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Posted December 16, 2013 - 11:35 AM

Just got back in from doing the driveway. We got another 4'' on top of the lake effect snow  we got slammed with the past few days.

Some of the drifts were higher than the snow caster!

I'm wondering If I should try and dig out to the shed to get the cab for her as it looks like its going to be a long tough winter!

 

 

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Posted December 16, 2013 - 11:46 AM

There is enough snow on the machine to tell me that you must wear a goodly amount of it by the time you are done.  If you've got a cab I'd sure want to mount it up!!  In my world there would be no better way of not seeing any more appreciable snow fall that to dig it out and get it on the rig!!  :D


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Posted December 16, 2013 - 11:53 AM

But the brochures always show the guy nice and dry!

 

Its really not too bad though, if its really windy that's a entirely different story!

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Posted December 16, 2013 - 12:19 PM

Goes without saying any snow blower will cover you in snow if it is even a bit breezy unless the snow is heavy and wet. I spent a few years with a Cub Cadet 8hp 32" auger and the abominable snow man emerged from behind the machine more often than not!  :smilewink:  If you have to dig for an hour to retrieve the cab it would be worth it! In my humble opinion. :wave:

 

 

 

 

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Posted December 16, 2013 - 12:29 PM

Good to see the EK doing it's job! Thanks!


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Posted December 16, 2013 - 01:11 PM

That would be cool to have an estate keeper :thumbs:


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Posted December 16, 2013 - 02:16 PM

I'm still trying to decide if I like those things or not. Seeing it move some snow makes it more useful than just a mower so I guess I like it. Here on Cleveland's east side we know all about lake effect. Had to plow 3 times so far this season. I think you better install the cab.
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Posted December 16, 2013 - 02:39 PM

Its better to have and not need than to need and not have. Put the cab on. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted December 16, 2013 - 02:55 PM

Thanks for those great EK photographs Doc.  I'll bet there is plenty of lake effect headed your way this year.  I'd get the cab out while you can.  It makes a great difference on a windy day.


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Posted December 16, 2013 - 03:26 PM

Good to see the old girl at work I am with every one else I put the cab on to.


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Posted December 16, 2013 - 04:18 PM

Winter doesn't even begin until Dec. 21! :wallbanging:  Mount the cab, add a few lights, install coffee pot/ mug warmer, bring on the snow! Nothing beats being out of the wind when its <20* :thumbs:


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Posted December 16, 2013 - 04:29 PM

Those rigs really maneuver?  I  used to see them at a local dealer on drivebuys and once stopped in to look. There was a really big model that was neat, not so much he small one. Which is yours? One's I recall were White tho.  Those hydro? What kinda steering? Didn't know they had cabs, but wonder what it mounts too?  Not much tractor body there and must have to mount only on the rear section then?  Send us a pix when on.



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Posted December 16, 2013 - 04:39 PM

Those rigs really maneuver?  I  used to see them at a local dealer on drivebuys and once stopped in to look. There was a really big model that was neat, not so much he small one. Which is yours? One's I recall were White tho.  Those hydro? What kinda steering? Didn't know they had cabs, but wonder what it mounts too?  Not much tractor body there and must have to mount only on the rear section then?  Send us a pix when on.

 

There were 3 versions of the "Frame Steer" design

 

Smallest was the Lawn Keeper, Second was the Estate Keeper , then Grounds Keeper (Largest)

 

The white Estate Keepers you see are the older 7HP models. I'd like to find one of those for the collection :D

 

 

If they had just a bit more traction they would be perfect. The center pivot steering is really nice in tight corners and eliminates a lot of backing up like you would have to do with a regular tractor.


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Posted December 16, 2013 - 05:03 PM

Did they make a hard cab for the Estate Keepers too? I thought the Grounds Keeper was the only one.

 

Did Bolens sell the rights to these to another manufacturer? I've always wondered why they didn't continue production into later years - especially with the Kohler twin and Hydrostatic drive. 

 

Thanks for sharing the pictures!

 

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Posted December 16, 2013 - 05:12 PM

Did they make a hard cab for the Estate Keepers too? I thought the Grounds Keeper was the only one.

 

Did Bolens sell the rights to these to another manufacturer? I've always wondered why they didn't continue production into later years - especially with the Kohler twin and Hydrostatic drive. 

 

Thanks for sharing the pictures!

 

Nick

 

No, Only the soft cab for EK's

They came back in the 80's with the FS series which was a cheaper version of the Older Estate Keeper's

There was also a "Stiga" which was a foreign version sold in Sweden

 

Not sure about if anyone bought out the rights but they seem to be making a comeback with this new Husquvarna machine.

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