Cleanups with a Walker

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnkid, Nov 3, 2005.

  1. lawnkid

    lawnkid LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 935

    This is my first year using a Walker on all of my cleanups and I have to say I'm actually not as impressed as I thought I'd be. I demoed one last year and it worked real well but it saeems different this year. The unit I have has the 20hp Kohler and it seems like the mower doesn;t have any suction power. The one I used int he fall had the 26hp EFI and I know that one is mouch more powerful but does it have more suction? It does great just cutting grass and wet grass too but when the lawn is covered in leaves, it has problems getting them all and most of the time I end up running over the lawns twice. And this is after I have fluffed the matted down leaves to the top with the blowers. I also keep my blades sharp and the decks cleaned out so I don;t know. Is anyone else having the same results or am I the only one? Thanks
  2. Mr.Mow-It-All

    Mr.Mow-It-All LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 506

    what kind of blades are you using. The gator blades shred the leaves better, but I have noticed that the high lift blades have a lot better suction. So now I usually run over the leaves once or twice with my ferris, then suck them up with the walker with the high lift blades on. The high lifts don't mulch very much therefore fills the hopper up very quickly. By going over it first with the ferris, I only have to empty the hopper about 4 to 1 as to not going over them first.

    I have the 26 efi though, and never ran a diffierent walker and have never had a problem. HOpe this helps
  3. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,004

    plug deck and mulch them first when thick. then set front of deck on 6 and back on 4. by mulching first you can get more on trailer, too.
  4. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,714

    Is your Walker new or used? If it is used, you may have a worn impeller in the blower. Your Walker should be picking everything up on the first pass, unless it is wet and matted down, or unless you are going too fast.
  5. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    This is what I do when the leaves are super thick.

    For getting those wet leaves (and after I have already gone over the lawn once), I put on the dethatcher with spring tines, this will pick up the wet leaves, other small particles and fluffs up the grass. Man, it looks good when I am finished.
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,362

    We got some blades from Walker with holes so you can put in .180 plastic cord. We use the blades when we are stripping yards for fall rye planting. Maybe you could use those on wet leaves??
  7. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,004

    i use the dethatcher for pine needles too.
  8. edward hedrick

    edward hedrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    I have a 01 20 hp 48" GHS. I bought a set of Meg-mos. 100% better

    once over. If heavy raise mower height, then lower deck for clean up.

    Also Meg-mos don't pick up twigs like std blades. I have OEMs med lift,

    Lesco hi-lifts, and Meg-mos. I carry a brush to clean box screen. For grass

    I change the box screen to 3/4".
  9. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    Negative deck rake?
  10. weedwoop

    weedwoop LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    Yep, just read thet in the owner's manual. Keeps the deck from bull dozing leaves.

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