1984 - Volume #8, Issue #5, Page #07[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Old Tire Fuel Maker
Dubbed the "Super Clipper", it'll cut right through car, truck or tractor tires, including the beads. "I can cut a car tire into four pieces in 20 seconds," says Hoppe, who burns the tire chunks in an unmodified outside furnace which heats his welding shop. "The cut-up tires take up only one-third as much space as uncut tires, and are easier to handle than either whole or chipped tires. In stoves or furnaces of the right design, old tires chunks burn cleanly with little air pollution."
To cut a tire, Hoppe simply slides it onto the cutting table under the cutting arm. A hydraulic cylinder forces the blunt-edged arm through the tire and down into a slot with hardened edges in the cutting table.
On large tractor tires, Hoppe makes the initial slice with the tire standing upright on top of the table. After the first cut, he lays it across the table.
The Super Clipper is powered by a 28-hp. gas engine taken off a "C" Allis Chalmers combine. A hydraulic pump and reservoir connect to the 4 by 24-in. hydraulic cylinder which, in turn, powers the 1¢ by 5-in. high carbon steel cutting arm.
The system is mounted on a 2-wheel trailer for easy transport. Hoppe would like to find a manufacturer to produce the cutter.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Arnold Hoppe, Rt. 2, Miltona, Minn. 56354 (ph 218 943-6311).
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