Hi everyone! I've been meaning to post this information since I picked these new toys up, but I've been so busy with all of my million other projects and reading all of the great info on here I haven't really had a chance until now.
First off, I love a story about finding a good deal and I won't buy something unless it's the right price, even if I have to wait a while. That's just how I got my Bolens Estate Keeper and Grounds Keeper. I saw pictures on the Internet of the Grounds Keeper and Estate Keeper and instantly knew that I wanted one or the other. I found a 944 newer frame steer Bolens on my way home from work a few years ago, but it just wasn't for me and I passed on it and I'm glad I did. Fast forward to April of this year. I stopped at a nice older gentleman's house after I saw another 944 Bolens frame steer and asked if he'd sell it. He said, "No, I'm going to make it into something for me to get around at tractor shows, but my brother has an older version of this Bolens he'll sell for $100, and I'm going there this week. It's about an hour and a half away but if you want to contact him and it's what you'd like I'll bring it back here for you." A couple emails and a phone call later I made the deal on a complete EK-10 Estate Keeper with a 42" deck. It was a little rough from sitting outside, but all there. I picked it up a few days later and wow, for a smaller tractor it's HEAVY! I saw in a Bolens brochure that it weighs 600lbs! I start working on tearing it down, I got some larger 18x9.50-8 ag lug tires and then a very nice, and cheap factory Bolens plow for it on Ebay a few months later. I'm currently in the process of restoring it back to original condition now (maybe a Tecumseh HH120 instead of the Wisconsin and of course the larger ag lug tires). It's coming along nicely and I'll be posting pictures this week.
Fast forward to last month and what pops up on my local Craiglist, a Bolens GK Grounds Keeper for $400! It was nicely optioned with the frame weights, wheel weights, cab, heater, lights. brand new rear Carlisle tires, and an excellent running Wisconsin engine. It's used, but in pretty nice shape. The steering is sloppy and will need attention and there were no attachments, but after the gentleman and I went back and forth with a few texts and told me to come get it for $350, so I got up there ASAP and got it. I drove it a couple times and I must say, that thing is a TANK! It's very heavy, I'm guessing well over 1,500lbs and I'm hoping to find a plow for it because I'm thinking it'll really move some snow. I'm slowly working on this one too, some rust removal and paint, light fiberglass work (it's in pretty nice shape), and some tinkering with the steering and I'm hoping I'll be set.
I'll be sharing a lot more pictures with everyone this week. Here are a few to get us started. Thanks for all of the great information on here and I look forward to meeting some of the folks on the site.