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Walker Side Discharge Decks

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by kubotafan, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. kubotafan

    kubotafan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 210

    Do the Walker side discharge decks cut as well as their GHS decks?

    Some of the lawns I cut are what I would call a yard, rather than a lawn. A little rough, sometimes weedy, etc. They are just mowed side discharged. I presently use a tractor style mower (Kubota G1800 AWS) but have wondered if I could save time with a Walker (thinking about an MB model). However, having never used one I wonder if I would get as good a cut or if the ride would be rougher.
  2. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,782

    I have a side-discharge 48 on mine, and the cut is impeccable. I have two Gravely 260 Promasters, and they also give a very good cut, in my opinion, but the Walker is almost perfect, basically never missing a blade. The controls are touchy, and I, admittedly, am still not an expert, because I don't run the mower but one day a week normally, but if you are using a tractor type mower now, you will be amazed at how much faster you will be able to cut with a Walker, plus get under tree limbs and close to landscaping, minimizing trimming.

    Another thing about the SD deck is it cuts wet grass better than my Gravely's. It isn't designed for high grass, but if you have reasonable growth, you can cut when the grass is actually wet with no clumping. My Gravely's will do OK, but eventually, no matter how slow or fast you mow, you'll start dropping clumps. The Walker just doesn't do that.
  3. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,263

    We use all the Walker decks: collection, mulching, and side-discharge. All float very well and leave a manicured look. The side-discharge, IMO, stripes better than the collection because the blades on the SD all rotate the same direction.
  4. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    I have a 62" SD Walker deck, great deck. It will do light brush hogging or mow a nice lawn.

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