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Old 03-13-2008, 01:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Got a good way to cut tires off rims?

I find myself surrounded with old tires that Ive worn down and have sitting around on sets of rims or whatever.... the local tire places charge like $5 a piece to dismount and trash the tire but they will take the tires free... anyone know a good way to cut the damn things off the rim? I tried a sawzall on one and it took forever but finally got thru.... up to the edges of the rim. Now I cant get it off LOL
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Why not just un mount them yourself without cutting? Hi lift to break the bead and a couple prybars make pretty short work of them. Even easier if after you break the bead you cut the sidewall with a utility knife so you can take the tire off in 2 pieces
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Unmounting is not that hard to do yourself... way easier than cutting.
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do you have a log splitter?
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Why not just un mount them yourself without cutting? Hi lift to break the bead and a couple prybars make pretty short work of them. Even easier if after you break the bead you cut the sidewall with a utility knife so you can take the tire off in 2 pieces
Um, cut sidewall with a knife yes but the bead of the tire is gonna be a bitch to cut since i think most are full of steel wire.
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You can unmount them yourself with prybars, or preferably a tire spoon. The only problem with that is if it's an aluminum rim you have a pretty good chance of nicking or scratching it up.
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Um, cut sidewall with a knife yes but the bead of the tire is gonna be a bitch to cut since i think most are full of steel wire.
Duh I mean break the bead and then cut around the sidewall like a donut - You don't cut the bead. Then you don't have to wrestle with both beads at the same time, which if you've ever unmounted really old Willys tires is a good thing.
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Stabilizer from a backhoe works wonders for breaking beads. Lay the tire flat so that one side is under the stabilizer. Set the bucket down on the far side carefully to hold the tire in place and set the stabilizer down. The bead will break loose easily. Some tire spoons or old jack irons will pop it off. Don't forget to let the air out first.
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One time i was looking at cars with my friend at this small dealer. and i was watching a guy cutting some tires with a sawsaw. it was kinda fun to watch him go to all that work. when i just could removed a tire in sec with a tire m

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LMAO! I've also tried to cut tires off. Didn't work so well for me, either. Got down to just the bead and wound up putting a prybar into my leg. Trip to Urgent Care. Stitches.

Anyhow, I've also got plenty of old wheels around, like to keep 'em for building grinder stands or whatever. I bought this, haven't opened the box yet

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Thanks guys - Im just being a cheapass and Im gonna take them to the tire store haha. Thanks
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The largest handheld grinder you have or can borrow-I have used a masonary wheel with good success
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Where's a good place to buy tire tools, like the spoons and whatnot?

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Where's a good place to buy tire tools, like the spoons and whatnot?

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Got a Tractor Supply Co near by? They have spoons, etc.

Or the HF tire changer that D60 posted can be had on sale for ~$30
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Myers tire supply is the best. At our tire shop the asshole customers think 2 dollars a tire is steep and another 1.25 to scrap the tire is just crazy.
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HF carries spoons as well-I use them with my coats tire mahcine and they are fine
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I've never seen tire tools at either TSC or HF. I'll have look closer next time I'm there.

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toss them in a brush pile and light it
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Stabilizer from a backhoe works wonders for breaking beads. Lay the tire flat so that one side is under the stabilizer. Set the bucket down on the far side carefully to hold the tire in place and set the stabilizer down. The bead will break loose easily. Some tire spoons or old jack irons will pop it off. Don't forget to let the air out first.
Yeah, because everyone has a backhoe sitting behind the house.
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HF carries spoons as well-I use them with my coats tire mahcine and they are fine
I have a set of the 24" hf spoons, but no machine.... they do work manually, but seem to have not been hardened at all and fold like a wet noodle at any real pressure. The store doesn't carry them, I had to get them off the net.
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three cuts with any torch or plasma cutter. first pull valve core or cut stem off. then lay tire on side.

first cut, cut circle out of rim center, as far from center as you can while cutting fast. your limited by torch tip size or plasma rating here.

then stand tire up on once side.

second cut, with tire perpendicular to you cut from far side of rim width towards you.

spin tire 180 degrees.

third cut, same as second just on opposite side.

This way is slow but easier to do until you can do it the second way.

Second way.

Lay tire flat on ground. Make circular cut inside of bead seat. Flip and repeat. Cut the rings you made with one short nip, the leftover will be a big steel C, and youre done.

If you have say 10 tires or more you should be able to cut em up pretty quick by the third tire and when you're done it will be a lot faster than doing em by hand with spoons.

Have fun with all the burning rubber. Your neighbors will hate you from the smell, and it better be an area not prone to fires. Rolling flaming tires = bad.
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I use an abrasive saw, ts350 to be exact and it does a good job.
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three cuts with any torch or plasma cutter. first pull valve core or cut stem off. then lay tire on side.

first cut, cut circle out of rim center, as far from center as you can while cutting fast. your limited by torch tip size or plasma rating here.

then stand tire up on once side.

second cut, with tire perpendicular to you cut from far side of rim width towards you.

spin tire 180 degrees.

third cut, same as second just on opposite side.

This way is slow but easier to do until you can do it the second way.

Second way.

Lay tire flat on ground. Make circular cut inside of bead seat. Flip and repeat. Cut the rings you made with one short nip, the leftover will be a big steel C, and youre done.

If you have say 10 tires or more you should be able to cut em up pretty quick by the third tire and when you're done it will be a lot faster than doing em by hand with spoons.

Have fun with all the burning rubber. Your neighbors will hate you from the smell, and it better be an area not prone to fires. Rolling flaming tires = bad.

Uh...I think he wants to keep the rims in semi usable condition.
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Uh...I think he wants to keep the rims in semi usable condition.

No such specification was made And if he had already done it, weld em back together lol.
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do you have a log splitter?
I saw a show where they were recycling truck tires and they were using a giant log-splitter type deal to crush the rims in two directions then they just pull the crushed rim out.
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