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 "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, and actually the two companies collaborated from the 1960’s up through the early 1980’s, initially helping each other develop new 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. Grillo tractors will essentially accept the same selection of implement types as our BCS tractors. The advantages Grillo tractors offer: excellent quality at extremely competitive pricing; more user-service-friendly design for folks who want to maintain their own machine. Disadvantages are: Not a widely-established dealer service network in the U.S.A. (yet... but they are growing!) and since Grillo is newer to the U.S. market, the equipment is not as "Americanized" as the BCS equipment, (i.e. multilingual owners manuals, etc). For the peace of mind of our customers, we stock "must have" parts for Grillo tractors and the distributor (Earth Tools) keeps thousands of dollars worth of spare parts which can be quickly shipped out usually within a day or so.
The BCS company was founded near Milan, Italy in 1942 by Luigi Castoldi and two associates, Camilo Bonnetti and Severino Speroni (Castoldi is the "C" in BCS; the other two the "B" and "S") and their first product was a motorized walk-behind sickle-bar mower. The idea was to revolutionize small-scale hay mowing for the small mountainside farmer in Europe; the only other way to cut hay was a scythe or hoofstock-powered mowing machines. The two associates thought it was too risky and bailed out of the company in the second year but Mr. Castoldi kept it going and after WWII ended, government money was available to small farmers in Italy to help modernize/machanize the small farms and get their economy moving and competitive. Sales took off, and by the 1960's BCS had produced tens of thousands of machines. Up until the late '60s, BCS only produced variations of their original hay-mowing machine, with a few accessories. In 1967, a new chapter opened in the world of BCS when they began a technology-sharing venture with the GRILLO Company of Cesena, Italy, which had been building walk behind tillage equipment since 1953. The outcome was both companies offering multi-purpose all-gear-driven walk behind tractors and a full range of soilworking, mowing, snow removal, transport and other assorted implements. The two companies collaborated until the early 1980s and they currently operate as competitors, though each owes the other for where they are today. In the 1990s, BCS purchased two of their competitors in Italy, the Ferrari tractor company and the Pasquali tractor company, making BCS the largest producer of walk behind tractors in the world. In the USA, the BCS dealer network is large and all across the USA (600+ strong). To better serve our customers we stock thousands of dollars worth of spare parts for BCS tractors and can usually ship same day.
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