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Home-Built Land Roller
My father and I came up with an inexpensive way to make our own land roller using a large air compressor tank. We bought a 10-ft. long, 36-in. dia. air compressor tank at an auction and converted it into a 14 ft. long land roller that can be filled with water for extra weight. We pull it behind a small Allis-Chalmers tractor.
It buries stones up to 5 in. in diameter, preventing damage to swather guards and knives during harvest of small grains and lentils. We spent less than $1,000 to build it. We lengthened the tank by welding together three 36-in. dia. steel wheels off an old threshing machine and then welding them onto each end of the tank. A 2-ft. long, 2-in. dia. steel shaft runs through the center of the wheels like an axle. The outer end of the shaft mounts inside a heavy-duty bearing off the crankshaft of an old tractor. The bearing bolts to a steel frame built out of 3 by 4-in. tubing. A 2-in. dia. bunge hole on each end of the tank is used to fill it with water (air escapes from one bunge hole as the tank fills up).
We used 4-in. sq. steel off an old cultivator to build the roller's hitch. A steel rack on the front part of the frame is used to carry big stones we pick up in the field. (WayneHusak, Box 1228, Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada ROJ 1 HO ph 204 476-3868)

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1994 - Volume #18, Issue #4