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    Re: BCS 850-clutch quit

    They can sometimes seize while working due to heat. I've had this happen while running a chipper.
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    Re: New member. BCS 605 issue.

    Check the splines on the end of the PTO slider and the PTO on the implement. If they're not square and sharp, they're worn and causing the PTO to disengage. Short term fix is a bungee cord, but you...
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    Re: BCS Bush mower questions

    I don't understand everyone's instant fear and hate for rotary mowers. I have a 30" Bellon for my BCS 850 (also have a 26" Del Morino, but really don't like it), a 6 foot Skidpro model for my skid...
  4. Re: Asian belt driven 2 wheel tractors vs gear/pto driven european style

    Do you drive nails with a 3 pound sledge hammer?

    It is better to have weight brackets and add weight where and when it is needed, and to take the weight off when it is not. Add weight to the...
  5. Re: Asian belt driven 2 wheel tractors vs gear/pto driven european style

    The biggest advantage of belt drive is shock absorption. If something hard is hit, the belt will stretch and slip, protecting more expensive parts. This is why the chippers and flail mowers have...
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    Re: 2 wheel tractor options ?

    I'd say a Grillo 110 or a BCS 852 could be a good fit for your operation. The single stage blowers for these machines aren't like the one you're thinking of. They turn at 1200 rpm and can really...
  7. Re: Converting 3 point hitch wood splitter to BCS pto

    The pump should have a minimum required reservoir capacity - probably a gallon. The more the better as the oil is providing cooling as well. More oil equals more ability to disperse heat. I'd go 3...
  8. Re: Converting 3 point hitch wood splitter to BCS pto

    You'd have to check rotation. As CM mentioned, you'd better have a brace bar to prevent turn over. Personally, I wouldn't like bending that far over to split wood. With a choice between that and...
  9. Re: Converting 3 point hitch wood splitter to BCS pto

    You can buy a "power cradle" for $250 and pump (don't know how much) for the Wallenstien splitter from a BCS dealer. You could also buy a BCS-to-540 adapter ($157 at a BCS dealer), a 540-to-1000 rpm...
  10. Re: BCS 660 Hydrostatic for mowing now in US

    I don't understand why they bothered with putting a clutch in the machine. I have several pieces of hydrostatic equipment, including a two-speed Hesston 6650 swather and a four-speed Gleaner M2...
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    Re: BCS 740 braking power

    They're not stopping brakes, they're steering brakes. Mostly they're for steering the machine while mowing, so are unlikely to give much satisfaction with a heavy groundbreaking implement. If you...
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    Re: Bcs 730 implements

    Based on that information, I'd say it's a BCS.
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    Re: BCS Snowblower Review

    There was a several year gap between selling the BCS snowblower and buying the Berta snowblower. I sold the BCS because someone wanted it, and I figured on clearing my 1500 foot driveway with my...
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    Re: Bcs 730 implements

    Mainline imported BCS machine until 1982. After 1982, they imported SEP. If it's a BCS, it'll mount with a $60 adapter. If it's an SEP, it will likely not mount without a custom made adapter. ...
  15. Re: Help with pricing a BCS 850 with attachments

    My guess is it's a generic "Equipment" key. I'd contact Earth Tools or take it to a trusted local Kohler dealer.
  16. Re: Help with pricing a BCS 850 with attachments

    From the pictures, it looks to be a well cared-for, low houred machine. It appears to have a Kohler Command engine. I figured it would have a V-twin Briggs. Ask them if they repowered the tractor....
  17. Re: double action vs single action sickle bars?

    Yes, the difference between a single action mower and a duplex mower is considerable. The vibration comes from throwing the weight of the bar side-to-side 500ish times per minute (at full throttle,...
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    Re: rototiller or rotary plow

    The rotary plow and tiller aren't really interchangeable. A rotary plow is for primary tillage, bedshaping, trenching, hole digging, etc. A tiller can be used for primary tillage and bedshaping,...
  19. Re: Help with pricing a BCS 850 with attachments

    Assuming an nice machine with no repairs needed, $900 should barely buy the 850 by itself. I'd say $1100 for the power unit. It's easily worth $1500 in the spring.

    Sweeper is going to be 40"...
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    Re: Bcs 730 implements

    Sickle mowers take very little horsepower because they don't chop up the material. Your 730 can definitely run a 47", would likely run a 59", and might run a 71". Remember to keep the RPMs around...
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    Re: BCS 28" Snowblower and Grillo 110?

    Actually, I don't think there is an adapter to the "new" Grillo PTO. At least there isn't one obviously available on Earth Tools' website. There is one available for "old" BCS and "old" Grillo, but...
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    Re: BCS 28" Snowblower and Grillo 110?

    Not without modification. You can flip the gearbox on some models. Remove gearbox, remove impellers, flip gearbox, reinstall impellers, and reinstall gearbox. But you may come up with another...
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    Re: PTO Adapter

    John Deere B. Those Allis Bs are cute little buggers. A friend of mine has one that his uncle bought new during WWII. His uncle had to go to an auction and draw lots to have the right to buy it....
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    Re: PTO Adapter

    With the BCS running nearly 1000 rpm at full throttle, it's a wonder the shaft isn't a 21 spline 1000 rpm PTO shaft... I have an adapter, and have used my 850 diesel to run a 60 foot 8 inch auger,...
  25. Re: Is this BCS PTO linkage installed backwards?

    In the first picture, do you have the reverser set to reverse, correct? If so, it looks like you need to drive out the roll pin the holds the bumper, rotate it 180 degrees, and reinstall the roll...
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    Re: 2 wheel or 4 wheel?

    I actually can't sell my rotary plow. It's geared higher than the average rotary plow, and Joel told me I shouldn't sell it because most machines won't run it. I have the KD440 (which is NLA) on my...
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    Re: 2 wheel or 4 wheel?

    That is a Lombardini diesel on that machine. Why do you think the Yanmar is better than the Lom? My understanding is it's a fair bit heavier than the Lombardini, which make it more difficult to...
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    Re: 2 wheel or 4 wheel?

    Jcraftenworth,

    I haven't mounted my moldboard plow in years. I use the rotary plow every spring. As far as whether or not to get the double, it depends on what you want to do. Since your ground...
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    Re: 2 wheel or 4 wheel?

    I have a koyker K6 for the front of my 1977 4430. It takes about half an hour to mount and dismount it. I hate it, and wish I'd never bought it. It's nearly never on because I also have a 317 Deere...
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    Re: Opinions BCS 40" sweeper attachment

    I'm guessing it's a Caravaggi sweeper with a BCS sticker. There's a guy up by red Wing that has a fleet of BCS-made sweepers, and he has had a lot of problems with the sweeper wrecking knuckles. ...
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    Re: 2 wheel or 4 wheel?

    They say that because fry oil and biodiesel is highly variable in quality. One guy does a great job making it, the next guy doesn't so much as strain it before he dumps it in. if you are set up...
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    Re: Single plough attachment

    I've plowed many acres with a ride-on tractor and a five bottom plow. These plows are "in furrow", which means your right wheel will be in the trench you made on the previous pass. You can't run a...
  33. Re: Free 20" Snowblower in Boston & a BCS 853 Diesel w/ 30" tiller+Rotary Plow $1800

    That is a great deal. You're right that Arrows should be in a pickup, driving south. But he shouldn't wait 'til tomorrow, it'll be gone!

    Then he could still buy that 660 he had his eye on, AND...
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    Re: 2 wheel or 4 wheel?

    I think you're suffering from "Grass is Greener" Syndrome. I am in Wisconsin, and you'll pay dearly for good old Iron, not quite what East Coasters pay, but normal prices. You can buy ragged out...
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    Re: 2 wheel or 4 wheel?

    Arrow,

    I don't know Ford tractors, but the little bit of searching I did on the 660 seems like it'd be a capable machine with everything I mentioned, except for the diesel engine. There's one on...
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    Re: 2 wheel or 4 wheel?

    The biggest need you have for a 4 wheel tractor is primary tillage and pasture mowing (and, you didn't mention it, but pulling wagons, trailers, etc). Seedbed prep and cultivating would be...
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    Re: Reducing implement inventory

    I'm saying this is a grillo male tang. CM had said it was a BCS tang. It should work fine with your Grillo QCs. The BCS spline couplers have not been widely sold since the 90's.
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    Re: Reducing implement inventory

    The quick connect works on the older BCS spline tractors and implements, but it is Grillo manufactured. There are older BCS spline quick connects that have a wider pipe and will not interchange with...
  39. Re: Rubber Band Commerical Two Wheel Tractor

    It goes in the ground with zero effort. It is essentially a 2 inch wide tiller with a discharge chute. The wheel goes where it is in the picture for transport only. It goes into the sideways pipe...
  40. Re: Just picked up a used BCS 737 how did i do?

    You can purchase it directly from Earth Tools. Possibly from any local BCS dealer as well.
  41. Re: Just picked up a used BCS 737 how did i do?

    Be very careful with that rotary mower. It is the reason BCS redid their PTO. You can buy a breakaway blade kit if it still has the solid blade, and that will help. Otherwise it should not be used...
  42. Re: Haying on a 30* slope: Can a Grillo 110 cut it?

    Another option if escape is of concern would be to tether the goats/sheep/llamas. You can set a series of stakes into the dam and run the goats on a leash. You can either run a zip line between...
  43. Re: Haying on a 30* slope: Can a Grillo 110 cut it?

    When I read your post a couple weeks back, my first thought was "This guy is gonna get hurt". You can make your machine stable on that bank, but you still have to be behind it. That's a LOT of...
  44. Re: Rubber Band Commerical Two Wheel Tractor

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  45. Re: Rubber Band Commerical Two Wheel Tractor

    I have a trencher for my BCS. I looked on your link, and it looks like my attachment does the same as what they call an edger does - cuts a trench 2" wide by up to 8" deep. They're very uncommon,...
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    Re: Gonna get me a stump grinder for my BCS

    Yes, you can run the Stump grinder on a GX390 equipped tractor, but you're going to have to go slow, depending on how big the stump you have and the hardness of the stump. I went pretty slow on the...
  47. Re: BCS oil filter (BCS order no. 58056249) alternatives

    I too didn't read it as trying to save a few bucks. He's looking at a Bosch, I doubt that's a bargain basement filter. I usually try to run the OEM filter in all my equipment, but will buy another...
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    Re: BCS Tiller not Tilling

    So the machine moves, but the tiller doesn't turn? You can drive it forward and back without issue? If this is the case, it's not the clutch cable.

    The PTO shaft should turn freely when it is...
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    Re: Adding steering brakes to BCS 732

    I don't think you're going to be happy with a 730GX11 as a mowing machine. They are a very uncommon unit that still has the weak handlebar setup of the post-1994, pre-2001 700 series machines. ...
  50. Re: top recommendations for optimizing berta rotary plow usage

    Frankly, You're not likely to ever wear out a set of tires. I've have had BCS (mainline branded) tractors here from the 70's with the original rubber. They're more likely to rot off the machine...
  51. Re: top recommendations for optimizing berta rotary plow usage

    Don't rototill before rotary plowing. The rotary plow will do the job without using a tiller, and the loose soil will make it more difficult to get forward traction while plowing. You really don't...
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    Re: Bringing Grillo to Atlantic Canada

    swap the tires so the tread points the opposite direction....
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    Re: Single furrow ridger

    I have one of those ridgers, but don't use it. I use a hand-push wheel hoe with a 5" furrower to open a furrow, then cover the potatoes using a long handled hoe. I only plant about 3 100 foot rows...
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    Re: mouldboard plough

    Have you looked into a Berta rotary plow? They're a fantastic attachment with no extra weight needed.

    Otherwise, you can pull a moldboard plow with a walk-behind. Earth Tools makes a pair of...
  55. Re: BCS 30" tiller shallowest tilling depth

    Suppose you could till them in, but you'll still have the seeds in ground with poor seed-to-soil contact. For best results, seeds really should be firmed into the soil. Many grain drills have...
  56. Re: New to me Bcs 732 differential lock issue

    Glad to know you got it working.
  57. Re: New to me Bcs 732 differential lock issue

    First, unlocked is with the T-bar handle forward. Check to see if the cable is seized. Watch the lever on the top plate of the transmission while you flip the T-bar handle forward and back. If the...
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    Re: Berta or Earth Blaster Rotary Plough

    They're the same unit - both made by Berta. BCS just buys them from Berta and calls them that terrible name.
  59. Re: Ordered a Berta two stage blower and a set of tracks

    Haven't had a chance to use them lately. I'm building a 40 by 80 shed right now. Also looking for a window to seed down 30 acres of spring wheat and alfalfa.

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    Re: Spreading powdered lime?

    I used to work for a company that spread a lot of fertilizer through a spinner spreader.

    We had a customer who wanted us to apply powdered lime for him. It was a royal pain and very hard to be...
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    Re: Price for BCS 605 with Tiller

    That's not the old style quick coupler. The old style didn't have a tapered tang.
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    Re: Bringing Grillo to Atlantic Canada

    I'm glad to hear of another dealer. I wish you success.
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    Re: Price for BCS 605 with Tiller

    Larger tires hurt the tiller when used for breaking ground. With stock tires, the tine turn 20 times per tire rotation. Bigger tires increases ground speed, which lessens the ratio. They also...
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    Re: BCS 732 cable replacement

    If you don't have a GOOD local dealer, I recommend you call Earth Tools in Owenton, KY. They'll have the exact one you need mailed right to your doorstep.
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    Re: Price for BCS 605 with Tiller

    The tapered 3 dog PTO is a little bit stronger, but the external spline / flat 3 dog PTO is easier to fix if something goes wrong. Grillo still uses the same internal spline PTO that both BCS and...
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    Re: Price for BCS 605 with Tiller

    That's a new one on me. I never would have thought you could run flat with tapered. I don't think you're supposed to.

    I don't think your 605 is a mutt. It's a normal late model 605.
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    Re: Price for BCS 605 with Tiller

    I don't think flat 3 dogs fit with tapered 3 dog. The flat 3 dogs physically move out to engage the attachment. The tapered 3 dogs work internally to engage the attachment - the dogs don't move...
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    Re: Price for BCS 605 with Tiller

    If it's a 605, it has a spline PTO. They never made a 605 without one that I am aware of. The late ones also had a flat 3 dog engagement, but it was still spline PTO, and nothing like an 850's...
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    Re: BCS CHipper/Shredder

    I went on BCSAmerica's website, and it looks like Del Morino (or whoever BCS has contracted to build B-100 chippers this week) did make the wheels out further than the Caravaggi BIO-100 I had. It...
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    Re: Price for BCS 605 with Tiller

    This time of year, you might get that. But, the 605 is 3 generations old, and still has the spline PTO. In my opinion, that doesn't lower the usefulness of the 605, but it does require that any new...
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    Re: BCS CHipper/Shredder

    I'm going to assume you are talking about the BIO-100?

    I had a BIO-100 chipper for a couple years. It was a pain to move around because it wasn't stable on the narrow track width. The narrow...
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    Re: BCS CHipper/Shredder

    nothing holds up to ABUSE.....
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    Good machine for sale in nm on ebay

    Hey all,

    Looks like a good opportunity for a BCS 830 in New Mexico for $600 on ebay. It has oversized tires, too. Maybe 6.5-12s.

    BCS Walkbehind Tractor Model 830 with 8HP Kohler Engine and...
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    Re: Brake control lever location

    It's all in what you get used to. Grillo also had them on the steering column, and the 131 still does. I agree that's not a good location if they're gonna get used much. My BCS 850 has them both...
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    Re: aftermarket wheels for grillo and bcs

    I had 4 wheeler tires on a BCS 850 until I bought tracks. I made adapter/axle extensions. Basically, two pieces of plate steel welded to a piece of square tubing. One plate had the pattern for the...
  76. Re: Ordered a Berta two stage blower and a set of tracks

    I have not seen them, but BCS America came out with some tracks in the late 90's that didn't have a very good provision to prevent them from rolling. They caused a lot of stress on the transmission...
  77. Re: Ordered a Berta two stage blower and a set of tracks

    Hey Jens,

    Those other tracks are nice - they're wider and they offer more clearance, but they're also over $2500 plus shipping. They adapt them from 4 wheeler tracks, so they are very durable for...
  78. Re: Ordered a Berta two stage blower and a set of tracks

    It sounds like you go above and beyond for your snowblower, Nibbana. Unfortunately, you are the exception. Most blowers are not maintained at all.

    I have a friend who makes money on the side...
  79. Re: Ordered a Berta two stage blower and a set of tracks

    Forgot the biggest advantage of the BCS Blower - it's half the money of the Berta. Most times, the price is going to be the determining factor. The Berta is great, I'm just not sure it's twice as...
  80. Re: Ordered a Berta two stage blower and a set of tracks

    I sold my BCS blower several years ago. It was a cannon. The biggest thing I didn't like about it was the gear noise when it wasn't in snow. Also, The cable that ran the deflector was about...
  81. Re: Ordered a Berta two stage blower and a set of tracks

    According to a page Chris at Earth Tools sent me, the axle height on the steel tracks is 11", rubber gear reduction tracks is 11.5", hi speed tracks is 9.5". The rubber gear reduction gives you 2"...
  82. Re: Ordered a Berta two stage blower and a set of tracks

    Install was less than an hour. It goes together pretty easily, which is good. As typical, the instructions look they were translated from Italian to Mandarin to Hebrew, back to Italian, and finally...
  83. Re: Ordered a Berta two stage blower and a set of tracks

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o64DRRHjcAM
  84. Re: Ordered a Berta two stage blower and a set of tracks

    No tracks yet. Wanted to try the blower. It's a freaking beast!
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  85. Re: Ordered a Berta two stage blower and a set of tracks

    You know, I've heard that some snooty bar in Manhatten will buy hail stones for a certain martini they're famous for. Why not baled snow, right? You get the market nailed down and I'll get the...
  86. Re: Ordered a Berta two stage blower and a set of tracks

    It's here! And fast, too! I got the shipment notification yesterday evening, and it was delivered at noon today. I had to work on my Vermeer 605M baler, so I didn't get back in time to get it...
  87. Re: Ordered a Berta two stage blower and a set of tracks

    I have a 100" bucket on a Deere 317 with cab. This is the fourth bucket I've used to clear the drive. I started out with a 66" lowpro bucket(now has toothbar on it and does dirt work), then a 66"...
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    Re: BCS Forklift

    Hey, nice work! It'd also be a good way to lift attachments onto shelving for winter storage. Each attachment on it's own specialized pallet on pallet racking would be great. Did you look into...
  89. Ordered a Berta two stage blower and a set of tracks

    Hey all,

    I've wanted to buy a two stage Berta snow blower for awhile now. I usually clean my 1500' driveway (plus half-again more around the buildings) with my skid steer & 100" bucket, but I...
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    Re: Earth Tools now offers tracks??

    I think they'll be very effective for traction and stability. The old one you are talking about were not well thought out and were kept from spinning with a short length of chain. They caused a lot...
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    Review on Caravaggi BIO-90

    Hey all,

    I got a chance to run my BIO-90 today and had time to make a little video.

    I've been saying for a long time that the BIO-90 doesn't get near enough attention. I had a BIO-100 and used...
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    Re: Ferrari 340 (BCS 740) vs. Grillo G 110

    There are as many or more attachments for a Grillo machine. The Grillo PTO turns in the opposite direction versus the BCS PTO, so the front mount attachments are not interchangeable. If you buy an...
  93. Re: BCS Power Harrow vs Rinaldi Power Harrow

    ....And so does Troy Bilt. Not surprising. Both brands are owned by MTD. Power Harrows are definitely the "In" thing right now.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7i8V_48nJ4
  94. Re: BCS Power Harrow vs Rinaldi Power Harrow

    Yes, R2 is now offering a lighter, better balanced power harrow, but it is still very heavy and very expensive versus a tiller. I've been asking Joel to offer a rear roller for the Grillo rototiller...
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    Re: BCS Flail Mower vs Berta Flail Mower

    I think the removable baffle is a very strong selling point. Most mowing can be done with it removed. This allows mowing to be done with less fuel consumed and, in many cases, in a faster gear. It...
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    Re: BCS Flail Mower vs Berta Flail Mower

    The Berta Flail mower is heavier built with better blades and an better height control. It also has a removable baffle that allows a person to mow at a faster gear if they don't need the material...
  97. Re: BCS Power Harrow vs Rinaldi Power Harrow

    The BCS power harrow is not made by BCS. It's made in a shop in Canada. The one I saw looked pretty crude. Its case was made from flat steel welded together, and it used rubber flaps for the side &...
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    Re: Wheels / Skids for Berta snow blower

    Like Ford850 said, I'd say the wheels are good in all situations, and the skids are good for situations where you don't mind if the surface you're cleaning gets marked up.
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    Re: Hydraulic lift for powered trailer?

    My friend has a powered trailer for Grillo 131. I think he has a hand pumped hydraulic jack. Sorta like a porta power where the pump is off to the side and a hose runs to a cylinder on the hoist.
  100. Re: Reversing the reversible Berta rotary plow?

    Be careful with heat. You can burn up the seals. Did you try holding the auger and tapping the end of the shaft with a hammer and punch? Sorry I'm not much help - I've never had to convert a...
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