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BCS Flail mowers:(NOTE: BCS has 2 different models of flail mowers, read on...)
The BCS "BladeRunner" flail mower (available in 24", 30" and 35") is one of the heaviest duty mowing attachments in the BCS fleet. Perfect for mowing cover crops for quick decomposition, the flail mower has vertically rotating "Y" blades that pulverize plant material into a fine pulp that is evenly spread across the mowing width. The front bulkhead is designed for lifting itself depending on the flow of material to be worked, which can be thick brush, vines, and saplings. Like the brush mower, it can mow anything it can bend. A convenient control handle sets the cutting height from 1/2" to 4" in a matter of seconds, and retractable caster wheels allow for easier handling and transport. The mower rides on special side-mounted skids made of boron steel. Caster wheels are standard on the BCS BladeRunner flail mower. This model is our personal favorite for most mowing situations, HOWEVER it is also the most expensive of our 3 brands. See the Bittante mower below for the best "bang for the buck" flail mower.
BCS "RollerBlade" flail mower (available in 30" size): This flail mower is tailored toward the "market gardener". We recommend it only for that purpose, meaning exclusively doing market garden work. It has a super-fast cut height adjustment system (via hand crank) and you can literally adjust the cut height in a matter of seconds. Additionally, it has heavier and thicker blades than the BCS "Bladerunner" model as well as having an extremely durable "swinging" metal guard in the front, similar to the Berta flail mower but more durable than the Berta. The blade thickness and weight on the Rollerblade is the same as the Berta flail mower. Additionally, this model comes stock with the roller AND there is NOT an option for caster wheels on this model. Cut height is .5" to 2.5". Call or email us regarding which size works best on your tractor.
Final comment on BCS brand flail mowers: They are the "slickest" of all the 3 brands. Cut height adjustment is much faster on BCS mowers. However, they cost much more than the other 2 brands. But, if you want the fastest cut height adjustments AND don't mind the higher cost, then BCS brand flail mowers are for you....as long as your main mowing application is not really rough and rutted out ground.
Bittante Flail Mower:
The Bittante flail mower (available in 20", 24", 28", 32" and 39") is our best "bang for the buck" flail mower. A combination of price, standard features, and serious mowing ability are a win-win for our customers!
Bittante, in business since 1952, has more experience and has been making flail mowers longer then either Berta or BCS. The Bittante flail mower quickly pulverizes cover crops for quick decomposition, the flail mower has up to 42 (depending on width of mower) vertically rotating "Y" blades that pulverize plant material into a fine pulp that is evenly spread across the mowing width. The front bulkhead has multiple adjustment positions that user can set depending on the flow of material to be worked, which can be thick brush, vines, and saplings. Adjustment via removal of 2 bolts on each side. The Bittante flail mower will mow over anything it can bend. Unlike the Berta or the BCS flail mower, the Bittante flail mower comes STANDARD with 3 different kinds cut height adjustment options AND they can be adjusted quicker (side-skids and caster wheels). Stock, the Bittante has height adjustable caster wheels on the front AND adjustable skids on the left and right. The front casters can be stowed quickly by pulling 2 "D" pins if needed, and height can also be adjusted with the left and right skids using a "D" pin. The caster wheels also have a series of spacers that allow cut height adjustment on the wheels. The caster wheels can also be locked into a stationary position with a knob for helping mower to maintain a straight path while mowing across steep slopes. This feature nearly exclusive to the Bittante mower. The only other flail mower that allows for this is the 35" BCS Bladerunner. A 3rd cut height adjustment can be made via the STANDARD "roller". This roller is very similar to the roller on the BCS Rollerblader or the Berta flail mower. This roller can be adjusted or removed with 2 bolts on either side of the mower. In many cases the STANDARD "roller" may not be needed for users running on 30" beds. The reason is, the Bittante caster wheels are set far enough inside a 30" bed as to be effective at keeping flail blades out of the dirt...unlike the BCS 30" "Bladerunner". That being said, if user has really tall crops to mow on a vegetable bed, it can still be nice to have the "roller" in the event the caster wheels are banging into tall stalky crops. If the wheels are not needed they can be quickly and easily stowed out of the way by pulling 2 "D" pins and rotating them backward. The Bittante mower handles heavy-duty brush as good as, if not better than any other mower brand we sell (including the BCS and Berta mowers listed on this page). Another feature of the Bittante is the ability to "float" laterally/side to side when driving on uneven terrain. This is a big advantage over the BCS mower when in rough conditions. This is also a slight advantage over the Berta mower as the Bittante mower has a little more movement left and right then the Berta mower and a "smoother" feel while pivoting left and right. Lastly, the Bittante is the only of the 3 brands we sell that comes stock with "slotted" blades that allow for extra "impact" protection when mowing thicker woody material or rocks. Sounds great, right. Well, is there any downside to the Bittante? Not really, but to be fair to our other brands in our "feedback", the Bittante is the slowest of all 3 brands when it comes to checking the gearbox oil. The end user has to unbolt and remove a guard/shield from underneath the mower to access the gearbox. Estimated time is 5-10 minutes. However, mowers ship with gearboxes already checked, so end user does not have to check gearbox oil until 2nd year. After that once per year checking is advised.
Final word on Bittante mowers: We want our customers to know that we import the Bittante mower. That being the case, we make a little more money selling the Bittante. But all of our advice is based soley on our personal experience and expertise with this equipment AND what is the best fit for our customer. We do NOT try and sell higher margin products to our customer unless we belive it to be the best fit for our customer. Many times, we have intentionally NOT sold the higher margin item to a customer because it was better for our customer. We made less money, but our customer got the best product to best meet their needs. That is what counts to us.
Berta Flail mower:
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 3,000 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 (same company that builds the Rotary Plow) brand flail mowers in 2010, this has changed. The Berta has a removable baffle that can be removed to allow faster cutting or left in to theoretically cut material finer. Although this sounds great in theory, it is rarely used by most of our Berta flail mower owners as its unnecessary AND it causes the mower to go slower in taller thicker crops. Yes, with the baffle in it cuts slighter finer, but to the point that its insignificant for many users. A nice feature of the mower is the "float/pivot" at the PTO connection point that allows it to ride smoother in extreme conditions. This is similar to the Bittante pivoting feature however, the Bittante pivoting action feels much smoother "in action" then the Berta. The Berta does have the quickest and easiest access to check the oil in the gearbox of all brands of mowers. In general, the Berta is a finely crafted and very durable mower. But the main downside of this mower is the time-consuming process necessary to adjust the cut height on the rear roller. In fact, one has to either go find a wrench or carry a wrench with them in order to adjust the cut height on the Berta. Compare that to the BCS which takes literally seconds to adjust cut height. Or the Bittante which takes less than 1 minute to adjust cut height AND requires no tools to adjust cut height (when adjusting with the front caster wheels or the side skids). In fairness to the Berta, if the end user sets the flail mower and mostly operates it at the same cut height, then the process needing to adjust the roller is unnecessary. Bottom line, the Berta mower is not a good option if end user wants flexibility for fast cut height changes when mowing brush in the woods or pasture and then going to chop up a vegetable bed. The Berta flail does accept optional caster wheels if conditions dictate and when using them cut height adjustments are quicker. However, the wheels although durable and robust, are heavy and add weight to the front of the mower, we do not recommend them in many cases, but in rarer cases they can be helpful to help achieve additional taller cut height or quicker cut height adjustments. The front opening/"mouth" of the Berta mower is adjustable allowing for more or less volume to flow into the mower, depending upon end user needs...similar to the BCS and the Bittante. This adjustment requires loosening bolts on the sides of the mower.
Available sizes are 26", 30" and 34" in the Berta Franco brand.
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