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#1 Justin2655 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 26, 2014 - 03:27 PM

Came across a bolens estate keeper that has blower, snow blade and deck. Runs and drives. But says he's missing mower brackets. How hard are they to come by? Haven't really been around the EKs. Its paintes the wrong colors. Not to sure what is a fair price. Thanks justin1526781_10204201762982106_3604301947132077145_n.jpeg 10336806_10204201767542220_4009967208309060468_n.jpeg 1558549_10204201769662273_6468844125105367867_n.jpeg

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Posted December 26, 2014 - 03:35 PM

Its a real sorry looking EK10

Only thing its got going for it is the snow blade but that is missing the mounting hardware which will be impossible to find separately as it was unique to these tractors only.

 

Also a rear counter weight is necessary for using the blower and plow.... If that dosent come with it its another hard to find thing by itself.

 

Would not pay too much for this one.


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Posted December 26, 2014 - 03:38 PM

Probably you could make the brackets

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Posted December 26, 2014 - 03:45 PM

Found out it is for $275. Thanks for the info. Dont know much about them since I haven't been around them.



Its a real sorry looking EK10
Only thing its got going for it is the snow blade but that is missing the mounting hardware which will be impossible to find separately as it was unique to these tractors only.
 
Also a rear counter weight is necessary for using the blower and plow.... If that dosent come with it its another hard to find thing by itself.
 
Would not pay too much for this one.



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Posted December 26, 2014 - 08:25 PM

If you can get him down a bit more its not a bad deal, only things of value are the blower and blade... tractor is pretty toasty



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Posted December 26, 2014 - 08:30 PM

If you could get it down to $150 I would go for it. I would love to have an Estate Keeper and a Grounds Keeper. It's a shame the body on the back of this one is busted up. I am sure with some time though you could get it fixed up if that is what you are wanting to do.


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Posted December 26, 2014 - 10:41 PM

$275 is about the top end retail for a good used Wisconsin tractor engine, though. 

 

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Posted December 28, 2014 - 09:33 AM

I have the model between the Lawn Keeper and the Estate Keeper, the Articulator. At least that's what I think it's called.

 

It looks like you DO have the brackets for the mower. It attaches to the front wheels by removing the clips on the ends of the axles.  The unpainted brackets bolt to the rear arms of the mower and the axle ends go through them.  Look at the picture below.

 

The rear housing breaks on all of them eventually. You can fix it with fiberglass on the inside. I've seen them run without the housing.

 

The biggest concern on the articulating models is the cable for the steering.  Make sure it is in good shape, especially the ends.  Those cables are not cheap, but you can make your own if you're handy.

 

Mine was built in Sweden by a company that still makes them today.

 

If it was here, I'd offer $200 and pay up to his asking price, if it checks out.  The articulated tractors are MUCH more maneuverable than standard tractors.  I've never seen the rear weight option but I assume you could make a weight box.  The tires are small so filling them with fluid wouldn't get you much weight.

 

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Posted December 28, 2014 - 09:58 AM

I have the model between the Lawn Keeper and the Estate Keeper, the Articulator. At least that's what I think it's called.

 

It looks like you DO have the brackets for the mower. It attaches to the front wheels by removing the clips on the ends of the axles.  The unpainted brackets bolt to the rear arms of the mower and the axle ends go through them.  Look at the picture below.

 

The rear housing breaks on all of them eventually. You can fix it with fiberglass on the inside. I've seen them run without the housing.

 

The biggest concern on the articulating models is the cable for the steering.  Make sure it is in good shape, especially the ends.  Those cables are not cheap, but you can make your own if you're handy.

 

Mine was built in Sweden by a company that still makes them today.

 

If it was here, I'd offer $200 and pay up to his asking price, if it checks out.  The articulated tractors are MUCH more maneuverable than standard tractors.  I've never seen the rear weight option but I assume you could make a weight box.  The tires are small so filling them with fluid wouldn't get you much weight.

 

 

 

Sounds like you have the newer 80's Frame Steer Tractor, an entirely different machine.

These had regular steering gears and ball joints for steering not cable, also the rear hoods are aluminum on these.



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Posted December 28, 2014 - 02:37 PM

Oops, I've only seen the Estate Keeper from a distance. I do think I'm right about the mower mounts though. The front axle looks just like mine and the picture appears to back that up.

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Posted December 28, 2014 - 03:30 PM

Oops, I've only seen the Estate Keeper from a distance. I do think I'm right about the mower mounts though. The front axle looks just like mine and the picture appears to back that up.

 

The attachment mounting points were similar, could be the brackets for the snow caster sitting on the deck, they were 2 different sizes and will not interchange between deck blade or blower



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Posted December 28, 2014 - 05:01 PM

For its rarity, I think $275 for the EK plus the attachments is worth it. go for it.

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Posted December 28, 2014 - 05:02 PM

For its rarity, I think $275 for the EK plus the attachments is worth it. go for it.

 

They are a dime a Dozen here......



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Posted December 28, 2014 - 05:03 PM

What about the LK then? Are they rare over in the States?

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Posted December 28, 2014 - 05:06 PM

What about the LK then? Are they rare over in the States?

 

The 4 articulating units Bolens made are all commonly found in the USA   Lawn keeper,Estate Keeper, Grounds Keeper, Frame Steer






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