96 walker 400hrs good or bad?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CrewCut, Jan 26, 2001.

  1. CrewCut

    CrewCut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    I am in the process of buying a 96 Walker with a rebuilt 20hp kohler with 450 hrs and a 48in Ghs. They are asking $3500 good or bad buy, some things to look for?
  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    I have a Chopper that is 1 year older that has almost 3,000 more hours on it, so this machine must have been used by a home owner with that such few hours on it. You can usually tell how they took care of it by the general appearance of them. I have seen mowers with 60 hours on it that looked 20 years old. With a rebuilt motor and that few hours, it has to have a lot of hours in it left. I have 325 hours on a 2001 machine. It is hard to say without looking at it, but check out for leaks of the hydraulic system and test drive it. This deal doesn't sound to bad to me.
  3. Cleve

    Cleve LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Rockmart, GA
    Messages: 404

    Wonder why the engine had to be rebuilt after only 450 hours?
    I have a 94' Walker with the diesel and remember that around 40 hours the hour meter quit. I replaced it under warranty with Walker but wonder if everybody would do that.
    With hours that low the machine should still look almost new.
    I would make the deal based on letting my dealer look at the machine and comment on it. Definitely a good price.
  4. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    If a homeowner killed an engine that fast.
    Id sure look hard at any wear points. I suspect
    a pro owned it.In that case it still wore the
    motor out quick.He may not have been much on
    maintenance.Still could be a good deal but a gamble
    which most things are.
  5. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    I haven't had an hour meter that quit, but that is a possibility too. It could of been disconnected too, so there are lots of possibilities here. It could be a gamble or a good deal, but isn't any used equipment?
  6. I would definately have my dealer take a look at this unit, with this being a condition of buying the unit. Inspect the deck for possible indications that it has been bent on front or sides, look to see if the blades have been making contact with the deck anywhere around the perimeter. Check for possible oil leaks on hydros, look for oily dust trails from the leaks on the housings and frame. Check for wear in the gear box to the deck, you should have a little but it should not be excessive.

    If this machine has not been abused any, then the price is worth it. Should be a good mower for you.


    BUSHMASTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 519

    either way 3500 or maybe less if you jew a little bout right
  8. cut-rite

    cut-rite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    450 hrs on machine or on engine?
  9. LJ lawn

    LJ lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 356

    the way i read it, sounds like it only has 450 hrs on the new engine.
  10. Currier

    Currier LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 564

    Providing the machine is in good shape, that price ain't half bad! The walker website (walkermowers.com) used to have a list of things to look for when buying used.

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