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BCS 852 - 13 HP
Walk-behind Tractors
BCS 750 - 13HP

BCS Model 853 walk-behind tractor

(Shown with Caravaggi BIO-90 High-Speed Chipper implement)

The 800 series BCS machines are currently our best selling BCS models, and the 853 walk-behind tractor is the best-selling of the 800 series. The 4-speed transmission and standard steering brakes make these tractors excellent for just about any task: Plowing, tilling, mowing, haymaking, transport and snow removal applications…and many others. The BCS 853 walking tractor is the 800-series variant that has the “transport” speed available in the “Rear-PTO” mode, so it is more popular for users who plan on using the machine more (or transporting the machine longer distances) with Rear-PTO implements or utility trailers. Plenty of horsepower to handle any implement we offer (Exceptions: The reciprocating spader and 33” tiller implements, which require the stronger PTO mounting of the model 750]. This size/class of walk-behind tractor represents the most versatile machine for all-around use, and is our most popular class of tractor. Standard wheels are 5x12x22” (other wheels available by request…we can discuss what would be best for your application). NOTE: As an “Earth Tools Exclusive”, we now offer this tractor with a “Steep-Slope” engine option: the Briggs Vanguard 14hp engine, which has special baffling in the crankcase that allows this splash-lubricated engine to operate on up to a 45 degree angle in any direction (other engines will operate at up to a 30 - 35 degree angle).

Comparable machine in Grillo brand tractor: Grillo G110

Click here to see the differences between the BCS 852 and 853 models.

Click here to watch a video of basic setup/use of this model.

Prices (tractor only…does not include any implement) :

  • BCS 853, 13hp Honda gas engine, Manual start, 5x12x22” wheels: MSRP: $5999 Earth Tools Regular Sale price:$5699 SEASONAL PROMO PRICE UNTIL AUG 31 2024: $5499

  • Model 853, 13hp Honda gas engine, Electric & Manual start, 5x12x22” wheels: MSRP: $6499 Earth Tools Regular Sale price: $6174 SEASONAL PROMO PRICE UNTIL AUG 31 2024: $5974

  • Earth Tools Exclusive: BCS 853, 14hp Briggs Vanguard “Steep Slope” gas engine, electric & manual start, 5x12x22” wheels: $6799 Earth Tools Regular Sale price:$6459 SEASONAL PROMO PRICE UNTIL AUG 31 2024: $6259

  • NOTE: deduct $95 from Promo sale prices above to switch to smaller (5x10x20”) wheels…these may be better for certain applications. MANY different wheel sizes & styles available…Ask us for advice on what wheel size/style is best for your specific applications.


Engine Type/HP GX390 Honda gas (13hp / 8.7KW / 19.5 ft-lbs. of torque) OR Briggs Vanguard “steep slope” model 25V337 (14hp / 10.5KW / 22.7 ft-lbs. of torque, handles up to 45 degree slopes–an Earth Tools Exclusive!)
Starting System Recoil OR Electric with recoil back-up
Clutch Conical, automotive type
Transmission All hardened steel gears and shafts supported by ball bearings, in oil bath
(details here)
Standard, with differential lock
Steering Brakes Standard, controls at hand-grips (with parking brake locks).
Tilling speeds
(rear PTO)
Fwd: 0.75, 1.75, 2.85, 9.1 mph  •   Rev: 0.8, 1.85, 3.0 mph
Mowing speeds
(front PTO)
Fwd: 0.8, 1.85, 3.0 mph   •   Rev: 0.75, 1.75, 2.85 mph
Wheel Size 5x10x20” OR 5x12x22”, adjustable track width, tractor tread, tube type. (Click here for wheel options and accessories)
Outside wheel track (w/o accessories) 5x10: 20” 22” 25”; 5x12: 22 or 27 inches (27” only on diesel) (Click here for a wheel spacing chart)
Safety Features Operator presence control (deadman switch), Reverse Gear/PTO Lockout (to prevent tilling in reverse)
Handlebars Anti-vibrated, instantly adjustable up and down and side-to-side; also fully reversible to convert from front PTO to rear PTO mode. All controls on handles.
PTO Type Independent, 990 RPM at max engine speed
Method of
changing implements
Two 12mm threaded studs with nuts or optional Quick Hitch
Tractor Weight
(w/o implements)
245 lbs (gas), 300 lbs. (diesel with electric start) (add 20 lbs. for electric start on gas)

NOTE: Wheel sizes / styles on most new tractors can be changed, if desired, for the “cost difference” in the wheels…ask an Earth Tools salesperson for details.

NOTE FOR HIGH-ELEVATION USE: For folks using these machines at elevations of more than 5000 feet, we offer special carburetor jets for Honda brand engines to make the engines operate correctly at high elevations. Ask a salesperson…