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Walker w/ 1200 hrs.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rosolar, Dec 23, 2005.

  1. rosolar

    rosolar LawnSite Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 172

    I am interested in purchasing a 2001 walker w/ 1220 hrs. on a 25hp. Mower seems to have been maintained very well, The owner said the engine was rerung. What is "rerung"? Will this be a money pit or a good opportunity to get my 1st walker for decent $.

    I MOW ALONE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,917

    rerung mean's it's got new piston ring's in it. money pit dont know you never know when you buy a used machine. it all depend's on how good of a price you can get it for.
  3. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Posts: 4,785

    If you can take some detailed pics that would help us. Even then it wont be enough because it will only show us the outside.
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,190

    I bought a 2000 Walker with broken pwr meter with a 36" bagging deck and 18HP engine last year for $1500. Check to be sure the hydro units have the cooling fans on them. Take the unit into the street and drive it in a straight line full open to see if either hydro has and hesitation in it. On the deck open the oil ports in the gear boxes and see if they are full, same on hydro.
  5. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,913

    If you can or have a local walker dealer .... take it too em n pay for 1 hr shop time to have em look it over
  6. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,956


    Don't worry about a Walker engines. They are the weakest part of that machine. Because they are so enclosed and low to the ground they run hot and don't last but 1200 to 1500 hrs. I have a 1993 that i just retired because I retired from mowing. It went through more motors than I can remember over the years.

    Replacement complete long blocks can be purchased from Northern Tool by special order with a two year guarantee. They will bolt right in and clip right to the wiring harness. It takes about 45 minutes to change one out. My experience has found total long block replacement is the best way to go. Rebuilt engines don't last, Maybe because of the high heat build up in Walker's motor compartment.

    Look for good hydro controls and Gear boxes. It is the wheel drive Gear box that is the most expensive part to replace. If they are good, you can rebuild the mower completely for around $ 3,000 and get another 5 to 6 years out of it. Walker are easy to rebuild because they are Jig Made and most parts can be purchased direct from the original manufacture that sold them to Walker.

    When I sold out to my employees They bought all my newer Walkers and Left me with a 1997 that I how use it to mow my own grass and spread Fertilizer. As a back up I kept the 1993 and will one day put an other engine in it.

    BTW I also have a 1999 GHS model that I would like to sell but no one bags grass here in Florida any more. It has around 500 hrs on it and is garage kept. I will put it on E bay this spring. I used in only for Verticutting and occassional back up.
  7. rosolar

    rosolar LawnSite Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 172

    Thanks for the replys. Other options I know the mower has is 9.5 hopper, speed up kit, heavy duty blower chute, flipup deck. fluids changed every 50 hrs. how much would the replacement engine roughly run? would you suggest a different engine(26efi) or would that make the installation way more difficult?
  8. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,956


    First thing when I bought my last new 2004 Walker I got the 20hp because we only used 42" decks only and I wouldn't have to fool with a the computer chip that the 26EFI needs to run. True the 26efi has more power and IMHO more maintenance that I would have to take back to the dealer. I believe to up grade to a 26EFI engine you are looking at big expense and Trouble because they are computer operated. I find the 20 HP has more than enough power for a 42" deck and believe any thing bigger than a 48" deck on a Walker to be a waste. Get a field cutter, Walker are fine turf machines designed for small properties. They worked great on the 3 and 4 K lawns we cut on canals front property. Anything bigger would not worked near as well.

    Last Engines I purchased from Northern tool was over two years ago and if Memory serves me correct. 20 HP were $ 1200 and 25 HP were $ 1400 at that time. They are complete engines that you only need to add oil and gas to.
  9. rosolar

    rosolar LawnSite Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 172

    What do you think its worth? I am guessing $3000-4000
  10. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,956


    I have the 1999 25 HP Walker GHS with a 42" deck and only around 500 hours maybe less. I would take $ 3,000 for it in a New York Second. I paid just at $ 10,000 for it tax title and license in 1999. Since I am in Florida it might not be the machine you are looking for, travel expenses would kill your cost factor

    Walker are special Machines that not everyone wants. Therefore they don't hold their value. What many mowing guys don't realize that slower mowing speed with better trimming ability can make the total job be easier and faster. They get their real advantage on small compact properties. I only put a speed up kit on my first 16 HP walker which was under powered. The single cylinder just didn't have enough tork. To mow at any greater speed on a front runner causes the deck to bounce. One of the reason all the new faster mowers are Mid Mounts.

    On large properties I would use the Walker to mow around objects to get close and use a mid mount mower on the open area for speed. Like I am trying to say Walker has a nitch were it does very well. Out side that Nitch it is not a competitive machine in today's market. In my case Walker fit the Nitch Market I sold to.

    Fantasy Lawns has made a good suggestion that I would recommend you follow before spend your money. The dealer might also tell you what he would either pay or sell that mower for. I am a die hard Believe in the quality of a Walker and have had good success with them. BTW the newer Walkers have made some minor changes that make them hold up better. However they also have had some Dogs along the way.

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