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Hi I'm looking at the jd lawn roller or something similar. I have about an acre of my yard that the orginal owner never did much with and it is full of humps and bumps. I brought in some black dirt and had the big ones filled in but there are tuns of small to medium humps/bumps all over. I live in northern MN and I think there frost humps and prob. some old gopher mounds. Has anyone had any luck with a lawn roller and these kinds of conditions? I'm thinking a 36" or 48" roller. Thank you and sorry to the mods if I should not ask this here.
 

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I'd just get one from TSC they are cheaper and get a big one 36" is too small for the X500 i'd say at least 48"
 

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I bought the Ohio Steel 10T and filled it with sand http://www.ohiosteel.com/roll.html. I estimate it weighs over 900 lbs with the sand - i.e. it will crush gravel if there's any on the garage floor. Note, it does make it a bear to move around by hand however and it took me over an hour of standing there with the top of a litre soda bottle filling it with the sand into the small hole.

I ran it over the yard once this spring after rains had the ground pretty soft; before I had to rebuild my transaxle (not due to the roller, just 41 years of use).

It made a difference, smoothing out the yard, only got to run it once though so I plan to overseed and use it to push in the seed this fall.

It just tracks/rolls over and down into the big stuff so the fill you did with dirt is the best bet and what I plan to do soon.

I'd say it would flatten gopher mounds and small/medium stuff but if it's a larger dip the roller will just go down into it and back out - flattening the surface of the dip, but not forcing the land flat. That'd take a whole heck of a lot of weight - i.e. maybe a full sized steam roller.

That being said it did make a noticeable difference when I walked across the lawn this summer after the ground had dried out a bit. Smoothed out the washboard/rough feeling from frost and drying out of the clay soil.

It also smoothed out/flattened my gravel driveway nicely where I pulled it to the lawn.

I have several areas I plan to fill in with some dirt and I also plan to use the roller to pack the dirt tight and flat.
 

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I bought the Ohio Steel 10T and filled it with sand http://www.ohiosteel.com/roll.html. I estimate it weighs over 900 lbs with the sand - i.e. it will crush gravel if there's any on the garage floor. Note, it does make it a bear to move around by hand however.

I ran it over the yard once this spring before I had to rebuild my transaxle (not due to the roller, just 41 years of use).

It made a difference, smoothing out the yard, only got to run it once though so I plan to overseed and use it to push in the seed this fall.

It just tracks/rolls over and down into the big stuff so the fill you did with dirt is the best bet and what I plan to do soon.

I'd say it would flatten gopher mounds and small/medium stuff but if it's a larger dip the roller will just go down into it and back out - flattening the surface of the dip, but not forcing the land flat. That'd take a whole heck of a lot of weight - i.e. maybe a full sized steam roller.

That being said it did make a noticeable difference when I walked across the lawn this summer after the ground had dried out a bit. Smoothed out the washboard/rough feeling from frost and drying out of the clay soil.

It also smoothed out/flattened my gravel driveway nicely where I pulled it to the lawn.

I have several areas I plan to fill in with some dirt and I also plan to use the roller to pack the dirt tight and flat.
Thank you the big stuff I filled in but if I were to fill in ever hump and bump it would cost me 5000.00 in black dirt. I have all ready brought in 80 yrds of black dirt and don't want to spend any more if I don't have to and I hate to have someone come in with a bobcat and harley rake and scrape everything down and have to start over because the grass is great its just the bumps so I hope this will work or at least make it livable.
 

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I see you are wasting no time putting the new X500 to good use:trink40:
 

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:Tractor2:Thats rite!
 

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The taller thinner rollers will put more pressure on the ground. They aren't as stabile as the wide ones but if you go slow it wouldn't be a problem!
 

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Thank you. I hope it'll work. So would you do the 36" or 48"?
 

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The taller thinner rollers will put more pressure on the ground. They aren't as stabile as the wide ones but if you go slow it wouldn't be a problem!
1" x 48" high! :)
 

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it took me over an hour of standing there with the top of a litre soda bottle filling it with the sand into the small hole.

Ah like sand through an hour glass, The Days Of Our Life :crybaby:
 

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I got one of those very skinny rollers (rented) 36 inch about 400-500 pounds... It really didn't make a dent only any of the "bumps" in my yard... It may work for gopher holes, and it probably depends where you are located (clay soil out here in IL) I think I'm either stuck with renting a hydrostatic double drum roller or filling it in with dirt...
 

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Neighbor has one and filled it then added about 12 cement blocks on it. It does make a dent on anything it goes over. I suspect it must be about 800 - 1000 lbs and about 32 inches wide. My 48 inch Agrifab plastic one just does not do what his does!
 

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Neighbor has one and filled it then added about 12 cement blocks on it. It does make a dent on anything it goes over. I suspect it must be about 800 - 1000 lbs and about 32 inches wide. My 48 inch Agrifab plastic one just does not do what his does!
Our local rental shop has a taller 36" steal one I think I'll try I hope it helps I'm done buying black dirt.
 
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