Today we are looking at the BCS 750 wheeled rotavator, this is BCS’s largest machine and is larger than the majority of pedestrian rotavators. Over the past few days, we have been looking at the range of BCS wheeled rotavators. In general, these machines are sold with a rotavator attachment, although, many other attachments are available, which is something we will look at later on in this post.
I have owned a BCS rotavator and also hired various BCS machines over the years. The fact that they are a favourite with hire companies and professional landscapers suggests something good. With a three year domestic warranty and a two-year commercial warranty, the BCS 750 wheeled rotavator is definitely a machine to be looked at.
The cost of the BCS 750 wheeled rotavator is £4350 excluding VAT for the Honda petrol engine version. For the Kohler diesel engine version, which is actually my preference, retails at £5380 plus VAT.
BCS 750 Wheeled Rotavator
- Diesel or petrol engine models are available.
- Honda petrol or Kohler diesel.
- Wide range of attachments available.
- Three-year domestic warranty or a two-year commercial warranty.
- Large 32-inch wide rotavator.
- Six-speed gearbox.
- Steering brakes.
- Independent differential lock.
- Popular with hire companies and professionals.
- Very manoeuvrable.
The BCS 750 wheeled rotavator is the most powerful rotavator in the range. It comes with a 34 inch (85 cm) wide rotavator with a digging depth of 9 inches (23 cm). The rotavator itself is heavily reinforced to protect the machine from flying objects coming into contact with the rotors. The BCS 750 is ideal for professional landscape contractors, nurseries and other professional users. With the various attachments and implements available, it really does become a universal two-wheeled tractor.
So many machines today can only carry out one job. However, BCS has engineered this two-wheeled tractor to be able to carry out many different tasks using the various implements.
The attachments in the cultivation department include; an adjustable ridger, cultivator kit, power harrow, reversible plough, rotary plough, rotavator, single furrow plough, tined cultivator, stone burier and trailed ridger.
In the grass maintenance line of accessories or implements include; scarifier, mulching mower, sickle bar type mowers, flail mower, hay rake, mini baler and rotary mower.
Other miscellaneous accessories include; Buck rake, chipper shredder, dozer blade, power brush, snowblower, snowplough, stump grinder and trailer.
Rotavators come in different shapes and sizes, there are the traditional garden cultivators that are driven by the rotors. These machines are normally used by keen gardeners and allotment holders rather than professionals. A garden cultivator will drive itself along by the rotors. The more pressure applied to the handles the deeper the machine will dig.
However, if you’re looking for a more professional machine, then a wheeled machine is definitely the answer. Wheeled rotavators have a gearbox to drive the wheels that offer various speeds and then a power take-off to the rotavator or attachment. This gives the operator much more control and is much easier to use than the conventional garden rotavator.
The BCS 750 has two different engine options, the cheaper option being the Honda petrol engine. However, my preferred engine option is the Kohler diesel engine. There are several reasons why I personally prefer a diesel engine on a rotavator. The first reason being the fact that diesel engines have low down torque and are more suitable for working at low revs. The second reason is the economy that a diesel engine gives and thirdly, a diesel engine normally has a longer lifespan.
Having said this, I do not want to undermine the Honda engine as Honda engines are excellent engines and exceptionally well-engineered and very reliable. I just find a diesel engine better matched for this type of application.
With six gears the BCS 750 has great flexibility, there are three forward gears and three reverse gears. There is also an independent power take-off to drive the rotavator and various other attachments. Another useful feature is the fact that there are steering brakes and an independent differential lock that keeps the machine moving forward, even when working on a very fine tilth.
You may look a machine like the BCS 750 and think that it is too cumbersome, however, with the steering brakes and range of gears it certainly is very manoeuvrable. The quick coupling attachments or implements can quickly be changed over, this is something that needs to be taken into consideration when purchasing a two-wheeled tractor.
BCS has built up a good reputation for reliability and value for money with their two-wheeled tractors. Having a range of implements and various attachments really does make the BCS 750 wheeled rotavator versatile two-wheeled tractor.
BCS offers a two-year commercial warranty and a three-year domestic warranty, which to me gives great peace of mind. As I mentioned earlier, although the diesel engine is slightly more expensive, this would be my personal preference.
BCS 750 Engine
|Model||Honda GX390||Kohler KD440|
|Net Power Output||11.7hp / 8.7kW @3600rpm||10.9hp / 8.0kW @3600rpm|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||6.1L||5.5L|
|Fuel Consumption||3.5L per hour @3600rpm||2.1L per hour @3600rpm|
BCS 750 Power Unit
|Gears||3 forward & 3 reverse|
|Speeds||Forward:||I: 1.17 km/hr||II: 2.72 km/hr||III: 4.00 km/hr|
|Reverse:||I: 1.24 km/hr||II: 2.86 km/hr||III: 4.21 km/hr|
|Wheels||6.50 x 12 agricultural|
|Width:||75cm (at handlebars)|
|65cm (at wheels)|
|Warranty||Domestic use:||3 years|
|Commercial use:||2 years|
BCS Rotary Hoe
|Digging Width||85cm (34″)|
|Digging Depth||23cm (9″)|
|No of Tines||20|
|Weight||For Petrol Unit: 66kg||For Diesel Unit: 80kg|