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IMPLEMENT SELECTION for BCS + Grillo walk-behind tractors
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To view our handy Tractor/Implement Compatibility Chart,
click here

HOW TO USE THIS PAGE:

Above is a list of "Work Categories". Clicking on one will show a series of tabs/links for implements to perform those jobs; click on an implement tab/link to view pictures and details on each particular implement.

For example:

If you were interested in a Tiller Implement, you would select the SOILWORKING work category tab above. Then, from the second group of tabs you would select the TILLERS tab and the details about our Tiller implements would be displayed. You can always return here by selecting the INSTRUCTIONS tab.

Berta Rotary Plows

This amazing primary tillage implement was pioneered on a walk-behind tractor by the Gravely® Company many years ago, but the front–PTO design of the Gravely tractors made operation of this tool dangerous.  The Berta Franco Company of Italy has refined the design and made the plow applicable as a rear-PTO implement for all European walk-behind tractors.  Putting the rotary plow in the rear of the tractor improved the handling so much that, as the promotional video from the Italian manufacturer shows, it can actually be run with “NO HANDS!”  (Don’t try this at home, kids. It only works in Italy, where there are fewer lawyers... We absolutely do not recommend this procedure!  But it’s impressive for a sales video.)   

        YouTube Video link 1        YouTube Video link 2

Essentially the rotary plow has a vertical shaft with 4 spiral blades (plowshares) turning at approximately 250 rpm.  Soil in front of the plow is cut into and then immediately centrifugally discharged to the side as it is inverted.  Basically, in a single pass through sod, the plow will leave a 10-12 inch depth of worked soil.  And because the soil is not trapped under a hood and repeatedly pulverized (like with a tiller), the soil structure is not beat to death. Tilth of soil is similar to that which has been plowed and disked with a conventional tractor:  good enough for large seeds and vegetable starts; may need secondary tillage on the top 2-3” for small seeds.  Plow works 8-10” wide per pass, but unlike a tiller, there is no such thing as a ‘second pass’ with a Rotary Plow, so it more than makes up for it’s narrow working width in the fact that it only has to go over the ground once.
  The horizontal movement of the blades through the soil causes little or no hardpan and is actually less violent than a rototiller when hitting rocks, tree roots, etc. Customers have reported to us that basketball-sized rocks are turned out by the plow “and you hardly feel them!”
Absolutely unbeatable for breaking new ground, and we have also found it excellent for turning in standing cover crop up to 4 feet tall.  (A shear blade at the top of the rotor keeps material from “winding” around the shaft).  Exploiting the side discharge nature of this tool (which will throw soil up to 24 inches past the edge of the hood) awesome (and amazingly flat-toped) raised beds, power ridging and hilling can be achieved.  Makes a pretty darn good trencher, too.  Depth can be regulated to less than the full 12” deep by installing a gauge wheel (included), which has holes in 1” increments to limit depth to as little as 6”.  Side-discharge distance can be controlled by a removable side flap (included), by adjusting the top cover height, and of course by engine RPM, since the “discharge” is centrifugal..

40” wide raised beds made in one afternoon with a Berta Rotary Plow

Rotary plows will work on BCS and Grillo walk-behind tractors that have at least 8.5 hp (gas) or 7 hp (diesel) and 4x10x18” wheels or larger. Distance between wheels needs to be 14” to 18”(measured from the inside of one wheel to the inside of the other), and the closer you get to 18”, the better the plow will perform because it takes a bigger bite. Axle extensions may be required to achieve optimal working width on wheels.

Single

Swivel (reversible)

Discharges soil to right side.  Most popular due to cost and weight.  Weighs 95 lbs.  Weight kit available if needed to counter-balance heavier engines.

Has two plowshare rotors which turn opposite directions; gearbox mounted on perfectly-balanced swivel, so it can be instantly “flipped” and right or left discharge can be achieved.  Good for odd-shaped plots and especially for hillside work and terracing when soil needs to be thrown uphill or downhill only. VERY HEAVY (150 lbs.)—requires front weight for tractor to counter-balance plow.
 

 

Left Discharge

Right Discharge

(Unused rotor up under domed cover for safety)

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BCS and Grillo Rear-tine Tillers

The Grillo Company has been building rear-tine tillage equipment since the early 1950’s.  Through a technology-sharing venture with BCS which lasted from roughly the late 1960’s to the early 1980’s, BCS acquired rear-tine tiller technology (the first BCS-branded tillers were produced around 1970).  Both companies’ tiller implements currently feature 290 rpm tine speed (with engine at maximum rpm), hardened-steel ring and pinion gear drive and ball bearing supported shafts in an oil bath.  Both units use a wedge-shaped “middlebuster” (BCS calls theirs a “Planar wedge”) which has 3 functions:  1) Depth control; 2) completely breaks out center strip of untilled soil under gearbox; 3) helps hold tractor in place in hard soils.  BCS planar wedge adjusts to 4 depth positions; Grillo adjusts to 6 positions.  Grillo tillers also feature a “Helix” type spiral time pattern (with Bolo style tines) for a smoother tilling action.  Both brands will leave up to 8” deep worked soil.  Tillers can be used for primary cultivation but can over-pulverize the soil, resulting in degraded soil structure.  Caution has to be taken not to over-till.  Tillers are best used for secondary tillage, seedbed prep, mixing fertilizer and crop residues (provided they are not too long and fibrous, in which case they will tend to wrap around the tine shaft) into the soil, shallow weed control and inter-season work.  A Hiller/furrower accessory can be quickly attached behind all tillers to make furrows or push soil out for hilling or ridging.

Click here for a video of the BCS rear-tine tiller in action.

BRAND/ SIZE

BCS
18”

Grillo
18”

BCS
20”

Grillo
22”

BCS
26”

Grillo
27”

BCS
30”

Grillo
32”

BCS
34”

FITS

5-6.5 hp BCS

6-9 hp Grillo

7-11 hp BCS

7.5-10 hp Grillo

8-13 hp BCS

8-10 hp Grillo

10-13 hp BCS

Grillo G131 only

BCS 948 only

WIDTH ADJUSTS TO

(width not adjustable)

16” or 20” - 27” (with extension kit)

26” (with extension kit)

16”, 18”, 20”, 25” & 27” (with extension kit)

20”

16”, 18”, 20”, 25” & 31” (with extension kit)

26”

20”, 24”, 28”, & 36” (with extension kit)

27”, 30”, 38” (with extension kit)

WEIGHT

64 lbs.

80 lbs.

83 lbs.

85 lbs.

95 lbs.

95 lbs.

100 lbs.

125 lbs.

168 lbs.

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R2 Split-hood Tiller

Designed for commercial-scale row-crop cultivation, this unit is manufactured by the R2 Rinaldi Company in Italy.  This implement is designed to do shallow cultivation on either side of a row, and is able to straddle a plant up to 6” tall.  Individual tiller widths are adjustable from 7.5” to 10.5” and tiller units slide left and right on the frame to allow 7” to 12” widths down the center.  Extremely heavy duty, it has a hardened-gear split gearbox at the top, and then oil bath enclosed chains center-driving each tiller unit.  Fits tractors 8.5 hp and up (gas) or 7 hp & up (diesel) with 4x10x18” wheels or larger.  (very heavy – may require front weight with some engines)

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R2 Power Harrows

Built by R2 Rinaldi of Italy, the Power Harrows (also called Rotary Harrows) offer the ultimate in seedbed prep and secondary tillage/weed control.  Multiple sets of tines rotate on vertical axes (yes, this is the plural of axis) for totally horizontal tilling of the soil – No inversion of soil layers and No vertical compression leading to hardpan formation.  Also, “stirring” action does not over-pulverize the soil such as can be done with a rototiller; soil structure stays in better shape.  Depth incrementally adjusted by means of the steel mesh-roller in the rear, allowing 1” to 5” depth.  Mesh roller also perfectly levels and pre-tamps seedbed for precision seeding and good seed-to-soil contact.    Extremely heavy-duty, the hardened steel gearing runs in an oil bath, shafts supported by ball-bearings.  Side panels are spring-loaded to allow rocks to be “kicked” around the edges of the rotors without damaging tines.  Due to the fact that this is the only soilworking implement that actually has an oscillating swivel-joint at the PTO coupling allowing the harrow to “float” independent of the tractor axle, these tools are also coveted by the landscaping industry for leveling out / renovating yards or any lumpy terrain. The implement even has a small (removable) adjustable-height grader blade at the front to level out the ground in that plane as well.  (these units are also available by special-order with a full-width seeder attachment mounted between the harrow and the mesh roller for lawn/cover crop seeding. Call for quotes on this option)


These are very heavy implements – may require a front weight on the tractor for proper balance. Also, we recommend that the tractor be equipped with 5x12x22” or larger wheels for proper ground clearance, especially important on diesel-powered machines, since the diesel engine oil pan "hangs" lower.

Click Here to view a short video of a power harrow in action.

Size

20”

23”

29”

36”

Minimum tractor HP

8.5 hp Gas
7 hp Diesel

10 hp Gas
8 hp Diesel

12 hp Gas
10 hp Diesel

14 hp Gas
11 hp Diesel

Weight

140 lbs.

170 lbs.

210 lbs.

242 lbs.

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Disk Harrow

The newest Soilworking option we offer for our walk-behind tractors is a simple one, but there are times when simple is all you need.  For applications like cutting up the soil slightly to seed a cover crop, leveling out clumps of soil or light weed control, the old-fashioned disk harrow is a great low-cost option.  Made in America and adapted to the walk-behind tractor application by us, this unit features adjustable width from 29 to 39 inches, adjustable angles on disk axles (10, 15 and 20 degrees) and eight 11 inch diameter disks.  Disk axles are lubricated by grease fittings for long life.  Weight tray holds two cement blocks to make the disks penetrate the soil better; heavier weight can be added if desired (such as sandbags). 

Recommended for BCS and Grillo walk-behind tractors 8hp & up with differential drive.  (Wheel weights recommended for best performance with this tool.

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R2 Stoneburier

This is essentially a super-heavy-duty counter-rotating-tine tiller (tines rotate opposite tractor wheel direction) with reverse-angle tines that interface with a set of vertical steel rods at the rear of the unit… the net result being that stones (up to baseball-sized), roots, organic matter, etc. are pushed to the bottom of the tilth and “clean” soil is left on top.  Depth is adjustable up to 6” deep by the mesh-roller in the rear (like the harrows), which also completely flattens and presses the top of the bed for perfect seeding.   Useful in soil types with lots of ‘gravelly’ rocks that are too numerous to ever pick out; also popular for lawn renovations because one pass through an old lawn results in a clean, perfect seedbed with all the grass & roots buried. (This unit is also available by special-order with a full-width lawn seeder attachment mounted between the tiller and the mesh roller for one-pass lawn renovations).

This is a very heavy implement: 190 lbs. May require a front weight on the tractor for proper balance. 25” working width. Fits BCS and Grillo walk-behind tractors 11hp & up gas, 8hp & up diesel with differential drive.

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Tortella Reciprocating Spader

The only company in Italy producing a reciprocating (true) spader for walk-behind tractors is Tortella.  We offer the 25” Model, which, even though it is the smallest spader available, still weighs in at a staggering 198 pounds.  Reciprocating spaders have cam-lever driven spades which thrust into the ground at about a 45 ° angle and then “kick” the soil up against the underside of the hood to break it up.  The spading action results in minimal inversion of soil layers and no measurable hardpan formation.  Maximum working depth 8” (with multiple passes).   Spaders work well on 4-wheel tractors (where a depth of up to 14” can be achieved) because of the high tractor-to-implement mass ratio. On walk-behind tractors, operation is more of a challenge, as the thrusting action of the spades makes the relatively light walk-behind tractor shake...in hard soils, it can be like running a jack-hammer.  This vertical thrust also is demanding of the tractor’s PTO coupling flange.  For these reasons, we only offer the spader for the two largest walk-behind tractors we carry:  the BCS 750 and the Grillo G131.  Of the two, the G131 is better suited for the spader because of its heavier frame and the spring-shock handlebar mounting system, which is designed to absorb vertical shock (the BCS handle anti-vibe system is designed mainly to absorb horizontal vibration, such as a sickle bar).     Fits:  BCS 750 or Grillo G131 (can also be supplied to fit older BCS machines with heavy-duty PTO-mounts, such as BCS 745, 755, 945, 946 & 948)

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Plastic Mulch Layers

Available in 2 or 3 foot sizes, these units are made in the USA to fit walk-behind tractors and, properly adjusted, do a nice job flat-laying plastic mulch and burying the edges.&nbsnbsp; (This tool DOES NOT make a raised bed; if you want your plastic mulch on a raised bed you must build one first using a Rotary Plow or other such tool.)  These units come with no ‘pre-set’ adjustments from the factory, and with good reason: they perform differently in different soil types, moisture conditions, tilths of soil, etc.  We always tell buyers of this item to “give yourself half a day to play around with it” to get all the adjustments right for your soil.  Always figure that 4 to 6 inches of plastic will be buried on each side of the bed, so for example 3 foot plastic, once the edges are buried, leaves about 24 to 28 inches of exposed plastic to plant in.  Has a drip-tape laying accessory which is almost always purchased with the plastic layer, because once you have plastic down you just about have to irrigate… rain won’t go through plastic!  The drip-tape carrier works nicely with the 1000 foot rolls of drip-tape supplied by the mulch layer manufacturer, but these are pricey compared with larger rolls… so some folks buy one 1000 foot roll and then re-use the spool and re-roll it off of a larger roll.  Or, you can do what the fellow who supplied these pictures did: he modified the drip-tape carrier to take a 3000 foot roll!  Overall, this whole system is very simple and quite easy to modify to meet your needs. Tractor pictured has 16 inch (total) axle extensions on it, which some folks prefer so that no soil under the plastic mulch has “tire tracks” in it.  There is also a Dibble Wheel available as well to poke holes through the plastic for planting (which is it’s own implement… we haven’t found a good way to put the dibble wheel behind the mulch layer to do everything in one shot)… comes with 6 ‘spikes’, which equally spaced, put holes 1 foot apart.  Extra spikes are available, and are fully adjustable on the wheel for virtually any spacing. Extra wheels (up to 2) can be added to the dibble wheel frame for doing up to 3 rows in the same plastic-bed.

Recommended for walk-behind tractors with differential drive and minimum of 5x10x20” wheels. Usually requires wheel weights.

We also have available 3-point-hitch adapters in both catagory 0 and 1 to fit these layers to small 4-wheel tractors.

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Aldo Biagioli Tool Bar / Cultivators

Constructed by Aldo Biagioli of Italy, these universal tools are available in 4 configurations and feature clamp-on shanks with standard reversible 1½” wide chisels.  The working angle of the tool is controlled by the adjustment on the Tool Carrier (see below), and the overall penetration depth is controlled both by this angle adjustment AND the TWO removable/adjustable caster wheels that all of this brand of cultivators come with (other cultivators on the market have only a SINGLE depth wheel, which is problematic: With only one depth wheel, when one of the tractor wheels goes over a hump or into a depression, the shanks on one side of the cultivator lean to one side and “dig in” more, causing the tractor to veer in that direction).  Also, the Aldo Biagioli design allows the standard chisels to be easily removed with a single bolt, and the curved OR straight shanks will accept  “V-sweeps”, which, when the angle of the tool carrier is adjusted so that the sweeps lay “flat” on the ground, are great for weed control, slicing just below the surface. These sweeps are available from us, or at most Farm Supply stores.    Outfitted correctly (and with exact row spacing!), several rows of crops can be cultivated between simultaneously, as the tractor can straddle 6” – 7” tall plants (with tall enough tires). 

The completely modular design of the Aldo Biagioli cultivators allow the clamps and shanks to be adjusted side-to-side or up-and-down on the frame.  Shanks can also be removed, or, if you want to add more, shanks and clamps are available separately.  Frame can be adjusted to free float (oscillate) or can be locked with plane of tractor axle.   Straight-bar styles (ET-3,5 and 6) can have shank-mount Furrowers attached to the frame instead of shanks; and ALL styles accept Disk Hillers as well (see Double Ridger/Bedshaper tab above).    Drawbar (shown below) attaches to tractor at PTO mounting, for a solid and sturdy mount. (Other brands of cultivators on the market attach at the tractor “tow hitch” mounting, which, in our testing, has proven to be a poor place to mount such an implement, as it is very hard to control the “side-swing” of the tool... the “limiter” bolts supplied on the tow-hitch type of tool carrier simply have very little surface to brace against, and they deform easily. We have chosen not to carry these other brands, due to this problem.) 

FOR MOST EFFECTIVE USE, THIS IMPLEMENT MAY REQUIRE WHEEL WEIGHTS ON TRACTOR.  4 x 10 x 18” minimum wheel size recommended.

THIS TOOL REQUIRES THE DRAWBAR AND TOOL CARRIER SHOWN BELOW!!  Angle of frame relative to tractor adjusted by T-handle crank on Tool Carrier...this allows "attack" angle of shanks to be adjusted. (NOTE: If purchasing multiple implements made by Aldo Biagioli, ONLY ONE Tool Carrier and Drawbar need to be purchased!  Tool carrier and Drawbar change quickly from implement to implement with just one pin.)

Drawbar (Left) and AT-30-ET Tool Carrier (Right) with hookup hardware

Model

Shanks

Style & Size

Fits

Weight

ET-3

2 curved shanks
1 straight shank

Fixed frame 21” wide

5 hp and up

75 lbs.

ET-5

 3 curved shanks
2 straight shanks

Fixed frame 34” wide

10 hp and up gas
8 hp and up diesel

90 lbs.

ET-6

3 curved shanks
3 straight shanks

Fixed frame 39” wide

12 hp and up gas
10 hp and up diesel

103 lbs.

ETR-5

5 straight shanks

Adjustable frame
12-25” wide

10 hp and up gas
8 hp and up diesel

95 lbs.

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Aldo Biagioli Moldboard Plows

The design of this tool is hundreds of years old, but it is still in widespread use today, especially on 4-wheel tractors.  While other primary tillage methods may be faster and more effective, the moldboard is still an inexpensive way to do first-time soil breaking.  Two 1-bottom designs available for walk-behind tractors:  Standard (rolls soil to right) and Swivel (reversible frame with 2 plowshares: one rolls to right, the other to left).  Swivel version a must for any work on a gradient (slope); it allows the operator to always flip the soil uphill regardless of direction across slope.  Both available in two sizes.  ALL MOLDBOARD PLOWS REQUIRE AT LEAST 150 LBS OF WHEEL WEIGHTS (and may require larger tires too) TO BE EFFECTIVE.  Recommended for tractors with differential drive only.

THIS TOOL REQUIRES THE DRAWBAR AND TOOL CARRIER SHOWN BELOW!!  Angle of plow relative to tractor adjusted by T-handle crank on Tool Carrier...this allows "attack" angle of plow to be adjusted. (NOTE: If purchasing multiple implements made by Aldo Biagioli, ONLY ONE Tool Carrier and Drawbar need to be purchased!  Tool carrier and Drawbar change quickly from implement to implement with just one pin.)

Aldo Biagioli AT-30 Tool Carrier
(left) & Drawbar (right)

Plow Size

Model #

Style

Fits

Small (8”)

MD-06

Standard

Grillo G85d & G107; BCS 732 & 852/853 - with 5x10” or 5x12” wheels

Small (8”)

V180-06

Swivel

Large (9”)

MD-05

Standard

Grillo G131; BCS 852/853 & 948 with 6.5x12” wheels

Large (9”)

V180-05

Swivel

current models may differ slightly from pictures

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Aldo Biagioli Potato / Tuber Digging Plow

This tool is popular for small-scale root crop harvesting with a walk-behind tractor.  It will typically go “as deep as the soil has been worked” during the planting of the crop, and sifts a good portion of the soil through the round tines, leaving most of the tuber crop exposed.    Works very well for Potatoes, Garlic, Beets, Turnips, Onions, small Carrots (on crops other than potatoes, do not drive the plow down the center of the row, or the center shank will damage the crop…go off to one side!).  LONG Carrots and Sweet potatoes are challenging for this tool, as they can grow “down” so far that they can penetrate the “pan” at the bottom of the worked soil and the plow may clip the tips off.      

The Drawbar on the Aldo Biagioli brand tools (shown below) attaches to tractor at PTO mounting, for a solid and sturdy mount. (Other brands of Root Digger plows on the market attach at the tractor “tow hitch” mounting, which, in our testing, has proven to be a poor place to mount such an implement, as it is very hard to control the “side-swing” of the tool... the “limiter” bolts supplied on the tow-hitch type of tool carrier simply have very little surface to brace against, and they deform easily. We have chosen not to carry these other brands, due to this problem.) 

Adjustable depth;  Minimum 4 x 10 x 18” tractor wheel size; 8 hp minimum tractor size.  REQUIRES wheel weights on tractor; the more weight the better.

THIS TOOL REQUIRES THE DRAWBAR AND TOOL CARRIER SHOWN BELOW!!  Angle of plow relative to tractor adjusted by T-handle crank on Tool Carrier...this allows "attack" angle of plow to be adjusted. (NOTE: If purchasing multiple implements made by Aldo Biagioli, ONLY ONE Tool Carrier and Drawbar need to be purchased!  Tool carrier and Drawbar change quickly from implement to implement with just one pin.)

Drawbar (Left) and AT-30-ET Tool Carrier (Right) with hookup hardware

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Hiller / Furrowers, Ridgers

All these tools are designed to create a furrow or, with “wings” on rear folded out,
push soil further out to create ridges or do hilling of crops. 

The Hiller/Furrower is an accessory to the tiller implement; it attaches with a single pin to the rear of the tiller implement and is used with the tiller tines running so it can sink into the soil.  The forward rotation of the tines helps to give extra “push” to offset the drag created by the tool.  Fits all tiller models, but works best as a “hiller” on tillers 27” and smaller in width due to the ‘wings’ being not quite long enough to flip the soil outside the edges of a 30” or larger tiller. (Some of our customers deal with this by just attaching some sheet metal extensions to the ‘wings’ for the larger tillers.)

 The Combined Ridger (Grillo only) is really just a fancier hiller/furrower, quite time-consuming to mount, but it is a bit easier to handle and does a better job.  Mounting it requires removing the hood of the tiller implement and narrowing the tine width to 16” (by removing tines) and then bolting the combined ridger over the tines in place of the hood.  Takes half an hour plus to mount or dismount, so it is only recommended for large furrowing/ridging/hilling applications.  Some customers actually just purchase another tiller implement and permanently convert it.  Fits Grillo 22” and 27” tillers.  

Aldo Biagioli Adjustable Ridger is a tool that that attaches to the tractor in place of the tiller, and since the tiller implement is no longer there to help “push” the tractor, wheel weights are recommended for extra traction.  “Attack” angle of this tool relative to tractor is adjustable, unlike the above two styles, and this one can also be offset slightly (up to 4”) to the left or right of the tractor center-point if desired, as the drawbar has multiple mounting holes.   The Drawbar on the Aldo Biagioli brand tools (shown below) attaches to tractor at PTO mounting, for a solid and sturdy mount. (Other brands of Ridgers on the market attach at the tractor “tow hitch” mounting, which, in our testing, has proven to be a poor place to mount such an implement, as it is very hard to control the “side-swing” of the tool... the “limiter” bolts supplied on the tow-hitch type of tool carrier simply have very little surface to brace against, and they deform easily. We have chosen not to carry these other brands, due to this problem.)

Aldo Biagioli offers Two sizes of Ridgers, to accommodate different tractor sizes: Small for tractors with 18" & 20" tall tires, Large for tractors with 22" & 23" tall tires.

THIS TOOL REQUIRES THE DRAWBAR SHOWN BELOW!!  (NOTE: If purchasing multiple implements made by Aldo Biagioli, ONLY ONE Drawbar needs to be purchased!   Drawbar changes quickly from implement to implement with just one pin.)

Aldo Biagioli Drawbar

ITEM:

Hiller/furrower (fits all BCS or Grillo tiller implements)

Combined Ridger
(Grillo only)

Small Adjustable
Ridger (up to 853 BCS)

Large Adjustable Ridger
(BCS 853 & up)

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Aldo Biagioli Bedshaper (Double Ridger)

Bedshaper with Disk Hillers,
tool carrier & drawbar

This tool has shank-mounted disk hillers on each side, clamped to a 45" wide frame.  The disk hillers are more effective than furrowers or ridgers for "throwing" up the soil to make a raised bed, as they are turning by ground contact as they are pulled through the soil; a drag chain levels off the top of the bed.  Makes beds up to about 32" wide and  it will raise the bed 2” – 3”.  Narrower beds can be proportionally taller if desired.    The disk hillers in this picture are adjusted for throwing soil inward to form a bed, but they are fully adjustable and can be turned "out" to flip soil outward, for hilling/ridging of rows too far apart to use a hiller/furrower, for example.    The Drawbar on the Aldo Biagioli brand tools (shown below) attaches to tractor at PTO mounting, for a solid and sturdy mount. (Other brands of Ridgers on the market attach at the tractor “tow hitch” mounting, which, in our testing, has proven to be a poor place to mount such an implement, as it is very hard to control the “side-swing” of the tool... the “limiter” bolts supplied on the tow-hitch type of tool carrier simply have very little surface to brace against, and they deform easily. We have chosen not to carry these other brands, due to this problem.)

 

Bedshaper with Furrowers,
tool carrier & drawbar

The Disk Hillers and Clamps can also be purchased separately for mounting on any of the tool-bar/cultivators we offer (see implement price list for prices).    If you want no compressed soil at all in your finished beds, our fixed Axle extensions (up to 16” total) or Adjustable axle extensions will put the wheels outside the finished bed.  (See Tractor Accessories page.)   We actually built the prototype of this tool for Elliot Coleman, and we then communicated the design to Aldo Biagioli, who now builds them for us.  NOTE: This bedshaper IS NOT designed to work in conjuction with our Plastic Mulch Layers.  The Mulch Layers are designed to lay plastic mulch on FLAT surfaces, not over a raised bed.  In the future, we MAY have a plastic mulch layer that will work with this bedshaper, but we do not at present.  Wheel weights are a must for this tool.  Differential drive tractors only.   See implement price list for prices.

OPTIONAL: Clamp-on adjustable Furrowers (picture at right) can be either substituted for the Disk Hillers, or purchased separately. These will also fit the ET-3, 5 or 6 tool bar cultivators (NOT ETR-5).  See implement price list  for prices.

CLICK HERE for a video of a walk-behind tractor using the bedshaper with disk hillers (tractor also equipped with 16” axle extensions)

THIS TOOL REQUIRES THE DRAWBAR AND TOOL CARRIER SHOWN BELOW!!  Angle of frame relative to tractor adjusted by T-handle crank on Tool Carrier...this allows "attack" angle of furrowers/disks to be adjusted. (NOTE: If purchasing multiple implements made by Aldo Biagioli, ONLY ONE Tool Carrier and Drawbar need to be purchased!  Tool carrier and Drawbar change quickly from implement to implement with just one pin.)

Drawbar (Left) and AT-30-ET Tool Carrier (Right) with hookup hardware

 

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Aldo Biagioli Subsoiler / Ripper

Allows you to break up hardpan, loosen compacted soil up to 11” deep and rip through sod, etc., with your walk-behind tractor.  2 depth positions.  Absolutely requires wheel weightsThe more wheel weight you have, the more effective this tool will be.  Differential drive tractors only.    See implement price list for prices.  (note: to fit Grillo G131, we still have some of the Rescia Guiliano Subsoiler/Rippers available, while they last)

THIS TOOL REQUIRES THE DRAWBAR AND TOOL CARRIER SHOWN BELOW!!  Angle of frame relative to tractor adjusted by T-handle crank on Tool Carrier...this allows "attack" angle of the ripper to be adjusted. (NOTE: If purchasing multiple implements made by Aldo Biagioli, ONLY ONE Tool Carrier and Drawbar need to be purchased!  Tool carrier and Drawbar change quickly from implement to implement with just one pin.)

Drawbar (Left) and AT-30-ET Tool Carrier (Right) with hookup hardware

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FLAIL MOWERS: BERTA, BCS, AND BELLON BRANDS

These heavy-duty mowers feature a horizontally-mounted drum with numerous sets of hinged blades mounted to it.  The blades “flail” out by centrifugal force (at a drum speed of about 3000 rpm) to pulverize material.  Flail mowers are excellent for reducing mowed material to a very small size for quick incorporation/breakdown into the soil; very popular for cover crops for this reason.  A six-foot tall cover crop can be reduced to 2” – 4” pieces in a single pass and left evenly distributed across the width of the mower.    Because of the time and horsepower required to “grind up” the material that is being mowed, the taller and denser the material is, the slower this type of mower typically has to travel (unlike a Cutter [sickle] Bar Mower, which only cuts material off at the bottom and therefore doesn’t care how tall it is, or a Brush Mower, which will give a decent cut at higher speeds but just not grind the material up much).  However, with the introduction of the Berta Franco (same company that builds our Rotary Plow) brand flail mowers in 2010, this has changed…Berta is the first manufacturer to offer flail mowers with an  easily removable baffle in the rear of the shredding chamber: If the baffle is removed, the mower discharges the cut material in larger pieces, therefore requiring less power, and the mower can be run at higher ground speeds, essentially allowing the Berta flail mowers to double as an effective and fast Brush Mower.

The Berta Flail Mowers come standard equipment with a full-width steel roller behind the blade rotor which can be adjusted (by removing 2 bolts) up or down to regulate cutting height from about 0-3 inches (varies somewhat by tire size on tractor). Berta also offers a set of caster wheels as optional equipment which mount in front of the mower…these result in slightly easier side-to-side maneuvering, but make the mower physically longer and can “press down” the grass, weeds, etc. where the wheels roll, resulting in the material not being cut as evenly. Cutting height is fully and easily adjustable with the caster wheels as well, and virtually limitlessly within the 1 to 4 inch range, with a couple quick-pins. The Berta casters can also be “unlocked” and flipped back up over the mower to get them out of the way in rough conditions.
 



The BCS brand (“Blade Runner”) and Bellon brand flail mowers have caster wheels standard equipment; they adjust via a convenient screw-crank.  On the BCS brand mowers, the wheels can also be lifted and locked in a “straight up” position, if desired, to get them out of the way, and then the BCS flail mower rests on Skids (which are NOT adjustable in height) on either side.  The BCS and Bellon brand flail mowers do not have a removable discharge baffle like the Berta mowers, so they grind up the material “fine” all the time.

All the flail mowers have an oil bath input-shaft gearbox with grease fittings on rotor bearings.  They use two V-belts to transfer power to the blade rotor. Belts are easily adjustable and replaceable.

The Berta and Bellon brand Flail mowers come standard with Y-blades, which will cut anything from grass and weeds to ¾” hardwood or 1” softwood saplings.  The mowers can also be equipped with straight “scarification” blades, which will do light slitting of the ground for overseeding.  The Berta and Bellon mowers can be equipped with “finishing” blades as well, which will do a smoother job on a lawn. The BCS brand flails come with Y-blades as well, but they are not as heavy-duty as the ones on the Berta or Bellon, so they will not cut material quite as large, and they are not as durable.  This is the only blade option on the BCS.  However, they are overlapped well enough to do a good job on a lawn, if desired.

Click here for a short video of the Berta flail mower in action.
Click here for a video of the Berta Flail mower cutting cornstalks.

Size

20”

24”

26”

30”

34”

Brand

Bellon

BCS

Berta

BCS

Berta

Fits

6.5 hp and up gas, 6hp & up diesel, BCS or Grillo

8.5 hp & up gas, 8hp & up diesel; BCS only

9hp and up gas, 8hp & up diesel, BCS or Grillo

12hp & up gas, 10hp & up diesel, BCS only

13hp & up gas
11hp and up diesel, BCS or Grillo

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 Bellon, Del Morino (BCS) and Zanon Brush Mowers

Their design being a miniature version of a full-size “bush-hog” on a full-size tractor, these mowers will handle heavy material and are built to take punishment.  All brands & models feature blades counted on heavy duty pivots so that blades can “break away” when encountering a solid object such as a rock, stump, etc., and not damage the gearbox.  These mowers are essentially rotary axes that will take down weeds, brush and up to 2” softwood/1.5” hardwood saplings.  There is no “lift” to the blades (such as with a lawn mower), so material is not necessarily chopped up as fine as would be by a flail mower, and cut material is somewhat “windrowed” to one side of the mower due to the blade rotation. So, although these mowers are great for general-purpose brush mowing, they are not the best for cover-crop mowing.     The different brands of Brush mowers we offer have a few different features, so here is an overview:
 

Grillo G107 with Del Morino 26” Brush mower

Del Morino Brand: Steel-reinforced aluminum gearbox cases; hardened steel gears and ball bearings in oil bath. Input shaft housings are designed with an oscillating swivel so that deck “floats”, or follows the contour of the ground, independent of the tractor axle.  Cut material comes out under a reinforced rubber flap in the rear of mower.  NOTE: BCS private-labels the Del Morino mowers, so a ‘BCS brand’ 21”, 26 or 32” brush mower is really a Del Morino. Del Morino in under contract with BCS America for sales in the USA, so for us to purchase Del Morino mowers to fit BCS, we have to buy them through BCS America. When we buy them to fit Grillo, we can buy directly from Del Morino.  This is why our prices for Del Morino mowers to fit Grillo are less than to fit BCS: You are paying BCS’s extra mark-up.    (NOTE:  BCS also offers a “30 inch ‘Combo’ mower”, which we do not stock because it does not perform well as a brush mower OR a lawn mower, and has serious design issues.  For what we feel is a better option in a “crossover” mower, see our Zanon brand side-discharge Lawn Mowers on the Lawn Mower tab.)


Bellon Super-Duty Brush Mower on BCS 853 Diesel tractor

Bellon Brand: These are our “Super-Duty” brush mowers, due to the following features:  Cast-Iron gearbox housings with hardened steel gears and ball bearings in oil bath. Input shaft housings are designed with an oscillating swivel so that deck “floats”, or follows the contour of the ground, independent of the tractor axle, and also has “leveling springs” to help offset the torque of the PTO shaft through this swivel.  Cut material comes out under series of hanging chains (just like a BIG bush-hog — chains never dry-rot or need replacement!) in the rear of mower.  Cutting height adjustable from 2.5 to 4” by moving the skids up or down with 4 nuts (although, to meet current safety standards for brush mowers, the blades must cut at 4” high. So, if you adjust for a lower cutting height, it is at your own risk!!).  Blades are designed to be flipped over, for more life.   Blade carrier disks even come with extra blade-mounting holes, so if you bash into enough rocks enough to deform the original set of holes, you can just move to the next set.


Zanon Brand: We carry just one size in this brand (24” cutting width), because it is a good in-between size for smaller BCS tractors:

Zanon 24” Brush Mower on BCS tractor

Cast-Iron gearbox housings with hardened steel gears and ball bearings in oil bath. Input shaft housings are designed with an oscillating swivel so that deck “floats”, or follows the contour of the ground, independent of the tractor axle, and also has “leveling springs” to help offset the torque of the PTO shaft through this swivel. Cut material comes out under a reinforced rubber flap in the rear of mower.  Blades can be flipped over to get more wear out of them.



All brands of brush mowers we carry also have a feature which allows the input shaft angle to be adjusted to allow the deck to be parallel with the ground regardless of tractor wheel height.

Still, using a brush mower requires minimum of 4x10x18” wheels on tractor, and really 5x10x20” (or larger) is better for good ground clearance under the tractor engine...larger is better with rough ground conditions (Ask us for our recommendations on wheel size to best suit all your implement needs).

Size/brand:

21” Del Morino

24” Zanon

26” Del Morino

28” Bellon Super-Duty

32” Del Morino

32” Bellon Super-Duty

Fits:

BCS or Grillo
5.5 hp & up

BCS 8 hp & up

BCS or Grillo
8.5 hp & up gas, 7hp & up diesel (with differential)

BCS 11 hp & up gas, 8hp & up diesel (with differential)

BCS 12 hp & up gas, 10 hp & up diesel

BCS 13hp & up gas,  11hp & up diesel; Grillo model G131

Max. Cutting Diameter:

Hardwood: 1.5 inches; Softwood: 2 inches

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Cutter (sickle) Bar Mowers

Typically called Sickle bar mowers, these have been the traditional mechanized tool for mowing hay for over 100 years. The earliest ones were drawn by horses and the reciprocation of the blades powered by the rolling of iron wheels as horses pulled it.  The BCS company’s first product in 1942 was a walk-behind motorized sickle-bar mower, the first of it’s kind, and it revolutionized small-scale hay harvesting in Italy and across Europe.  These mowers have evolved over the years; the single-action cutter bar mowers we offer are clog-proof due to a ‘guardless’ lower blade design which we have demonstrated by cutting right through a hay-bale without clogging.  The latest innovation is cutter bars was the advent of the “double-action” mowers a few years ago; these units have the upper and lower blade assemblies that both reciprocate opposite each other to cancel out at least 95% of the vibrations, which are the most objectionable part of using a walk-behind cutter bar mower. (the double-action units do have “guards” affixed to the lower teeth, like a conventional sickle bar, but since these reciprocate, they shake themselves through material and we have found them to be virtually clog-proof as well.)

Spring-loaded blade tensioners on double-action cutter bar

The double-action bars also come with spring-loaded blade tensioners, which require no adjustments and are extremely easy to disengage when the blade needs to be removed for service. (single-action bars stocked by us all use the standard ‘adjustable’ tensioners, which require periodic adjustment and must all be loosened when removing the blade. The BCS brand single-action bars can be special-ordered with spring-loaded tensioners as well.)

Cutter bar mowers cut down material at the base, kind of like a big scissors, and leave the material whole.  Therefore they are great for forage (hay)  harvesting, when you want the material long (to more easily be handled or formed into bales) and you do not want the material chopped up a lot, where the extra exposure to air would degrade the nutrient value of the feed faster.  These mowers will cut anything up to a 1 ¼” sapling, so they are pretty tough.  Some folks use them for mowing brush, but if used for this, they will: A. probably require more maintenance compared to a brush or flail mower, due to all the individual blade sections that are riveted into the blade that you may damage on rocks, larger trees, etc.  (These blade sections are sharpenable and replaceable, of course, but doing so is time-consuming) ; B: Of course, the cut material is left whole, takes a long time to decompose, looks ‘messier’ and if you’re cutting thorn bushes, look out! You’re going to get torn up walking through those whole thorn bushes cut off at the base!  

Cutter bars do have other advantages, however, due to: Low clearance; cutting blade ‘side projection’ greater than the wheel width of the tractor for easily mowing under plank, barbed wire, electric or high tensile fence;  mowing around pond edges (a reciprocating blade doesn’t care if you stick the end in the water… unlike a rotary mower, which will nearly kill the engine) or mowing under Christmas trees.  Also, cutter bar mowers are simply the most efficient mowers around in terms of time and fuel use; because they require so little power to run, a very wide width can be powered by a relatively small engine (typically, you can figure a cutter bar requires half the horsepower of any rotary mower; therefore the same size motor can run a mower twice the width in a cutter bar than a rotary mower).  So if you need to mow big areas, you don’t mind if it looks a bit rough and the material stays around awhile, and you want to cut it in the least time with the minimum fuel use, the cutter bar is the tool of choice.  NOTE REGARDING CUTTING HEIGHT: Cutter bars are designed to cut close to the ground, as they rely on the cut material simply falling over backward to clear off the top of the blade; if the material is cut too high on the stem and/or the material being cut is too short, cut material won’t "flow" off the top of the blade properly, and when material builds up on top of the blade, it will "push down" the incoming material you are trying to cut.  This is why the standard height-adjustment "skids" that come with cutter bars are not designed to adjust very high; about 2.5" to 3” maximum is all you can get out of them; the skids are adjusted by means of loosening two bolts on each skid. 

Caster wheel option for cutter bars

NOW, FOR FOLKS WHO NEED TO CUT HIGHER (for example: in pastures where you want to leave some material for livestock to eat, or for areas with lots of rocks you want to avoid), we now produce an option of "Caster Wheels" for the cutter bars to replace the skids...these can be adjusted in a range of 2" to 6.5" in cutting height.  The cost for this custom-made Earth Tools option is shown below the cutter bars on the Implement Prices page. (Note: NORMALLY, the caster wheel brackets would mount on the BOTTOM of the cutter bar.  However, the picture here shows the caster wheels mounted in conjunction with a cutter bar “counterbalance weight bar”, which is bolted onto the bottom of the cutter bar frame…In this case, the caster wheel brackets are mounted to the TOP of the cutter bar.)

All cutter bars feature a ‘swivel’ joint in the input shaft assembly which allows the bar to follow the contours of the ground independent of the tractor axle.

BCS 853 w. 59” double-action cutter bar

We offer several options in cutter bar styles: the most economical are the single-action with grease-type gearboxes, suitable for occasional use and they must be kept greased… every 4 to 6 hours of use.  Next up are the single-action with oil bath type gearboxes… the oil bath gearboxes are virtually indestructible and require only once-a-year oil level checking (and a single grease fitting lubricating the “swivel” joint , grease twice a year).  But for large acreages, a double-action cutter bar should be considered not only for operator comfort (virtually no vibration), but for speed: since the blade reciprocation speed is effectively doubled by the opposite motion of the upper & lower blades, you can simply mow faster (in a higher gear).  IMPORTANT NOTE regarding engine speed: NO cutter bar should be run at full engine throttle; Single-action bars should not be run over 1/3 throttle and Double-action not over ½ throttle, just to keep machine & blade fatigue at a minimum… and you certainly don’t need the power of full throttle with a cutter bar anyway! Save fuel, save maintenance cost, and keep the throttle LOW when running a cutter bar mower!!

Click Here to see a short video of a cutter bar mower in action.
 

Single Action Cutter Bars

CUTTING WIDTH

30”

39”

45”

53”

GEARBOX TYPE

Grease or oil bath

Grease or oil bath

Grease or oil bath

Grease or oil bath

FITS

5.5hp & up, BCS & Grillo

5.5hp & up, BCS & Grillo

6.5hp & up, BCS & Grillo

8hp & up, BCS & Grillo

Double Action Cutter Bars

CUTTING WIDTH

47”

59”

71”

GEARBOX TYPE

Oil bath

Oil bath

Oil bath

FITS

7hp & up,
BCS & Grillo

10hp & up gas, 8hp & up diesel, BCS & Grillo

12hp & up gas, 10hp & up diesel, BCS & Grillo

Notes:
1. Cutter bars with Grease-type gearboxes are manufactured by BCS and Grillo; units with oil bath gearboxes are only made by BCS.  We use a PTO adapter to adapt the BCS oil bath units to the Grillo tractors.  So, when figuring prices, make sure to add in the adapter price if you are fitting a BCS oil bath cutter bar to a Grillo tractor (adapter price on Tractor Accessories page).

 2. Cutter bars are relatively light-weight implements, and may require some additional PTO extensions or an implement weight to counterbalance heavier engine options...ask about this when ordering.

 

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BCS and Zanon Lawn Mowers

When one of the tasks you need a walk-behind tractor to perform is maintaining a lawn, you will find that these lawn mower implements equal or surpass any commercial-grade lawnmower on the market… both in performance and quality.  All models feature heat-treated gear drive in oil bath, 1/8” plate steel decks, and high-lift blades that have hinged blade tips (on all but 22”) to protect gearboxes and spindles from impacts with stumps, rocks, etc.  BCS Models come with baggers (1 bushel on 22”, 4 bushel on 38”) and convert within seconds to side-discharge decks if bagger is not required.  When bagging, these mowers are extremely effective due to their high lift blades and very short chutes filling the bag.  In fact, we have had several reports of folks (ourselves included!) mowing directly after a rain and still bagging without clogging.  The Zanon brand mower decks are side-discharge only.  Zanon models have adjustable-angle input shaft assemblies that can be adjusted to account for different size wheels on the tractor and keep the deck parallel to the ground… but on the larger decks (33” & up) a minimum 5x10x20" tractor wheels is required.  Cutting height is adjustable on all models.   BCS models have aluminum gearbox housings and PTO flanges; the heavier-duty Zanon units have steel gearbox housings and PTO mounting flanges for extra strength. Zanon models also have a “floating” feature in the PTO shaft housing that allows the deck to float independent of the tractor axle.  --Also well worth noting is the fact that the Zanon 33" and 40" side-discharge decks have blade tips that are easily twice the thickness of the BCS blades, and these coupled with the "high-volume" deck design on these models, it is AMAZING what tall and thick material can be cut very effectively (and cleanly) with these so-called 'lawn mowers'...to see them perform, one would almost think they were "brush mowers", but they leave a nice finished cut, like a lawn mower does.   The 33" size is actually a much more desirable alternative to the BCS-brand 30" 'Combo mower', which does a lousy job as both a brush mower and a lawn mower (note we do not sell this model!!).

Click here for a video of the BCS 38” lawn mower with bagger in action.

Click here for a video of the 40" Zanon side-discharge mower in action.
 

Size/Brand

Fits

Cutting Height Adjustment

Number of
Blade Spindles

Discharge Type

22” BCS

BCS 5hp to 8hp

1.5” to 3”

1

Convertible from side-discharge to bagger

33” Zanon

BCS or Grillo 10hp & up gas, 8hp & up diesel

1.5” to 4”

2

Side-discharge only

38” BCS

BCS 12 hp and up gas, 11 hp and up diesel

2” to 4”

2

Convertible from side-discharge to bagger

40” Zanon

BCS 12hp & up gas, 11hp & up diesel

1.5” to 4”

2

Side-discharge only

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Zanon Disc Mower

Disc mowers are ever-more popular for mowing hay with 4-wheel tractors, and now we offer a model for a walk-behind tractor.  These mowers feature spinning discs with small hinged blades on the outside edges which will “fold back” in the event of hitting a rock, stump, etc.   Advantages over cutter bars are lower maintenance and no vibration, disadvantages are higher profile and more power-consumptive, hence not as much available cutting width per tractor horsepower.  On this model for a walk-behind tractor, the two discs with 3 blades each turn opposite directions and toward the center, leaving the hay windrowed down the middle and the row straddled by the tractor.  We have found that the disc mowers are an advantage in regions with highly abrasive soil/high sand content soil: because rains tend to “splash” some traces of soil up onto the lower few inches of plants, the highly abrasive soils will cause premature wear of cutter bar mowers because of the way the blades scrape against one another like a big scissors.  With the disc mowers, all that suffers in these conditions are the 6 little blades, and they are inexpensive and very easy to change.  Cutting height is fixed on this mower; unit runs on ball-bearing-isolated heavy steel “bowls” (for lack of a better term… that’s what they look like!) mounted beneath each disc.  There is no way to adjust these, so you just have to live with about a 2” cutting height.  As with everything else Zanon manufactures, this unit is super-heavy-duty: cast-iron gearbox housing and PTO mounting flange with hardened steel shafts & gears in oil bath.  Has an oscillating swivel-joint in driveshaft housing to allow mower to "float" to follow ground contours. Because the cut material is straddled by the tractor, tractor must be equipped with 5x12x22" tall wheels or larger for adequate ground clearance.

Because of the power needed to maintain the high disc speed, the maximum size offered (and only size we stock) is 40” wide, and it takes a minimum of 13hp gas or 11hp diesel to run it.  Stocked to fit BCS 853 or 948; can be fitted to Grillo G131 with an adapter. (Smaller size disc mowers can be brought in by special order to fit smaller tractors.)

To see a video link of this machine in action, click on the link below:
http://www.zanon.it/eng/product_37.php

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BCS and Rescia Guiliano Single-Stage Snowblowers (snow throwers)

Don’t be fooled – these blowers, with a single stage auger that turns over 1200 RPMs, will outperform almost every two-stage walk-behind snowblower on the market (with the exception of the Berta 2-stage blowers in our lineup and possibly some of the Gravely walking-tractor-mounted blowers).  Why can’t other brands do this? Simple: we have all gear drive.  The power necessary to maintain this high auger RPM cannot be efficiently maintained through belts, and yet that’s how every ‘competing’ single-purpose walk-behind snowblower is built.  Owners of the BCS single-stage units call them “snow cannons”, and they are not kidding!  We don’t get to use these much here in Kentucky, but when I lived in Indiana, we got to use them some…it’s mighty impressive to watch a blower throw snow 30 or 40 feet!

Heat-treated gears are housed in an oil-bath gearbox and supported by ball bearings.  Augers in the BCS-brand units are shear-pin protected, and because the “paddles” (which are at the center of the augers to throw the snow out the chute) project a half-inch or so past the augers themselves, this unit has the uncanny ability to crush and spit out almost anything…frozen chunks of snow, ice on top of snow, wet snow…we even have a customer who uses it to help clean out the corners of his Turkey house (yes, he blows Turkey manure with it…wearing a respirator, I hope!).   Units have adjustable skid shoes on each side, which can hold the (replaceable) scraper bit on the bottom up off the ground as much as an 1.5 inches for gravel driveways.  Discharge chutes are made of steel—no cheap plastic here.  Chute rotates nearly 180 degrees right-to-left via a handle that extends up to operator position; top of chute has an up/down discharge angle adjustment with a quick screw-knob or pin.

BCS 853 diesel with 5x12x22" wheels and Rescia 32" snowblower

The Rescia Guiliano blowers have an additional design feature: they utilize a SIDE-DRIVEN auger, which has the added feature of simply NOT being able to clog or jam it with anything that will fit through the chute opening (up to 5”)…simply because there is no gearbox in the center to jam against.  The augers on these models are driven at one side by a lubricant-enclosed super-heavy-duty chain drive, and supported at both ends by ball bearings.  Without the gearbox in the center slightly impeding the flow of snow, the Recsia models will also handle slightly more volume that the comparable BCS.  And—best yet: Rescia offers a model to fit a BCS in a 32” width, so folks with the larger 800 series BCS tractors no longer have to settle for a 28” snowblower, they can get something better matched to the HP and weight of their larger walk-behind tractor!

Click here for a video of the BCS single-stage snowblower in action.
Click here for a video of the Rescia side-driven single-stage snowblower in action.

SIZE

BRAND

FITS

20”

Rescia Giuliano

Grillo 6hp to 9hp Gas

24”

BCS

BCS 6.5hp & up gas, 7hp & up diesel

24”

Rescia Giuliano

Grillo 7.5hp & up gas, 7hp & up diesel

28”

BCS

BCS 8.5hp & up gas, 8hp & up diesel

28”

Rescia Giuliano

Grillo 9hp & up gas, 8hp & up diesel

32”

Rescia Giuliano

BCS 13hp & up gas, 10hp & up diesel


 

Due to relatively low implement weight, PTO extension may be required to properly balance engine.  Ask us for more info.

Note regarding Shipping: To reduce the chances of damage in transit, these units are shipped not-quite-fully assembled …the BCS brand snowblowers require the chute to be installed to the top (5 bolts).

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Berta 2-Stage Snowblowers (snow throwers)

If really high volumes of snow (aka very deep snow) need to be moved, it’s time to consider the 2-stage option.  These all gear-driven powerhouses have 35% more volume capacity than our single-stage units and equal or better performance.  The build quality of these implements is fully up to the standards of the Berta Franco company (who manufactures our incredibly popular and virtually indestructible Rotary Plow implement for soilworking) …this blower is nearly twice the weight of the single-stage unit of the same size.  The housings are all plate steel, and the “scoop” at the bottom of the mouth is 3/8” thick steel.  Units feature adjustable skids as well, and a crank handle for chute rotation which comes up to the operator position.  Also double-shear-pin protected: a shear pin on the input shaft to protect the “second” stage impeller and shear pins on the augers for “first” stage.  Heat-treated gears and ball bearings in oil bath encased in cast-iron gearbox. Truly built with full-time commercial use in mind, and the kind of snow they get in the Alps! (color may vary.)

Click here for a video of the BCS tractor w/Berta 2-stage snowblower in action.

SIZE

FITS

28”

9 hp & up gas, 8hp & up diesel, BCS or Grillo

33”

13hp & up gas, 11hp & up diesel, BCS or Grillo

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Power Sweepers

These tough gear-driven sweepers are equipped with a universal joint in the drive shaft which allows the broom to operate angled to the left, right or center position; the angle adjustment lever protrudes conveniently back toward the operator for quick adjustments while sweeping.  Popular uses for this tool include snow (excellent for snows of  4” or less), dirt and debris removal on parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, construction sites, loading docks, etc.  Even does a good job on leaf and pine needle removal on lawns and some folks use it for de-thatching lawns.  Swivel caster wheels infinitely regulate sweeping height/pressure; oscillating swivel-joint in mounting flange allows sweeper to follow ground contours independently of the tractor wheels.  Equipped with polypropylene bristles standard; poly-wire bristles optional (40” size only).  Gearbox features fully hardened steel gears and ball bearings in oil bath enclosed in a cast-iron housing.

WIDTH:

BRAND:

Part Number:

FITS:

BRUSH SPEED (at max. engine speed)

31”

BCS

921.91890

BCS 5.5 hp & up

290 RPM

40”

Caravaggi

SW-10

BCS & GRILLO 7.5 hp & up

290 RPM

48”

Bellon

MSP1200

BCS 10 hp & up

350 RPM


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Dozer / Snow Blades
Dozer / Scraper Blades


We offer two styles of scraper blades for our walk-behind tractors: A Dozer / Scraper blade which has a reversible blade, allowing it to be used either in front of (dozer) or behind (scraper) the tractor; AND 3 SIZES of Dozer / Snow blades (SCROLL TO BOTTOM OF PAGE TO VIEW), which are used with the tractor in front-PTO mode (and are therefore a “push only” blade).

While it sounds as if the Dozer / Scraper type is the easy choice because of its greater versatility, the fact is that the “stepped” blade shape (instead of a Rounded shape top to bottom) of this style, in addition to a relatively small size, make it a poor choice for snow removal.  It also has no ability to “float” and stay flat on the ground independent of the tractor axle.

However, if your application is primarily moving/grading gravel, dirt, sand, etc.: the Dozer / Scraper IS a better choice…the fact that you can use this blade in the rear of the tractor makes it more effective for these applications due to better control…and if you are grading, you don’t want a blade that free-floats independent of the tractor axle or you’ll never get things level!  PLUS, we now offer an exclusive option of BOX ENDS for this blade (see below), that convert it to a "scraper box" for the ultimate in grading and levelling.  This blade has 5 angle positions (center and 2 to left and 2 to right) to push material to one side if desired and the entire blade can be inverted on its mounting frame, which is what allows the blade to be used as a push or pull type.  Blade thickness is 3/8” steel, far stronger than it needs to be for a walk-behind tractor, but the idea is that it has to be fairly heavy to counter-balance the engine.  Even so, with the heaviest engine choices (particularly large diesels), an additional weight will have to be attached to the frame when using this blade in the front-mount "push" mode (because, in this position, the tractor handlebars are over the engine, thus making the engine side of the machine heavier).  One size: 36” wide by 12” tall.  Also, we now offer Another New Earth Tools Exclusive Accessory: Since this blade type does not offer any "rotational float". this becomes a problem when used on a tractor with larger-than-standard wheels: anytime you "pivot" the blade to one side, one side of the blade is higher than the other, because of the "tilted" angle the of tractor down towards the blade when large wheels are used.  So, we have devised a "Levelling Plate", which offsets the blade frame mounting to the implement mount of the tractor, and thus keeps the horizontal plane of the blade level. The plate has 3 different offset positions to handle any wheel height.

For their part, the Dozer / Snow blades have many features that make them excellent for the task of snow removal: Free floating to follow surface contours perfectly (with optional “lock” for the floating mechanism—adds $20 to the blade price); rounded blade shape to “roll” snow without sticking to blade; replaceable cutting bit at bottom (optional equipment is a rubber scraper bit for bottom of blade to work on surfaces such as wood decks or on rooftops, where you don’t want a steel scraper bit to damage the surface); adjustable “attack” angle (blade pitch can be adjusted forward or back to give a more- or less-aggressive cutting angle); 7 blade angle positions (center, 3 to left and 3 to right) which are adjusted from the operator position via a control bar that comes up over the tractor; 10-position height-adjustment skids with bowl-shaped runners on bottom (moving blade in any direction, runners will not dig into ground) so blade can be raised up for clearing snow off gravel driveways, etc.; provisions for weight mounting of one or two counter-weights so blade can properly counterbalance heavy engines.  The snow blades are also built with plenty enough strength (blade material about 3/16” thick) that if you want to push gravel or dirt with it, it’s not a problem at all.

Click here 40” Snow/Dozer blade in action video #1
Click here 40” Snow/Dozer blade in action video #2

All said, be advised that the effectiveness of any of these blades on a walk-behind tractor is related purely to overall machine weight and therefore traction.  The fact is: a walk-behind tractor is, by its design, a relatively light-weight and maneuverable machine. Even outfitted with wheel weights or steel cage wheels for additional traction, you are not going to turn this thing into a bulldozer that will push over trees or cut into sod/hard-packed soils…you are still dealing with a machine that doesn’t weigh all that much, and it is NOT going to push anything with a blade that’s heavier than the tractor is…at least, not all at once.  We use one of these blades here at our shop for soil grading, snow removal, spreading gravel in our parking lot and gravel driveway maintenance—and it does a good job, as long as you are relatively patient.  It SURE beats the heck out of doing those jobs by hand!!  Certainly, though: the more wheel weight you put on the tractor, the more effective these tools are.

STYLE

BLADE SIZE

FITS

DOZER / SCRAPER

36”W X 12”T

7.5hp & up gas, 7hp & up diesel

DOZER / SNOW

32”W x 18” T

6.5hp & up gas, 7hp & 8hp diesel

DOZER / SNOW

40”W X 18”T

8hp & up gas, 7hp & up diesel

DOZER / SNOW

49”W X 18”T

10hp & up gas, 8hp & up diesel



NOTE: the dozer/snow blades will all accept Counterweights, if needed, to help balance the blade properly against the engine on your walk-behind tractor.  With the Dozer/Snow blade, we supply the hardware to attach weights (Standard 1” hole Barbell weight plates are most commonly used).  We can supply these weights as well, or, you can find them easily locally, and not have to pay a bunch of extra shipping money to ship cast iron!   Feel free to ask us if we recommend weights for your particular engine type / application.

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Haymaking Implements

The maneuverability, compact size, ability to safely work on steep slopes (up to 45° [100%]) and relative low price (when compared with four wheel tractor haying equipment) make this small scale haying equipment very attractive to small farmers, especially in rough terrain or small field sizes where full size equipment is impractical. Also popular in the South for raking and baling pine straw. Built to agricultural standards of quality, this equipment will last for many years with minimal maintenance.  Typically, walk-behind haying equipment is practical on applications up to about 15 acres, although we do have a few customers doing close to 20 acres if the property is simply too steep to do with any other type of equipment.

The first component of any haying operation, of course, is the Mower to cut the hay; typically a Cutter (sickle) Bar or Disc mower.  We carry both of these types of mowers for our walk-behind tractors, and they are listed in our Mowing Implements section (see Tabs above).  Next, the hay needs to dry and then, if it is to be baled, be raked into ‘windrows’, so the Baler can more efficiently cover the field.

Due to financial constraints (or just too small an acreage to justify it), some of our customers ‘loose-stack’ their hay rather than use the Baler.  Even so, the Hayrake/tedder unit is an incredible labor-saver, and should still be considered for small hay areas even if the Baler is not.

Molon Side-delivery Hayrake / Tedders

This well designed tool is PTO driven, so it has plenty of power to move a large amount of hay and sweep the ground clean. Fully adjustable height of tines make it adaptable to any situation.  In fact, when lowered all the way, the tines will de-thatch a lawn!  This rake makes perfect size windrows for our Baler, or you can rake a plot of hay into a central ‘haystack’ for easy forking into a vehicle loose. It also works very well as a tedder (spreads the windrows of hay back out to dry in case it gets wet before baling) - - it takes about 20 seconds to convert from a rake to a tedder or back again; just one simple frame adjustment. hay-3The front wheels of the rake are controlled by a steering system to guide the machine; steering lever protrudes back over tractor to operator. Available in 40", 48", 60" and 72” widths (only 40” and 60" stocked; others special order). 40" size works well for raking pine needles in narrow rows and is more economical for really small haying operations where the Baler is not justified.

 

 

Click here to view video of a Hayrake in action at Earth Tools.

WORKING WIDTH

40”

48” (special order only)

60”

72” (special order only)

FITS

5.5hp &up

7hp & up

8hp & up

10hp & up


There are larger versions of these rakes (72” & up) also available (by Special Order only!) to fit a 3-point hitch on a 4-wheel tractor; requires minimum of 18 hp and a 540 RPM PTO.   Call for prices on these versions.

Note regarding Shipping: To save our customers money and to reduce the chances of damage in transit (fully assembled, they are so large, they would cost considerably more to ship), these units are shipped not-quite-fully assembled …the steering control bar needs to be installed (1 cotter pin, 1 snap ring) and the height-adjustment-lever support bar needs to be installed (2 bolts & nuts, 2 cotter pins).

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CAEB Round Hay Baler

Built well enough for everyday agricultural use, this mini-baler produces a 40 to 60 pound (depending on moisture of hay and how tight you roll it) bale measuring 21” x 23”, every 60 seconds or so. Bales are formed by a series of chain-driven patented aluminum rollers around the circumference of the bale chamber - - no belts or bands to dry-rot or need adjustment.  Chains are automatically oiled during operation, and much heavier-duty than you would think necessary, no more power than these little tractors have… but that’s a good representation of how the CAEB company over-builds this thing.  The Baler forms “soft-core” bales which allows air to circulate through the bale center while the outside of the bale is rolled tight to shed moisture if left outside. Bales are wrapped with a self-sticking UV resistant nylon net-wrap OR a biodegradable netting available by special order.

The number of bales you can make on one roll of net-wrap varies according to the “lap” setting you choose on the Baler: The most common is the “2.5 lap” setting, which will do about 325 – 350 bales and results in a nice, durable bale… but if you’re not handling the bales much and really want to conserve the netting, the “1.5 lap” setting will get you about 500 bales per roll. The 3.5 lap setting consumes more netting, and would only be used for wrapping very “crumbly” materials like grass clippings or leaves..
 
An indicator on the side of the machine tells the operator when the bale is fully formed, at which point the operator pulls a single lever which trips the net-wrapping, wrap cutting and chamber opening cycle. The operator then sets the bale out of the chamber, closes the chamber, and resumes baling. As with the hayrake/tedder, the front wheels steer to guide the machine with a steering rod that comes out to the operator. This baler will bale hay, leaves, and even pine needles as long as the material is dry (green hay can be made into silage using the CAEB Bale Wrapper). Baler comes with one roll of net-wrap, bale counter, automatic chain oiler, parking brake and male a quick-coupling built into the PTO hookup flange. Requires tractor be equipped with female quick-coupling.   (NOTE: All balers are tested here at Earth Tools before we ship them, to make sure they are working properly…we put ONE BALE through them.  So if you see a bit of hay on your new baler, this is why.)

Click here to view video of a baler in action at Earth Tools.

Click here to view video of CAEB baler in action in the mountains of Italy.

Click here to view video of CAEB haybaler net-wrap installation

Options include: Gathering wheels (increase pickup width from 28" to 38"); and dual front tires (recommended for slopes over 35 degrees, or in boggy terrain).

Fits BCS or Grillo walk-behind tractors 9hp & up gas, 8hp & up diesel.

This Baler is also available (by Special Order only!) in a version to tow behind a 4-wheel tractor; requires minimum of 18 hp, 540 RPM PTO, at least single-action hydraulics and a 12 volt electrical hookup.   Call for prices on this version.

Note regarding Shipping: To save our customers money and to reduce the chances of damage in transit (fully assembled, they are so large, they would cost considerably more to ship), these units are shipped not-quite-fully assembled …the steering control bar needs to be installed (2 bolts) and the height-adjustment-lever support bar needs to be installed (2 bolts).

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CAEB Bale Wrapper

Now you can effectively produce silage with a 2-wheel tractor using the CAEB Bale Wrapper. In many European countries where the climate is too damp for hay production, hay is simply cut and baled green (no drying time for the hay)  and then wrapped in airtight plastic film to make haylage or silage… which is actually a higher quality feed than hay for many animals.  The “green” bales are simultaneously rotated and spun (make sense?) on the gear-driven platform while the 10" wide stretch film wraps, overlaps and squeezes air out to allow the proper anaerobic action that "ferments" the hay. The machine can be set for 2 lap, 4 lap, or 6 lap winding depending on how stalky (and therefore prone to puncturing the film) the bale material is.  Like the Baler, the Wrapper is equipped with a male quick-coupling to fit the desired tractor, and comes standard with one roll of plastic stretch-wrap included.

Fits BCS or Grillo walk-behind tractors 9hp & up gas, 8hp & up diesel.

This wrapper is also available (by Special Order only!) in a version to fit behind a 4-wheel tractor; requires minimum of 18 hp, 540 RPM PTO and a 12volt electrical hookup.   Call for prices on this version.

Video: Bale Wrapper in action at Earth Tools

 

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Haulage Options

One chore that inadvertently needs to be done on a piece of property is Hauling stuff around, and our walk-behind tractors are up to the task with a variety of options… many of them converting the machine into a 4-wheel vehicle that you ride! 

Some things to keep in mind while making your choice:

  • If moving loads up steeper hills, the towed trailers (#1, & 2) are at a disadvantage simply because the weight in the trailer is not ‘helping’ the tractor in terms of traction, which is the primary limitation when moving loads with a walk-behind tractor.  Actually, when the tractor will not pull a trailer up a hill for lack of traction, I have had good success backing the trailer up the hill, because of the way the weight is shifted… the load in the trailer is now shifted downhill, putting weight on the tractor wheels to make them ‘bite’ better and push the load up.  Its all physics.  (Adding wheel weights to the tractor will help too, obviously.)  On the other hand, the front-mounted options (#3 & 4) are by their design very well equipped to push loads up a hill, because the weight of the load is shifted back onto the driving wheels when going uphill.
     
  • The haulage implements with brakes on them are much safer and more convenient to use on steeper hillsides.
     

#1.   American-made, 10 or 12 cubic foot dump carts. We modify these Ohio-made carts to fit a walk-behind tractor by lengthening the tongue, installing a tow coupler hitch to match the tractor being used, fitting a bench seat to the front of the cart and fitting a foot-rest to the tongue. Works great, and are our best sellers.  No brakes on this trailer, but if tractor is equipped with brakes, you have some ‘stopping power’.
Specifications are:

10 cubic foot: 30" W x 48" L x 12" deep, Steel body with steel frame, with 15" tall x 4" wide tires, overall width 30", total weight capacity 700 lbs., Max. tongue weight 200 lbs. (for over 200 lb. tongue weight, we can modify tongue for additional strength. Add $30 to price if desired.)

12 cubic foot: 39” W x 48” L x 13.75” deep, POLY body (pictured) with steel frame, 16” tall x 6” wide tires, overall width 39", weight capacity 850 lbs., Max. tongue weight 200 lbs. (for over 200 lb. tongue weight, we can modify tongue for additional strength. Add $30 to price if desired.) 

Both carts are supplied with a Wooden bench seat (a pressure-treated 2x8, cut the width of the cart) to be affixed over the very front of the bed, and while you can slide stuff (firewood, gravel, compost, etc.) under the seat, taller items will not slide all the way to front of trailer.  Tow coupling included with trailers.  Shipped disassembled.


#2.  Italian made 16 cubic foot dumping cart with 1200 lb. capacity, padded seat in front of bed and heavier-duty brakes (foot and parking). This model can be attached with tiller mounted (as shown); solid tow coupling (which is included with trailer) holds tiller off the ground while trailer attached.  Bed measures 43” x 59” x 10.5” deep. Shipped disassembled.

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#3.   “Power Barrow” – This nifty implement, used in the Front-PTO mode, makes a walk-behind tractor into a small power wheelbarrow with heavy-duty pneumatic swiveling 10" caster wheels on the front for steering. Very maneuverable and convenient. Capacity 300 lbs., 5 cubic feet (heaped), dumps to front.
FITS: all of our walk-behind tractors, and available with a built-in quick-coupling flange to fit current BCS or Grillo standard quick-coupling systems. Counterweight-bars also available (to make empty barrow effectively counterbalance heavier engines, such as diesels).

VIDEO: Power Barrow on BCS walk-behind tractor in action.

 

#4.  The CAEB Minicargo front mounted dump cart.  This extremely well-built unit is manufactured by the same company that produces our Haybaler.  The deluxe model of the “push” type haulage tools, this thing, coupled with a walk-behind tractor, blows the  DR Powerwagon ™ out of the water.  16” tall x 4” wide front wheels steer with steering lever which protrudes back over tractor similar to Hayrake & Baler, so you have perfect control of loads up to 1000 lbs.  driven-2This model is not cheap, but I can say that every customer that has purchased one of these from us (always for very steep terrain) LOVES it.  Equipped with male quick-coupling built in (tractor must be equipped with female quick-coupling) and front wheel parking brakes. 10 cubic foot capacity (heaped); 1000 lb. weight capacity.

 

 

Note regarding Shipping: To save our customers money and to reduce the chances of damage in transit (fully assembled, they are so large, they would cost considerably more to ship), these units are shipped not-quite-fully assembled …the steering control bar needs to be installed (2 bolts).

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#5.  ERREPPI Brand Driven-wheel utility trailer (Fits Grillo G107 or G131 tractors only!)  This amazing rig converts your Grillo model G107 or G131 walk-behind tractor into a 4-wheel drive off-road hauler capable of going almost anywhere and carrying a ton of payload.  PTO drive to trailer runs off an optional “synchronized PTO” unit that bolts to the top of the tractor transmission (DEALER INSTALLED ONLY!) which meshes with the main wheel drive gear, giving the tractor a second PTO shaft which the speed and direction of is synchronized with the drive wheels of the tractor.  With this thing, load size and terrain type hardly matter. With an oscillating swivel-joint built into the frame, all 4 wheels stay on the ground regardless of how uneven the terrain, for maximum traction.  The only down-side is that because there is a PTO shaft running through the center, the articulated steering will only go so far (the limit of a universal joint), meaning it is not as maneuverable as some of the other transport options.  Still, it has a turning radius as good or better than a full-sized pickup truck.

Standard Version Stocked at Earth Tools:
As pictured (shown on Grillo G107 Diesel): Manual dump to rear; Steering is via tractor handlebars; all controls still mounted to handlebar; Manual brakes with foot pedal and Hand (parking) brake as well.   Bed measures 55” x 71” x 12” deep (27 cubic feet filled level). All sides are removable to make flat bed if desired, and sides have “pockets” to accept “extensions” to make taller sides (these extensions are available factory-made, or you can make your own with some strap steel and wood).  Has tie-down points on corners. Requires tractor be equipped with Synchronized PTO unit (see implement price list); Model G107 must be equipped with 5x12x22” wheels. Rated Carrying capacity: 1600 lbs. (however, I know from experience that this is conservative…)   Approximate install or removal time to take trailer on or off tractor: 10 minutes.  (Note: NOT compatible with Quick-coupling PTO mount on G107 tractor; if your tractor is equipped with a quick-coupling, the “Female” portion must be removed from the tractor in order for the trailer to mount.)

Mounting Driven-wheel trailer to Grillo G107 video
Grillo G107 and Driven-wheel trailer in action video

SPECIAL-ORDER OPTIONS (MAY TAKE UP TO 120 Days to receive, and are FACTORY INSTALLED ONLY (except for side panel height extenders)—CALL FOR PRICES ON ANY OF THESE OPTIONS):

--Manual/hydraulic dump (essentially a fast-action hand-operated hydraulic jack that raises bed)

--Hydraulic brakes

--Steering via an actual steering gearbox and steering wheel (in this case, tractor handlebars are rotated around to front-PTO position to get them out of the way…Throttle and clutch control cables need to be disconnected from tractor handlebars and connected to hand-throttle control on steering wheel post and clutch pedal on trailer. This option adds cost and increases install/removal time to attach trailer to tractor, but results in more convenient handling)

--Roll Frame/operator protection grate at the front of the bed; 28” tall from top of standard side panel

--Extra height sides and/or side panel height extenders

If these trailers are shipped by motor freight, they are shipped DISASSEMBLED due to the size. (assembled, they are simply too big to be handled by typical freight delivery services.)  Allow a couple hours to assemble after you receive it.  Also, we have to build a heavy-duty custom pallet for them, and an additional crating charge of $250 will apply.  **If picked up at our facility, Driven-wheel trailers will be fully assembled at NO additional charge. (but make sure you come with a good-sized trailer to haul it on!)**

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Work and Transport Sulkies – Sulkies are 2-wheel frames with wheels and seats (essentially, trailers) that allow the operator to ride behind a walk-behind tractor with some implements.

Work (mowing) Sulky
The “Work” sulky (also called ‘Mowing sulky’) can be attached to the larger BCS tractors (tractors with differential and steering brakes) with the tractor in the FRONT-PTO MODE (hence the name: “mowing” sulky).  Thus, the operator can ride during mowing operations, or with any other front-PTO-operated implement, such as a power sweeper, hayrake/tedder, fertilizer spreader, etc.  HOWEVER: Our advice is: If it seems to be too good to be true, it’s because it is.  The Work / Mowing sulky has several disadvantages, that we want to make sure our customers understand:

One: just because you are riding doesn’t mean the tractor can work any faster!  The speeds geared into these tractors are designed for: A. Typical human walking pace, and B. The speeds necessary to operate the types of agricultural implements that are available for the tractors.  There simply is no faster speed you can gear up to when you are sitting down (the Transport speed the tractors have is WAY too fast for any kind of work…except maybe pulling a trailer, and then you’ve already got a seat on the trailer, so who needs a sulky?).

Two: The tractors are very maneuverable, and will normally make almost 180 degree turns…unless you attach a sulky.  The sulky is essentially a trailer, and it will limit the radius of turns by ‘jack-knifing’ if too sharp a turn is made.  For this reason, backing up with a sulky attached is tricky as well.    FITS: BCS tractors with differential drive and steering brakes.

Transport Sulky
The “Transport” sulky attaches to the tractor with the tractor in the REAR-PTO mode and, as the name implies, is only used for transporting the tractor from place to place.  Even though this sulky can be attached to the tractor with some rear-PTO implements in place, the rigid double-clevis hitch of this sulky holds the implement off the ground for transport.   Several customers have asked us why this sulky isn’t designed (or, why we don’t modify it) to allow actual work to be performed (tilling, plowing, etc.) while the sulky is in place…the answer is: IT WOULD NOT BE SAFE.  The action of the tractor and the necessary operator stability to control it when, for example, the tiller hits a big rock, simply does not exist when the operator is riding instead of walking.    Therefore, this accessory is not a very good seller for us, as its practicality is limited.  In Europe, these are more popular because of the nature of the small, scattered plots of land that are often under the same Farmer’s ownership, and they can ride the tractor with plow, tiller, etc. from plot to plot using the transport speed of the tractor (quite fun, actually!).      FITS: All BCS and Grillo tractors with tow hitches above PTO mount.  (For older tractors without tow hitch, we offer a tow hitch that can be bolted onto the PTO mount…but use of this hitch precludes a rear-PTO implement being attached while sulky is in place)

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Caravaggi Chipper / Shredders

These tough units are built heavier than any engine-driven unit in their class:  as an implement, the BIO-80 unit weighs 140 lbs, the BIO-100 weighs 217 lbs., and the BIO-150 weighs in at 278 lbs.   BCS has purchased the BIO-100 from Caravaggi and marketed it as their own since the late 1980s.  Why BCS doesn’t purchase the BIO-80 from Caravaggi is a mystery to us… BCS actually used to purchase this model in an engine-driven version and sell it under the BCS brand with a 5hp engine on it, and that’s when we fell in love with the smaller unit.  We have purchased it directly from Caravaggi for the last several years and it is just as popular as the larger model for us. Caravaggi recently started offering their BIO-150 model in a configuration to be powered by a walk-behind tractor, so we added this model to our offering as well.  The 150 has the same basic design as the 80, so it shares the advantages of the 80…the 150 is just twice the size of the 80!

All units feature Hammermill-type shredding chambers; the hammers are hardened steel and reversible.  One difference is that the hammers on the 80 and 150 units are actually sharpened and serrated, so material put in the shredder is “chopped up” rather than “beat to pieces” by the squared-off hammers that the BIO-100 has.  This makes the 80 and 150 units less prone to clogging when shredding wet material.  The 80 and 150 also have a “quick clean” feature which allows the operator to open the hinged discharge screen with a lever in case of a clog…lever can even be locked in a “half-open” position if conditions are such that screen clogs repeatedly; the material will come out over the top of the partially-open screen without clogging no matter how wet the material is.   All units are equipped with a single hardened blade mounted to the flywheel for the chipping action; blade is removable for sharpening.  The BIO-100 model has a 37 pound flywheel, and the 150 has a 42 lb. flywheel…this gives these units amazing power to handle large woody material through the Chipper (although if you’re using a minimum-size engine to run it [for example, an 8hp engine to operate a BIO-100], you will run out of power and have to back off occasionally and let the engine ‘catch up’.)  Essentially, while all 3 units perform both Chipping and Shredding functions, the 80 is a better SHREDDER, the 100 is a great CHIPPER, and the 150 is excellent at BOTH.  All do the ‘other’ job well enough, but they shine in the highlighted capacities… so choosing your model is not so much based on tractor size, but what job you will primarily be doing. For example, we have had customers who have a 14hp tractor purchase the BIO-80 chipper/shredder, because they were primarily shredding material for compost.  Conversely, if your main task is wood chipping and not really much shredding, the 100 is the best economic choice… and for applications where BOTH functions are desired in equal parts (and you have the tractor HP to run it), the 150 is the unit of choice. 

The discharge screen is located on the lower quarter of the shredding chamber, and the screens are available with hole sizes from 1½” down to 5/16” (this small size is effective for cracking corn for feed).  Changing screens is a matter of 5 to 10 minutes on all models. Each unit comes with one screen, BIO-100 also comes with “rods” to replace screen if desired (to allow larger slots for discharging wet material…a needed option on the 100, since it does not have the “Quick-clean” feature).  BIO-80 has adjustable-height skid/stand for transport and to support the unit when off the tractor; larger units have adjustable-height caster wheels with legs that drop down to support the unit when detached from tractor.  We also supply the BIO-100 with an extended-width axle bracket, which can be installed with 2 bolts to better stabilize chipper/shredder on slopes; caster wheels then mount to the ends of this bracket. (leaving this bracket off results in a narrower machine that will fit easily through as little as a 25” opening).

Click Here for a video of the BIO-80 chipper in action.

Click Here for a video of the BIO-100 chipper in action.

MODEL

MIN HP REQUIRED

MAX. CHIPPING SIZE

FLY WHEEL WEIGHT

NUMBER OF
HAMMERS

WEIGHT

MAX. CHIPPING PRODUCTION (Cubic feet per hour)

MAX. SHREDDING PRODUCTION (Cubic feet per hour)

BIO-80

5.5 hp

2.5”

14 Lbs

27

140 Lbs

35

105

BIO-100

8.5 hp gas, 8hp diesel

3”

37 Lbs

28

217 Lbs

70

140

BIO-150

13 hp gas, 11hp diesel

3.5”

42 lbs.

36

278 lbs.

105

175


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Since the standard caster wheels on the BIO-100 are a bit on the small side (5” dia., 1.25” wide) for rough ground, we now offer an option of 10” tall, 3” wide, “High-flotation” caster wheels to fit this unit (they are like air-filled wheels in that they are a little “soft”, but these are filled with rubber foam, so they will NEVER go flat).  These can also be purchased for BIO-100 machines already in the field; however please be aware that these casters are TALLER, so they make the chipper sit up off the ground more…and depending on the wheel size your tractor is equipped with, the machine may actually “lean back” toward the tractor if the tractor wheels are too small.  See Implement price page for pricing.

NOTE REGARDING COLORS: While we typically try to match the colors of the Chipper/Shredders to the brand of tractors they are fitting on, we cannot always guarantee this.  (For example, Caravaggi’s “standard” color is RED…so occasionally a red one comes through.  Works just as well, though!)

Note regarding Shipping: To save our customers money, these units are shipped not-quite-fully assembled (fully assembled, they are so large, they would cost considerably more to ship)…the BIO-80 requires the top chute “safety” extension to be assembled (4 bolts & nuts); the BIO-100 requires the caster wheels, extra-width stabilizer bar for casters (if desired), and the support legs installed (2 bolts, 4 jam-bolts); the BIO-150 requires the two chutes to be mounted (7 nuts). We still do the “main” assembly of these machines here, including mounting the PTO assembly and tightening the belts, etc.

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Bell Wood Splitter

Why have another engine around to maintain when you only use it a few times a year? The fit, finish and quality of components on this Italian-made splitter are second to none, and your walk-behind tractor provides the power.  The tractor PTO hooks directly to the hydraulic pump which is affixed in-line with the hitch assembly on the splitter to give the unit good ‘articulation’ for maneuvering.  Log cradle is standard equipment; removable 4-way wedge is optional and has 3 height positions.  This splitter features a unique 2-stage valve assembly that lets the user choose between high speed/low tonnage and low speed/high tonnage at any time by simply pushing the actuator lever half-way or all the way forward.  Actuator lever locks back for ram retraction and automatically returns to neutral when ram fully retracted.  One of the best features, of course, is that you can drive this splitter anywhere you want it with your walk-behind tractor!  Double clevis hitch point and oscillating joint in tongue keep the splitter tracking perfectly behind the tractor during transport no matter what the terrain.  Splitter has a ‘leg’ that lowers from end opposite tractor hookup to support unit when disconnected from tractor and should also be used to provide extra stability & support when splitting.  NOTE: this unit supplied standard to fit post-1995 700 & 800 series BCS tractors; fitting it to Grillo tractors or older BCS tractors requires a PTO adapter (see tractor accessories page).

MAX LOG LENGTH

TONS OF FORCE

WEDGE HEIGHT

MAX. LOG DIAMETER

FITS

CYCLE TIME

OPTIONS

25”

25

8”

30”?

BCS or Grillo 7.5 hp & up

LOW: 22 sec.
HIGH: 13 sec.

4-WAY WEDGE


Wood splitter implement in action video

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CARAVAGGI BIO-90 HIGH-SPEED BRUSH CHIPPER

New in 2010!   If you have lots of woody brush to deal with, this implement will do it fast.  The steep input chute angle plus the aggressive 2-blade design on the chipper flywheel makes it virtually self-feeding.  You just put the stuff in the hopper and pretty much let go!    Another great feature of this unit (and people have asked me for this feature for years on our Chipper/Shredder units, but the chamber designs of those models simply will not work with it) is a top discharge chute which will actually “shoot” the chips into a truck bed, wheelbarrow, garden trailer, etc.  The end louver of the discharge chute is adjustable up & down to control the angle of discharge in a 75 degree range or so.  For comparing the speed of chipping material for this unit vs. the Chipper/Shredder combo machines: the “Max. Chipping Production” of this unit is 210 Cubic feet per hour (TWICE the chipping production of the BIO-150 Chipper-Shredder).

The limitation of this model is that it is NOT, technically, a “Chipper/Shredder”, and therefore not designed to handle wet material at all.  It is incredibly fast dealing with dry, woody material (Max. Diameter 2.5”), but green garden waste or damp leaves will clog the discharge chute quickly.  (If the branches/brush you are feeding into it have green leaves on them, this won’t bother it…the ratio of woody material going in vs. leaves will be sufficient for the woody stuff to blow the leaves on out without clogging.)
 
We actually tested it as kind of a “straw chopper/blower” too…(really, we used hay, but the concept is the same): It did a good job, but the main limitation with this type of material is that if you try to feed too much in at once, you’ll clog the input hopper because of it’s “funnel-shaped” design: you have to toss in handfuls not much bigger than the bottom of the hopper.  (We also ran into trouble with some of the hay that was damp…as mentioned above, damp material clogs the output chute.)

bio-90_4While the Chipper/Shredders we carry are more versatile in terms of the material they will handle, there is certainly an application for this implement because of its speed (as far as dealing with brush/small branches: about 4 to 6 times faster than the Chipper/Shredder combination units) and its ability to “shoot” the chipped material into a truck, wheelbarrow, canvas sack you tie onto the discharge, etc.

One important thing to keep in mind on this unit is that is does not have a exact physical limitation on the size of material you put in the hopper (the chipper/shredder combo units have a design that simply won’t let you put anything too big in the hopper, because it won’t fit through the feed hole at the base of the hopper)…the hopper on this machine is about 8 inches across at its smallest!   Therefore, you COULD drop a 4 or 6 inch diameter branch in the hopper, and the result would be the chipper will instantly stall.  (In order to protect the walk-behind tractor gearing & clutch from incidents like this, the chipper is equipped with drive belts, which will slip when the chipper is stalled.)

So, it must be kept in mind that 2.5 inches is the MAXIMUM diameter of branch this chipper will accept, and if the chipper is repeatedly stalled, the drive belts will quickly fail from overheating. (They are a standard size and, should the need arise to replace them, they can be obtained from any auto parts or lawn & garden store.)

Fits BCS or Grillo* tractors 13hp & up Gas, 11hp & up diesel.
(*requires PTO adapter to fit Grillo G131)
 

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Since the standard caster wheels on the BIO-90 are a bit on the small side (5” dia., 1.25” wide) for rough ground, we now offer an option of 10” tall, 3” wide, “High-flotation” caster wheels to fit this unit (they are like air-filled wheels in that they are a little “soft”, but these are filled with rubber foam, so they will NEVER go flat).  These can also be purchased for BIO-90 machines already in the field; however please be aware that these casters are TALLER, so they make the chipper sit up off the ground more…and depending on the wheel size your tractor is equipped with, the machine may actually “lean back” toward the tractor if the tractor wheels are too small.  See Implement price page for pricing.

NOTE REGARDING COLORS: While we typically try to match the colors of the Chipper/Shredders to the brand of tractors they are fitting on, we cannot always guarantee this.  (For example, Caravaggi’s “standard” color is RED…so occasionally a red one comes through.  Works just as well, though!)

Note regarding Shipping: To save our customers money, these units are shipped not-quite-fully assembled (fully assembled, it is so large, it would cost considerably more to ship)…the BIO-90 requires the chute to be assembled to the main chipper body (8 nuts). We still do the “main” assembly of these machines here, including mounting the PTO assembly and tightening the belts, etc.

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CARAVAGGI STUMP GRINDER

For many years, we have been getting requests from our customers: “Do you have a stump grinder for those little tractors?”  Well, now we do!  Caravaggi of Italy (the same company that produces our Chipper/Shredders) has now designed an extremely tough stump grinder, specifically to fit our walk-behind tractors.  This unit features a cast-iron gearbox with fully hardened gears & shafts inside, supported by ball bearings in a full oil bath.  The rotor is 14” diameter, ½” thick steel, has easily replaceable carbide cutting teeth.  Tractor must have independent wheel brakes, as you have to engage one brake and “pivot” the tractor back and forth, using the braked wheel as a fulcrum point (of course, tractor wheels are in neutral while the grinder is in operation).  Available to fit BCS & Grillo tractors with 13hp & up Gas, 11hp & up diesel.

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Rescia Guiliano
Fertilizer / Lime / Salt Spreader

This PTO powered spreader mounts to a walk-behind tractor in the Front-PTO mode and has a centrifugal rotary spreader below the hopper (much like the spreader on the back of a salt-spreading truck for roadways).  It is designed to handle granulated fertilizer, lime, salt, sand or any such dry material.  Spreading coverage is adjustable in width by adjusting a deflector on either side of the rotor which allows coverage of as little as 30 inches width and as much as 12 feet (there is a permanent deflector behind the rotor which keeps material from being thrown back on the underside of the tractor and the operator). Spreading density is controlled by an incrementally adjustable “door” at the base of the hopper, by ground speed and engine throttle speed.  Material is “agitated” at the bottom of the hopper by a shaft with paddles on it to keep material from clumping and to keep a good flow down through the “door” onto the centrifugal slinger.  Equipped with 8” diameter solid caster wheels.  Note: if using this implement on a slope, we recommend a tractor equipped with steering brakes for easier control.  The weight of this implement (250 lbs) combined with 220 lbs. of payload is a whopper to handle on a hillside without steering brakes!

SPREADS

HOPPER CAPACITY

CONSTRUCTION

FITS

Granulated fertilizer, Lime, Salt, Sand, etc.

22O lbs.

All steel

BCS & Grillo tractors 10hp & up gas, 8hp & up diesel

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R2 Rinaldi Drop Seeder / Spreader

Typical of all the tools we carry from R2, this is a very well-built implement.  This seeder / spreader is designed for seeding lawns, cover-crop, or other full-width dense seeding operations OR it can be used as a drop-spreader of granulated fertilizer or similar material.    It features an expanded-mesh roller in the rear, which helps press the seed/fertilizer into the soil a bit and also drives the agitator shaft in the hopper via a no-slippage roller chain.    Drop orifices (holes) are fully adjustable in size (via a sliding shutter design) to accommodate a wide variety of seed/material sizes…we tested it with Buckwheat, which is a fairly irregular size seed, and it performed extremely well.  Hole “shutter” also closes quickly to allow transport of the machine without dropping material.  It even has an adjustable full-width brush running over the top of the mesh-roller to keep it clean of dirt (which would pick up seed).   Standard Drop hole plate makes seed “rows” about 1.25” apart, and we also offer optional drop-hole plates that make the “rows” further apart: 2.5” or 5”.  Seeders are available in 29” or 39” widths.  Fits all BCS & Grillo walk-behind tractors 7hp (or more) and with 4x10x18” (or larger) wheels and with differential drive.

(Note: attaching this seeder to some tractor models may require removal of the tractor PTO shift lever, which comes off with one cotter pin…since this is not a PTO-driven implement, the lever is not needed for this implement anyway)

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Generator:gen-1
FINALLY!  We now offer an AC electrical generator implement for BCS and Grillo walk-behind tractors.  This brushless alternator unit is made by MeccAlte, a reputable Italian manufacturer (the same one Northern Tools buys all their alternators from) and it features a spiral-rotor design which provides "cleaner" power for electronic devices such as computers, etc.    Power rating: 5000 watt continuous / 5500 watt surge, 120 / 240 volts AC.  Equipped with a 20 amp 120 volt duplex recepticle (two plugs) and a 30 amp L-14-30 120 or 240 volt 4-prong twist-lock recepticle, two circuit breakers and a volt-meter.  For proper operation, simply increase the throttle speed of your tractor engine until the volt-meter reads the proper voltage (nearly full throttle is needed, like any standby generator).  Running at partial throttle will result in voltage and frequency that are too low, and can damage your appliances.gen-2 

Needs a 10hp gas / 8hp diesel engine minimum for full wattage output (can be run by a smaller engine, but the engine will bog down before full power output in achieved...with an 8hp gas engine, about 4000 watts can be produced, with a 6hp gas, 3000 watts).

 

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Pressure Washer
        TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE

We now offer a 2400 PSI pressure washer which is driven by the PTO of our walk-behind tractors 5.5hp and up.  These units are assembled in Ohio using a High-quality 1800 RPM pressure washer pump which is belt-driven off the tractor PTO shaft via an ingenious adaptor,  and are supplied standard equipment with 25 feet of hose and a spray-wand.  Pressure is fully adjustable with a screw-knob on the pump, and a pressure gauge comes installed.  NOTE:  The pump is actually capable of producing higher pressure, as you will note that the pressure guage goes higher than 2400 PSI...and if you keep cranking up the pressure knob, the pressure will increase. HOWEVER,  this is not recommended...the pressure capacity of this unit is based on the power-carrying capacity of the V-belt that is driving the pump.  If you exceed 2400 PSI, you will burn up the belt!!

Optional accessories include a soap-injector system (which, like all soap injectors on pressure washers, only pulls and delivers soap at LOW pressure) and a 50 foot hose length (Hoses can be coupled together for longer lengths if desired)
This implement fits BCS or Grillo walk-behind tractors 5.5hp & up (requires PTO adapter to fit Grillo)

 

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Sprayer Rigs
We have found a small company in Illinois that builds Custom Sprayer rigs, and they will tailor them to Walk-Behind Tractor applications!

Their standard tank is 55 gallons, and they can provide either a PTO-operated pump, or a 12 Volt electric pump (for tractors equipped with electric start—hooks to tractor battery).  They offer several different spray boom configurations, both Low-mount and High-mount, in varying widths and with variable numbers of nozzles.  Also, spray-wands are available.

These folks are Sprayer professionals; to ask questions about sprayer applications / designs / prices / or to place an order for a sprayer, please call this company directly:
Contact: Edwin Yoder, 217-268-3859 x 2      All sprayers shipped directly from source; Earth Tools does not get involved with these units.  We advertise this product here on our website because it is a good product and it increases the versatility of the Walk-Behind tractors we sell; we don’t need to make it more expensive for the buyer by buying it and marking it up.

To help you have a sense of basic pricing for these units, here is a price list:
Sprayer frame with 55 gallon tank: $625
12 Volt, 50 PSI pump system: $220
12 Volt, 120 PSI pump system: $320
PTO-operated pump system: $685
14 ft. 2-sides low-mount folding boom: $210
Winch lift for boom for adjustable height: $175
Spray nozzles for booms: $30 each, including individual nozzle shutoffs
Spray wand (hand-gun): $80
Hose for wand: $0.85 per foot

There are more options available, and the manufacturer will customize the rig to your applications.  Give them a call for more details: Edwin Yoder, 217-268-3859 x 2

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Manual Crimper-Roller

Through extensive research, The Rodale Institute has designed simple Manual Crimper-Rollers that can be pushed or pulled by farm tractors www.rodaleinstitute.org/no-till_revolutionThe idea of such a device is: Rolls down cover crops and “crimps” the stem every 5-7 inches to stop the flow of juices through the stalk…thus killing the cover crop while leaving it in place as a mulch.  (Timing is absolutely critical in such an operation…if the crop is rolled down too early, the roots will still have enough energy to sprout new stems, and if it is done too late, there will be viable seeds that will re-seed a new cover crop.  The time to crimp/roll is when the plants are in flower, and the first seeds are visible but unripe.)

One thing the Rodale Institute had never done is produce a crimper-roller small enough for a walk-behind tractor, so we decided it was up to us here at Earth Tools.&nnbsp; We consulted with the Rodale institute quite a bit, and we actually have some improvements on their design:

  1. In the Rodale designs, they use Water to fill the roller to get it heavy enough to give a good crimp. We have a system of adding weights to the roller which uses steel standard barbell weight plates; we simply recessed the ends of the roller so that the weights can slip inside the ends of the drum onto the 1” solid steel axle.  This means the rig is not made excessively wide, while having the advantages of:  A. Very easy (and incremental) weight adjustment; B. No chance of breaking the roller because you forgot to drain the water out in the Winter (Rodale has already busted one of theirs!); C. No chance of welds rusting out and leaking.
  2. We used ¼” thick, 3” tall crimper blades (instead of 3/8” thick, 4” tall), in a Chevron pattern, which means we have plenty of strength, but actually don’t need as much weight per linear foot of roller to get a good crimp.  With the space we allow to add weight vs. the blade thickness, we can actually EXCEED the Rodale design on crimp PSI by almost 25% if needed.

The roller has ball bearings with grease fittings, and deflectors to keep material from wrapping around axle.  With the 16” ductile-iron pipe (with ½” thick wall!) we used, this unit weighs approx. 220 lbs. “un-weighted”. Total diameter with 3” tall blades is 22”.  Axle held to frame by 3/8” thick U-bolts, so loosening 4 nuts makes  easy access for weight adjustments.  With the target formula of 200 lbs.-per-linear-foot that Rodale designed (based on 3/8” thick blades), we limited the roller width 30 inches, which means when fully loaded with weight, the unit is 500 lbs….we figured this is about the maximum a walk-behind tractor can handle.  If your beds are wider, simply make another pass; best done in the same direction as the first (you can always go “back” across the field on a different bed, so you don’t waste a trip)

NOTE: TO GET A GOOD CRIMP, THIS UNIT MUST WEIGH A MINIMUM OF 400 LBS., WHICH MEANS ADDING 180 LBS. (OR MORE) OF WEIGHT. One of the first customers we had to purchase one of these units told us that it “didn’t really work…the cover crop wasn’t killed”…and when we questioned him as to how much weight he had added, he said “A 25 lb. weight on each side”….Well, he is correct…with that little bit of weight on it, it WON’T crimp the cover crop effectively at all!  We had assumed that anyone buying one of these would be familiar with the Rodale “pounds-per-linear-foot-of-roller” formula (above), but apparently NOT.    Frankly, you are better off adding more weight than you may need (say, 250 lbs total), and only REMOVING it if the stems are actually getting cut as they are crimped.     So pile the weight on, run over a few feet of crop…and inspect it.  Crimps should be nice and deep, all through the “mat” of rolled-down material, but NOT cut.      Keep in mind that more fibrous crops with tougher stalks (like annual rye) require more weight than softer stalks (field peas, vetch), and how dense that particular stand of crop is planted will make a difference too…so make notes!   This is a cutting-edge technique, so you are the “in-the’field” (literally) researchers!

Crimp-Rolling a cover crop does NOT work for all types of vegetable crops to be planted into (for example, Lettuces, Greens, Carrots, Radishes, etc. cannot deal with the coarse “mulch” residue, and need a “cleaner” seedbed...such as you would get by flail-mowing the cover crop and working it into the soil), but for crops that it will work with, this tool offers an extremely simple and totally reliable design, and the crimp-rolled method offers the least possible soil disturbance (and therefore most intact soil structure).

The Rodale Institute has been experimenting with designs for transplanters (for vegetable starts) and seed drills to plant through the cover crop mulch/residue.  As far as we can determine, these tools may be cost-effective for the scale of agriculture done with full-size tractors (large acreage fields), but they are NOT cost- or time-effective for the scale of agriculture performed by walk-behind equipment.  Therefore, planting through the residue is best done manually.  The weed suppression and moisture retention the mulch provides (not to mention the addition of organic matter to the soil as it decomposes) more than offset the labor of planting through the residue.

FITS: All BCS & Grillo Walk-Behind Tractors with Differential drive

Mechanical Crimper-Roller

The USDA Agricultural Research Station in Alabama bought a BCS 853 tractor from us, and developed a Mechanical Crimper/Roller to fit it. http://www.ars.usda.gov/SP2UserFiles/Place/64200500/csr/FactSheets/FS10.pdf   We tested this implement, and while the actual crimping performance was very good, we were NOT satisfied with several aspects of this machine.  Disadvantages we observed were:

  1. High vibration levels, which will negatively affect the tractor and PTO coupling
     
  2. Contrary to the claim on the USDA document we link to above, this unit is VERY HEAVY, and hard to maneuver (it may be light compared to a full-size-tractor mounted crimper, but it is still over 200 lbs!), and since it is “rigid-mounted” to the tractor, the operator has to lift it off the ground to turn the machine around (our manual crimper-roller is HINGED where it attaches to the tractor, so it can be “steered” easily).
  3. Reliability of this machine is questionable, with all the exposed moving parts subject to dust (particularly the “vertical bearings” that the crimper bar relies on to travel up & down)
  4. Estimated production cost would make this machine sell for approximately TWICE (or more) the cost of our manual crimper/roller (and that thing turned out to be expensive enough!).

For the scale of agriculture walk-behind tractors are typically used for, we opted for the less-expensive, and completely reliable, “manual” design.  The only advantage we saw for the mechanical crimper was the “adjustability” of the crimp-per-foot frequency based on the different gear ratios/throttle speeds available by having a PTO-driven unit.  But as the fellow from the Rodale Institute said about their manual crimpers: “if you’re not satisfied with the crimp you got on one pass, RUN OVER IT AGAIN! It just takes a few minutes!”

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Flail mowers are the most popular tool to mow cover crops when a quick assimilation into the soil is desired.  For complete information on Flail Mowers, click on the “Mowing” tab above.


EARTH TOOLS, Inc.
1525 Kays Branch Road
Owenton, KY  40359

(502) 484-3988 tel.
(502) 484-3357 fax.

 

NOTE REGARDING
HOLIDAY CLOSINGS:

  Annual Winter vacation: Closing Dec. 24th,  re-opening
Jan. 4th, 2016.

Also closed MLK Day, Memorial Day, July 3, Labor Day and Nov 26 & 27 for Thanksgiving.