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Old 11-09-2017, 08:02 AM
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Default Smooth Compactor Modification-Padfoot

I bought this from a construction auction. A long time worker for the company told me the owner cut it off an old steam roller and converted it to a pull behind unit.
It is actually two separate drums that rotate independent of each other. The drums are one piece cast and not less than 1.25" thick anywhere. I guess the whole thing weighs 3000lbs.
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:19 AM
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I want to add pads like in the picture below. Pad feet are necessary for proper compaction of clay soils. I want the pads removable so I can compact crushed stone and sand when necessary. I also want to retain the independent rotation of the drums.

I have a few ideas on how to do this but I thought I would check with you fellows, perhaps there is something I have overlooked.
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Old 11-09-2017, 04:47 PM
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The "OLD" steam rollers had tapered holes in the drums so traction spikes could be inserted. Those smooth drums would slip real easy on wet surfaces. I suppose that you could drill holes to add compaction pads, but I think it would be easier to find a sheep's foot compactor roller instead. Construction auctions with junked packers would provide the roller with feet and probably some money when you scrap the rest.
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Old 11-09-2017, 04:54 PM
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The packers I've seen have the feet welded to a curved plate. They are usually made in 3 or 4 pieces that then wrap around the smooth drum and bolt to it.
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Old 11-10-2017, 08:00 AM
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I looked into buying a non running machine but the ones with the right size rollers are simply too big for me to manage.

I also looked into the clam shell adapters that fit over the smooth drums. Even used ones are quite expensive.

My plan at this point is to make series of individual plates with the feet welded to them. The plates will then be fastened to the roller.
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Old 11-10-2017, 03:11 PM
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That picture was too confusing.
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Old 11-10-2017, 04:18 PM
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I refer to that as the Australian effect
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Old 11-13-2017, 08:03 AM
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I discovered a cracked 1/2" pipe nipple in the hub of one of the rollers. This pipe has a grease fitting for lubricating the bearings. I tried to extract the remainder of the pipe but it proved too difficult without contaminating the inside. I thought about brazing a new fitting but I don't like the close proximity of grease and the fact that I cannot see the opposite side.

Here I show the broken nipple, the relatively flat surface I created surrounding the hole and the set-up I used to make it.
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The picture in post number 9 is upside down. Rectifying this it would help make understanding this process easier for some. Thank you for your cooperation.
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