sarcastic wow comment, if you mow at 15 mph, more power to ya, but I mow yards adjacent to an Exmark owner, same size yards and our mowing time is the same (I use a 52 side discharge), in fact, I go mow the hill between the 2 because he cant stay on it, with a walker and a 52 deck, you can mow anything that a WB can, once you have thousands of hours of experience on one like I do. My point being, in carolinas you cannot mow faster than 8 and usually you must slow to about 6 or 7 (my Hustler WB does 8)
  5. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have also found that unless you have to traverse wide areas of parking lot or just like popping wheelies, speeds over 8MPH are pretty much just to cool you off.
    My kidneys and fillings can't mow much faster than that. That being said, yes I have demoed all the major brands of Z's. Nice machines but my business runs well with a Walker.
  6. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Posts: 5,407

    I hope they include a seatbelt for their new model. 5mph felt like living on the edge with a Walker. I know, I know Walker's have their place in the mowing world.... it just so happens that my Walker's place is behind the shed... rusting.
  7. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ya Dixie is the bomb dude. Why don't you cut your losses and sell the Walker or does it look good next to the couch and 1976 pinto back there.
  8. Aaron Marshall

    Aaron Marshall LawnSite Member
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    Ha ha ha... good one Mow Ed!
    I beleive that there are mowers that are better for different styles of yards and Walker works great for me too. :waving:
  9. KBequip.

    KBequip. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    HAve you guys seen the new Navigator from Exmark?
    What do You think?
  10. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,157

    A walker was my first riding mower. I loved it I went to the Exmark Lazer, but the walker always had a place. Each mower had a certain niche to fill....

    That being said. Id love to get my hands on a older walker 36" GHS for my house...Time to retire the 1963 753 Wheel horse.....and I don't feel like walking behind a 21"

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