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    BOLENS Lawn Keeper

    Posting this thread because of the ... "Other Recreational Vehicles"..... description of this forum section (lol).

    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 Peerless 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 unusually 'tight' turning radius to say the least. The only downside of these little vehicles is likely the constant interest and conversations they generate when driven at events.
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    Never have seen this Bolens model before -- nice re-purposing to show transport!

    A very obvious "his and hers" paint motif going on there...


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    Those are REALLY COOL!! Back in the late 70's, early 80's I used to repair lawn equipment. I don't think I ever saw one of those (but I never worked for a Bolens dealer either).

    Are they electric start so you can shut them off / restart them easily?
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