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Tire Tread Cattle Guards
Joe Gillmore is in the tire recycling business, so it's only natural that he's always looking for new ways to use old tires. His latest project is a 10 1/2-ft. long, 5-ft. wide, 12-in. deep cattle guard that he made from old truck tires.
"It cost far less to build than a conventional cattle guard and I didn't have to pour any concrete to install it," says Gillmore. "It's made up of about ninety 20-in. tires."
Gillmore cut the tread into 4-in. wide strips and stacked them in layers about 4 in. apart. Then he air-nailed the strips together. He installed the cattle guard in a 12-in. deep hole with a layer of rocks in the bottom to allow water to drain out.
"Each strip is 1 to 1 1/2 in. thick so it took about 10 layers to make it 12 in. deep. One disadvantage is that it weighs well over a ton. My front-end loader had all it could handle to lift it."
Gillmore custom builds tire cattle guards for $300 to $400.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gillmore Tire Recycling, 473 Dubuque Road, Springville, Iowa 52336 (ph 319 854-6903).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #4