Q: How do I identify the part(s) I need?
Identify spare parts easily on www.bcsamerica.com. Simply go to the Service Information page, click the tractor model or attachment you need a part for, and find the serial number range that complies with your unit. If you have questions, contact your nearest dealer or call the BCS customer service team at 800-543-1040.
Q: I can’t figure out which BCS tractor model I have. How can I identify it?
Over time the model decals on tractors wear off and the model number is forgotten, especially when a unit has multiple owners. We understand that, but to figure out the model number we need to do some detective work.
Please refer to Service Bulletin 1-6 to aid in identifying your tractor. You’ll notice that it asks for the important features that separate BCS tractors—namely, the number of forward speeds and number of levers on the right handlebar.
If this chart doesn’t help, or if you have more questions, please call us at 800-543-1040 for help identifying which tractor you have. Remember, the tractor model number is integral in determining the replacement parts you need!
Q: Where can I find operator’s manuals or parts listings?
All operator’s manuals and parts listings for new and old BCS models can be found on www.bcsamerica.com. Go to the Service Information page to find operator’s manuals and parts listings.
If you have any questions, please call us at 800-543-1040.
Q: What’s the difference between a working speed and a transport speed?
You will notice on tractor specifications that there are different types of speeds. A working speed is the speed in which the tractor can operate while an attachment is engaged. The fastest working speed on a BCS tractor is the third speed on the model 739, 749, 852, 853 or 750, which goes up to 2.7 MPH. The faster working speeds are recommended for mowing applications when a mowing sulky is attached.
A transport speed is the speed in which the tractor and attachment can be transported, but the attachment can NOT be engaged. The transport speed was designed to help operators get to the place of operation more quickly. Transport speeds on BCS tractors go up to 8.3 MPH.
A transport sulky or utility trailer can be attached during transport mode, and a transport wheel (p/n 922C0027) is recommended for transporting a BCS tractor with a tiller attached. Please note that transport sulkies are only applicable when the tractor is in “rear-mount” attachment mode.
Q: When in neutral, my BCS tractor does not roll but drags the tires, OR it’s very difficult to roll the tires.
This problem used to more common but has been addressed by the BCS factory. It’s encountered only on straight-axle models (non-Professional) models. It is caused by the fit and finish between the worm gear and the brass crown gear that the worm drives inside the transmission. The surface of the worm gear and crown gear have very small peaks and valleys in the metal that fill with oil when the tractor is assembled, making them difficult to spin when you try to push the tractor in neutral.
The fix for this used to be to use the tractor as much as possible to “wear in” the two mating surfaces, but this takes time and often the tires will roll one direction but not in the other. Therefore, the unit must be used with both a front and rear-mount attachment to get both sides of the worm and crown gear sets worn in to each other. A few years ago the BCS factory addressed this problem by putting all crown and worm gears through a burnishing process before they are assembled. This greatly helped the situation and this problem has all but disappeared on newer tractors.
Q: How do I identify the serial number on my tractor/attachment?
The serial number of all BCS tractors can be found on the transmission housing and are typically 10 characters including letters and numbers. Attachment serial numbers vary in placement, but are typically found on a grey decal.
Q: Will my older BCS tractor fit new BCS attachments?
In most cases the answer is yes. You will need one of the two adapters to fit the current implements to one of the old pre-1995 tractors or the other way around. The adapters are called the Old Tractor to New Attachment Adapter, (p/n 92290832), or the “New Tractor to Old Attachment Adapter” (p/n 92290831).
If you happen to own one of the old 200 series tractors, this does not apply. The old 201, 203, 204 & 205 tractors can only operate 200 series attachments, and no 200 series attachment will fit anything other than a 200 series tractor.
Q: How can I change the engine on my BCS tractor?
If you have one of the older pre-1995 tractors that used the splined PTO shaft, you can refer to Service Bulletin 2-1. This bulletin shows various engine options along with the engine adapter kit that you will need to attach the new engine to your BCS tractor.
If you have a post-1995 tractor there is no kit because most of the parts in the kits were already on these tractors. Often times a new engine from another manufacturer can be fitted directly to your tractor using your existing clutch and adapter housing. For further information contact your BCS dealer or call us at 800-543-1040.
Q: The clutch lever on my new BCS tractor is difficult to compress with my small hands. Can I adjust the cable to make compressing the clutch easier?
The following is the technique to raise the position of the clutch lever while maintaining proper clutch functioning:
- Loosen the set/jam nut that holds the adjusting tube on the front of the clutch lever bracket. This requires a 13mm wrench.
- Turn the tube clockwise a few revolutions, screwing the tube into the bracket. You can usually do this by hand, but an 11mm wrench is the official tool for the job.
- Next, test the new positioning of the tube by compressing the clutch lever to the point that you feel resistance. With the red lever lowered to the black grip, the object is to measure vertically five inches from the end of the red lever to the end of the clutch lever at the point that you first feel resistance. Screw the tube in or out until this dimension is achieved.
- Once achieved, hold the tube still with the 11mm wrench and tighten the nut with the 13mm wrench snug against the bracket. Do not overtighten.
- Next, test this clutch lever adjustment by starting the tractor. Shift into 1st or 2nd gear, and, with the engine in an idle position, release the clutch. After traveling a few feet, squeeze the clutch and see if you stop completely.
- If you do, you can repeat the procedure above and rotate the adjusting tube clockwise another revolution or two. Test to see if the tractor will still come to a complete stop. If it does not, reverse the procedure and turn the tube counterclockwise until a full stop is achieved. By following this procedure, you will reduce the operator’s “reach” for the clutch lever, while maintaining proper clutch functioning.
As an additional point, the clutch cable will stretch after it has been used for awhile. This will be evident by the fact that the tractor “creeps” even though the clutch is squeezed. In this case, use the procedure above, except that you will be turning the adjusting tube counterclockwise to achieve a complete stop when the lever is compressed.