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Offline old hoosier

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BOLENS Lawn Keepers,circa 1960
« on: December 25, 2017, 06:00:05 pm »
The basis for this  project were three  mid-60's Bolens articulated riding mowers that i wanted to 'resto-mod' into transportation for the various swap meets that my wife and I attend. The 'Lawn Keeper' design featured a 2 speed transmission(w/ reverse) ,foot clutch,foot brake,automotive type of differential, and the novel 'hinge in the middle' design with a 32" (3 blades) deck attached to the front of the chassis. They were well made, and expensive @ $600 plus,selling for as much (and more) than some garden tractors at that time. I know of two LK's still being used for mowing(!).
So,after the usual disassembly,cleaning,refurb,replace,repaint,re-power(w/ e-start 6HP B&S),they were ready to transport us 'round the events,which they have done very well for the past 6 years. Both fit easily inside a full size short bed P/U truck,so no trailer BS to contend with. The articulation feature was a bit odd to get used to at first, giving a turning radius unusually 'tight' to say the least.  The only downside of these little vehicles is likely the constant interest and conversations they draw when driven......

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Re: BOLENS Lawn Keepers,circa 1960
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2017, 08:33:45 pm »
Never seen anything like that. Thanks for sharing pics and info.
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