Overview of Grillo Tractors
Founded by the Pinza family in 1953 (and actually originally branded “Pinza”), the Grillo company started building walk-behind tillage equipment in 1953, and was one of the first companies to offer interchangeable implements on a walking tractor in Italy (original machines accepted a plow, tiller, sprayer and trailer). “Grillo” means “Cricket” in Italian (hence the stylized “bug” in the Grillo logo), and asked why he chose that name for his company, Old Mr. Pinza said: “For an insect, they do not harm the garden, and they make a pleasant sound.”
Grillo walk-behind tractors have been one of BCS’s main competitors for decades, but actually the two companies collaborated from the late 1960’s up through the early 1980’s, initially helping each other develop new tractor designs and implements, and eventually even selling some of each other’s tractors (the old BCS models 705 and 755 were Grillo-manufactured, and the old Grillo 7M had a BCS 725 transmission). BCS’s original machines were walk-behind sickle bar mowers ONLY, and it wasn’t until BCS and Grillo started working together in the late 1960’s that BCS started to offer tillers (Grillo’s design) and Grillo to offer sickle bars (BCS’s design).
Today, the areas of expertise are still apparent: Grillo has the edge on a better tiller implement, and BCS makes a nicer sickle (cutter) bar mower implement. Grillo’s current model selection offers a good complement to the BCS line we have carried for years, and several implements are even interchangeable between Grillo and BCS using an inexpensive adapter. Grillo’s manufacturing plant is located in Cesena, in Northeastern Italy, and is still run by the Pinza Family.
If you have a Grillo dealer close to you, we encourage you to contact that dealer if you have interest in Grillo products. If you have no dealer near you, we are happy to ship Grillo products right to your door. (We [Earth Tools] are the North American distributor for Grillo walk-behind tractors, and all other dealers purchase from us. HOWEVER, we are NOT in the practice of “undercutting our dealers”, so, other than the small discount from Retail Price we offer [to help offset shipping costs], your cost on Grillo products will typically be the same whether you purchase from us or a local dealer.)
A sampling of Grillo in other parts of the world:
Personal use: 10 years on internal transmission components (all components that run in the oil bath of the transmission: gears, shafts, bearings & seals) and 3 years on all other tractor components and Grillo branded implements; parts and labor.
Commercial / Professional / Income-Producing use: 5 years on internal transmission components (all components that run in the oil bath of the transmission: gears, shafts, bearings & seals) and 1 year on all other tractor components and Grillo branded implements; parts and labor.
Engines are covered independently by the engine manufacturers warranty (Honda, Subaru/Robin, Yamaha, Kohler/Lombardini, or Briggs & Stratton); Typically 3 years when used for personal use; 1 year for commercial or rental use. Warranties are to the original purchaser and are not transferable.