1989 - Volume #13, Issue #2, Page #04[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Machine Cuts Up Tires For Scrap"It's the simplest and most economical way to get rid of old tires I've ever seen," says Ken Winans, inventor and manufacturer of the "Extireminator", a new tire scrap ma-chine that can be hand-cranked or driven with an electric hand drill to cutup tires into strips or chunks for easy disposal or for use around the farm.
Winans is the Binghamton, N.Y., manufacturer of a popular tire slicing machine (featured in previous issues of FARM SHOW) that turns old tires into truck bed liners, non-slip floors, mud flaps, machine shop mats, milking parlor mats, and welcome mats for homes. The machine slices tires into 1/2 to 1-in. wide strips which are then woven into mats using special spacers. Winans has sold more than 200 of his machines, which both cuts the tires and punches holes for splicing them together. He says two people working together can generate $20,000 to $30,000 a year using his machine.
Winans decided to develop his latest tire cut-up machine because he realized there was a market for an inexpensive machine that would help get rid of tires. "Old tires are a tremendous problem in this country. In many states it's against the law to dump them so you have to pay extra to get rid of them. There are huge junk piles of tires all over the country and no good way to get rid of them. This machine makes it possible to economically cut tires into strips or chunks that can be much more easily disposed of because they won't fill up with air or "float up from underground" like an uncut tire.
"Other tire slicing machines on the market use expensive hydraulics with big electric or gas engines and cost thousands of dollars to buy and run. This machine can be either hand-cranked or powered by an electric drill."
The tire-cutting machine consists of a round blade and cutting wheel that work together to slice through both bias and steel-belted radials. The tire simply rests on top of a cutting table. A pair of sprockets under the table top drive shafts that power the cutting blade. A 3/4-in. hand drill rests in supports on the table top and can be re-moved for other uses. Tires can be cut into "donuts" or wide strips which can then be cut into chunks.
The machine sells for $1,800.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ken Winans, Box 1815, Binghamton, N. Y. 13902 (ph 607 722-0054).
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