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    Wood type for rollers?

    What would be the best type of wood that would not split for roller wheels on tractor mowing decks?

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    Plywood would be least likely to split. However, I wouldn't recommend any wood for use as wheels on a tractor mowing deck that is going to get wet, hit rocks, etc. I would use a UHMW plastic or High Density polyethelene. You can buy replacement metal wheels at most hard ware and farm supply stores.
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    The original wheels are wood. Horse buggys used hickey.
    I just want something that wont split. Maybe gum?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Schierer View Post
    Plywood would be least likely to split. However, I wouldn't recommend any wood for use as wheels on a tractor mowing deck that is going to get wet, hit rocks, etc. I would use a UHMW plastic or High Density polyethelene. You can buy replacement metal wheels at most hard ware and farm supply stores.
    I think I remember seeing wooden rollers on some older decks, but no idea what they were made of. Most of what I see are a very hard rubber. I agree with Lee - I'd check a farm supply store.
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    Elm. That's what wagon wheel hubs were/are made from.

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    If you are in Australia or NZ I would recommend some of the Ecalypts.
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    Gotta go with John - Elm.

    Ever try to split Elm? It's a nightmare - which would make it ideal for wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Engelhardt View Post
    Ever try to split Elm? It's a nightmare - which would make it ideal for wheels.
    Same with sweet gum. It's like trying to drive your maul into a tire. But man, does it rot fast!

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    I know that they make rolling pins out of tupelo because of the interlocking and tight closed grain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Reverb View Post
    Same with sweet gum. It's like trying to drive your maul into a tire. But man, does it rot fast!
    Definitely an exercise in futility from personal experience ... the maul literally just bounces off the stuff.
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