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Walker GHS Mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mack77, May 3, 2006.

  1. Mack77

    Mack77 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 212

    Hey guys...

    The Good News: I have a chance to pick up two Walker GHS mowers 26HP Kohler's for free. Both different years, (Don't know exact years as of now)

    The Bad News: Both naturally have problems! One needs a new bottom end of the engine, and the other needs a new starter. I was thinking of taking the starter off one mower and putting it on the other. The man who is getting rid of these mowers said that the dealer wants $300 for a starter and $500 for labor. For those who are familiar with the walkers, are they that tough to work on?

  2. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    The Starter sounds bout right .... I believe he may have to pull the engine .... had one on a reg fuel 25 HP the starter was like $170 n labor was 3 hrs or $150 ... but that was 3 years ago

    I can tell you that a replacement 26 efi Kohler gonna run $2400 without labor ... the correct speck # is PA78528 ..... I wish the 515 from small engine wharehouse would fit as it's $1700
  3. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,717

    Starter price is ok, but labor sounds about $200.00 too high. We did one at our shop and I believe it took 4.5 hours or so. The engine does have to be removed, or at least repositioned to get at that starter.
    Maybe your dealer charges $100.00/hr? I know everything is a lot more expensive in your part of the country.
  4. Mack77

    Mack77 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 212

    Thanks for the replies!:waving:

    Is replacing the starter a job one can do themselves? Or is it highly recommended that the dealer take care of this problem.

    Also, are there any good Walker Dealers in Central NJ?
  5. GrassFearsMe

    GrassFearsMe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    its 800 bucks to get a whole working 26hp walker. who cares if the labor is too high, christ i'd pay a $1000 to get a working walker and a parts machine. thats a steal imo. btw they are difficult to work only b/c its very tight underneath and there may be some complicated electronic components if its an efi. Y uncle is quite mechanically inclined and he doesn't futs with our walkers. you really have nothing to lose if your getting them free, but free up some time to work on them.
  6. MysticLandscape

    MysticLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    If you dont get them let me know i could use a back-up machine...
  7. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,004

    about 3.5 hrs for me to pull engine and swap starters. 2.5 on non efi walker. on the one with bad engine, you can rebuild it for as little as $200 if you do it yourself. its really not that hard. if you rebuild it, switch it to carb. you have to do a bit of parts swaping, but it can be done. fewer probs without the puter and you only loose about one hp.
  8. thelawnkid

    thelawnkid LawnSite Member
    Messages: 139

    you wanna sell one of them
  9. Mack77

    Mack77 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 212

    Correction on the walker mowers...:hammerhead:

    I just spoke with the man who is getting rid of these mowers today and he informed me that they are both 20HP machines instead of the 26HP. What i've collected thus far is that the 26HP Kohler EFI engines are a nightmare to work on. Are the 20 Horse machines a little easier to work with? Still the same problems, one's a bad starter, and the other's a faulty bottom end.

  10. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,717

    Same problem on the starter change out, but much simplier engine to repair due to less electrical stuff

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