Walker mower pricing

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tmramrod91, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. tmramrod91

    tmramrod91 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    Was curious if I could get some input on this mower I'm looking at. Guy said its a 1991 (I don't think he knows what he's talking about) and has an 11HP "RED" engine, so he didn't know the exact engine type.

    1120 hours 42" deck with GHS, said the engine smokes slightly on start up.

    He buys and sells equipment but hasn't dealt with Walkers too much, and even asked me what a good price is for the mower haha.

    He's asking $1500. Any thoughts on price and what year this mower actually is?



  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    Get the serial # off the mower and deck, call walker and have them look it up for you.
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  3. tmramrod91

    tmramrod91 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    Thanks, I'll get that from him.

    Anyone else on price?
  4. WHIPPLE5.7

    WHIPPLE5.7 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 958

    Looks pretty clean, if it runs good I'd take it.
  5. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,763

    A new deck alone for a Walker is around 1500. I'd just be cautious about what you do with it. If it only has 11 HP remember how much the mower weighs, your weight and then a hopper full of grass. This is fine for flat lawns but get any type of incline and you may be at a loss for power or even end up changing hydros. First look at the oil, if its clean, open the hopper and then the front cowling. There are two alan screws next to each wheel that go to the gear boxes. Make sure the plugs don't have excess steel because a new hydo might run you around 700 bucks. If everything checks out I'd have to say buy it, even if you only run it for a couple of years it is A LOT cheaper than a new one and if you ever buy another one most of the chassis parts including the deck are interchangeable. Hope that helps.
  6. Mountain Peak

    Mountain Peak LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    If you bought it for 1500 and still had to drop a new engine in it (1200-1500) and two new hydros you would still be ok with the money you had in it. If that machine had a strong engine and everything looked good, I'd drop 5K on it. Just be careful.
  7. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Messages: 4,143

    You'd really spend 5k on a 21 year old mower?? For another 5-6 you could get a new or newer one that will last 4 times or longer than that mower.
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  8. Earth&Turf RI

    Earth&Turf RI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    I highly doubt that machine is a 1991 with the condition it's in, although the size of the engine makes it believable.
  9. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Messages: 4,143

    I read on here that those handles are pre 97 or so. Look at the deck too. The casters look old as heck. Little old gas tank. Could have been repainted, or just a homeowner machine.
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  10. tmramrod91

    tmramrod91 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    I think the size of the engine and the (apparent) age of the machine are too much for me to go for this machine. I've got a Toro WB that is in great shape and cuts great, but I just love the cut of a walker and that you can bag easily with it. I might just get a bag for the Toro and call it good.

    Thanks for all of the replies!

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