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#1 Tbrooks OFFLINE  

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Posted June 05, 2015 - 09:22 PM

Finaly got around to replacing the deck rollers on my bolens 1486. The local bolens dealer wanted $20.00 a piece for the rollers. There are 10 rollers on the deck. I have a hard time shelling out $200.00 for injection molded ABS plastic parts that cost pennies to manufacture (thanks MTD for jacking up the price on all bolens parts). So I made my own out of wood. The cost was 8 hours of my own labor.

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Posted June 05, 2015 - 09:32 PM

Nice job on the Rollers!

 

I usually dip mine in motor oil for a few days to help preserve them.


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Posted June 05, 2015 - 09:42 PM

I'm using tounge oil. We used to dip the ends of our wood fence post in oil to preserve them in the ground and it works well. I like the looks of the wood so I want to preserve the look.
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Posted June 05, 2015 - 10:35 PM

Excellent craftsmanship, adapt, improvise, overcome. A little bit of work but, I'm sure the material cost no where near 200 dollars. :thumbs:


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Posted June 05, 2015 - 11:33 PM

Excellent craftsmanship, adapt, improvise, overcome. A little bit of work but, I'm sure the material cost no where near 200 dollars. :thumbs:

the material cost was nill, they were machined from riser blocks I picked up for free.
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Posted June 06, 2015 - 04:24 AM

the material cost was nill, they were machined from riser blocks I picked up for free.

They look great and you just paid yourself $25 an hour and had the satisfaction and fun of doing it yourself---win-win deal 


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Posted June 06, 2015 - 04:51 AM

Nice Work,  Some people are using boat rollers ( they come in 1/2 and 5/8 " centers if you do not have the wood working tools to make then yourself.

Stran


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Posted June 06, 2015 - 07:29 AM

As long as you used a hard wood like ash or maple your good to go for the long run.  Keep  then out of the moisture when not in use will help also.  Nice looking job on the rollers.  All those left over wood chips make good sweeping compound after soaking in water a few days.  100% recycling process.  Way to go !! :thumbs:


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Posted June 06, 2015 - 09:29 AM

As long as you used a hard wood like ash or maple your good to go for the long run.  Keep  then out of the moisture when not in use will help also.  Nice looking job on the rollers.  All those left over wood chips make good sweeping compound after soaking in water a few days.  100% recycling process.  Way to go !! :thumbs:

I used maple and hickory, I had some ash and oak on hand but was afraid they may split in half when in use due to there straight open grain. Maple was used on alot of old reel mower and proven to be reliable. Hickory is use on ax and hammer handles and takes shock well. The chips will have many uses, the hickory were saved for the smoker. The maple will be used as mulch in the garden. The fine saw dust will be sweeping compound. Waist not want not.
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Posted June 06, 2015 - 12:34 PM

I wonder if a bicycle tube over the roller would help them last?
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