“The path to your best opportunity is not a straight line. There are many twists and turns, ups and downs.”

The Walker family story is an inspiring and candid journey from rural farming to manufacturing and the lessons learned along the way. The founder’s son, Bob Walker, shows how faith in God and godly wisdom provide a sure foundation for starting and operating a successful business—along with courage, the willingness to take risks, and a tenacious dream to remain independent.

Stories of American ingenuity bring to life the principles his family cultivated on their way to becoming Walker Manufacturing Company, a worldwide premier provider of zero-turn lawn mowers. Operating a business is about more than multiplying money. It is away to create multiplied opportunity for yourself and many others. Ultimately, business is a way to love people. The Walker Way shows how.

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“Everyone loves a story, and The Walker Way is a wonderfully engaging story of life, business, genuine faith, and lessons learned. From farm life to an international business, with plenty of twists and turns along the way, the journey of the Walker family is truly inspiring. Their guiding principles—to stay on course, stay true to one’s values, and hold steady during the hard times, is a formula for all who seek to build a business, raise a family, and live a life of blessing.”

Dr. John C. Bowling, Former President, Olivet Nazarene University | Bourbonnais, Illinois

“The Walker Way is a wonderful story of faith, family, inventiveness, perseverance, and the power of hard work and human spirit. It is filled with countless lessons and ideas that will make any business, large or small, better. As a supplier partner to the Walker family for over 60 years, we can say that there is no company we work with around the world in any of our industries that sets the quality and integrity bar higher. It’s an honor and privilege to be a small part of The Walker Way.”

David Kohler, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kohler Company | Kohler, Wisconsin

“A gritty story of courageous leadership, tenacious innovation and values, and a transformational vision. The Walker Way embodies a family’s relentless  generational commitment to delivering a high quality, reliable product at a great price. As you read these pages, you’ll be equipped, inspired, and encouraged to be a leader that perseveres despite the challenges.”

Dr. Dennis Rainey, Founder of FamilyLife | Little Rock, Arkansas

“The Walker story is an insightful and moving account of the trials and tribulations of starting a business from the 50’s through today, I can picture Bob Walker delivering parts in a Cadillac! Illustrating using whatever resources that are available. I saw many parallels with my family’s experience in developing a company.”

E. Stanley Guyer, President, The Grasshopper Company | Moundridge, Kansas

“You will want to read this story of a great American company that arose from losing a business to great success, producing the premium zero turn mower in the industry. As a customer, I have seen the Walker Way exhibited as they care for people and make them a part of the Walker family. I left a 21-year career at Bank of America to operate my own landscape business. The Walker’s unsurpassed products have given me and thousands of other Walker owners the opportunity to live our own (American) dream of doing something we love and supporting our families/making money at it. Discover the principles you can use in your own life and business, which this family-owned company has used to grow and prosper. You will enjoy this story of perseverance, innovation, and faith.”

Bob Vickery, Owner, The Planters Touch | Easley, South Carolina

“After reading The Walker Way a person should understand why we have viewed Walker Manufacturing as our #1 customer for more than 25 years, even when our sales to other companies may have been greater. They practice their beliefs daily in all aspects of their business. Other companies claim they want a working partnership with their suppliers, but Walker Manufacturing actually does it. This book tells you why we consider Walker Manufacturing to be the model for what we at Farrar Corporation look for in a customer.”

Joe E. Farrar, President, Farrar Corporation | Norwich, Kansas

“The Walker Way is one of those books that grips your heart and urges the reader to take action. Bob’s words not only make you want to own a Walker Mower, but also to reevaluate your purpose in life and seek out what God may have for your future. The stories entertain, convict, and provide the perfect backdrop for the timeless principles that define the Walker legacy. Be forewarned: It will be hard to walk away from this book unchanged.”

Anne-Renee Gumley, Co-author, Shiny Things: Mothering on Purpose in a World of Distractions

“What a joy to read this book about the Walker Way. The history of the Walker and Bandimere families are very similar. My prayer is that the Lord will use this book to help the next generations, to know that Hard Work does pay off, and that sticking with family through thick and thin makes a huge difference in the end of our stories! To God be the glory, great things he has done.”

John Bandimere, Jr., Bandimere Speedway | Morrison, Colorado

“Faith, family, perseverance, the dignity of work. The Walker Way… The American way. This is a must-read for anyone who owns a business. If you are young and have dreams and aspirations, read this book. I have known Bob Walker for 10 years, and he has had such a positive influence on my life, as well as my son and daughter-in-law. I will have my grandchildren read his story.”

Bill Chionio, President, Business Owners International | Estes Park, Colorado

“This book is an epic story of the blessings a Christ-centered free market country can provide to anyone willing to step up and make it happen. The strength of Walker to remain steadfast in principles of faith and the execution of the American dream is truly inspirational. A must-read in our current national environment where capitalism is under attack.”

Mike Lynch, Colorado State Representative | Loveland, Colorado

“A commitment to irresistible superiority and uncompromising quality is foundational to Walker Manufacturing products. Likewise, I found the wisdom of this book irresistible and uncompromising in its foundation on God’s Word. Like a breath of fresh mountain air, this book will give the leader a clear head and inspiration to see their business anew as a holy calling with eternal impact.”

Dale Lunsford, Ph.D., Chancellor, LeTourneau University | Longview, Texas

“After touring Walker Manufacturing several years ago, Bob told me with a smile, “We don’t make lawn mowers; we make beautiful places.” But it’s not just the beauty of a well-manicured, Walker-mowed lawn. In The Walker Way, you’ll see that one of those beautiful places is the company where the Walker family builds exceptional lawn equipment. Any business owner or would-be entrepreneur who wants to produce lasting value will do well to take heed to Bob’s story of how loving people, hard work, and most of all, faith, fueled his family and Walker Manufacturing through seven decades and three generations.”

Dr. Bill Peel, President and Founder, Foundations for Living/24Seven Project | Dallas, Texas

“I am not a member of the family, but reading The Walker Way made me feel like a friend of the family. I believe more is caught than taught. In reading this book I caught a lot: insights on innovation, determination, problem-solving, service, succession planning, employee retention, utilizing technology, and the importance of character rooted in faith in God, his Word, and keeping one’s word. Rarely does one get to sit with leaders in a multi-generation business. The Walker Way is just that opportunity and more. I highly recommend it.”

Dr. Tommy Kiedis, President, Lancaster Bible College | Lancaster, Pennsylvania

“The Walker Way is inspiring. It is a composite of the history of Walker Manufacturing Company, ethics, and sound business models, and it has a delightful spiritual foundation. This is a must-read book for any businessman or any person who wants to explore the secrets of success.”

Dale L. Cutler, President, Cutler’s Inc. | Orem, Utah

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David greene David greene from Ellenboro nc wrote on September 1, 2021 at 1:45 am
Started my mowing business in 2004, owned several models of walkers over the years. Keep up the good work.
Gabreil Nall Gabreil Nall from Pratt, Ks wrote on July 17, 2021 at 3:59 pm
I've lived in Kansas my whole life. I will be 26 in August. I've owned my own business since I was 10 years old. Dad started me on a push mower and expanded from there. I just recently bought my first 2006-2007 Walker Mtghs. I absolutely love the machine. It picks up leaves and debris like you wouldn't believe. I can't wait to use it in the fall. Keep up the great quality work.
Jay Wadel Jay Wadel from Shippensburg, PA wrote on July 17, 2021 at 2:39 pm
The book is awesome! It was wonderful to read the history behind the company. Thanks for all the time you put into this, Bob!
Ken Silvers Ken Silvers from Findlay, Ohio wrote on July 2, 2021 at 1:06 am
I realized that I knew most of the writings in book. Bob has shared his story over the years. Walker Talk has always featured Bob Walkers commentary over the years. Great read and it was like Bob was talking to me when I was reading the story. Inspirational for sure. Thank you, Walker Manufacturing for building a great mower. My life for the past 30+ has been a blessing. I strongly believe that without this mower and the support of the Walker Family, I would not be the person I am today. I enjoy being independent and owning my own business . Thank you for your support over the years.
Bill Holtcanp Bill Holtcanp from Star Idaho wrote on June 29, 2021 at 4:33 pm
I moved to Idaho in early 2020 and bought a beautiful place with lots of lawn on a golf course. The problem was my knees were failing and I could not walk behind my mower to mow all my grass. I was aware of all the standard ride on mowers out there and none of them really excited me as I always pick up my grass clippings and none of the mowers I had seen did a good job of picking up the grass. I was in a panic on what to do until one day I was sitting on my couch - the sun was beaming in my front window and all of the sudden I saw it mowing my next-door neighbors lawn - the answer came to me - it was a Walker. It was mowing and picking up at least an inch of leaves on the lawn at the same time without any leaves or clumps of grass left in it's wake! What a wonderful machine I look forward to mowing each and every week! Thank You Walker Mfg. for building such a great and enjoyable piece of equipment that keeps my yard looking as good as the golf course I live on!
David John Norris David John Norris from Jamison Centre Canberra Australia wrote on June 24, 2021 at 9:41 am
I have had Walker mowers since I started my business in 1991 and they are the most productive, efficient and well made ride on mowers I have had . Some years ago I had the opportunity to visit the factory in Fort Collins and was received in a personal way and as a customer and business friend was greatly appreciated. Great story of family and business with great valves. Cheers from the land down under
B.j. Godfrey B.j. Godfrey from Villa Rica wrote on June 17, 2021 at 12:09 am
I have been a loyal Walker mower owner since 2012. I wanted something different for my business, a better way to handle landscape maintenance and leave a better finish. I have owned many Walker mowers since then, and they have been a pivotal way to enable me to provide my customers with a premium landscape maintenance service. Walker has enabled me to always be a step ahead and a cut above my competitors. Along the way, i have made many friends in the world of walker, including many at the factory. I try to call Mr. Bob every so often, because there's never been a more genuine and caring person than him and the Walker family. You are not a number, but an extended member of a wonderful group of folks that build the best mower on earth. Why as long as i can crawl on one, I'll always mow with Walker mowers. I currently own 3. One is 22 years old and a lasting testament to the quality of these machines.
David A Schneider David A Schneider from Kitchener Ontario Canada wrote on June 16, 2021 at 4:31 pm
I purchased a used 1964 Walker Power Truck in 1969 that had been abused by the previous owner. With the simple but ingenious design by Max Walker the restoration was soon completed and has been a favourite vintage vehicle at every car/truck show I attend. Thank you Bob for all your help in the past. David
Paul Hendrick Paul Hendrick from Wyoming , Ontario wrote on June 16, 2021 at 4:17 pm
Thank you for the opportunity to sell the best made grass handling machine on the market today keep up with high standard of quality and creative ness
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