Walker GHS w/open hopper

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by RMDoyon, Nov 3, 2001.

  1. RMDoyon

    RMDoyon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    I have had great success mulching leaves using a combination of Gator blades and leaving the rear hopper open (I do use the no-catch deflector as well).

    This setup actually mulches almost as well as my eXmark WB so I am a happy cutter.

    When mentioning this to my eXmark dealer (worked on Walkers for 4 years in a previous career) he cautioned me against this arrangement.
    He claims I should only expect 600-1000 hours on this engine due to excessive dust.

    Today I placed an e-mail to Walker regarding this but have not yet asked my Walker dealer.

    Can anyone here corroborate this?

  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    I was told at a show one time, that these mowers were designed to do that. It seems like you would be just leaving the dust behing you, mainly.
  3. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    while i hate breathing it. leaf dust would be less harmfull
    than any thing w sand or metel in it. still it is my opinion that
    doing leaves in dry conditions is not a plus for any pt of your machine.
    change precleaners everyday.and wash or do what ever u do to get the dirt off of the machine. some use their blower.
    then lubricate often.if fed a steady diet of leaf work i suspect your mechanic might be pretty close. i always hate to do it to my machine,but its just the best way ive found to handle leaves.
    later now

    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835


    gator Mulchers for a Walker ?? I was told they did not make them by my supplier. If you got em , Can you give me the part # ?? Thanks.. Also what size deck do you have, I have a 42" ? Thanks
  5. RMDoyon

    RMDoyon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230


    I can't help you with the Gator part # as the blades I got from my dealer are in the trash (hit a rock, broke a fin off, through the works out of balance and they started a racket). Also, my dealer ground off abot 1/4 inch off of the top of each fin to make them work. If I hadn't hit a rock I'd still be using that pair.

    However, because I do not want to risk that route again, I am ordering Stens Einstein mulchers from my dealer for the 48" GHS.
    I got the part numbers from captdevo from an older thread:

    Jerry's has Einstein mulchers for the
    GHS42" #302120 RH (these also fit the SD 42"& 62"), 302124 LH,
    GHS48" 302128 RH, 302132 LH,
    I use these on my 26hp EFI 48"ghs, do an excellent job, they seem to clip grass smaller and shreds leaves better for more compaction in the hopper.
    Here is their site, they give some pretty good deals and have a very informative parts website.


    Thanks to captdevo.

  6. NC Big Daddy

    NC Big Daddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Did you past the test? :D Hope you're doing well....
  7. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    No problem...

    also, another good mulcher blade is Raptor by Stens

    48"RH #302328, 48"LH #302332

    42"RH #302320 (also for 62"SD), 42"LH #302324

  8. RMDoyon

    RMDoyon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    Do you have any input on this comment regarding lower engine life? You seem to know more about these machines than anyone.

    Also, what is the difference between Einsteins and Raptors?

    Yes, with flying colors.
    Actually, what a joke, if you can't pass the NC Applicators exam then you have serious problems. Are you going to the show in Charlotte?

    Thanks again captain.

  9. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    i don't see where there would be any problem with the dust, with the heavy duty filter system on the Walkers', dust would play hell getting in.

    i have never had a Walker with any dust problems other than when a customer forgot to put his filter back in, left it out for a season and screwed up a perfectly good Kubota Diesel.
    (lucky for him, they warranted it)

    I blow my mowers off a few times a day, and clean filters weekly, more if i feel they may need it.

    i read somewhere that a slightly used filter works better than a new one.....

    there isn't a very big difference, the Einstein are flat at the center and have 3 mulch fins, the Raptors are curve formed like stock Walkers and have 4 mulch fins.

    Both perform very well and hold a sharp edge.
  10. HacMan91

    HacMan91 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    I have a walker and one thing with the hopper door open is the liability of sucking a nut or rock up and shooting it out the hopper, landing who knows where. I have it up occasionaly but I watch where the back is blowing out.

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