I have downloaded the drawings for the crop roller and talked
to a metal fabricator I've worked with before who is very
willing to build one for me. But the drawings didn't offer
any measurement details. I was wondering if you could please
tell me what the diameter of the roller should be and what
the cleat spacing is. Also, is the cleat angle important or
can they be mounted parallel with the roller? Thanks for any
help you can give me.
Thanks for downloading the plans for the roller. I’ll
try and give you the information you need; however, don’t
hesitate to email back if my answers aren’t clear. It
is sometimes difficult to explain in words how the design
works. We started or project with a piece of 16-inch diameter
well casing with a 3/8 wall thickness. Our roller is 10-feet,
6-inches long. We then placed our 10 cleats or blades uniformly
around the circumference of the cylinder. The outside tips
of our blades end up being approximately 7-1/4 inches apart.
The blades are not mounted at 90 degrees to the cylinder to
prevent them from tearing the cover crop as they leave the
surface. They are actually sitting about 10 degrees off perpendicular,
so 80 degrees or 100 degrees, depending on which angle you
are measuring (inside or outside).
I hope this additional information helps.