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#1 Rex54 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 15, 2013 - 05:41 PM

I have a Bolens Articulator with cable steering, which is broken at this time, but all else is intact.  This is a model 922 and is made in Sweden.  I have no idea of its age, but is in very good condition.  Would like some more info on this as all I can find is about the EK and LK, which I also have, LK that is.  It has a 12 hp Briggs with elec start which as been switched, but still has the original gas tank.photo0092.jpg photo0094.jpg photo0095.jpg  


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Posted April 15, 2013 - 05:50 PM

Thanks for sharing and welcome to GTtalk! :wave: Hopefully some of the bolens guys will be here shortly to help you out. Nice looking bolens I really like the articulators :thumbs:


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Posted April 15, 2013 - 06:04 PM

Wow, that is a pretty cool machine.  I think I've seen one of these on eBay before for sale, but it was in the UK.  This is the only other one I have seen personally and the only one I have seen in the States.  Where did you get it?  The steering shouldn't be too hard to fix I wouldn't think if you can find a replacement shaft to throw on it.  Not sure if that part is the same between the EK-10 and this tractor though.  This seems similar to the EK's, but yet totally different at the same time, you know?  I'm assuming this is from the mid-1980's or even early 1990's?  It is made in Sweden too, not Wisconsin, so I'm assuming this was well after Bolens went out of business here in the States?


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Posted April 15, 2013 - 06:20 PM

Nice Machine

The Steering Was the weak link on these FS (Frame Steer) Series and is quite common to find these with broken cables.

There's quite a few still out there being used

 

We should have the partslist for this in the manuals Section.


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Posted April 15, 2013 - 06:24 PM

Wow, that is a pretty cool machine.  I think I've seen one of these on eBay before for sale, but it was in the UK.  This is the only other one I have seen personally and the only one I have seen in the States.  Where did you get it?  The steering shouldn't be too hard to fix I wouldn't think if you can find a replacement shaft to throw on it.  Not sure if that part is the same between the EK-10 and this tractor though.  This seems similar to the EK's, but yet totally different at the same time, you know?  I'm assuming this is from the mid-1980's or even early 1990's?  It is made in Sweden too, not Wisconsin, so I'm assuming this was well after Bolens went out of business here in the States?

 

Bolens was still in Business

Bolens Had Branches through out the country including Canada, Europe, and even Australia


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Posted April 15, 2013 - 06:55 PM

So this a frame steer, haven't had time to see how the cable attaches, yet, Picked it up in Rossville, Il. was parked outside beside a shed and just happen to see it from the road. Went up and asked and now its mine. Hope to show it along with the lawn keeper that I've just picked up in Rantoul, Il. Thanks for the info
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Posted April 15, 2013 - 07:22 PM

So this a frame steer, haven't had time to see how the cable attaches, yet, Picked it up in Rossville, Il. was parked outside beside a shed and just happen to see it from the road. Went up and asked and now its mine. Hope to show it along with the lawn keeper that I've just picked up in Rantoul, Il. Thanks for the info

 

 

Yes, The series was referred to the "FS" or Frame Steer Series.

 

The other Articulating tractors were the Lawn Keeper, Estate Keeper & Grounds Keeper


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Posted April 15, 2013 - 08:02 PM

Welcome to GTTalk!  Can't help you on the Bolens, but you get points for putting pictures in your first post.  :thumbs:  That's a sharp tractor, too!

 

Hope you stick around with us. 

 

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Posted April 15, 2013 - 09:26 PM

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Posted April 15, 2013 - 10:21 PM

Welcome to GTT.


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Posted April 16, 2013 - 06:58 PM

Here are some more pics of the articulator. The label on the front has a trade mark "TM" on it. So being a frame steer like the LK, EK and GK is this an other model? photo0101.jpg Who said the Swiss don't' have a humor, this is for the seat spring adjustmentphoto0102.jpg Front of tractor

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Posted April 17, 2013 - 12:21 AM

Nice FS bolens you found, and seems to be in great shape. Also welcome!


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 04:49 AM

Welcome to GTtalk!  The TM would stand for trade mark.  Love the decal for the seat adjustment.

 

There has been a few of those on CL around here and thought of getting one. But the $800 -$900 they're asking for them I can't justify paying.


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 06:48 PM

I have an LK in my workshop. Just like yours.  lol :D


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Posted April 18, 2013 - 10:53 PM

Congrats on the FS.  You guys with the LK's wouldnt happen to have the lift linkage for the mower deck?  My dad, Framesteer, is looking to make his own parts but would like to have a tracing or sketches to pattern from.  see his post here.  http://gardentractor...ft/#entry275890

 

 

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