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Can the BCS Sickle Bar Mower Take Down Grass 16 Feet Tall?

The BCS Dual Action Sickle Bar Mower is known for efficiently cutting plant material at its base.  With a width of up to 82'', the Dual Action mower can cover large swaths of land at faster speeds than its single-action Sickle Bar cousin.   

Thanks to the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group in New Jersey, we can also absolutely confirm that the BCS Sickle Bar Mower -- both single and dual action -- are also capable of taking down invasive phragmites up to 16 feet tall!   

Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, which operates a model 853 and 47'' Dual Action Sickle Bar Mower, uses their BCS in tough applications like this one and many others.  They were kind enough to write a testimonial in hopes that it helps others in the world of watershed restoration.  Read it below: 

"The low impact of the BCS 853 with the 47” duplex has proven to be the ideal tool for recovery of tree shelters within some of our sensitive riparian floodplain reforestation project sites!  It cuts like butter through the woody stems of seven foot tall purple loosetrife, phragmites, giant ragweed, Canadian thistle, mugwort, black mustard, and other invasive grasses and forbs making our project sites easily accessible for annual maintenance of shelters and also for hosting education and outreach events for local schools and community members about watershed restoration and environmental stewardship!  

In addition to features like tilting and rotating handle bars, which make transport-ability a piece of cake, the locking/unlocking differential and balance of the 853 with the 47” duplex makes maneuverability around our thousands of tree shelters a breeze.  This equipment has been used for mowing up to six continuous hours a day, for several days per week, for several weeks, across many, many acres of reforested streams.  It remains trouble free with minimal maintenance!  I cannot wait to use the 853 with the 32” Brush Mower on some of our other projects!"

If you have a similar application or would like to submit a BCS testimonial, please let us know!

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