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#1 Bolens 1000 OFFLINE  

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 09:17 PM

well, I think I'm officially out of room.
I dont see too many EK's around here so I figured I better grab them before they were gone.

I got all you see in the pics for $200 (2 decks and 2 EK 10's)
I may have paid too much but the Bolens disease kicked in and I handed over the $200 LOL

Both need some intensive care but I think I should be able to get 1 working one out of the 2 (fingers crossed)

I need another Bolens like I need a hole in my head :wallbanging: LOL

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 09:26 PM

:smile1:I can understand you buying all that for $200 but why is there one on a hood ?

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 09:32 PM

:smile1:I can understand you buying all that for $200 but why is there one on a hood ?


Thats how I dragged it back off the trailer :D That one is stuck in gear

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 09:55 PM

Nice Doc.

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 10:23 PM

Thats how I dragged it back off the trailer :D That one is stuck in gear


LOL nice find.

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 10:30 PM

I don't think $200 is a bad price for hard to find stuff like that.

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 10:37 PM

Looks like you did fine.

One question, did they come with spare coils?

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 10:58 PM

That one is stuck in gear


It's been MANY years since I touched an EK. .....Didn't they have a disconnect at the wheels, or was that the Lawn Keeper?

Do you have the manuals & info for these EK's? .....Maybe I have something you don't.

Nice score, Brian! .....How can you go wrong for $200 ???? ....'Ya HAD to buy them!

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Posted May 26, 2011 - 02:34 AM

Did u paid $200 dollars for the hood and they threw in the tractors for free? The tractors look to be in pretty decent shape. Better than the hood...lol Nice find.

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Posted May 26, 2011 - 03:46 AM

Nice finds Brian

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Posted May 26, 2011 - 04:29 AM

Wow,great finds,Brian.:thumbs:

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Posted May 26, 2011 - 07:53 AM

Looks like you did fine.

One question, did they come with spare coils?


Both of them have coils on them :D
Lets hope they work :D

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Posted May 26, 2011 - 07:58 AM

It's been MANY years since I touched an EK. .....Didn't they have a disconnect at the wheels, or was that the Lawn Keeper?

Do you have the manuals & info for these EK's? .....Maybe I have something you don't.

Nice score, Brian! .....How can you go wrong for $200 ???? ....'Ya HAD to buy them!


I do have the partslists for them, but If you have some sort of owners or service manual on these that would make things alot easier LOL.
This is the first time I ever seen EK's up close so It will take me some time to get them figured out.

The engines will need some thourough cleaning.so I'll probably take them off and lap the valves and clean and hone the cylinder a bit.
The transmission "shifting rods" are both frozen on them..Any experience on getting them freed up?
They were sitting in a field for a good 10+ years so they need a good dose of WD40 and Grease LOL

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Posted May 26, 2011 - 08:44 AM

I do have the partslists for them, but If you have some sort of owners or service manual on these that would make things alot easier LOL. I'll dig around and see what I have. ......Don't forget there's info in the brochures you posted in the manuals forum. :laughingteeth:


What model numbers are your EK's?


1964 - model 930-01 Wisconsin S7D - 230116
1965 & 1966 - model 930-02 Wisconsin S7D - 230116 Were these the white/black models?


1967 - model 931-01 Wisconsin TRA10D - 286809
1968 & 1969 - model 931-02 Wisconsin TRA10D - 286809 I believe these were the yellow/black models.


This is the first time I ever seen EK's up close so It will take me some time to get them figured out. Naaaaah!

The engines will need some thourough cleaning.so I'll probably take them off and lap the valves and clean and hone the cylinder a bit.
The transmission "shifting rods" are both frozen on them..Any experience on getting them freed up? None that I can remember! lol

They were sitting in a field for a good 10+ years so they need a good dose of WD40 and Grease LOL



I always thought the concept of a front-mounted mower made a lot of sense, but they never really gained acceptance until the commercial market promoted large walk-behinds and zero-turn riders.

I could never understand why knocking down the grass with front tractor tires, passing over it with a mid-mount (or rear-mount) mower, and then having the grass stand back up again, made sense to so many people. .....The EK's & LK's were way ahead of their time, as the articulation made them very manuverable, and the front-mount mowers were a plus.

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Posted May 26, 2011 - 10:03 AM

The EK's do have a disconnect for freewheeling on one of the rear wheels. I'd have to go out to my stash and climb over several tractors to see for sure which side, but it is a chrome bracket you push in [and maybe turn slightly] to release. Great Score!!
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