THE CLUTCH LEVER ON MY NEW BCS TRACTOR IS DIFFICULT TO COMPRESS WITH MY SMALL HANDS. CAN I ADJUST THE CABLE TO MAKE COMPRESSING THE CLUTCH EASIER?
The following is the technique to raise the position of the clutch lever while maintaining proper clutch functioning:
Loosen the set/jam nut that holds the adjusting tube on the front of the clutch lever bracket. This requires a 13mm wrench.
Turn the tube clockwise a few revolutions, screwing the tube into the bracket. You can usually do this by hand, but an 11mm wrench is the official tool for the job.
Next, test the new positioning of the tube by compressing the clutch lever to the point that you feel resistance. With the red lever lowered to the black grip, the object is to measure vertically five inches from the end of the red lever to the end of the clutch lever at the point that you first feel resistance. Screw the tube in or out until this dimension is achieved.
Once achieved, hold the tube still with the 11mm wrench and tighten the nut with the 13mm wrench snug against the bracket. Do not overtighten.
Next, test this clutch lever adjustment by starting the tractor. Shift into 1st or 2nd gear, and, with the engine in an idle position, release the clutch. After traveling a few feet, squeeze the clutch and see if you stop completely.
If you do, you can repeat the procedure above and rotate the adjusting tube clockwise another revolution or two. Test to see if the tractor will still come to a complete stop. If it does not, reverse the procedure and turn the tube counterclockwise until a full stop is achieved. By following this procedure, you will reduce the operator’s “reach” for the clutch lever, while maintaining proper clutch functioning.
As an additional point, the clutch cable will stretch after it has been used for awhile. This will be evident by the fact that the tractor “creeps” even though the clutch is squeezed. In this case, use the procedure above, except that you will be turning the adjusting tube counterclockwise to achieve a complete stop when the lever is compressed.
WHEN IN NEUTRAL, MY BCS TRACTOR DOES NOT ROLL BUT DRAGS THE TIRES, OR IT’S VERY DIFFICULT TO ROLL THE TIRES.
This problem used to more common but has been addressed by the BCS factory. It’s encountered only on straight-axle models (non-Professional) models. It is caused by the fit and finish between the worm gear and the brass crown gear that the worm drives inside the transmission. The surface of the worm gear and crown gear have very small peaks and valleys in the metal that fill with oil when the tractor is assembled, making them difficult to spin when you try to push the tractor in neutral.
The fix for this used to be to use the tractor as much as possible to“wear in” the two mating surfaces, but this takes time and often the tires will roll one direction but not in the other. Therefore, the unit must be used with both a front and rear-mount attachment to get both sides of the worm and crown gear sets worn in to each other. A few years ago the BCS factory addressed this problem by putting all crown and worm gears through a burnishing process before they are assembled. This greatly helped the situation and this problem has all but disappeared on newer tractors.
WHAT ARE THE BEST PRACTICES FOR PROPERLY MAINTAINING MY BCS TRACTOR?
Before your first operation of a BCS machine, make sure to read and follow the instructions in the tractor and engine and engine manuals, which can be found on the Service Information page.
Here are some additional tips:
Keep your BCS equipment in a dry place, out of the wind when not in use—moisture is the enemy.
Always disengage the clutch (on non-PowerSafe units) when not in use by clipping the clutch with red operator presence control on the left handlebar.
Do not leave your tractor sitting in the sun for prolonged periods of time as the sun’s UV radiation will fade and break down the plastic covers of your tractor.
Do not leave gas in the fuel tank for prolonged periods of time. If you need to leave gas in the tank for more than a month or so, get some fuel stabilizer to keep the gas from going bad. It is worth the trouble.
MY BCS WILL LUNGE FORWARD ALL BY ITSELF WHILE TILLING SOMETIMES—IT’S LIKE IT JUMPS INTO HIGH GEAR BY ITSELF!
What’s going on here is called “tine walking,” which occurs when the spinning tines overpower the tractor wheels and surge the tractor forward suddenly. When tilling, keep in mind that the tines on the tiller box are spinning 20 times faster than the tractor wheels are turning. If you push down on the handle bars and the tines get the traction, they will become rear wheels and the tractor will lunge forward.
If this happens, just let go of everything and the engine will die and everything will stop. If you are tilling sod or hard ground for the first time, raise the tines on the tiller box so they take a smaller bite and do not push down on the handle bars as you go along. You will probably have to go over the area more than once the first time you till it if it’s hard dirt or sod.
THE PTO LEVER IS DIFFICULT TO SWING AROUND WHEN REVERSING HANDLEBARS, AND THE PTO LEVER WON’T ENGAGE.
The joint in the PTO linkage has seized up and will not allow the PTO lever to be swung around when a front-mount attachment is put on. Even if you have figured out how to “modify” the linkage to get the handle back in the plastic holder in the mower position, the PTO lock out is still active due to the seized up part that won’t spin around.
There’s an easy solution for this. First, tap out the roll pin, then grab the pivot rod with vice grips (from the plastic knuckle down to the 90-degree intersection where it connects with the transmission) and work it round and round because it’s supposed to spin. Try to use real, actual penetrating oil—not WD-40—for help in loosening it up. If you take out the whole PTO rod, try to clean the end of the rod and the hole where the end of the rod seats and spins and connects to the transmission with steel wool.
Before putting everything back together lubricate the end of the rod and the hole where it seats with a good water proof grease from the agricultural or motorcycle/ATV industry, or never seize thread lube from the auto parts store in order to prevent this problem from happening again. You can also help by simply removing the lever and pivoting it every few months to avoid it seizing up again from lack of use
WHICH REPLACEMENT TINE KIT DO I NEED FOR MY TILLER?
Refer to Service Bulletin 3-1. This bulletin contains a lot of information about tiller box tines.
By way of example, count the number of tines on your tiller box. The most popular size is a 20 inch tiller box which has 16 tines on it.
If this is the one you have you have two options, a T20U or a T20R. This stands for tine kit, 20 inch and the U is for universal, which are the long, slender tines that probably came on your tiller box originally. The R means rental tines, these fasten on to the hubs differently and are much thicker and stubbier than the universal tines, and are more expensive. Both dig to about the same depth, the rentals are meant to survive longer in rental applications.
WHAT’S WRONG WITH MY CLUTCH? IT’S STUCK IN THE ENGAGED POSITION.
BCS tractors use a dry cup and cone clutch which mate at a 14 degree angle. The male cone has friction material bonded to it and has a rather large spring behind it pushing it into the female cup part of the clutch. The result is a very strong clutch that will tend to stick the cup and cone together if given a chance.
To prevent this clutch from sticking, consider this: the ONLY time the clutch on your BCS should be engaged is when the tractor is in use and power is being transferred to the transmission.
As soon as you stop using your tractor you should always disengage the clutch by pulling the clutch lever into the up or disengaged position and locking it there by flipping the little metal loop that hangs from the front of the clutch lever forward which will lock the clutch in the disengaged position. If your clutch gets stuck, often times it can be released by removing the clutch from the tractor and compressing it in a vise (end to end) to force the cup and cone apart. Service bulletin 2-6 explains this in more detail.
WHICH BATTERY IS BEST FOR MY ELECTRIC START BCS TRACTOR?
Service bulletin 2-7 explains it all. For new models, we recommend Interstate’s SP30R with the size of 5.13’’ L x 7.5’’ W x 7.19’’ H.
Please note that if you order from an online vendor, a battery will NOT be included in the shipment as it is hazardous to ship connected batteries.
HOW DO I IDENTIFY THE PART(S) I NEED?
We recommend your local dealer for parts identification. We can supply parts diagrams upon request, but please let us know your three-digit model number and serial number during your inquiry.
I CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHICH BCS TRACTOR MODEL I HAVE. HOW CAN I IDENTIFY IT?
Over time the model decals on tractors wear off and the model number is forgotten, especially when a unit has multiple owners. We understand that, but to figure out the model number we need to do some detective work.
Please refer to Service Bulletin 1-6 to aid in identifying your tractor. You’ll notice that it asks for the important features that separate BCS tractors—namely, the number of forward speeds and number of levers on the right handlebar.
If this chart doesn’t help, or if you have more questions, please call us at 1-352-473-1212 for help identifying which tractor you have. Remember, the tractor model number is integral in determining the replacement parts you need!
WHERE CAN I FIND OPERATOR’S MANUALS?
All operator’s manuals for new and old BCS models can be found on the Service Information page on BCSAmerica.com.
If you have any questions, please call us at 1-352-473-1212.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WORKING SPEED AND A TRANSPORT SPEED?
Please read our post about this subject for full details.
HOW DO I IDENTIFY THE SERIAL NUMBER ON MY TRACTOR/ATTACHMENT?
The serial number of all BCS tractors can be found on the transmission housing and are typically 10 characters including letters and numbers. Attachment serial numbers vary in placement, but are typically found on a grey decal.
WILL MY OLDER BCS TRACTOR FIT NEW BCS ATTACHMENTS?
In most cases the answer is yes, depending on the tractor's features and engine size. You will need one of the two adapters to fit the current implements to one of the old pre-1995 tractors or the other way around. The adapters are called the Old Tractor to New Attachment Adapter, (p/n 92290832), or the “New Tractor to Old Attachment Adapter” (p/n 92290831).
If you happen to own one of the old 200 series tractors, this does not apply. The old 201, 203, 204 & 205 tractors can only operate 200 series attachments, and no 200 series attachment will fit anything other than a 200 series tractor.
Please contact us to inquire whether a new attachment is suited to be operated with a tractor that is not specified on our Compatibility Charts.
HOW CAN I CHANGE THE ENGINE ON MY BCS TRACTOR?
If you have one of the older pre-1995 tractors that used the splined PTO shaft, you can refer to Service Bulletin 2-1. This bulletin shows various engine options along with the engine adapter kit that you will need to attach the new engine to your BCS tractor.
If you have a post-1995 tractor there is no kit because most of the parts in the kits were already on these tractors. Often times a new engine from another manufacturer can be fitted directly to your tractor using your existing clutch and adapter housing. For further information contact your BCS dealer or call us at 1-352-473-1212.
WHERE CAN I BUY BCS EQUIPMENT AND/OR PARTS?
BCS has over 700 servicing dealers in the United States and Canada. However, some dealers do not stock BCS equipment and offer service only and order as needed. The types of dealers are outlined on the Dealer Locate. We recommend calling ahead to see what BCS equipment your closest dealer has in stock prior to visiting their store.
Dealers are categorized as follows:
Elite Dealers provide customers a year-round display of multiple BCS tractors and attachments, knowledgeable sales staff, and exceptional support before and after the sale.
Sales and Service Dealers provide customers a seasonal or limited display of BCS tractors and attachments, along with after-sale service and support.
Service Dealers provide no display. They perform repairs, general service, and can special order BCS tractors and attachments upon request.
If you’re a BCS owner and need parts, most dealers can drop-ship you items as needed. Call your dealer to arrange the transaction.
IS FINANCING AVAILABLE FOR BUYING BCS TRACTORS?
BCS America offers two financing options for BCS buyers through Yard Card, a program of TD Bank, N.A. They are as follows:
Interest-free for 360 days. If balance remains, interest rate of 28.99% is due retroactively from date of purchase. Yard Card plan # 16019 (non-commercial) and # 15549 (commercial).
60 Months, 3.9% APR. Minimum $1500 original transaction amount and $125 promo fee. Yard Card plan # 16020 (non-commercial) and # 15550 (commercial).
Contact your dealer for more details.
WHERE CAN I BUY OTHER ATTACHMENTS THAT BCS AMERICA DOESN’T SELL?
Two-wheel tractors are very popular in Europe. So popular, in fact, that there are countless companies who manufacture quality implements compatiblewith BCS, which is Europe’s largest two-wheel tractor manufacturer.
BCS America strives to sell the best, most durable attachments available. However, some tasks aren’t covered in our lineup. In those cases we direct you towww.earthtoolsbcs.com, which has a wide selection of additional attachments available for order.
CAN I PURCHASE BCS PRODUCTS IF I DON’T LIVE IN THE U.S., CANADA, OR THE CARIBBEAN?
The BCS manufacturer in Abbiategrasso, Italy, has a worldwide sales network that stretches far beyond North America. BCS America imports and distributes exclusively in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. Visit HERE to find a complete list of BCS distributors worldwide.
We realize some countries don’t have a BCS distributor, and we’re willing to help those prospects who can’t access BCS products domestically. In those cases, we recommend arranging the transaction and shipment through one of our dealers. Contact us if you need help finding a BCS dealer who is willing to arrange international shipments.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BCS AND BERTA FLAIL MOWERS?
Not all flail mowers are created equal. The fundamental design difference comparing BCS vs. Berta flail mowers is that the BCS “Bladerunner” utilizes a high dome deck to process a large volume of vegetation per unit of time. The Berta has a lowered top and compensates for the lack of interior volume by discharging the material more quickly out the back of the deck, via the removable flap or “baffle”. It’s worthy of note that the large tractor-mounted flail mowers seen along roadsides utilize the same high-dome design as BCS Flail Mowers.
Another difference is that the Berta comes standard with the roller and optional caster wheels, while the BCS comes standard with the caster wheels and an optional roller. Each has its pros and cons, but the key performance advantage of the BCS design is that the height of cut is infinitely variable between 1/2” and 4” by simply turning the crank-style control handle located on the mower dome. The Berta’s cut height is limited by the setting of the rear roller, and making a change requires wrenches to move the rollers’ securing bolts to alternative sets of holes.
Other differences include:
BCS product is supported by a network of 600+ dealers; versus a limited network for the Berta Flail Mower.
Berta has 20”, 26”, and 34” width options, BCS offers 24”, 30” and 35” width options.
WHY SHOULD I BUY A BCS TWO-WHEEL TRACTOR?
For areas where four-wheel tractors are unsuited, BCS two-wheel tractors are ideal. Whether it's tilling in small gardens or in-between rows of large-scale crops, mowing along pond banks or in orchards, or snow removal on walkways and roofs, BCS tractors are the solution for anyone looking to save time, save money and receive optimal performance in their power equipment.
Don't let it sit! Why buy a separate engine for every piece of seasonal outdoor power equipment?
With BCS, you can power a range of attachments according to your needs, made possible by an easy-to-use swiveling handlebar function to accommodate both front-mount and rear-mount attachments.
BCS has a different standard than many power equipment manufacturers today. Instead of equipment that emphasizes cheap and easy, BCS punctuates quality, with all-gear driven tractors that are built to last for decades, not just years. BCS's performance, durability and versatility are second to none.
WHAT IS THE WARRANTY FOR BCS TRACTORS AND ATTACHMENTS?
BCS tractors are extremely durable, and it's reflected in our warranty policy. Please note that these warranty guidelines apply ONLY to the original purchaser!
For personal (non-commercial) owners:
The BCS Lifetime Warranty applies to all transmission components located inside the transmission housing, but excludes the clutch assembly.
All remaining parts on BCS tractors and attachments are covered for three (3) years from the date of purchase. The PowerSafe clutch is covered for five (5) years from the date of purchase.
For professional (commercial) use:
A five year warranty (for units sold after Sept. 1st 2009, prior to this date the commercial transmission warranty is one year) applies to all transmission components located inside the transmission housing, but excludes the clutch assembly.
All remaining parts on BCS tractors and attachments are covered for one (1) year from the date of purchase.
All engines (Honda, Subaru, Kohler) are covered by a separate warranty issued by the engine manufacturer. Please refer to the engine warranty statement for details.
All replacement parts have a warranty of 90 days from the date of purchase.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH BCS TRACTOR MODEL IS RIGHT FOR ME?
BCS offers several models to assist with the various tasks that land owners encounter throughout the year. The first step in determining what’s right for you is to determine which tasks you’d like to perform on your property. Keep in mind that you’re not only buying a BCS tractor for now, but also for the future, as the tractor you purchase will continue operating for decades with proper maintenance.
Current BCS models start with model 710 and go up to model 853. For example, the model 718 has a Honda GX200 engine on it, meaning it can operate smaller attachments such as the 18’’ tiller, 21’’ brush mower and 24’’ snow thrower. The 732 is equipped with a Honda GX340 engine and has differential locking wheels for premium maneuverability, which is required for most mowing applications. Models 732 and up can operate most of the attachments BCS America offers.
View our Compatibility Charts for a list of all tractor models and the attachments they operate.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ALL-GEAR DRIVEN VS. BELT-DRIVEN MACHINES?
All-gear drive means premium performance and durability. There are no belts or chains to break—the transmissions are precision-made with heat-treated steel gears and shafts supported by ball bearings running in oil bath. All BCS tractors and most attachments have this feature, and even the smallest model (710) is designed with commercial quality.
In most outdoor walk-behind equipment sold in North America, power is transferred to the transmission by a belt. At its best, a belt loses 15% of the engine’s power in the transfer—and is typically much higher. By contrast, BCS tractors uses a spring-loaded, double-cone clutch or a hydraulic “wet” clutch in PowerSafe models to transfer power to the all-gear transmission, which loses less than 3% of the engine’s power.
It should be noted that the Chipper/Shredder and Flail Mower attachments have belts for shock absorption.
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF THE BCS “QUICK HITCH?”
The BCS Quick Hitch is the easiest way to exchange attachments on your BCS tractor. Instead of unscrewing two bolts requiring an Allen wrench, the Quick Hitch allows owners to change implements with the flip of a red lever.
The Quick Hitch is only useful to those owners who need their BCS tractor for more than one task. That's why we offer the Quick Hitch FREE to purchasers of Professional Series models (732 and up).
WHAT IS A PTO?
The power take-off shaft (PTO) on BCS tractors is the same concept as four-wheel tractors—the PTO allows for attaching and removing various implements using a rotating shaft.* BCS tractors have a three-dog splined shaft that fits easily onto all current attachments. Adapters are available if the tractor’s PTO composition differs from the attachment.
*The PTO powers most BCS implements, with the exception of the non-powered attachments such as the Snow Blade and Dozer Blade and drag gardening implements such as the Root Digger and Ridger.
HOW IS POWERSAFE (PS) DIFFERENT THAN THE OTHER TRACTORS?
Please read our post about the features and benefits of PowerSafe tractors 739, 749, and 750.
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