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Old 03-17-2012, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Bobinma54 View Post
I am looking at a used Walker mower. Its now 3 years old.

425 hours
MTL EFI 31hp water cooled
headlights
foot rests
high dump
very clean...infact it looks almost brand new
speed up kit
extras to me would be a rear deflector, 2 sets of blades, oil and air filter and a set of belt

He is asking 11,500 and is pretty firm

He has a JRKO dethatcher for it and I was thinking of asking "again for him to include it. The first time I asked he said no

Is this a good price? It runs very nice too

i can tell you from experience because i have owned 10 walkers over the years that at that price you will be better off buying new.
it is allready past waranty and at the 3 year mark it will be due for work on the hydros in the near future.

i will also add that by buying new you will only add at most about 1,500 dollars to the cost and you will have full warranty protection and the owners at walker are very good people and if you bought the machine new and had issues shortly after the warranty expireing they would more then likely help you out.

also the last several years walker has been having some issues with the hydros and allthough they would not warrant not buying a walker mower it should definitly deter you from buying a used walker mower especially if it is out of warranty which from the sounds of it the machine you are buying definitly is.

if it is a EFI motor i would steer clear of buying it, not because it is a bad motor but the electronics can not take the heat that builds up inside the engine compartment.
the only problem with the mowers design is the engine is situated right in the middle of everything and the heat causes issues with certain electronic parts most notably on the EFI motors and the exmark navigator is having the same issues so it is not only the walkers having this problem.

walkers are great mowers and i will always have a couple in my fleet but like any peice of equipment they have their specific applications and they are not the ideal mower when you don't need to bag because the blower system runs full time whether you want it or not and they to need to be replaced periodicly as well.
they are a little slower then say a ZTR mower and i myself have both and each mower has its place in my business as well as each mower has distinct advantages but at the same time depending on what you are cutting they are not equal.

hope that helps and for the record if you like walker mowers and feel it is a good fit for your business and you are gonna spend $11,500.00 you might as well go for the new one.

i realize the one you are looking at has the high dump and i have one of those and it is a 3,000.00 option so if you were to buy new you would probably be looking at around 16,000.00.
the high dump is nice but for the money it is not really worth it and i probably would not ever purchase that option again.
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