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Old 03-07-2010, 11:45 AM   post #16 of 26
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I have a 36" plastic, with rounded edges that weighs about 500lb when filled. I only use it a few times a year to flatten out my lawn and it suits me fine. Got it from Northern Tool.
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Old 03-07-2010, 01:06 PM   post #17 of 26
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Ohio Steel's metal rollers have rounded edges...

That is a **** nice roller right there. And I'd wager it has a not so nice price to accompany it.
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Old 03-07-2010, 06:47 PM   post #18 of 26
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That is a **** nice roller right there. And I'd wager it has a not so nice price to accompany it.
Barbosa, I'll take that wager and you can pay up...

Model 10T $189.99 with Free Shipping

http://www.yardandgardendirect.com/lawnroller.htm

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Old 03-07-2010, 07:30 PM   post #19 of 26
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If you build a lawn roller in the neighborhood of 36" in diameter, where in he_ _ is flex involved. If you build anything out of any kind of plastic and expose it to the elements, it will start to deteriorate in 5 to 6 years. if you build it with 1/4" steel pipe, no matter how long you live, you will never live long enough to see it rust through.
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Old 03-07-2010, 07:53 PM   post #20 of 26
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That is a **** nice roller right there. And I'd wager it has a not so nice price to accompany it.
Seems to have a short tounge?Looks like the rear tire would hit if you turned short?Does it take 40 acres to turn that rig around?

The reason I was considering a poly roller.Is a friends Agrifab metal roller rusted and broke loose at the welded seam length ways across the drum.I looked at a Agrifab at Farm&Fleet this weekend and it has that seam and the metal appeared to be thinner grade then his.Soo im think polly again.

Home Depot has a 36wide 24diameter poly for $159.00 with free shipping.
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Old 03-07-2010, 08:06 PM   post #21 of 26
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Seems to have a short tounge?Looks like the rear tire would hit if you turned short?Does it take 40 acres to turn that rig around?

The reason I was considering a poly roller.Is a friends Agrifab metal roller rusted and broke loose at the welded seam length ways across the drum.I looked at a Agrifab at Farm&Fleet this weekend and it has that seam and the metal appeared to be thinner grade then his.Soo im think polly again.

Home Depot has a 36wide 24diameter poly for $159.00 with free shipping.
I favor the steel roller cause I use it on a gravel driveway. I'm sure a poly roller wold get punctured.

I have a Toro roller made by Ohio Steel (exactly the same as the 10T but without the round corners) that has been filled and outside since 1997. I added anti freeze with rust inhibitor and no problems so far.

Seeing the AgriFab products with my own eyes I can tell you that they are lesser quality versions of the top tier products from the likes of Brinly and Ohio Steel.

Turns around just fine and pulls just like the 600 lbs it weighs



How can you not buy American steel from Ohio?
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Old 03-07-2010, 08:27 PM   post #22 of 26
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I have a 48" poly roller. I originally filled with water, but it took a long time and the water pump ran quite a bit during fillup so I decide to fill up with sand the next year. I found that it worked better with the sand (actually added weight) and if I needed to take somewhere else, I just used the winch to pull it up on the trailer. I store it along side the shed in winter and it holds it shape.
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Old 03-07-2010, 09:35 PM   post #23 of 26
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Barbosa, I'll take that wager and you can pay up...

Model 10T $189.99 with Free Shipping

http://www.yardandgardendirect.com/lawnroller.htm

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WOW! That is an incredibly low price. To **** with the poly, I'd spend the extra $25 and get the Ohio Steel one.
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:06 PM   post #24 of 26
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Seems to have a short tounge?Looks like the rear tire would hit if you turned short?Does it take 40 acres to turn that rig around?

The reason I was considering a poly roller.Is a friends Agrifab metal roller rusted and broke loose at the welded seam length ways across the drum.I looked at a Agrifab at Farm&Fleet this weekend and it has that seam and the metal appeared to be thinner grade then his.Soo im think polly again.

Home Depot has a 36wide 24diameter poly for $159.00 with free shipping.
Yeah...caution against tight turns with this one. Halfway thru it's second season mine snapped clean off at the T. Fortunately on flat ground! TSC and Ohio didn't want to know about it of course.

Fixed that and it did another season until the axle shaft broke loose in that thin steel. Currently building a beefier hub. Oh yeah, patched that long seam a time or two as well.

I'd say, if you are OK welding your own stuff to keep it going, it's not so bad of a deal. Sure is heavy enough ;-)

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Old 03-07-2010, 10:13 PM   post #25 of 26
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Rolled the lawn today, I've had this poly for the past 6 years, I filled it the day I got it and never did anything else. I roll w/ it and thats all.
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Old 07-14-2010, 12:08 PM   post #26 of 26
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So johndeere, what did you end up getting?
I am also in the market for a roller.
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