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  1. farmerboybill

    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 26" Rototiller | eBay
  2. farmerboybill

    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 think I can clear heavy snows faster with the walk-behind. Hope to have it, and the tracks, by the...
  3. farmerboybill

    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 it for many hours, but got rid of it to buy a BIO-90. It has many advantages over the BIO-100...
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    Helpful info regarding clutch use

    Hey all, The flail mower is a great attachment. It cuts anything up to 3/4 inch brush and mulches it very fine. Unfortunately, I've seen a couple machines come in with smoked clutches now. Joel wrote up a nice little info sheet on proper clutch use. I'll copy and paste it here. From Earth...
  5. farmerboybill

    My two Diesels

    Hey all, Bought this 735 several years ago. It had been in a shed fire - the tires, cables, and engine were burned badly, but the transmission was only discolored by smoke. The cables still have the sleeves burned, and it still has the smoke residue, but I transplanted this NOS Acme diesel I...
  6. farmerboybill

    I got the stump grinder, but it may be awhile before a video.

    6 degrees this morning. Talking 6" of snow tonight into tomorrow. I was thinking about hooking up the BIO-90 instead to show how well it works in dry wood. We'll see how today goes. The stump grinder sure is a heavy duty rig, by the looks of it. I'm excited to try it out.
  7. farmerboybill

    Maybe Mr. Gravely saw one of these when he invented the rotary plow???

    Hey all, Found a neat video of an IH terracer plow. These were made by another company with an IH plow as the base. Kinda looks like a rotary plow, eh? These were built in the 1940's.
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    Gonna get me a stump grinder for my BCS

    Hey all, I just cut down a pair of 20" pine trees in my yard on Monday. Joel is now carrying a stump grinder. It's made by Caravaggi, the same maker of BCS's older BIO-100(now made by Del Morino), as well as the BIO-80, BIO-90, and BIO-150, so you know it's gonna be a quality attachment...
  9. farmerboybill

    very good deal on a BCS 830

    Saw this on the Waterloo IA CL - Garden equipment, BCS Model 830, walk-behind tractor (9 h.p. B.S. Vanguard engine), BCS 26" rear mount tiller, BCS 24" snow thrower, BCS Bio 100 chipper shredder. All gear driven, heavy duty equipment. See BCS website for current prices and descriptions. $2000...
  10. farmerboybill

    If anyone is nearby - Living Green expo in Dubuque Iowa

    Hey all, Just wanted to let anyone who is close enough know that the 2nd annual Living Green expo is going to be at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds on March 29th. It's a very small show that I hope grows into a larger event. CROPP Cooperative (better known as Organic Valley) will have their...
  11. farmerboybill

    Chipper Wallenstein BX40 chipper - How much HP is too muich HP?

    Hey all, I have an 8500ish laying hen operation. The barns were poorly designed, so they condensate badly. The cost of buying wood shavings is brutal. I've spent over $1000 in shavings so far this winter and the barns are still too wet. Since I have 90 acres of woods, an OWB, and 4 miles of...
  12. farmerboybill

    Good advice on how to properly engage the clutch.

    Hey all, I imagine many have already seen this, but thought I'd put it out there for those who have not. Joel posted a "Proper Clutch Engagement & Use on Walk-Behind Tractors" essay on his site. Here's the link. clutch_use
  13. farmerboybill

    This here is a Beaaauuutiful 850 on ebay.

    Hey all, They're asking a premium price, but I think it's worth it. I really like the 830/850s. They're simple to use, simple to fix, and offer a lot of modern features. The onl;y thing that'd make me hesitate is that v-twin Briggs engine. It's a very powerful, very smooth engine, but it's...
  14. farmerboybill

    LOVE my KD440

    Hey all, I used to use my 830 in the winter on a 60" Cycle Country snow blade adapted to fit on front of the dozer blade. That was when I had a driveway 3 cars wide and 50ish feet long. I sold the dozer blade, thinking I'd come across another one. I haven't yet. Still got the snow blade in...
  15. farmerboybill

    Check out the new mowers - Bellon brand

    Hey all, I saw Joel is offering a new mower brand - Bellon. So new, he's only got them listed on the price list, but not in the mower tab under implements. He sent me the link to the manufacturer. Bad news is the site is Italian only. Good news is they look sweeeet! I'm gonna buy the 800...
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    And now, for something totally different - walking behind the baler!

    Hey all, This past summer, I helped a friend that owns about 88 acres of ground. 65 acres is woods on a bluff. Of the remaining ground, he has 10ish acres of hay. He also bales road ditches where he can. Instead of buying either older equipment or paying through the nose on all new...
  17. farmerboybill

    Maybe I'll be a Gravely owner now....

    Hey all, This Gravely just came up for sale nearby me. Anyone have any input on it? I'm fairly excited to own one if only "just 'cause".
  18. farmerboybill

    BCS America upgraded their site.

    Hey all, BCS America very recently upgraded thier site. It looks very nice. I'm interested in thier new lineup of mechanical tillage tools. May have to order a Root Digger just to see if it's as nice as the Aldo Biagioli digger from Earth Tools. Root Digger // BCS America
  19. farmerboybill

    Regarding BCS dealer's stocking a pricing.

    Hey John, A while back you posted this on another topic - Though I disagreed, I chose not to say anything. While at the conference, some things came to light that prodded me into making a response. You know as well as I that what you state about prices is a pure, bold-faced lie. Most BCS...
  20. farmerboybill

    Back from the MOSES conference.

    Hey all, I just got back from another very intense show at the MOSES Organic Conference in La Crosse, WI. Over 3000 participants attended - all with a strong interest in locally, sustainably grown organic food. Many participants have market gardens and small flocks and herds to provide food...
  21. farmerboybill

    UNcommon uses for a Walk-behind Two-wheel tractor...

    CMyoung's post about his very useful homemade barrow got me thinking about the uncommon uses for these little guys. My most unusual task for my 850 diesel is with a power sweeper. I use it to sweep out my chicken barn when I clean out. The skid steer and tractor with manure spreader do all...
  22. farmerboybill

    Wanna see how you can destroy a spader?

    I saw this video several months ago and just shook my head. I emailed him and told him that he needs to run it at an idle or just a very small bit above an idle. He's gonna destroy this spader in a very short time - I gotta make a video of my friend's spader on his Grillo 131... For some...
  23. farmerboybill

    Great deal on a stand-alone Caravaggi BIO-80 chipper in Ohio

    Here's a BCS badged Caravaggi BIO-80 shredder on Cincinnati Craigslist. They're a pretty hot item that can only be bought at Earth Tools otherwise. Better than the BIO-100 for shredding garden waste. $275 is a great price - Bcs bio 80 wood chipper
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    Another nice deal on the opposite coast

    Here's a nearly perfect condition 850 for $1200 in Cali - Rototiller Professional
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    Honeeey? Do these tires make my butt look big?!? - BCS 853 with BIG rubber

    Hey All, Gonna go help a friend cut some hay tonight and wanted to get the ol' gal dressed up for the occasion. He has an 853 Lombardini diesel with 40 inch drum mower, Molon rake, and Caeb baler, so he doesn't actually NEED my help. Still, two mowers will drop 8 acres nearly twice as fast...
  26. farmerboybill

    Del Morino rotary mowers vs. Flail mowers - for Jobobbill

    Hey Jobob, I was gonna post this on Bill in NC's thread, but decided that a new thread would be more appropriate. I don't think the Del Morino mowers are as dangerous as characterized by John. Del Morino has been building the 20 and 26 inch rough-cut rotary mowers for at least 20 years...
  27. farmerboybill

    selling some old simplicities - how much should I ask?

    Hey all, I realize we mostly talk about Gravelys, grillos and BCSs, but I got a couple simplicities I want outta my way. I have the yellow tractor's engine, it's just not mounted. The rototiller attachment has to be less common, right? Any ideas on value?
  28. farmerboybill

    Live PTO on a BCS - Attention BCSSHOP

    Hey John You had mentioned the easydrive being live PTO. I was looking over the website and could find no mention of live PTO. I saw the easydrive. But, from what I can tell, that is only a clutchless instant reverser. How long can you leave the easydrive in the middle position...
  29. farmerboybill

    Hey Gravely lovers - Wanna bid on a Gravely Rapid?

    Hey Gravely lovers - I just saw a Gravely Rapid on eBay. It's NOS in Carrsville Virginia. Might be your chance to own a Hydro Gravely - Gravely Rapid M Walk Behind Tractor with Mowing Deck, Plow and Cultivator | eBay I'd buy it, but I just dropped 7K to have my 4010 fixed, bought a...
  30. farmerboybill

    Big News! There's now a direct replacement engine for older BCS machines!

    Hey all, If you were hemming and hawing about putting a new engine on the ol' BCS due to the extra cost of an adapter, Joel is now offering a direct bolt-on engine. I don't know much about it yet, but am gonna put in an order for one real soon. Feedback to follow. Bill in WI
  31. farmerboybill

    great deal on an old graham paige in Lake mills WI

    Hey all, Check out this great old machine - old rear tine tiller parts or fix Wish I had the room to get it. I hear the sound they make alone is worth having one...
  32. farmerboybill

    A Troy Bilt went home crying...

    Hey All, Today was my first day out rotary plowing in the area. First job was a dream. 40 by 50 area, no rocks, no roots, just beautiful black soil. Second job was NOT a dream. Guy had grubbed off some weed trees. He had rocks, roots, bricks, scrap metal, etc. His Troy Bilt was out hiding...
  33. farmerboybill

    video of my friend's Grillo 131d with powered trailer

    Hey all, Here's a video of Eric's Grillo 131d with powered trailer. The two wheel tractor powers its own wheel AND the wheels of the trailer. He says he could climb a tree if he wanted. It's kinda slow and has a large turning radius, but it can haul a ton - literally 2000 lbs. YouTube -...
  34. farmerboybill

    I'm now a Grillo dealer

    Hey all, I haven't been around much. My wife and I bought her dad's farm in Lancaster, Wisconsin one September 10th 2010 and I've been trying to get things cleaned up and the laying hens at higher production. On top of that we were trying to fix up and move into the old farm house and sell...
  35. farmerboybill

    8 HP Briggs powered BCS 730 with 26 inch tiller

    Hey all, I have a BCS 730 that is approximately 10 years old with an older 80's Briggs engine on it. The engine looks to have very few hours and runs very well. The 730 comes with a 26 inch tiller, but you can put many other attachments on it including a sickle mower, finish mower, rough-cut...
  36. farmerboybill

    WANTED - Kohler Magnum horizontal engines in any condition, 8 10 or 12 hp

    Hello all, I need some Kohler Magnum engines and parts. I have 2 sitting on my bench now that need parts and would like to find more to fix up. One needs a throttle and choke assembly and both need the entire air filter assembly. These are commonly found on Troy bilt and BCS tillers from the...
  37. farmerboybill

    BCS 850 with 14 hp Briggs and 26 inch tiller

    Hey All, I have a BCS 850 with 14 horse electric start V-twin Briggs and a 26 inch tiller for sale. This thing is in fantastic condition with very little use on it. It's located in Lodi WI. I'd prefer local pickup, but I can put it on a pallet if shipping is needed. I can be reached at 6O8...
  38. farmerboybill

    Am I ready for snow?

    You Betcha! Here's a pic of my 850 and 36 inch dozer blade with a 60 inch snow blade modded to fit on it. I was running a 42 inch blade on the front of the dozer blade last year and felt it was too narrow. Maybe 60 inches is too wide...? I want to find another set of 5-12 tires and dual it...
  39. farmerboybill

    Pointers on rebuilding a BCS tiller gearbox

    Hey, I just got in from working on a BCS 735 with 26 inch tiller I'm getting ready to sell and wanted to pass along some pointers - 1. I swear I haven't bought a used tiller with any oil in it. Seriously, I SWEAR IT. Don't assume the previous owner knew what he was doing. He didn't. The...
  40. farmerboybill

    Digging potatoes with a BCS 730 and root digger

    Hey all, I just posted a video of me digging potatoes with my trusty rusty BCS 730 on You can read my long-winded description of the machine and how it did on the video description. The first pic shows the potatoes that weren't reburied, the second shows all of them from one row...
  41. farmerboybill

    My new-to-me mower

    Hey all, Here's a few pics of my new-to-me mower. I bought it for $125, $50 to ship, $180 in bought parts, and $120 in fabricated parts. A local welding shop fabricated the front hood/guard outta heavier metal than factory. I took it out and mowed a little bit in the woods behind my house...
  42. farmerboybill

    Can anyone ID this two wheel tractor?

    Hey all, I noticed this from the road and stopped by to take some pics. Guy's willing to sell it but I don't know if I'm willing to buy. I thought it was a david bradley, but the engine mounts with the driveshaft pointing to the rear. it has steering brakes.
  43. farmerboybill

    Can anyone ID this two wheel tractor?

    Hey all, I noticed this from the road and stopped by to take some pics. Guy's willing to sell it but I don't know if I'm willing to buy. I thought it was a david bradley, but the engine mounts with the driveshaft pointing to the rear.
  44. farmerboybill

    It's a Boy!

    Hey all, And now we're four! My wife delivered a beautiful baby boy last night at 9:30 pm We checked into the hospital at 5 pm, so it went pretty fast. He's 9 days early, 7 lbs 8 oz, and 18.5 inches long, John William. Both him and my wife are doing great. I came home for a bit just to get some...
  45. farmerboybill

    Can anyone read Kohler serial numbers?

    Hey all, I'm looking to find out the age of the BCS 715 I have for sale. I've been told BCS doesn't keep serial number records, so I'm looking to find out the age of the Magnum 8 Kohler engine on it. Spec number is 301585 Serial Number is 2132908102 Thanks for any help
  46. farmerboybill

    My new-to-me 850

    Hey all, Here 's a pic of the BCS I recently acquired with a 28 inch snowblower. I mounted 6-12 tires and rims I got at a garage sale and modded to fit. Here's a pic of my new-to-me 850 with the dozer blade and a snow blade I modded to make it more effective. This shows the stock 10 inch...
  47. farmerboybill

    Anyone pull a moldboard plow behind a two wheeler?

    Hey all, I just recently purchased a BCS 850 to compliment my 715. My plan is to save my pennies and buy a two way rotary plow by next fall since I now have a machine capable of running it. Until then, I'd like to try out a moldboard plow. I don't think and 850 would pull a 12 inch, but would...
  48. farmerboybill

    Anyone have a root digger from Earth tools?

    Hey all, I'm toying with buying a root digger for lifting my potatoes with my 715. Has anyone had any experience with the one offered by Joel at Earth tools? I measured up my 715 vs. my hills and will need to buy taller tires, but I was thinking about doing that anyway for when I mount the...
  49. farmerboybill

    I'm buying a Lindig BCS chipper - any info?

    I'm buying a chipper/shredder for my BCS 715 that was made by Lindig Manufacturing out of Minnesota. From the pictures, it's not been used much, if at all. I'm replacing a good but smaller capacity Troy Bilt Super Tomahawk with this. Since I have the BCS, I may as well start eliminating...
  50. farmerboybill

    Blade for snow on a 2 wheel tractor?

    Hey all, Does anyone on here have a blade for their two wheel tractor? I have a 715 BCS and am toying with buying a blade for snows less than 4 inches and for heavy, wet snows. The blower is awesome for large accumulations or colder snows when the snow isn't so heavy but it tends to push the...