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Old 09-18-2015, 09:21 PM   #1
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I saw this cultipacker on another forum and decided to try it myself:



Here's the sketch i drew up:



I added a doctor blade to clean mud or rocks off the back of the roller. I wanted to totally DIY this but got busy this week so I had the guys at our shop help out. I was going to have them cut the doctor blade on the plasma table anyway, so easy for me to let them do most of the work.

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I should have finished photos early next week. It will weigh over 1000 lbs. I'll be interested to see how the hdpe holds up. I wanted something heavy for our hard soil clods we get at our place.

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Old 09-18-2015, 10:44 PM   #2
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Nice, can't wait to see how it goes. I've got 5ft of the same pipe as well, but I cut it in 1ft segments so it may hopefully be easier to load and unload. I stopped the build until after hunting season.
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Old 09-19-2015, 04:37 PM   #3
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Great build!!
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Old 09-19-2015, 04:58 PM   #4
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humm
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:23 AM   #5
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I am in, great idea!!
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:24 AM   #6
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Im in!!
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:52 AM   #7
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following, nice build
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Old 09-21-2015, 11:01 AM   #8
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Sure hope they got that pipe centered. Looks like it will work and I bet that pipe will last a long time for food plot size use.
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Old 09-21-2015, 11:55 AM   #9
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Like the idea. I'm thinking build the towing frame to attach to the disc- when not in use it lays up on top of the disc for added weight but when using it flip it over the end of the disc to follow along just behind it. Now, figuring out how to handle something that heavy to be flipping it back and forth onto the top of the disc could be the engineering marvel part of this.
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Old 09-22-2015, 03:12 PM   #10
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Got it put together. Made a few design changes from the sketch. Needs some paint, we'll see how it works soon.
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Old 09-22-2015, 03:14 PM   #11
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Old 09-23-2015, 07:19 AM   #12
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That is awesome. What size angle iron did you use.
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Old 09-23-2015, 07:28 AM   #13
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Looks really good should work out just fine.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:00 AM   #14
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Wow! That is way cool! Once again, I wish I knew how to weld and had the equipment and time to do something like that.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:17 AM   #15
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That is awesome. What size angle iron did you use.
I drew it up as 3"x3"x 1/4", but we didn't have any of that in stock at the shop so we used 4x4x1/4, which we had a bunch of.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:29 AM   #16
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One more pic of the bearing mounting arrangement I kinda like. I wanted the bearings mounted under the angle iron so they'd be out of the weather, and I wanted the angle iron to have the vertical leg down so that dirt didn't collect on the frame. This arrangement also protects the bearing pretty well in case I accidentally rub the unit up against a fence post or something .
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Old 09-23-2015, 10:09 AM   #17
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I built this one a couple of weeks ago. Only difference is I cut mine into 1ft sections to make it easier to fill.
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Old 09-23-2015, 10:26 AM   #18
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Cool idea. Much easier to handle this way. What pipe size did you use in the concrete and for the axle? I was thinking about doing something like that, but didn't know how using one pipe inside the other would work out. Did you just grease the axle before putting the roller sections on and no problems?
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Old 09-23-2015, 10:32 AM   #19
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I used 2" for the axle and 2.5" inside the concrete. Just greased the axle before putting it together.
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Old 09-23-2015, 10:41 AM   #20
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I used 2" for the axle and 2.5" inside the concrete. Just greased the axle before putting it together.
If you don't mind me asking, what was the total cost to build. Been thinking about building something similar.
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Old 09-23-2015, 11:01 AM   #21
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Since I didn't use bearings, my cost was somewhere between $150-175.

I used a piece of 2.5" pipe with an end cap and grease fitting that the 2" axle rides in on the frame.
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Old 09-23-2015, 11:08 AM   #22
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Since I didn't use bearings, my cost was somewhere between $150-175.

I used a piece of 2.5" pipe with an end cap and grease fitting that the 2" axle rides in on the frame.
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Old 10-04-2015, 04:35 PM   #23
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UPDATE

I planted about 2 acres this weekend and the HDPE didn't hold up. It might work in very soft sand, but my soil is too hard and has too many rocks.

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Going to have to rebuild the rolling assembly with cast iron or steel wheels. I'd like to fill the cast or steel wheels with concrete for the weight, but that could be a challenge.

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Old 10-04-2015, 04:38 PM   #24
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Old 10-04-2015, 04:54 PM   #25
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Looks like the concrete didn't fill the entire pipe. You can vibrate it or tap on the side of the pipe to make sure it fills it.
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Old 10-04-2015, 04:59 PM   #26
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Looks like the concrete didn't fill the entire pipe. You can vibrate it or tap on the side of the pipe to make sure it fills it.

The pipe is lined with a smooth wall liner, so you can't get concrete in the corrugations (which kinda defeats the purpose). I should have stopped everything when I saw that, but thought I'd see what happened anyway, and now we know.
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Old 10-04-2015, 05:10 PM   #27
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The pipe is lined with a smooth wall liner, so you can't get concrete in the corrugations (which kinda defeats the purpose). I should have stopped everything when I saw that, but thought I'd see what happened anyway, and now we know.
That would explain it. Lol.
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Old 10-04-2015, 05:22 PM   #28
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That would explain it. Lol.

I thought about trying to drill a hole and spray foam in the corrugations, but I didn't think that would add much strength.
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Old 10-06-2015, 10:22 AM   #29
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You can buy single wall HDPE pipe that does not have the inside liner, so the corrugations would fill with concrete. It's cheaper, and you can usually get it at Lowes or any old hardware store.
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Old 10-24-2015, 10:32 AM   #30
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Nice job
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Old 11-02-2015, 02:39 PM   #31
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What does using one of these do? What is the purpose of it?
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Old 11-02-2015, 03:07 PM   #32
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That's a neat Idea!
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Old 11-02-2015, 03:32 PM   #33
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What does using one of these do? What is the purpose of it?
to press the seeds into the dirt to ensure good seed/soil contact.
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Old 11-02-2015, 03:32 PM   #34
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Hmm so instead of running a drag you run this?
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:24 AM   #35
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Hmm so instead of running a drag you run this?
could be done that way. from what i have read/researched, spread the larger seeds that need 1" or more of depth, followed by the drag to cover seeds and level out the dirt. next spread the small seeds that only need 1/8" of depth, and then run the cultipacker over them.
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:32 AM   #36
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Gotcha thanks
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:32 AM   #37
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Old 11-03-2015, 09:41 AM   #38
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We had one that we built out of steel culvert pipe basically the same design and it held up well.
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Old 11-03-2015, 12:45 PM   #39
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could be done that way. from what i have read/researched, spread the larger seeds that need 1" or more of depth, followed by the drag to cover seeds and level out the dirt. next spread the small seeds that only need 1/8" of depth, and then run the cultipacker over them.
It should also help pack the soil to prevent wind and run off erosion, keeping more of the seed in place. It also makes it a little harder for the birds to steal the seeds.
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UPDATE

I planted about 2 acres this weekend and the HDPE didn't hold up. It might work in very soft sand, but my soil is too hard and has too many rocks.

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Going to have to rebuild the rolling assembly with cast iron or steel wheels. I'd like to fill the cast or steel wheels with concrete for the weight, but that could be a challenge.
I know this is an old post, I just wanted to thank the OP for the update. So many times we don't get an update. THank you. I was about to do this same project and the only HDPE i could find was used piece of double wall. So i was about to get going even though it thought the "ribs" wouldn't hold up, and i ran across this update. I'm going to see if i can crawl into mine and cut open the "ribs" from the inside. Then i just fill and it should hold.

thanks again for the update.
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Bumping this back up. I am in the market for one and like the way these look. One question though. How did yall get the pipe centered and stay put for the concrete to dry?
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Since I didn't use bearings, my cost was somewhere between $150-175.

I used a piece of 2.5" pipe with an end cap and grease fitting that the 2" axle rides in on the frame.
wow, way better than the 1700 quote from Kubota i got.
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Bumping this back up. I am in the market for one and like the way these look. One question though. How did yall get the pipe centered and stay put for the concrete to dry?
cheap plywood to cap each end of the pipe with a hole cut in the center of each to align the axle housing
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