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post #1 of 29 Old 01-16-2008, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Lawn roller

I have been thinking about a lawn roller to take some of the roughness out of the lawn. It seems that it would work if done at a time that the ground was wet enough.
Anyone with experience at this? What types work best?
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Re: Lawn roller

Rolling yards will help with the small bumps. I roll in the spring after the spring thaw. I like to start around the first of March depending on weather. Freezing and thawing heaves the ground and a roller smooths it back out. My opinion the best rollers are the steel ones the poly ones are not heavy enough. I had the agri-fabs first a 36" then went to a 48" which I still have and in 2004 I had a 66" made out of a 500 gal. propane tank. The 36" steel weighs 640lbs., the 48" are 910lbs., with water and my 66" is at 3600lbs with water. I roll around 120 acres total each spring. I have a lawn mowing business.
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I bought an AgriFab Poly(plastic) roler last year. I think it is 36" wide. We pulled it behind our GX345. I worked good. Filled with water, I think it weighs 350+/- lbs. We were able to roll a couple of times. Now with the 2320, I don't know what to do because this roller won't cover the width of the tractor, but I suppose thats not the end of the world. My neighbor has a homemade roller that weighs about 3500lbs filled with water. He rolled two acres of old pasture for us that we started mowing as lawn last year. He cut through the front yard to get back there...that thing will take bumps out. I wanted him to roll the whole yard with it. I need to figure out if it is too much for my 2320 to handle or not. Good Luck!

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I bought an AgriFab Poly(plastic) roler last year. I think it is 36" wide. We pulled it behind our GX345. I worked good. Filled with water, I think it weighs 350+/- lbs. We were able to roll a couple of times. Now with the 2320, I don't know what to do because this roller won't cover the width of the tractor, but I suppose thats not the end of the world. My neighbor has a homemade roller that weighs about 3500lbs filled with water. He rolled two acres of old pasture for us that we started mowing as lawn last year. He cut through the front yard to get back there...that thing will take bumps out. I wanted him to roll the whole yard with it. I need to figure out if it is too much for my 2320 to handle or not. Good Luck!
Your 2320 will pull it fine. I rolled with my 2210 for 2 years pulling my 3600 lb roller. Just be carefull with hills or ditches.
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Here's the old cement roller my grandfather made I pull around:



He originally pulled it by hand. I decided that was way too much like work on a sloped 1/3 acre.

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Thanks for the replies, I will be roller shopping.

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I bought an AgriFab Poly(plastic) roler last year. I think it is 36" wide. We pulled it behind our GX345. I worked good. Filled with water, I think it weighs 350+/- lbs. We were able to roll a couple of times. Now with the 2320, I don't know what to do because this roller won't cover the width of the tractor, but I suppose thats not the end of the world. My neighbor has a homemade roller that weighs about 3500lbs filled with water. He rolled two acres of old pasture for us that we started mowing as lawn last year. He cut through the front yard to get back there...that thing will take bumps out. I wanted him to roll the whole yard with it. I need to figure out if it is too much for my 2320 to handle or not. Good Luck!
I also have a little craftsman roller I used with my JDLX280. Used it in the front yard with the sod. Now what do I do with it????

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I thought about using it behind the four wheeler, but the tires mark up the ground too much in the spring...kind of defeats the purpose. This is what my neighbor does and because his way is the best and only way, he would be so pleased. Of course he also absolutely scalps his lawn everytime he mows it. But that another story for another time.

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I made my own roller a number of years ago, 48" long x 24" diameter drill stem tubing. I welded on end plates with a 1" stub axle, pillar block bearings and angle iron frame, then filled it with water. I'd just pull it along every time I mowed, I'd try to do it a day or two after a good rain. Changed an old goat pasture into a yard.
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Here is the lawn roller that come with my 1952 david bradley 2 wheel tractor, for light rolling i will have my grandaughter stand on it, for the tough jobs i will have my sister in law on it.


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Firecop Here is the lawn roller that come with my 1952 david bradley 2 wheel tractor, for light rolling i will have my grandaughter stand on it, for the tough jobs i will have my sister in law on it.
I did that with my sister in law I could dig ditches.......lol

I bought a 48"x 24" steel roller made by ohio steel last year at TSC as on special. it weighs around 950lbs when topped of works great. I pull it with my prestige, you deffintely know its back there but it is not more than it can handle. I would recomend taking a look at th ohio steel products if your out looking
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Re: Lawn roller

I have one, but the ground really has to be soft for it to work. Right after the frost goes out is best. This year it is going to be more of a manure flattener. With all the snow and cold, we haven't been able to pick up after my 70# dogs.

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in 2004 I had a 66" made out of a 500 gal. propane tank. The 36" steel weighs 640lbs., the 48" are 910lbs., with water and my 66" is at 3600lbs with water.
Propane tanks are normally configured by the weight of propane gas that is pumped into them. The small BBQ tanks are referred to as "20 pounders", the larger tanks used in many RV applications are known as "40 pounders". The largest portable tank used mainly in construction applications is known as a "100 pounder".

Larger tanks that often sit next to a building to supply propane for heat and other household applications are "300 and 500 pound" tanks. The long hot-dog tanks that are installed some distance from the building it serves are "1000 and 2000 pound" types.

For many years, propane was sold ONLY by weight and not by volume. As such, the tanks only hold the following amounts in Imperial Gallons, not U.S gallons.
20# 4 gallon
30# 7 gallon
40# 10 gallon
60# 15 gallon
100# 25 gallon

In recent years, tanks have been available that are in volumetric figures.

Here is a chart off of a propane supplier's website.

http://www.sunshinepropane.com/product_tanks.htm


TANK SIZE in gallons of fuel
(1 gal. = approx. 4 lbs) LEASED TANK PRICE per year PURCHASED TANK PRICE delivered to site DIMENSIONS (D=diameter, L=length, W=width, H=Height WEIGHT in lbs without fuel Clearance from building Clearance from property line
50 Gal. cylinder N/A call for pricing 24"D x 40.3"H 150 0' 5'
120 Gal. Vertical $35 call for pricing 30"D x 54"H 300 0' 5'
120 Gal. Horizontal $35 call for pricing 6'L x 24"W x 37"H 288 0' 5'
250 Gal. Tank $45 call for pricing 8'L x 30"w x 42"H 542 10' 10'
500 Gal. Tank $65 call for pricing 10'L x 37"W x 50"H 1062 10' 10'
1000 Gal. Tank $110 call for pricing 16'L x 41"W x 56"H 2000 25' 25'
250 Gal. underground tank* call for pricing* 10'L x 54"W x 56"H 600 10' 10'
500 Gal. underground tank* call for pricing* 12'L x 61"W x 63"H 1150 10' 10'
1000 Gal. underground tank* call for pricing* 18'L x 65"W x 67"H 2100 10'
10'


So, if you actually are using a 500 gallon tank, then based upon the above chart, I don't know how it could be only 66" long. The chart shows that a 500 gallon tank is ten feet long and 37 inches in diameter. That tank has a volume of 70.71428571428565 cubic feet. A cubic foot of water
= 62.4 pounds and that means the water in a 500 gallon cylinder weighs in at 4412.5 pounds. Your tank would have to be four feet in diameter, at that 66 inch length to hold 500 gallons.

Maybe.... you actually have a 500 pound cylinder and not a 500 gallon cylinder.

Any explanation?
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Hey Caseguytoo, I was going to wait till I pull the roller out in March to show my roller but here it is. It started out as a 500 gallon tank like you see in peoples yards (picture 1). Only difference was the valves were on the ends instead of in the middle. Both ends were cut off to make the roller 66" wide. Then end plates were welded in. I wish the ends could have been rolled over to reduce cutting but oh well. Empty the roller weighs 1050 lbs. and full around 3400-3500lbs. I think it holds around 300 gallons when full. Pictures 2 and 3 show the roller (yea the shop is a mess, I know ) The tongue is 4" square tube with angle iron supports. I will get better pictures when pull it out in early march.

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Holy Moly Man.. that's some roller. I guess you must have filled that tank up with water in order to cut the bell ends off. Nice job. I'm impressed. I have a roller that a dear friend of mine made. He constructed it out of 3/4" thick cast iron water main that's about two feet in diameter. I don't know how much it weighs but it's a handful to pull, especially when trying to turn it sharply on wet grass.
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