I spent some time looking for Stiga Park mowers only to find them rather rare around my location (Michigan) but then after some searching I found out Bolens branded some of these and sold them in America, no importing from Sweden needed.
Only mower within about 12 hours of me was this EK7 and I had to have it. I really love the look of the rear engine cover and how bulky it is. I especially liked that it came with both a mower deck and a snow blade. My Cadets lack snow equipment and it's extremely rare to come across the C-32 snowblower, they are super rare and worth so much that I would be afraid to use it. Yet it seems these Bolens have blowers pop up enough that I'd probably be able to find one and not feel guilty using it.
So on to the mower.... I found it and negotiated the trade of a welder I had and $100 plus $60 for him to deliver it. I already wanted to upgrade to a TIG so essentially I just scored the mower for $160 in my eyes.
Came with 4 flat tires and an insane amount of dust. Reminds me of ball-diamond dust, really fine and loose. Kinda wonder which barn it sat in for the last 55+ years. I was told the guy parked it and bought a John Deer (not sure it was a dig or not).
I noticed the seller tried throwing a battery on it, but I think he confusingly hooked it up backwards. I thought I got lucky and flipped it back only to find it still doesn't even try to turn over. Probably bad solenoid. I hooked up my battery charger and put it directly on the starter and gave it a short bump. Engine immediately spun and started making compression pops. I haven't even put fuel in it or messed with testing spark. Just was happy it seemed to have compression and wasn't seized then went to bed.
I'll post some pics but not sure if this forum will host them or not.
Edited by AcidTonic, August 19, 2020 - 03:59 PM.