Wanted: 2-wheeled tractor/rotovator

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katecollyns
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Wanted: 2-wheeled tractor/rotovator

Hi all,

does anyone have a 2-wheeled tractor they're looking to sell, or recommend where to get one new? Finally had enough of my Howard 300s not working argh!

Cheers,

Kate

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Kiss of death?

Perhaps it was tempting fate writing about it in the last OG as your 'fave bit of kit'????!

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Yeah I tried to avoid cursing

Yeah I tried to avoid cursing it with 'when it's working' but clearly not good enough!!

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Hi Kate

The people to speak to re new two wheel tractors are Tracmaster.Co. UK 

Last year they came out to us to demo a Bcs750 plus 4 implements we had about two hours to try it on our land.

Have a look on YouTube Jean Martin Fortier and Curtis Stone have videos showing the bcs 

Kevin

 

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Thanks Kevin; oof they're

Thanks Kevin; oof they're pricey new aren't they? :/

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Hi Kate I recently bought a BCS 738 with the 340cc honda engine. I am very happy with it but it is probably over powered and a bit heavy for what I need. It makes a great tilth easily and the engine is lovely paid nearly 3K € for it so the Tracmaster prices look good to me. If it is just for tunnel work a smaller engine or even smaller model might be a better bet and cheaper too.

best of luck Jason

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thanks guys; yes will keep it up my sleeve then - is it pretty low maintenace/easy to maintain?

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Regular oil change after so

Regular oil change after so many hours, new oil filter after so may hours, shouldnt be much else, straight forward enough really

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Agree with Jason.We bought

Agree with Jason.We bought same model,heavy but powerful machine that recently coped v.well with our stony land area.Seems to bury trash reasonably well.As others have noted we have used flail mower a lot but makes a big heavy unit for inside working and too wide to get along paths/wheelings.Initially got wider mower but had to exchange for narrower 2' one.Only 2 biggest units will power fail mowers apparently.

We use a dodgy light machine for light cultivation/compost turning in inside but haven't seen a really suitable machine so far.Anybody got a North American tilther machine yet? Ceredigion version might need petrol power....

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I have just bought a BCS 740

I have just bought a BCS 740 with a flail mower for £2200 second hand, but not much used. Our old Goldoni had been temperamental from the beginning. I am seeing if Tracmaster might be up for coming to do a demo using the power harrow and rotary plough as I am interested in these, but they are very expensive (£1700 for the power harrow) and I need to know that they are going to work well on our heavy soil before buying them obviously. We are going to host a skillshare in the spring at Trill, and will try to get Tracmaster to coe and demo some of the implements...

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Thanks

Thanks Ash; where did you get your bcs from, someone you knew?

Cheers,

Kate

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Yes - saw it on ebay, and it

Yes - saw it on ebay, and it turned out that it was a friend of a friend selling it. I have had confirmation from Tracmaster - they are going to come and trial some bits of kit with it in the Spring - I will make sure it is part of a bigger skill-sharing event at Trill - so keep your eyes peeled for it!

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Camon

Yes I'd agree. Camon/BCS are robust and should last. You can 2nd hand ones for a few hundred on eBay. A bit easier than the old Howards!

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I got a BCS 740 this spring

I got a BCS 740 this spring with flail and rotovator. I started with their smallist model ( 720 ?)  a few year ago but whilst it is light and nimble it is now just for certain small jobs. The 740 is heavy but that means it is more stable, it doesn't bounce and 'kick' nearly as much when you go over a firm lump.... stays straight better and the controls are better, if you let go of the dead mans handle the drive stops but not the engine - so its easier to alter things and carry on without re-starting. It starts well on pull but is heavier. The flail I love - it is VERY heavy. I think you can get a jockey wheel for it to help movement. It turna an old crop into a very fine residue that then disappears with one pass on the rotovator. It is also brilliant at cutting grass - even when it hasn't been cut for a year ! and so has help really tidy up and maintain areas aound tunnels etc. Yes they are not cheap but like many things, a good machine will save time/increase productivity over a so so machine.

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Thanks

Thanks all, think I will scour eBay over the winter & keep my fingers crossed I don't get a dud! ;) Will try & come to yours anyway Ash even if I have sourced something by then. Just got the old Howard back from a new mechanic who has sorted it (for the time being...!!)

Cheers,

Kate

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I have used a BCS 740 over

I have used a BCS 740 over the last year.

I have found that first gear is quite fast for rotavating or power harrowing. This is with the standard size wheels.

I have also found that using it with a power harrow, the geometry of the machine means that it can easily get stuck, where the harrow and engine protection bars are on the ground and the wheels spin. The only way to get around this would be to put on bigger wheels, but then first gear would be even faster...

I have managed to twist the handles getting it out of this situation.

There are better, usually older, rugged, two wheel tractors out there, just perhaps not with such good support or used attachment availability. I wouldn't consider spending a lot of money on one.

Good luck

 

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