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Pipe Used To Build Pull-Type Lawn Roller
I used a 36-in. length of 12-in. dia. schedule 40 pipe to build a pull-type lawn roller. It has a 3/8-in. thick steel plate welded in to each end and Dodge W-25 weld-in hubs at each end with Dodge 2517 taper lock bushings. The roller rides on a 1 15/16-in. dia. cold roll shaft that's 44 in. long.
  I bolted 1 15/16-in. pillow block bearings to each end of a frame that I made from angle iron. A length of 1/2 by 1-in. flat steel on front serves as a scraper to keep the roller clean. The hitch point is a piece of flat bar bent around a bolt, with a spacer welded in for strength and so that it will pivot.
  The unit weighs just over 200 lbs. and is heavy enough that I don't have to add water. I use a Sears 15 hp garden tractor to pull it. Most of the material that I used could be found at a scrap yard. (Joe Zimny, 170 E. Aycliffe Dr., Shelton, Wash. 98584; ph 360 426-2792; email: jenz41@msn.com).

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2004 - Volume #28, Issue #5