Fair price for Walker?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MWS LAWN, Nov 19, 2002.


    MWS LAWN LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    I'm looking into getting a Walker for next year. A dealer around the area has a 98 model 20 h.p. 48in. cut w/ 9.5 hopper for 4999.00. Takes me about 45 min. to get to the dealer. Just wanting to know if it was worth the trip to look at. The dealer said the unit was bought from him and the purchaser took very good care of it. It has 1200 hours on it though.Uses no oil. Anyway a new unit was priced at 9700.00. I will only be using it for Fall cleanups and cutting some "island areas" for bagging purposes. Any thought would be helpful. Thanks
  2. LakeSide Lawn and Landscape

    LakeSide Lawn and Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    Keep in mind that that mower is fixing to be 5 years old!!!Ithink that is expensive for any mower that is that old.You may want to sell it after you get it and have it for a while,(you never know?) Do you think you could get that kind of money back out of it???just my opinon.:)
  3. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Air cooled engines in Walkers last significantly LESS hours than on any other mower. HEAT is the culprit.

    At 1200 hrs, that 20hp is about at its life expectancy in a "normal" mower (1500-2000) is about right. But with it being in a Walker... :confused:

    Figure $1300 minimum for an engine if YOU do the work!

    As for the rest of the mower...

    There's an awful LOT of little 'stuff' on a Walker. 1200 hrs is a lot of hours to jiggle things that don't like to jiggle!

    Like M&M said, can you get that out of it in a year or so? I have trouble getting $4K out of 4 y/o top of the line ZTR's!

    If your just looking for occaisional use for leaves and stuff, look a little harder. I'd spend around $3.5K or so max. Maybe look for a diesel. At least you wouldn't have to worry about the engine issue!
  4. bluemoon

    bluemoon LawnSite Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 114

    Just FYI MWS Lawns, in Wichita, Ks they are selling 20hp,9.5hopper, 48"GHS for $8,100.00 new. I think that is a pretty good price. Sorry can't give any advice on used Walker.
  5. Bill Davis

    Bill Davis LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    I would not pay that much for the used Walker. Depending on where it was used the Hydros could be getting weak and if they go out it is around $1700 I believe. The motor is also a concern, and while putting a new motor in a walker is not all that hard I would hate to see you have to spend the money on it.
  6. Andrew S

    Andrew S LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    You guys should consider yourself lucky-down here in Oz a 20hp walker is $25000 brand new, a second hand walker would be worth $10000 to $15000

    because of a lousy exchange rate we pay double the prices to you guys.

  7. Bill Davis

    Bill Davis LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    How do yall manage to stay in business?? Those are ridiculous. Could you order one from over here and have it shipped to you. That would probably save you lots of money even after the shipping charges. Just an idea.
  8. jsr2741

    jsr2741 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    Stopped in yesterday at the local toro dealer who happens to sell walkers. He had a 2002 walker, 48 inch, with the baging system for either $9300 or $9800.

    Seemed a little high to me but this is the same guy who takes the packets of fuel stabilizer out of the 6 packs of opti 4 cycle oil and sells it separate.
  9. Mowing Freak

    Mowing Freak LawnSite Senior Member
    from S.E. Ks
    Messages: 459

    Your lucky to live that close to your Walker dealer. This is just my opinion...I have been running walkers for 2 summers now and all 3 of my walkers were bought used. I haven't had any major trouble with them at all. Look on the walker web site at some of the old walker talk magazines and you will find an article on a walker with 13000hrs on it, yes thats thirteen thousand and he is still using it. The $5000 is just for kicks. Talk him down on price if you can. If he won't budge on price, go somewhere else! As far as heat related problems, keep the dust blown out of the motor and air breather clean as with any mower and you should be fine. I haven't had any heat related problems with my kohlers yet. Also, use a good brand of oil too. Hope this helps!
  10. LakeSide Lawn and Landscape

    LakeSide Lawn and Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    13,000 is alot of hours but one out of a million arent that good of odds if you ask me. I still say that is to much:nono:

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