Which Walker is the best deal?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bart may, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. bart may

    bart may LawnSite Senior Member
    from montana
    Posts: 273

    1. 2003 26 efi 200hours on new motor. 2200 hours on the machine $5,000

    2. 2005 20hp 818 hrs on machine $7800

    Both have the 9.5 bushel hopper. How many hours can you get out of the wheel motors and gear boxes? That's the only thing that I'm worried about on the 26hp. Also if I eventually wanted to upgrade the 20hp motor can you fit a bigger one on that frame?

    Thanks for your help and advice.
     
  2. rmmllc

    rmmllc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    Get the red one called and Exmark Navigator- best walker deal out there. They have great financing on new ones- and a 2 year warranty. Just thought I'd throw a kink in things. Good luck-
     
  3. bart may

    bart may LawnSite Senior Member
    from montana
    Posts: 273

    I've considered that options but want to be able to add side discharge decks if I need them. Do you have a Navigator?
     
  4. rmmllc

    rmmllc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    I will in a week or 2. They mulch well, if you mulch much. You can close the chute to the bag from your seat to mulch. I've also heard of guys just opening the bag door and letting it blow out the back when they don't want to bag (that's with the walkers too). I've always bought used equipment (cheaper) and thought I'd try a new one with a warranty and all this year. I'll post when I get one and let you know how I like it. You probably still have snow in Montana (as do I, but it's been melting fast).
     
  5. rmmllc

    rmmllc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    PS- I'd probably go for the '03- fewer engine hours, more power and a lot less cost.
     
  6. bart may

    bart may LawnSite Senior Member
    from montana
    Posts: 273

    Anybody tell me how long I can expect out of the gear boxes?
     
  7. moores

    moores LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Posts: 84

    I have a 2004 mtghs with the 26hp efi with 2768 hrs on the original engine and have never had to replace anything major only minor things like belts and pulleys.. and my gear boxes and hydros are also fine... I keep all my machines in excellent condition and change the oil every 40-50 hrs and also grease it every 10 hours.. I would go with the 26 efi if I was you.
     
  8. SimonCX

    SimonCX LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 731

    I would keep looking or add $2k and get new, $7800 for a machine that has over 800 hours is not a deal.
     
  9. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,369

    This is what I was thnking !!
     
  10. bart may

    bart may LawnSite Senior Member
    from montana
    Posts: 273

    If I went with the 20hp could you eventually upgrade to a larger engine? Would a 25 or something like that fit in there?
     

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