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Berta Rotary Plows

This amazing “primary tillage” implement was pioneered on a walk-behind tractor by the Gravely® company many years ago…it was effective, but the front–PTO design of the Gravely tractors made operation of this tool rather dangerous. The Berta Company of Italy has refined the design and made the plow applicable as a rear-PTO implement for most European walk-behind tractors. Putting the rotary plow in the rear of the tractor improved the handling immeasurably (always better to PULL a load than to push it! That’s why trailers are behind vehicles…). BCS now purchases the Berta rotary plow and brands it as their own implement: the “GroundBlaster”. The paint job and the name are different, but it is exactly the same tool.

Essentially the rotary plow has a vertical shaft with 4 spiral blades (plowshares) turning at approximately 250 rpm. Soil in front of the plow is cut into and then immediately centrifugally discharged to the side as it is inverted. Basically, in a single pass through sod, the plow will leave a 10-12 inch depth of worked soil. And because the soil is not trapped under a hood and repeatedly pulverized (like with a tiller), the soil structure is not beat to death. Tilth of soil is similar to that which has been plowed and disked with a conventional tractor: good enough for large seeds and vegetable starts; may need secondary tillage on the top 2-3” for small seeds.

The plow works 8-10” wide per pass, but unlike a tiller, there is no such thing as a ‘second pass’ with a Rotary Plow to achieve extra depth, so it more than makes up for it’s narrow working width in the fact that it only has to go over the ground once. (EXCEPTION: In some highly-compacted soils, a second pass may be needed to achieve full depth…this is rare.) The cutting tips on the bottoms of the plow blades are reversible in 4 positions to achieve maximum life, and easily and inexpensively replaceable when worn out completely.

The horizontal movement of the blades through the soil causes little or no hardpan and is actually less violent than a rototiller when hitting rocks, tree roots, etc. Customers have reported to us that basketball-sized rocks are turned out by the plow “and you hardly feel them!”

Absolutely unbeatable for breaking new ground, and we have also found it excellent for turning in standing cover crop up to 4 feet tall. (A shear blade at the top of the rotor keeps material from “winding” around the shaft). Exploiting the side-discharge nature of this tool (which will throw soil up to 24 inches past the edge of the hood) awesome (and amazingly flat-topped) raised beds, power ridging and hilling can be achieved. Can be used as a trencher of sorts, too, to a limited depth. Depth can be regulated to less than the full 12” by installing a gauge wheel (included), which has holes in 1” increments to limit depth to as little as 6”. Side-discharge distance can be controlled by a removable side flap (included), and by engine RPM, since the “discharge” is centrifugal.

We carry two versions of the Rotary Plow:

Single version: Shown in photos below, Discharges soil to right side. Most popular due to cost and weight; good for relatively flat and square/rectangular plots. Weighs 95 lbs. –Swivel (reversible) version: Has two plowshare rotors which turn opposite directions; gearbox mounted on perfectly-balanced swivel, so it can be instantly “flipped” and right OR left discharge can be achieved. Designed for hillside work and terracing when soil needs to be thrown uphill or downhill only; also good for lots of odd-shaped plots. VERY HEAVY (150 lbs.)—requires front weight for tractor to properly counter-balance plow.


Berta Swivel plow, in LH-discharge position


Berta Swivel plow, in RH-discharge position

40” wide raised beds made in one afternoon
with a Berta Rotary Plow

Rotary plows will work on BCS and Grillo walk-behind tractors that have at least 8.5 hp (gas) or 7 hp (diesel) and 5x10x20” wheels or larger. Distance between wheels needs to be 16” to 18”(measured from the inside of one wheel to the inside of the other), and the closer you get to 18”, the better the plow will perform because it takes a bigger “bite”. Axle extensions may be required to achieve optimal working width on wheels.


Berta single rotary plow

  • Requires 5x10x20” wheels or larger
  • May require axle extensions for proper wheel spacing (see above)
  • Item AR.D4-B fits BCS 732 - 853, 750
  • Item AR.D4-G fits Grillo G85(9 hp) - G110
  • Item AR.D4-G131 fits Grillo G131 (implement weights may be required for proper balance)
  • Price: $1399 $1200

Berta reversible (swivel version) rotary plow

  • Requires 5x10x20” wheels or larger
  • May require axle extensions for proper wheel spacing (see above)
  • Heavy weight of this implement will require counter-balance weights for engine, for proper handling of tractor
  • Item ARV-B fits BCS 732 - 853, 750
  • Item ARV-G fits Grillo G85(9 hp) - G110
  • Item ARV-G131 fits Grillo G131
  • Price: $1999 $1800