I recently had the opportunity to train dealers and large commercial customers on basic maintenance of the Walker Mower. The topic of blade maintenance came up, and there were some very interesting thoughts and ideas presented by technicians on this topic. With this in mind, I would like to put forth a few thoughts on blade maintenance (with the note that most of this information can be found in your operator’s manual).
I’m one of those guys, like a lot of men, who doesn’t like to ask for directions when I get lost. Another shortcoming I have had to work on is looking at the directions or instructions when I purchase something that requires assembly or operating instructions. I have always assumed that instructions were for other people to use, but not for guys like me, or so I thought.
Not long ago I had the pleasure of meeting a young man about 15 years old. He and his family were dining in the same restaurant as my wife and I. Dad first approached me because he noticed the Walker Mowers logo on my shirt. His son was close behind. They began asking me questions and showing me pictures of the 1984 Model MS they had recently purchased.
It is interesting to think of the different places you find the Walker Mower being used and the varied conditions they are operated in. With that thought in mind, it is important to be aware of how these different conditions will affect the maintenance procedures that your Walker will require. As an operator, you most likely will see changing conditions throughout the mowing season, and because of that, you may need to adjust your maintenance procedures accordingly; e.g., an item that needs to be cleaned on a daily interval in “normal” conditions may need to be cleaned every hour in adverse conditions.