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What is the best way to cut a rubber (non-steel-belted) tire? Answered

I need a method of cutting a non-belted rubber tire (I'm attempting to sole shoes) that will (a) allow for an angular design, and (b), leave relatively clean edges. The best idea I've gotten was to use a hacksaw with water in the cuts for lubrication, but the results are too ragged and uneven. Any good ideas would be appreciated!

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Best Answer 11 years ago

I use a bandsaw. To reduce the ragged edges, I put the tire between two pieces of scrap plywood (1/4").

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o-diskordia
o-diskordia

Answer 11 years ago

Oh, criminy, that's not a bad idea... dunno why I hadn't considered using the bandsaw before; I'd imagine that's the last time I'd end up using that blade, but that's much easier than trying a Sawzall or hacksaw. I'll have to give this a shot- thanks!

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 11 years ago

It's actually not as bad on the blade as you might think. If you cut slowly (don't push the piece through), you'll end up with rubber "chunks" that you can get off the blade with a wire brush. Now, cutting a steel-belted tire, that's a real mess.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 11 years ago

Smoky job, but an angle grinder works well. Steve

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 11 years ago

P.S. You should post this as a top-level comment. Comments within threads are not identified by the database as "Answers".

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 11 years ago

Nice option! Especially for someone who might not have a bandsaw at home. Are you able to get precise cuts?

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

11 years ago

Try an angle grinder. It takes a bit of practice, but you can cut windows in the things with some practice ! Use a "cutting disc" not a grinding disc

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IvanC200
IvanC200

Reply 1 year ago

What type of blade did you use

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Reply 1 year ago

One of the 1.5mm cutting disks

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AnotherBrian
AnotherBrian

11 years ago

I've never tried it, but Tin snips might work if the rubber is thin enough to fit in the jaws. Long handled pruning shears might work too.

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and7barton
and7barton

11 years ago

Even a plain old-fashioned hacksaw does the job.