Question for Walker guys

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ksland, Sep 16, 2002.

  1. ksland

    ksland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 927

    Is there any tricks to making a walker mow straight? I know you can adjust the rods at the bottom of the control levers but are there any tricks to it or just trial and error? It seems I pull back ever so slightly on the left control to go straight most of the time. It was only my first couple lawns on it and I am sure with practice I will master it.
  2. Strongmd

    Strongmd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 167

    In addition to that, check the tire pressure.
  3. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    Tail wheel lock also helps I have heard. Practice, practice, practice.
  4. robert payer

    robert payer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    It's been years since I ran a Walker but same as any mower sounds like you should begin with checking the tire pressure on all 5 tires. Always diagnose any problem with the simple things first. We had ran Walkers and never felt the need for one of those tail locks. I do not even really no what one is. We have always been big on straight lines and the machine and operator did a fine job with that.
    Check that the Spec's on the drive tires are the same.

    Hope that you are able to correct the problem without having to open your wallet!
  5. visions landscape

    visions landscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    Try running the machine with one hand. I find that is easy to keep great lines
  6. BigJim

    BigJim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    :dizzy: Yep its just practise,just takes you a while till your driving it by feel and not looking at all the levers.
  7. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    I had Walkers for several years and put a couple thousand hours on em.

    Practice, practice, equal tire pressure, and making sure the mower runs straight on a hard surface. Gravel will not work, it will throw the mower one way and then the other. Try to find as level a surface as you can. Run with about half throttle and the forward speed most of the way forward. If it doesn't track straight you adjust the rods like you mentioned. A small turn of the nut goes a long way.

    I also found out that there was no way in the world to drive straight when two handing it.
  8. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    The tail wheel lock is used quite a bit for hill/slope mowing when you don't want the free spinning tail wheel to point downhill while mowing sideways across a hill.

    If you never mow hills then you wouldn't know what the lock is for. My next machine will have one.
  9. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,309

    I agree with the one handed method. If you use two hands you tend to overcompesate on your direction. It takes practice. One thing I do is find a point on the sides of my deck and line it up with the previous stripe. Good Luck!!!
  10. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    This may seem stupid to some, but walker will send you a free demonstration video on how to operate their mowers correctly and safely. It was helpful when I was thinking about the purchase.

    Either that or find someone in your area that has one and watch them go !:p

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