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lawn roller pictures

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tyaroch, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. tyaroch

    tyaroch LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Posts: 119

    Well, I finally got a chance to put my JD 777 through its paces. I pulled this roller around the neighborhood rolling about 7 acres. It did a great job and I didn't wreck my mower. LOL. The roller is about 3' tall and 6' wide. It was a tank my father in law found and fabricated. shortly after is maiden voyage 25 years ago, he put a 3/8 steel jacket around it because the tank was not strong enough. Needless tosay it leaks, but works well. I figure it weights in excess of 2800 lbs. It pulled well and really made the ground flat. Here are some pics. I am just posing, I don't want to hear comments about the pic being fake of something. LOL! I really did roll with it though.

    hawii 2008 180.jpg

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  2. JosephLawnCare

    JosephLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 809

    holy cow! I bet your pumps were steamin.
  3. nitro121

    nitro121 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 380

    but why do you roll a yard?? I bet it lays down a good stripe though. ;)

    I mainly mow grass....just getting in to landscaping, so I've never rolled a yard.

  4. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    Whats that thing weigh? Looks a little heavy to me. Mine weighs in a 950lb and does a good job I'm not sure but I would think the one your using would lead to some pretty good compaction especially if the ground is fairly wet. How does the Z handle pulling that much weight? Looks like a 2500lb roller if not more.
  5. tyaroch

    tyaroch LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Posts: 119

    It weighs at least 2800 lbs. But, with the footprint this thing lays down, the PSI is not that much. The reason I roll the lawn is because the frost here lifts the lawn and it leaves un-eaven hills all over. Also, it fixes tracks from plowing with the tractors and such. Without rolling the lawn is a lot more bumpy. I do not have a suspension seat either. Sorry the pics are soo dark. Here is a better one.

    hawii 2008 1801.jpg

    J.A.G LAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 931

    dude i dont know if i would do that with a nice mower that is some weight..........
  7. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,587

    if your soil is like ours, mostly clay, your doing more harm then good, the frost heave will naturally settle, but the rolling compacts the clay and makes for a very unhealty root system, unles you areate after rolling,

    i dont think id pull that thing with such a nice mower either...

    J.A.G LAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 931

    lucky you didnt pull the back end of your mower off, must not weigh as much as you think , wheels would spin before they would pull if damp out , must be pulling are legs and not the roller lmao
  9. tyaroch

    tyaroch LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Posts: 119

    It is 300 gallons of water + all that steel. It did not pull hard honestly. It is rolling weight you know. I know about compaction. My family farms and compaction is a huge ordeal. I am going to spike it soon though. Like I said, the PSI is not as much as you think. It is only 9 lbs/sq.in. Less than the heel of your boot, which is 9 or 10 lbs/sq.in

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