Walker versus hydro walk behind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HazellLawnCare, May 28, 2008.

  1. HazellLawnCare

    HazellLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 832

    I have been running hydro walk behinds on most of my residential work for several years now. I am pleased with the cut on my Toro walk behinds the only problem I have is we bag everything and the bagger setups suck. I am tired of not being able to bag when the lawns are tall or damp. I am seriously looking at buying a couple of 26efi walkers with the 48" decks and the hi dump system. Will I be happy with the cut and stripes after running Turbo Force decks with striping kits? I am also really curious as to anyones opions on the hi dump versus just getting the dump bins. I run enclosed trailers and dump trucks so I need some way to get the grass over the sides of the truck.
  2. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,606

    the walkers stripe real nice and the baggers can't be beat. We just added a new 26hp model and it's running beautifully so far, not sure how high the hi-dump goes, think its more for pickups, you we use lawn bags and just throw it in the back.
  3. k911lowe

    k911lowe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    dump into tarps.throw into bed.about $4.00 each and can hold a dump from a walker catcher.
  4. HazellLawnCare

    HazellLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 832

    The whole dumping into a tarp on the ground to lift up over the sides of my truck bed just doesnt make much since. Anyone have any experience with the bins?
  5. ATouchofGrass

    ATouchofGrass LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from CT
    Messages: 507

    I heard they are great, i actually just sold my Walker 26 Hp EFI.. I only sold it because i dont have many lawns that need bagging and i just also found a sweet deal on two Exmarks so.. But you wont find a better looking cut than a Walker. Nicest mower ive ever had, and ive had them all! If you buy them you WONT be disapointed. Any questions please ask!
  6. HazellLawnCare

    HazellLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 832

    Does the middle tail wheel look funny in the stripes the mowers leave?
  7. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,335

    The middle tail wheel is the mark of a professionally mowed lawn:)

    You'll love the Walkers. I honestly would get the dump bins, because the high dump only goes up like 66" or so. The dump bins are easy to use if you have any upper body strength at all (I actually dont because I am lazy and dont :weightlifter: enough, so they are difficult for me to use, but for most they are no problem at all. Many guys around here that use them every day can toss them up well over 6' to dump them in trucks.)

    Anyway, the cut, striping, and bagging of the Walker is second to none. Their only weak point that I have ran across is that they DO tend to plug in very extreme wet conditions when the grass is real tall. Normally those are the times that you really shouldn't be out mowing, anyway lol.
  8. Martin Mowing

    Martin Mowing LawnSite Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 83

    I've never had anyone complain about the tail wheel tracks, however I would like to try the split tail wheel. Never seen anyone have one but it is an option (a 390$ option.) I think the split tail wheel would handle a load of damp fescue better also looks cool, but may cut down on trimability some.

    Sounds like the bins would work best for you since you run enclosed trailers. Some of the guys around here that have open trailers and dump trucks have a ramp that goes from the trailer into the truck and just back on and dump, thats the most efficient way I've seen. I personally just back on my trailer and dump but I'm not big enough to have a dump truck.

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