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    Default Low budget home built ring roller

    I've long wanted a ring roller but could never find a decent small one used, and new ones are really pricey. My local kubota dealer happened to mention, "Some guys just get some 10" pipe, buy the rings and make their own." I did and am really pleased with the result.

    I use this for compacting after sowing cover crop seed in my orchard (this next time with my newly built seed drill) . Ring rollers are also great for following a disc to break up clods, or after tilling to compact overly fluffed up seed beds. I used an old home made tongue from a solid roller I'd made from a length of corrugated culvert pipe years ago. It had plain steel "donuts" for bearings. I only use it about 2 hrs. a year so wear is not a problem, I just give each bushing a shot of grease before each use. For heavier duty use it could easily be made with flanged ball bearings. The 26 rings cost me $13.00 each, so the whole project cost under $350.00

    Some construction details:
    - The core is 10" steel pipe which is 10 1/2" OD (got it for free from a friend). This matches what I've measured on commercial ring rollers. The ID of the rings is 11 3/4", so individual rings are able to float over clods or bumps without lifting all the others off the ground.

    - The rings are 2 3/8" wide, and I made the overall length of the pipe to be 2" longer than the total width of all rings (again copied from commercial rollers). This allows the rings to flop around freely and better deal with uneven surfaces.

    - The end plates are 1/4" steel. The left end is welded to the pipe, but I bolted on the right end plate (to a 3" channel cross piece welded in the end of the pipe). I did this thinking I might want to add weight inside the pipe. Another approach would be to weld both ends on tight and add a pipe plug in one end to add water for weight. Or another would be to add the weight to the tongue frame. For my purposes I haven't needed more weight.

    - The axle shaft is 1" steel rod. Each end plate has a 1" shaft collar welded to it, with a set bolt to lock to the axle.
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    Default Re: Low budget home built ring roller

    i bet that sucker is noisy

    hows it work?
    Steve - TC33D 4x4 FEL, dual rear remotes with toys

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    Default Re: Low budget home built ring roller

    Yes, very noisy! Works great for compacting and breaking up small clods after a harrow. Leaves a nice dimpled surface ready to soak up rain.

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    Default Re: Low budget home built ring roller

    Nice job!

    Gives me some ideas for a winter project. Although a lengthy project list.....

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    Default Re: Low budget home built ring roller

    Won't want to be mole/shrew..yikes.

    About how much does it weigh?

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    Default Re: Low budget home built ring roller

    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas View Post
    About how much does it weigh?
    Weight is around 690 lbs. It's 5 1/2ft. wide, and the 10" pipe weights 40.5lb./ft. The rings are 16# ea. The frame & tongue are much lighter weight than on commercial units, but works fine for my use.

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    Default Re: Low budget home built ring roller

    SLT.
    Thanks for info.

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