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#1 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted September 28, 2014 - 04:08 PM

Never seen one of these before.  Anyone know anything about them?  Oughta go anywhere with 4WD!

 

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Posted September 28, 2014 - 04:21 PM

That's the Grounds Keeper.  The "Big Daddy" of the Bolens articulated mowers. Unless it's been modified, it's 2wd.

 

It was a commercial mower, and had a 2-cyl Wisconsin engine.


Edited by OldBuzzard, September 28, 2014 - 04:22 PM.

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Posted September 28, 2014 - 04:22 PM

I think Don Cambell is recreating this same model. :D

 

I have never seen one before but you are right, it should go anywhere.



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Posted September 28, 2014 - 04:58 PM

I think Don Cambell is recreating this same model. :D ...

 

 

 

No, he's busy butchering up an EK10, the GK's little brother.


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Posted September 28, 2014 - 06:46 PM

If I remember correctly, member LpBolens in LaSalle, Illinois has 1 or 2 of these tractors

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Posted September 28, 2014 - 06:55 PM

If I remember correctly, member LpBolens in LaSalle, Illinois has 1 or 2 of these tractors


Yes Doug has 2 I believe. And some attachments.
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Posted September 28, 2014 - 06:59 PM

Another one on my wish list.

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Posted September 28, 2014 - 07:11 PM

Doug has 3, one is more of a parts tractor last I know


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Posted September 28, 2014 - 07:33 PM

That's me driving my GK in the "Parade of Power" at the Antique Engine and Working Farm Show in Geneseo, IL on 14SEP14.

 

The attached picture shows some of our display at this show.  You can compare all three of the Bolens USA-made articulated machines - 6hp Lawn Keeper, 10hp EK10 Estate Keeper, and the 16hp Grounds Keeper.

 

Several comments from spectators about Steiner now building a machine that articulates, similar in size to the GK.  I have not seen one, but here is a link

 

http://www.steinerturf.com/tractor_440

 

 

As we've said many times, Bolens was way ahead of it's time, way ahead of the availability of technology (hydrostatics, high power engines, etc) used in today's machines.IMG_1765.JPG


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Posted September 28, 2014 - 10:09 PM

I think Don Cambell is recreating this same model. :D

 

That will be an interesting one, just like all of Don's rebuilds.

 

Ben W.


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Posted September 28, 2014 - 10:17 PM

That will be an interesting one, just like all of Don's rebuilds.

 

Ben W.

 

 

Must   bite   tongue.


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Posted September 28, 2014 - 10:19 PM

Must   bite   tongue.

 

:poke: :rolling: :rolling:

 

Don't hurt yourself, now....

 

You know if it was green and said "Deere" you wouldn't fuss!

 

Ben W.

 

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Posted September 30, 2014 - 10:14 AM

Must bite tongue.

gotta love that Bolens subcompact with a hole in the cylinder wall that's now John Deere green.. That was the last time I viewed his stuff..

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Posted September 30, 2014 - 03:21 PM

gotta love that Bolens subcompact with a hole in the cylinder wall that's now John Deere green.. That was the last time I viewed his stuff..

 

That was never a Bolens anyways or was the Frame Stear tractor....


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Posted October 02, 2014 - 12:30 PM

I believe they did make the groundskeeper in 4x4 for one year.......I know the one I bought yesterday is rear wheel drive






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