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Work (mowing) Sulky A “Work” sulky (also called ‘Mowing sulky’) can be attached to the larger BCS and Grillo tractors (tractors with differential and steering brakes) with the tractor in the FRONT-PTO MODE (hence the name: “mowing” sulky). Thus, the operator can ride during mowing operations, or with any other front-PTO-operated implement, such as a power sweeper, hayrake/tedder, fertilizer spreader, etc. The sulky attaches to two extension-hubs (included with the sulky) which mount to the the wheel hubs of the tractor (which is the “fulcrum” point of the machine), in order to not negatively impact the “balance” of the tractor/implement. HOWEVER: Our advice is: If it seems to be too good to be true, it’s because it is.
The Work / Mowing sulky has several disadvantages that we want to make sure our customers understand:
One: just because you are riding doesn’t mean the tractor can work any faster! The speeds geared into these tractors are designed for: A. Typical human walking pace, and B. The speeds necessary to operate the types of agricultural implements that are available for the tractors. There simply is no “faster” working speed you can “gear up to” when you are sitting down. (The “transport” speed some tractor models have is WAY too fast for any kind of work, except maybe pulling a trailer…and in that case, you’ve already got a seat on the trailer, so who needs a sulky??).
Two: Walk-behind tractors are very maneuverable, and will normally make almost 180 degree turns…unless you attach a sulky. The sulky is essentially a trailer, and it will limit the radius of turns by ‘jack-knifing’ if too sharp a turn is made. For this reason, backing up with a sulky attached is tricky as well.
One saving grace of the mowing sulky is that it attaches and detaches from the extension-hubs on the tractor quickly, so if you find it is too cumbersome for a tight area, you can pop the sulky off within a minute.
NOTE: Keep in mind that most of the axle extensions that could be installed on the tractor will NOT work in conjunction with a mowing sulky, as it makes the wheel-track of the tractor too wide for the “yoke” of the sulky. *
NEW IN 2018! We have designed and built our own mowing sulky, right here at Earth Tools. The construction and quality is superior to the one BCS manufactures. This sulky works on any BCS or Grillo tractor equipped with a differential axle AND steering brakes (excluding Grillo model G131). As an extra “perk” of our sulky design, it INCLUDES a set of “barbell weight hanger posts” (this is what we mount the sulky frame to)…unlike the BCS-manufactured mowing sulky, ours will accept wheel-weights being mounted while the sulky is in use.