removing old tyres from trees

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  1. andrew curr

    andrew curr Moderator

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    several years ago i used old tyres as tree guards with variable results
    it slowed the rabbits ./hares up a little created a microclimatefor the tree as well as snails/rodents
    most got removed as trees got older

    is there an easy way of removing tyre if tree has gotten too big:rofl:
     
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    S.O.P Moderator

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    Grinder with a cutting disc?
     
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    Pakanohida Junior Member

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    Hand held razor blade?
     
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    tyresw have steel wires imbedded in the rubber under the tread and around the bead and could never be cut with a razor blade the use of an angle grinder with a metal cutting disc is required and MUST be used with EXTREME CARE THE LARGE 9" units can be very powerful and can take your foot / hand off in an instant please be careful
     
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    Michaelangelica Junior Member

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    Good advice
    but is this a possibility? :)
    [video=youtube;Q24JWKmgl1Q]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q24JWKmgl1Q[/video]
     
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    So Flintstone! :rofl:

    (on subject, second the metal cutting disc on the grinder ... and slow it down [alternate your cuts] so you don't melt the rubber [molten tyre rubber is about as much fun as hot asphalt] ... double-second the manual combo of saw [any sort] and bolt-cutters - either-orther will work, just depends on how much energy you want to consume/splat vs expend/crunch ;) )

    PS. If you go either, watch out for the spring in the the spring steel wires in the tyre. Those wires ... twoing! (Is that a word?, and don't ask me how I know lol)
     
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    Michaelangelica Junior Member

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    My ex engineer father suggested either oxy acetylene (and a bucket of water)
    or a jack hammer with a wide blade
    Everything sounds potentially dangerous, in unskilled hands..
     
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    heftzwecke Junior Member

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    We did this with a hand hacksaw. The angle grinder stinks very much and it is surely not good for you. It is a pain.
     
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    I would go hacksaw or reciprocating saw if you can get one
    Maybe even aviation snip depending on how tough the wires are .
     
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    Oh, I love a reciprocating saw :)
     
  11. andrew curr

    andrew curr Moderator

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    i was hoping for some sort of organic goop i could paint on and it
    would turn the tyre into fertalizer (repeated applications of oil over 20 years may have achieved this)
    perhaps the faireys are at it already;}
     
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    Boy, the whole world would be a better place if we could find that goo :)
     
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