Did they make a factory cover like that for the Estate Keepers as well? That would be a really cool find for the EK collectors...
A few questions come to mind though about them. Were those the same decks that would fit on an Estate Keeper but they fitted a different mounting mechanism so they would fit on the front wheels of the Lawn Keeper? It sure looks a lot like an EK deck to me anyways... Also, what is the other foot pedal for? I imagine one is for the brake/clutch, but what is the second pedal for? Is there an attachment lift on these as well or you just set the height of the deck and that's it, you can't raise or lower it?
Like I mentioned, I didn't even know they made this cover for the LK's. Never saw or heard of one for the EK's either. The mowers on the LK's and EK's are the same basic design that Bolens used on the tube frame tractors. The primary difference was size and the way the mowers were driven. The LK's used 28" and 32" mowers. The one pictured is a 32". The LK's used a belt drive system to the mower. One clutched belt from a pulley on the vertical shaft engine to a double idler pulley at the pivot point of the tractor. Then another belt from the pivot idler to a drive pulley on the mower. The EK's had mowers in 32", 38", and 42" sizes (same as tube frame tractors). The EK mowers are driven from the tractor transmission with a u-joint drive shaft to the tractor pivot, then another u-joint drive shaft to the mower gearbox. Then, second drive shaft works on splined shafts, which allows the u-joint shaft to operate through the pivoting action of the tractor and the up-an-down action of the mower.
The left hand pedal is for the clutch only - it declutches the belt from the engine to the propulsion transmission. The right hand pedal is for the brakes (as well as the clutch) . The LK's have a unique braking arrangement that uses small brake shoes to rub against the inside surface of the front wheel rims. Simple and effective.
There is a simple over-center attachment lift mechanism for transport that mounts on the tractor beside the steering column and has linkage to the attachments. You can see the ear welded on the mower cross tube in the second picture. I have been asking through this forum for someone to send me the dimensions of this lift mechanism so I can make one. I have one drawn up, but it is from memory and I'd like to have the right dimensions before I spend the money to make it. So, if anyone has a LK with this lift mechanism, PLEASE CONTACT ME. Thanks.