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walker or navigator

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mds2000, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. Curtis

    Curtis LawnSite Member
    Messages: 161

    How long have these new machines been out ? Anybody got through a leaf season with one . I watched those videos also and I've never had any trouble with the parts that were mentioned . Didn't Exmark try to manufacture one of these before , I think my neighbor down the street still has one . Walker has a dependable machine that's what I 've used to make a living for almost ten years .
  2. TreeClimber57

    TreeClimber57 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    Well Walker did it first, but I think that eXmark has done an excellent job. The Navigator is not a new product, been out for a few years now. I have run both.. currently have only eXmark Navigators.

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    They have been out since 05. I believe Toro (or it could have been Exmark) came out with one years ago and it was called the Frontrunner. I don't think it worked out to well for them. I have been through one leaf season and am in the middle of my second with the Navigator and it is the best thing I could ever have ever purchased. I have used Walkers and my Navigator and have a slight preference for the Navigator.
  4. TreeClimber57

    TreeClimber57 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    eXmark still makes Frontrunners, but they are completely different machine than the Navigator. They are side discharge, with no built in pickup. They come with 52", 60" and 72" decks. They are powered by either the 27 hp Kohler or the 25 hp Kubota diesel.

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    I could have the name wrong or like I'm thinking, it might have been Toro that made an older version of a dedicated bagger.
  6. tallimeca

    tallimeca LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,229

    109-5458 is the part number for the fill reduction kit for older serial numbers built with out it.

    Exmark built a dedicated bagger called the Explorer back in the early 90's. They were nothing like the Navigator. They were an out front dedicated bagger.

    Toro also had a dedicated bagger similar to a walker called a Turfmaster I believe. Again, nothing like the Navigator.
  7. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,239

    do ya have a price for that fill reduction kit?
  8. tallimeca

    tallimeca LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,229

    I think it was like 50 bucks.....
  9. mds2000

    mds2000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    does anybody know if they make dump bins for the navigator?
    and if so a rough price
  10. DLAWNS

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    Thanks for the clarification dude.....I must have been confused. I think the turfmaster must be what I was thinking about.

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