Curiosity is killing me. What is so special about a walker?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ProStreetCamaro, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,289

    I have always wondered what the big deal was about walker mowers? I have only ever seen 2 being used ever around here. From what I see these are my thoughts on them.

    1. They take up WAYYYYYY too much space on a trailer
    2. We do not bag anything nor do most guys around here
    3. They are painfully slow
    4. The between the legs steering setup just seems "funky"
    5. The 3rd wheel stripe is just down right fugly
    6. The two I seen was leaving a sub par shaggy looking cut

    So what is the deal? What am I missing? I must be missing something because I see people talking about them like they are the holy grail.
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    Got try one for yourself and you will see. I was the same way untill i demoed one. Now i own one.
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  3. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,829

    I can see their usefulness for bagging, especially in the fall, but other than that I just don't get it either. The look of that third wheel stripe flat out sucks, they're slow, and though everyone keeps saying how great their cut is, I don't see that either, especiallly when they are cutting 3" or above. Two guys in my area on have them, and the cuts themselves aren't near as nice as what I get from my Z. One guy is just a homeowner I drive past all the time and I don't know how well he takes care of his machine or the deck, but the other uses his to mow for a living, and I know he maintains his pretty well.
  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    Im sorry, I just don't like the third wheel stripe at all!!!

    Around here Walker has a niche market. Small in town residential and commercial properties that need bagging.

    There is no way they are productive enough to use on any property bigger than a city lot IMO.
  5. IMO a waste of money. NOBODY bags here. Side discharge or mulching. For St. Augustine, I have left great and amazing cuts with Toro, Wright, and Ferris. For sports turf, we use reels. I have never seen a Walker here, and if I ever did, would be shocked.
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  6. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,372

    I have never owned one, however I suspect the market share for this brand here in SW Florida to be about 10 to 15%. Seen them for the last 30+ years and still going strong with what they have to offer.
    easy-lift guy

    Messages: 1,343

    Every mower has its place. Walker with a high dump is an awzome machine with a great mow and we dont have to get off the seat to dump into the truck. That being said........
    If you can mow and disperse clippings it is about our v rides. The walkers are in my opinion a great owner operator mower not for a crew. They are in my opinion a delicate but great mower.
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  8. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,010

    I see a couple Walkers in my area. They are the mulching deck Walkers with no catcher on them. They got a little bed where the catcher normally is. I tested one out a couple of years ago and it cut well and handled surprisingly well. I didn't like the deck height adjustment as I like to "float" the deck over stumps, high spots, roots and curbs.
  9. Scott's Lawn Maintenance

    Scott's Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    I have a few different mowers and one of them is a walker . I could not run my business without it. They are great for cleanups and situations when you have to bag. I also like the out front mowing and tilt up deck design . Also add the fact that you can change decks and attachments make it even more versatile .
  10. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,764

    Our main reason for having them is getting into tight areas, the bagging system and floating deck, without Walkers we would be underbid on a lot of properties. I do agree on larger open properties, our Z's are far more productive than a Walker.

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