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How is a Walker for a primary mower? How well does it mulch?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ranger520, Nov 8, 2002.

  1. ranger520

    ranger520 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 231

    I was wondering how good a walker would be as a primary mower. With the high demand for fall and spring clean-ups in my area, it seems to be the way to go.
  2. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    the dealer at the last expo told me its made for those who vac.
  3. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    Depending on the volume of your business and types of properties that you mow. A Walker will definately be a great investment for leaf and spring cleans as well as a great bagger. I use a Walker as a first line mower and it is admittedly a precision mower and shines in that realm. It cannot compare to the midmount Z mowers for production mowing in straight lines and on flat areas. The Walker can mow on quite steep grades and the out front deck has a greater reach under obstacles. Up til this year I have used a 42GHS deck with the no catch deflector for rear dsicharge of clippings. I found it ok but not quite what I needed for my business. My solution is the 52SD deck that is equipped with doubles from the factory. The 52 deck is a monster and does a great job. I have the mulch kit too but my setup for spring and fall is to put the GHS on.

    I could go on and on and I have in other posts but I will also say what I say to everyone.
    DEMO the unit for a week. Contact your dealer or local area rep and get one to use on your properties. That is true for anything that you may want to buy that costs 10 grand. For me a Walker is a must have item. My business makes money because of it and my customers demand it. Need more? - E-mail me. Good Luck
  4. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,249

    I had a 16HP, when I out grew it I got the 25HP. I only had the Walker and 2 21''s. One year I had a 36" Toro WB, when I didn't need it any more I sold it. I didn't have that many large props that a bigger fast mower would have made a dif. You can only go so fast over rough ground.
    One thing to do is spend the $25 on a speed up kit for your Walker. Well worth it.
  5. Currier

    Currier LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 564

    I use my Walker on some 1+ acre properties and though I love the machine it surely does get old going back and forth! It gives a great cut and manuvers easily but it is best (in my opinion) for smaller properties.

    I find for leaves if you blow them out the back on the first pass you will greatly reduce the number of times you have to dump the hopper.

    For heavy leaves, or areas where I don't want objects flying out the back I use my jd 36 to reduce the pile and the Walker to clean it up. They are awesome clean up machines.
  6. ranger520

    ranger520 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 231

    Anyone run a side discharge as a second deck on there walker?

  7. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,249

    I had three, GHS for spring heavy growth, mulching deck and SD for weeds and times when you didn't want to do any of the above.
  8. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    I run 52" SD as my main deck and use the GHS for scalping and cleanup. If I would have to do it all over again, I would have taken the money spent on the SD deck and put that towards an Exmark Lazer. Walkers are not designed to mulch grass. I don't have any regrets owning my Walker, I just don't like using a discharge deck (creates too much of a mess). I have not tried the mulching baffles, but from what I have heard they create a lot of blow out. I am considering trying to find myself a set of used ones just to try. Who knows, they might just work for me. I have heard that Walker has came out with a newly designed mulching baffle, but have not heard many comments on them. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to email me.

  9. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,249

    There are variables in every thing but over all the 42" mulching deck I had did a fairly decent job. You can't cut low, wet, or huge amounts of growth and expect it to look nice the first pass. Seldom did I have to go over things twice, rarely a third time.
  10. ranger520

    ranger520 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 231

    Anyone run a side discharge as a second deck on there walker?


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