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Walker tail wheel lock?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by gardenpro, Feb 4, 2003.

  1. gardenpro

    gardenpro LawnSite Member
    from -
    Posts: 90

    I'm looking very seriously at buying a Walker, likely within a week, and makiing out a package deal with the store.
    The store knows little about the lock, but I read in the archives that they are great.
    Is it easy to
    1. install
    2. use?
    Like do I need to do anything to change directions? I'm also wondering how effective it is?
    Thanks again.
  2. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    What does a "tail lock" do? To what advantage is it?
  3. IBGreen

    IBGreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 726

    It helps the stability of the Walker on hillsides. In other words keeps the back end from fishtailing.
  4. gardenpro

    gardenpro LawnSite Member
    from -
    Posts: 90

    IB have you tried it? Was it a pain in the butt? I picture having to get off the Walker and unhooking it, turning then hooking it on again, I hope I'm way off.
  5. E-man

    E-man LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 136

    I personnally dont have one yet (will soon) but I have seen them in action and they are great no more fishtailing with a close to full bag. All there is to locking and unlocking the wheels is a toggle switch.
  6. Wheat King

    Wheat King LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    I have the tail lock on two of my Walkers. It is an excellent accessary for slopes and perfect stripes. It is simple to install-maybe one hour. The holes are already drilled in the Walker's frame from the factory-just bolt on and run the wires to the switch mounted on the forward ground control lever and tap into the hot wire off the battery. It is simply a solenoid that locks and unlocks the rear yoke. It is a differnet yoke that is provided in the kit with a notch cut in it. I highly recommend if you do a lot of slopes. ditches, and striping.
  7. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    Would a duel wheel set-up, like a Grasshopper, help you out on the hills instead of this tail lock?
  8. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,354

    We have them on our Walkers! Have the dealer install due to the solonoid hook up! You will like it!
  9. IBGreen

    IBGreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 726

    How much did it cost you guys for the lock and to have it installed?
  10. Green Mtn. Guy

    Green Mtn. Guy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    It is an easy install. Might need to adjust at first so when you lock the tail you track straight. I can mow hills sideways where I wish I had a seat belt. It is very bumpy over here, so locking the tail makes for easy stripes. Almost hands free. Feels like its less stress on the hydros because you are not constantly adjusting. I would also strongly recomend getting the 26EFI. I have installed the mechinacal deck lift recently and don't know how I ever lived with out it. Great for preventing scalping, when I dump onsite I can now drive into the forest or a rough road to dump with a low deck setting, and the machine transports much quicker with the deck raised. Just got to watch out for the tail bouncing.

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