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Bellon, Del Morino (BCS) and Zanon Brush Mowers
Their design being a miniature version of a full-size “bush-hog” on a full-size tractor, these mowers will handle heavy material and are built to take some punishment. All brands & models feature blades mounted on heavy duty pivots so that blades can “fold back” when encountering a solid object such as a rock, stump, etc., and not damage the gearbox. These mowers are essentially rotary axes that will take down weeds, brush and up to 2” softwood/1.5” hardwood saplings. There is no “lift” to the blades (such as with a lawn mower), so material is not necessarily chopped up as fine as would be by a flail mower, and cut material is somewhat “windrowed” to one side of the mower due to the blade rotation. So, although these mowers are great for general-purpose brush mowing, they are not the best for cover-crop mowing. The different brands of Brush mowers we offer have a few different features, so here is an overview:
Del Morino Brand: Steel-reinforced aluminum gearbox cases; hardened steel gears and ball bearings in oil bath. Input shaft housings are designed with an oscillating swivel so that deck “floats”, or follows the contour of the ground, independent of the tractor axle. Cut material comes out under a reinforced rubber flap in the rear of mower. NOTE: BCS private-labels the Del Morino mowers, so a ‘BCS brand’ 21”, 26 or 32” brush mower is actually a Del Morino. Del Morino in under contract with BCS America for sales in the USA, so for us to purchase Del Morino mowers to fit BCS, we have to buy them through BCS America. When we buy them to fit Grillo, we can buy directly from Del Morino. This is why our prices for Del Morino mowers to fit Grillo are less than to fit BCS: You are paying BCS’s extra mark-up. (NOTE: BCS also offers a “30 inch ‘Combo’ mower”, which we do not stock because it does not perform well as a brush mower OR a lawn mower, and has serious design issues. For what we feel is a better option in a “crossover” mower, see our Zanon brand side-discharge Lawn Mowers in the Lawn Mower section.)
Bellon Super-Duty Brush Mower
on BCS 853 Diesel tractor
Bellon Brand: This is our “Super-Duty” brush mower, due to the following features: Cast-Iron gearbox housing with hardened steel gears and ball bearings in oil bath. Input shaft housing is designed with an oscillating swivel so that deck “floats”, or follows the contour of the ground, independent of the tractor axle, and also has “leveling springs” to help offset the torque of the PTO shaft through this swivel. Cut material comes out under series of hanging chains (just like a BIG bush-hog — chains never dry-rot or need replacement!) in the rear of mower. Cutting height adjustable from 2.5 to 4” by moving the skids up or down with 4 nuts. (Although, to meet current safety standards for brush mowers, the blades must cut at 4” high. So, if you adjust for a lower cutting height, it is at your own risk!!) Blades are designed to be flipped over, for more life. Blade carrier disk even comes with 2 extra blade-mounting holes, so if you bash into enough rocks enough to deform the original set of holes, you can just move to the “spare” holes. Available in one size: 28” cutting width.
ALL BRANDS of brush mowers we carry also have a feature which allows the input shaft angle to be adjusted to allow the deck to be parallel with the ground regardless of tractor wheel height (this is covered in the “setup” video above).
Still, using a brush mower requires minimum of 5x10x20” wheels (or larger) on tractor, for good ground clearance under the tractor engine… larger wheels are better in rough ground conditions. (Ask us for our recommendations on wheel size to best suit all your implement needs)