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    Lawn Roller Project - 60 Gallon Air Compressor Tank

    Today I stopped by the metal recyclers. Something I do whenever I'm in the area. Today I spied a 60 gallon air tank from an upright air compressor.
    I gave $50 for it, and we loaded it up in the back of my truck.

    I've seen several members builds, and that sparked my interest to do the same.
    If anyone has any pointers, ideas, anything to lead me in the right direction, I'll be taking notes

    The tank is approximately 22" x 48"
    I have a roller assembly with three rollers in parallel, 36" long. After I cut everything off and get it cleaned up, I'll lay the tank on the rollers and spin it to find center top and bottom.
    The bottom drain cap will get sealed and the small valve removed and welded shut. The top where it fed in from the pump, I'll put a threaded plug. The large hole on the top, I'll find a plug for that as well. I was thinking of making it easy, by welding a short piece of pipe, center, top and bottom. The maybe another piece of pipe that slips over that, welded to a piece of plate, as the bearings. Then build the frame work. Pillow Block Bearings would be ideal. I might go that route instead. I'm thinking about adding a tray so it spans from bearing to bearing, as a later option to add more weight.
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    That will give you 500 lbs. if filled with water plus whatever iron weight involved.

    Good project.
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    Before you get too involved with fabrication tap around the bottom of the tank with a light ball peen hammer. Some of these old air compressor tanks were replaced due to age, rust and subsequent leakage. This tank has a build date of 1994 and was likely in service ~ 20 years or more. Hopefully it was drained frequently.

    FYI...........YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superglidesport View Post
    Before you get too involved with fabrication tap around the bottom of the tank with a light ball peen hammer. Some of these old air compressor tanks were replaced due to age, rust and subsequent leakage. This tank has a build date of 1994 and was likely in service ~ 20 years or more. Hopefully it was drained frequently.

    FYI...........YMMV
    Definitely a good thing to keep in mind when looking for a tank. Especially finding one in a scrap yard. This one was standing upright among some others. After one of the guys helped me drag it out, and I seen the tank was it's intended shape, that was my next concern. The drain valve was open. Good sign. And looking at the bottom outside it looked to be solid. A few taps with a chunk of steel and I was convinced I had something worthwhile.
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    I cut off the top platform so I could remove the big plug, the pressure relief valve was in. Was that bugger ever GLUED in place. I used a 2" ANCRA EXTREME strap to cinch it to a main upright in my shop. I put a pipe-wrench on the plug, it wouldn't budge. I grabbed a 3ft piece of pipe for a cheater bar. Wouldn't budge. Cinched the strap up some more and really laid into the cheater bar, nope. At that point I was thinking if I REALLY lay into it, I may knock the support out. LOL. In comes the Rose-Bud Torch for a little heat action. BAM, it breaks free. That's some good thread sealer. I grabbed a flashlight and peered in the 2-1/2" hole to look at the bottom of the tank. It wasn't bad, for rust. Then I made sure the area was clear, and knocked the tank over on the concrete floor. Clangity...CLANGITY..KLANGITY...KLANG KLANG. That sort of hurt the ears. Then I stood the tank up and peered inside the hole. Dusty, couldn't see a thing in there. I fired up my air compressor, and grabbed the shop vac. Air nozzle feeding air into the pump inlet, Shopvac drawing out the 2-1/2 hole. The pressurizing worked out good to flush the scale. Looks good. I'll add some POR-15 for piece of mind before seal the plugs.

    Speak up. My ears are still ringin!!
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    I have more ideas than ambition.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Boonie View Post
    ....If anyone has any pointers, ideas, anything to lead me in the right direction, I'll be taking notes ....
    I'm sure it could be improved upon but it might help....
    https://www.instructables.com/id/homemade-lawn-roller/
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    Youd probably be best to cut the drains out that are in it now instead of intending to use them.
    What I mean is that you do not want to use whats there to drain and fill, as you wont be able to empty the water out of it, and you will certainly want to if it ever freezes in your area.

    My roller was build from 1/2" steel pipe, 24" in diameter and 48" long. The drains are as close to the rolling edge as they can be, and it still doesnt get all the water out, which isnt too big a deal with what little is left, although it does get pretty nasty if left in there for very long.
    Mine uses standard pipe plugs and fittings, I believe 1.25" ID. I can fit the end of the hose in for filling. Takes forever.
    Oh, and I have one on each end, at opposite points, to provide a vent when draining, otherwise it takes considerably longer to drain.
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    All good mentions, Jim.
    I got too many projects in the works for being a gimp. I may end up getting a buddy to weld it all together for me. If I can get hold of the turkey.
    I did round up some 3/16" wall 2" square tubing, and some 3/8" x 3" flat bar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by posi View Post
    I'm sure it could be improved upon but it might help....
    https://www.instructables.com/id/homemade-lawn-roller/
    The biggest thing I'd change is to use one piece of round bar running through the tank as a single axle instead of the stub axles made from the pins as in the Instructables article.
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