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Posted August 01, 2016 - 07:12 AM

I bought a Bolens Estate Keeper from a friend over the weekend. He got it a while back and could not get it running properly.

 

The is the only EK I have ever seen in the flesh as they are a rare beast in the UK. To me, it looks original apart from the box under the seat and the angle iron on the engine cover. Someone has had a play with the wiring too.

 

I think it is a EK7 but unsure. Can anyone highlight where the ID plate should be?

 

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Posted August 01, 2016 - 07:42 AM

That's cool!



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Posted August 01, 2016 - 08:07 AM

Someone else will have to answer about the ID plate location.

 

The EK-7's were painted white and were Model 930-01 (1964), or Model 930-02 (1965 & 1966) and all models had the Wisconsin model S7D engines.

 

The EK-10's were painted yellow and were Model 931-01 (1966), or Model 931-02 (1967-'68'-'69) and all had Wisconsin model TRA-10D engines.

 

Here's the Owner's Manual: http://gardentractor...-owners-manual/

 

Parts manuals for the EK and attachments are in the Bolens Framesteer section of the Manuals forum.


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Posted August 01, 2016 - 08:32 AM

Would love to find one like that in my area.  Nice find you have there.


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Posted August 01, 2016 - 09:02 AM

This is an EK7, should read model 930-01 on your ID tag located on the aluminum throttle control plate near the edge of the seat area.

 

This is a first year EK made 1964


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Posted August 01, 2016 - 09:28 AM

Another nice find Iain. Better than the one up Bristol way. Hope you get it running sometime.
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Posted August 01, 2016 - 10:34 AM

This is an EK7, should read model 930-01 on your ID tag located on the aluminum throttle control plate near the edge of the seat area.

 

This is a first year EK made 1964

 

This is great information. What are the difference between a 930-01 and a 930-02?

 

I think the ID tag is missing if it is on the control plate as this is where the electrical modification were started, with the key being replaced with a on/off switch and starter switch.

 

Thanks

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Posted August 01, 2016 - 11:16 AM

Looking at the pics again , the tag is gone

 

The biggest difference  was steering wheel and decals, nothing mechanical


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Posted July 16, 2017 - 03:42 AM

We finally managed to get the time to get the Estate Keeper running, another father and son project. My assistant and chief test driver made a video covering most of the work we did on the tractor and a demonstration

 

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http://www.youtube.c...h?v=z2GXrV7Z5Q4

 

 

 

 


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Posted July 16, 2017 - 04:08 AM

Great to see the EK up and running Iain. It looks really tidy and the articulation is fantastic.

A new seat cover will set it off no end.
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