Need some tips from the Walker guys out there..

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by RIprop, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. RIprop

    RIprop LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Posts: 44

    I recently added a Toro Z Master 355 to my small operation. Purchased it thinking it would be a good addition to my fall clean up equipment (being able to suck up and dump leaves rather quickly).

    My question for the Walker people (since its a very similar machine and there's not many toro z 355s out there) is how can I prevent the machine from clogging???

    I sanded all the chutes going into the bagger so they were nice and smooth to reduce friction. Then shot a bunch of wd40 in there to prevent rust and sticking. Any other tips??

    Do the impellers get old and possibly thats what making it clog up every so often?

    Thanks in advance...
     
  2. NJemerald

    NJemerald LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 121

    1st... where is your machine clogging...
    between the deck and blower OR the blower and the catcher???

    Never heared of a z 355 before, But with a Walker... no need for any of that sanding and wd40... just keep the bottom of the deck free of grass build up and Yes the blow housing fan does wear and need replacing every few years but other then that... it's all in the mowing technique.
     
  3. RIprop

    RIprop LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Posts: 44

    The clog is between the blower and the bagger... which makes me think the blower housing is worn out? Bought the machine used and its got about 950 hours on it.
     
  4. NJemerald

    NJemerald LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 121

    How old is the mower?
    Are the fins on the blower rounded/worn looking?
    we only get about 3 good season out of a blower (with our amount of use) before they start to clog more frequently.
     
  5. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    the wd40 isn't going to help you any. its just going to attract debris.. the debris going through the chute will "sand" the chute and keep the rust at bay..

    make sure the discharge chute is clean and smooth and make sure that the blower/bagger junction is nice and smooth and joining up properly
     
  6. RIprop

    RIprop LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Posts: 44

    i don't have much experience with these mowers but the fins on the blower look worn to me and thats probably the problem. The mower has 1000 hrs on it. I bought it used and have no idea if it was ever replaced.. i doubt it.

    May be time to throw a new prop on there...
     
  7. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Posts: 4,518

    sharp blades may help chop leaves and grass up better. also if things are wet you are more likely to clog. too much grass/leaves too fast will cause a problem also
     
  8. stan the man

    stan the man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 705

    my walkers and exmark. if i go fast they will clog with leaves and the walker hate wet grass.slower is better on the clean ups
     
  9. Oak Hill Contractors

    Oak Hill Contractors LawnSite Member
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  10. Oak Hill Contractors

    Oak Hill Contractors LawnSite Member
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    You could try spraying a graphite lube on instead of wd40 it goes on dry so wont attract dust and plug up.
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