Homemade Lawn Roller




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I made this lawn roller from a old air compressor i have had for many years. The 60 gallon tank is the perfect size for the project.

Step 1: Disassembling the Compressor

Step (1) the air compressor

step (2) unscrew the bolts holding the motor to the top bracket.

Step (3) unscrew the pressure switch from the tank.

step(4) unscrew all the fittings from the tank.

Step 2: Grinding Brackets Off

step (1) unscrew the bottom drain line .

step(2) grind the welds off the top bracket and bottom bracket.

Step 3: Drilling Pin Holes

Step (1) find center on the top of the compressor and drill a 3/4 inch hole

Step (2) the drain plug on the bottom is already on center i just had to drill the 3/4 inch hole.

Step 4: Making the Roller Pins.

Step (1) i bought two 1 inch implement pins and two 3/4 inch stop collars from tractor supply for 15 dollars.

step (2) i had to turn the threaded side down to 3/4 of a inch on both pins to fit into the holes in the roller ,Then i had to turn the other 2 sides down to 3/4 of a inch to fit into the pillow bearings.

Step 5: Welding the Pins.

Step (1) i then welded both pins into place on each end of the roller.

Step 6: Side Frame Tubing and Mounting the Pillow Block Bearings

step(1) the whole frame was made from 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 squared tubing. 1/4 inch thick.

step(2) i cut 2 pieces 22 inches long .

step(3) marked holes for pillow block bearings and drilled holes and fastened them together with 3/8 x 2 1/2 inch long bolts.

Step 7: Making the Cross Beam

step(1) measured and cut a piece 70 inches long and welded it to the pillow block arms.

Step 8: Toungue Assembly

Step(1) i cut a piece 3 foot long to use for the tongue.

step(2) i measured 35 inches down the front main support and marked it.

step (3) i then welded the tongue to the mark on the center of the main support .

step(4) I then measured up the tongue 20 inches and put a mark. then measured in on both sides of the main support bracket 6 inches.

step (5) i cut 2 support braces 27 inches long and welded them to the marks.

Step 9: Finishing Touches

Step (1) 2 cans of gloss black paint. and then mounted a 1 7/8 receiver end and its finished. All thats left is to fill it with play sand .

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    6 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea, the only problem for me is this lawn roller is bigger than my lawn.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice! To fill with sand, will you just cut and remove a small panel and then weld it back in place?

    And when you fill it, do you have to fill it all the way or just partially?

    3 replies

    there is a plug in the side that was there originally. I just unscrew it and pour in the sand. im not sure if I can fill it in all the way or not. Depends on how heavy it will be. And thank you for the compkiment


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Depends on preference, Filled fully it'll more than likely be extremely difficult to maneuver, Partially is a much likely solution