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Garden Tractors Discussion Forum

Bolens Groundskeeper

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Rosemary Smith

05-11-2013 06:57:19

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I'm looking for some information on the Bolens Groundskeeper tractor. I recently purchased one of these articulated machines (pretty much complete but needing a lot of tlc to bring it back). It has a 2-cylinder 18hp Wisconsin model THD, serial number 4370482, 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 engine. That makes the engine a 1967. Does anyone know how many of these tractors were manufactured? I couldn't find a serial number on the tractor. Where would this be located? I found a parts manual, but would like to find an operators manual and any other information I can get on this machine. The mower deck had long-since been junked, but it has a cab and a 4 foot snow blower.

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05-14-2013 05:23:50

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 Re: Bolens Groundskeeper in reply to Rosemary Smith, 05-11-2013 06:57:19  

Send an email to me at oldbuzz(at), and I'll get you registered at GTTalk so that you can post.

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05-12-2013 23:23:56

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 Re: Bolens Groundskeeper in reply to Rosemary Smith, 05-11-2013 06:57:19  
It shouldn't bee all that hard to get registered.

Go here:

At the top right of the page, click on the green box with "Create Account" in it. On the page that sends you to, just fill in the blanks, and then click on CREATE ACCOUNT at the bottom.

It may or may not tell you to look for an email and then click on a link in it. If it does, that email MAY end up in your junk/spam folder, depending on your email settings.

If it doesn't tell you it's sending an email, then you should be good to go.

The Bolens sub-forum is at:
This post was edited by OldBuzzard at 23:37:58 05/12/13 7 times.

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Rosemary Smith

05-13-2013 03:43:50

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 Re: Bolens Groundskeeper in reply to OldBuzzard, 05-12-2013 23:23:56  
I went through the registration and had to answer 3 different times questions like You use your garden tractor to mow ___. Lawn? No that wasn't right - answer another. I finally got through that and they said they would e-mail for confirmation. OK. The e-mail said to click on a link to complete the registration. I did and they informed me I was at the wrong place. ??? Then to cut and paste about a 100 digit address - no tool bar to cut and paste, and I'm not real savvy with computers anyway. At this point I gave up. I didn't have a problem with Yesterdays Tractors and I imagine it is a much larger, more complex website to manage. I'll try again in a few days when I'm not so aggravated with the process.

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Kris Golden

05-11-2013 20:32:06

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 Re: Bolens Groundskeeper in reply to Rosemary Smith, 05-11-2013 06:57:19 Lots of Bolens experts there to help

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05-12-2013 09:21:24

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 Re: Bolens Groundskeeper in reply to Kris Golden, 05-11-2013 20:32:06  
Chris pointed you to the same place I as going to. I can offer a wee bit of info though.

Bolens never released any information as to how many tractors they built, so no one can give you that information. However, the Grounds Keeper was aimed at the commercial market so there weren't that many of them built.

With your engine being built in 1967 that would almost certainly make your GK a 1968 model, as Bolens typically used engines that were one year 'older' than their model year.

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05-13-2013 12:22:22

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 Re: Bolens Groundskeeper in reply to OldBuzzard, 05-12-2013 09:21:24  
Hi I have a 1964 Model GK=960-02 This thing is great Last winter snowblowing I went into nutral to go into High gear and it is just not going to go either low or high gear the other part of the trany seams to be fine. Any Ideas ? Thank you

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Rosemary Smith

05-12-2013 12:41:59

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 Re: Bolens Groundskeeper in reply to OldBuzzard, 05-12-2013 09:21:24  
Thank you for the information. I've been trying to get on the website, but it is extremely complicated, and I am not permitted to ask any questions on their forum, or to get to the forum for that matter.

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