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Tire Cutter
We have just developed and plan to market a machine that'll cut used tires in half length-wise or take either sidewall off. It also lets you cut the tread in half after the sidewalls are cut off. Any rancher or feedlot operator who uses tires to cover silage and grain piles knows how messy and heavy tires full of water and rotten grain or silage can be. With the tires cut in half, they still do a good job of anchoring down plastic and are much easier to handle. By cutting tires in half you also reduce the storage area by half. We also use this machine to cut sidewalls off tires so they can be turned inside out to make troughs or feeders for livestock.
Also, we have used tires for 4 years to control water erosion on sandy and gravel cutbanks to reduce washouts. Another use is to place half tires around small trees to help retain moisture.
This machine is small, portable and economical to operate. It's powered by two 110-volt 1/2-hp. motors and runs at slow speed with no smoke or heat created. A set of small gripper wheels rotates the tire over a small circular cutting wheel to slice tire. It's capable of halving a 16-in. tire in 40 sec. (Allan & Chris Brown, Box 385, Marwayne, Alberta, T0B 2X0 Canada ph 403 847-2670)

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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #3