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    Default Ideas for a big lawn roller

    I want to vastly improve my 5 acres of lawn for faster tractor speed when mowing. I asked a friend that used to work at a golf course how they smoothed out the fairways. He said they made some very large/heavy rollers and towed them around for 2 weeks every spring. He used 200 gallon fuel tanks, welded bearing carriers on the ends and then made a hitch, installed a bung in the end and filled with water.

    Anyone have any good ideas of something that will make a good heavy roller?
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    Default Re: Ideas for a big lawn roller

    How about just a 55 gallon drum - Rod down the middle/fill with water. Or fill with concrete/rocks if you want something more permanent. Another option might be some kind of heavy drainage pipe also filled with concrete.
    Mike

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    Default Re: Ideas for a big lawn roller

    I thing 3 lawn tractor water rollers would be easier on your lawn. Just make an extension rod for the 2 outside rollers. Baking up would be impossible though. you could link them in a strait line though
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    Default Re: Ideas for a big lawn roller

    Propane supply compaies that supply residential tanks often times sell off thier old tanks. Weld on some hubs from the rear axle of a front wheel drive vehicle, and make a frame and you have a lawn roller. There's one I saw on a lawn tractor site:

    Simplicity & Allis-Chalmers Garden Tractor Club, Inc. - Looks like I'm not the only roller nut...

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    Default Re: Ideas for a big lawn roller

    55 gallon drums usually have a ridge in the center, or two equally spaced, so that would put more ruts in your yard.
    A large piece of PVC pipe if your in the plumbing field, used propane tank if your not.
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    Default Re: Ideas for a big lawn roller

    I like the propane tank method, a 330gal is maybe 6 feet wide the round edges dont dig into the ground when turning.

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    Default Re: Ideas for a big lawn roller

    I like the propane idea too. I'm going to call my supplier to see when I'm due for a new tank.
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    Default Re: Ideas for a big lawn roller

    Lawn roller made from 500 gallon propane tank | Freaky Acres

    Check out this members pics of the roller he built at the site above. I did a search for rear roller and found it.

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    Default Re: Ideas for a big lawn roller

    I like it!! I think I'm going to do the same. It would be really neat to make one like above with a 3ph so that when it's empty it could be lifted and moved. But that would probably be too difficult and not necessary. Be careful when welding used propane tanks though!!
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    Default Re: Ideas for a big lawn roller

    The one that was made from a large propane tank is impressive, but I wonder how he would be able to control it if the ground isn't level. I know that it would push a small tractor around quite easily. Reminds me of the tail wagging the dog.
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