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post #1 of 37 Old 01-22-2010, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Bolens articulated tractors?

I've been looking at the older Bolens Estate Keeper tractors and wondered if they're any good. I forget what the small 10 hp ones are called, but are they capable of doing any heavy work? comparable to a regular bolens tractor?

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If you read this broshure, you may get a better understanding of the estate keeper's capabilities.


It's going to be hard getting attachments for them though. you dont see to many for sale

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I forget what the small 10 hp ones are called
I didn't read the 63 brochure but I think they are called an EK-10

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I didn't read the 63 brochure but I think they are called an EK-10
Yep, those Estate Keepers were 10HP and also referred to as EK's

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Re: Bolens articulated tractors?

The first ek's were 7.25 hp in 1964 and in 1967 they went to 10hp. Last year was 1969. The first ones were model 930 and the second ones were 931. Hope this helps.
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Re: Bolens articulated tractors?

The smaller, less powerful, articulating tractor Bolens sold was the Lawn Keeper (LK). The Estate Keepr was next up, in the middle somewhere. The very much larger, much more powerful, articulating tractor Bolens sold was the Grounds Keeper (GK).

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i have4 an estate keeper here in PA no mower deck, the unit is complete othjerwise and the wisconsin runs.. any interest let me know anything i have is for sale at any time
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Re: Bolens articulated tractors?

The '63 brochure was cool, I'd call the EK the "little tractor that could"
Do any of you have EKs or GKs? I'd love to see some pictures. There's one on ebay right now but it's real beat up (has a wisconsin twin and nice cab)

@horizontalpower: Thanks for the offer! I'd definitely check yours out if I lived closer. I put a wanted ad in craigslist today so I'll see if anybody responds. From what I understand they're pretty rare.

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LPBOLENS has 3 GK's. What a lucky man.

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OK I couldn't help just one CL post here

http://maine.craigslist.org/grd/1568895942.html

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That's one heavy duty tractor, certainly worth the price I'd say, with a Wisconsin twin, what power! The articulating Bolens tractor is now my second favorite, behind the Gravely Model L.

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OK I couldn't help just one CL post here

http://maine.craigslist.org/grd/1568895942.html
A GK is on my wish list.

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That GK on ebay is up to $577 Reserve Not Met

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Re: Bolens articulated tractors?

I wonder what the reserve is on it?... and i'm also curious how the heck your supposed to get it outta there. Suppose they'll let you keep everything that you have to move to pull the GK? If so Wilberj... you better get your trailer ready.

I wish someone had a video of a GK running. I bet they are fun for snow removal and scaring small children and wildlife

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