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#1 Rock farmer OFFLINE  

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Posted August 05, 2014 - 09:23 PM

I'll be needing to replace the rollers on my old Jacobsen 50" deck.
Every where I look lists the by part numbers and application!
I just want outside diameter, inside diameter and length.
I've never seen them in a store. Some people have used boat trailer rollers.
Then I thought why not just turn some out of wood on a lathe?
I have some old Simplicity walk behinds with wooden rollers from the fifties.
Should work fine. Maybe use maple?
What do you all think?

Joe
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Posted August 05, 2014 - 09:34 PM

I have read multiple threads where wood was used. Oak, maple, a couple of others I can't remember. I think it would work fine.
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Posted August 05, 2014 - 09:36 PM

I would use oak. Less likely to split apart, because it's stringier.

And then soak them in oil.


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Posted August 05, 2014 - 09:37 PM

I agree. Wood rollers were used for 50 years or more. No reason not to go back to what we know works.
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Posted August 05, 2014 - 10:16 PM

Get some plastic from mcmaster car but if you can turn it use wood im intterested in the result


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Posted August 05, 2014 - 10:36 PM

Don't see any reason why it would be a problem using wood. I'm going to try the same thing when I get to it.


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Posted August 06, 2014 - 05:40 AM

I made one for my Jim Dandy years ago out of wood but  made the mistake of trying to drill through the center AFTER I turned the OD on the wood lathe , it wobbled like crazy . lol


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Posted August 06, 2014 - 05:55 AM

These are Oak rollers on the deck for my MF8Exec.

 

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I seem to recall a conversation around here, about a company that

is still making wooden rollers, for resale.


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Posted August 06, 2014 - 06:06 AM

I made mine out of maple as thats what Bolens originally used on their reels.

 

What dimensions are you looking for, I may be able to get plastic

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted August 06, 2014 - 06:19 AM

I used the boat trailer rollers on the Ford 42" deck. Bought the 12" ones and cut them for the narrower ones. Can't say how they last as the engine blew on the Ford before the season was out.


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Posted August 06, 2014 - 06:38 AM

If the outside of the rollers are okay but the inside hole has worn too big, the easiest fix is too sleeve the inside with a piece of copper pipe. Good Luck, Rick


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