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Old 01-20-2020, 03:24 PM   #1
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Since I got so much good feedback on my judge my welds thread. I thought I would jump into welding head first. Good a good price on 20 in 14 foot pipe. The steel is 1/2 inch thick. I tried several places to buy end caps with no luck. But did find a place that plasma cuts to specs. So I ordered 2 plates with a 1 1/2 inch hole cut in the middle of each plate, an a 3/4 inch 2 inches from the edge cut in 1 plate. This is so you can add water. Got 2, 20 foot by 3/8 thick square tube. Had a few other pieces at home to complete.

This is the tube.

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Old 01-20-2020, 03:46 PM   #2
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This ought to be good!
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This ought to be good!
Yep, my thoughts exactly.

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Old 01-20-2020, 03:58 PM   #4
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I would make that into a BBQ pit and just drag an old railroad track over the pasture to smooth it.
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Old 01-20-2020, 04:52 PM   #5
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In for the build. Gonna be a cool project.
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Old 01-20-2020, 04:58 PM   #6
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I would make that into a BBQ pit and just drag an old railroad track over the pasture to smooth it.
I am planting Bermuda seed that needs to have a very firm seed bed.

I have a cultipacker but it will not work for what I want.

The railroad track will not work.

Already have a smoker.
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Old 01-20-2020, 05:17 PM   #7
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Hmmm I planted Bermuda in my pastures and never used a roller ?
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Old 01-20-2020, 05:22 PM   #8
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Hmmm I planted Bermuda in my pastures and never used a roller ?
me too, I would broadcast the bermuda seed and cultipack it.
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Old 01-20-2020, 05:23 PM   #9
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Hmmm I planted Bermuda in my pastures and never used a roller ?

Glad it worked out for you.

I'm following instructions on seed bed preparation from Pennington seed, Coop, local feed store, and the guy that cuts my hay. Besides I have wanted to make one a for long time. The seed cost about $175 for 25 pounds. I'll be using about 10 lbs per acres
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Old 01-20-2020, 05:25 PM   #10
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Mix that seed with a little sand too if you want to " cut " it and make it go further. Once they start settling in it will spread out nice and thick. Good luck with your pasture. Take pics and let us join that adventure too.
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Old 01-20-2020, 05:37 PM   #11
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Mix that seed with a little sand too if you want to " cut " it and make it go further. Once they start settling in it will spread out nice and thick. Good luck with your pasture. Take pics and let us join that adventure too.
Basically 3 ways to do it.

Use a 3 point spreader mix the seed with a lot of sand and fertilizer.

Mix the seed with the fertilizer at the feed store and put out with their big fertilizer spreader.

Use a no till seed drill and that will bury the seed at 1/8 inch max.

Done lots of research...

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Old 01-20-2020, 05:48 PM   #12
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Following along, need a roller myself.
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Old 01-20-2020, 05:51 PM   #13
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Following along, need a roller myself.
I'm getting the pipe to make another one just in case this one turns out good. You just do not see them for sale. Not something you use a lot but when needed it is the only thing that works.
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Old 01-20-2020, 05:59 PM   #14
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I’ve had excellent luck with your first method. I always mixed it up well with fertilizer, made sure I choked that gap in the spreader down to where I had to go over the area at least three times so I got it pretty even. Hard to spread as black pepper but it can be done. Any method you listed will work. Your roller will work too if you get your planting area smooth enough. Good luck !
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Old 01-20-2020, 06:05 PM   #15
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Iíve had excellent luck with your first method. I always mixed it up well with fertilizer, made sure I choked that gap in the spreader down to where I had to go over the area at least three times so I got it pretty even. Hard to spread as black pepper but it can be done. Any method you listed will work. Your roller will work too if you get your planting area smooth enough. Good luck !

I will disc it at least 2 times.. I have a 6 ft but borrowing a 10 feed.

The roller with no water will weight over 1500 lbs. Not sure how much water a 20 inch tub 14 feet long will hold. So it should make it pretty smooth.
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Old 01-20-2020, 08:02 PM   #16
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I will disc it at least 2 times.. I have a 6 ft but borrowing a 10 feed.



The roller with no water will weight over 1500 lbs. Not sure how much water a 20 inch tub 14 feet long will hold. So it should make it pretty smooth.


1900 lb of water if itís full. Will be a heavy roller.
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Old 01-20-2020, 08:13 PM   #17
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We use a brillion seeder when planting Bermuda or other small grass seed.
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Old 01-21-2020, 05:24 AM   #18
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We use a brillion seeder when planting Bermuda or other small grass seed.
Wish I had access to one.
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Old 01-22-2020, 09:21 AM   #19
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I will disc it at least 2 times.. I have a 6 ft but borrowing a 10 feed.

The roller with no water will weight over 1500 lbs. Not sure how much water a 20 inch tub 14 feet long will hold. So it should make it pretty smooth.


20" pipe @ 0.5" wall, full of water, is 227 lbs/ft. 227*14=3178

-pipe alone is 104.23 lb/ft
-the water in a 20" x 0.5" wall pipe is 122.86 lb/ft

If you are disking it, rolling will definetly be needed to seal it all up. I'll be following to see the finished product.

I would love to find a big piece of pipe (48") to build a big, heavy roller for road building around the ranch.

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Old 02-09-2020, 04:51 PM   #20
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A little progress. I ordered the end caps with the middle hole computer plasma cut. Got the water fill hole to small but will fix. Got gussets in to the support the axle. Next door neighbor is going to weld axles and end caps to pipe. He is retired and welded for a living. I’ll weld the frame. Below is not welded yet but shows how gussets will reenforce axle. The gussets will be inside the tube. Suggestions welcome


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Old 02-09-2020, 04:56 PM   #21
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Old 02-13-2020, 05:20 PM   #22
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Gonna be nice. Might take a long time to fill through that little hole with no other way for air to escape.

Make sure you have gates wider than the roller!
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My soil is sandy loam (more sand than loam) and I tried a cultipacker but it would push up the soil and start digging in, I bought an old tire roller and rebuilt it. It works pretty good, I attached a drag to cover the seed before rolling it.
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My soil is sandy loam (more sand than loam) and I tried a cultipacker but it would push up the soil and start digging in, I bought an old tire roller and rebuilt it. It works pretty good, I attached a drag to cover the seed before rolling it.
Thatís pretty cool Jeff.
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Old 02-13-2020, 06:49 PM   #25
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That is pretty cool.
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Old 02-14-2020, 10:33 AM   #26
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Jeff - that is pretty neat!

Stan - get on with the project! I'm following this!
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Old 02-16-2020, 11:58 AM   #27
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In for the finish.

Stan, hit me up next time you need CNC plasma or laser cutting, or bending, or rolling
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