One of the things that is becoming more popular is to take used construction equipment tires and turn them into livestock waters. The benefits of these tire waters is that they are cheap (or free) to acquire and very low maintenance to keep in operation. They will supposedly keep the water cool enough in the summer to inhibit the growth of algae, and warm enough in the winter to keep it from freezing. I plan to install some of these at ESF so I will let you know how they perform.
Back in the spring Greg and I made our way to Perry County, KY to pick up some tires of our own. There were plenty to choose from in this "little pile" they had. The biggest challenge was finding some small enough to fit on our flat bed trailer.
After picking four out we drug them over to the trailer and then "flipped" them up onto the bed. We ended up getting two 8 foot tires and two 6 foot tires.
We were able to lift the 6 foot tires up on top of the 8 foot tires and boom them down nice and tight. Those four tires was all the load we wanted driving back out of those mountains!
After these tires sitting at the farm all summer, Greg and I finally found some time to cut one of them. This was a job that we had been dreading as it sounded like a dirty, all day, kind of mess. I will say that we were pleasantly surprised that we got a big tire cut in about two hours. I will give credit to Larry Clay and Ron Shrout for giving us some tips and pointers to help make it go easier.
To cut these tires you simply take a reciprocating saw and cut your way around the edge of the tire. Sounds easy right?
Step 1: Drill a hole through the tire big enough to get the saw blade started.
Step 2: Start the saw in the hole and continue all the way around the tire until you remove the middle portion completely.
Notice the chain in the picture. This was used to hold some upward pressure on the cut so that the rubber would not cause the saw blade to get pinched. We moved the chain around the tire with us as we cut. We also sprayed the blade with soapy water to help keep it cool and cutting good.
It actually cut surprisingly well. We could cut around 2 to 3 feet before the blade would get too hot and break. By then we usually were ready for a breather too. It took us 8 blades to cut this tire.
Notice how we have moved the chain around the tire as we cut. This helped tremendously.
This tire was about 2.5 inches thick with steel belts all the way around. We cut it with 14 TPI metal blades which worked well. We are hoping to get this tire installed before winter. I will include pictures of that process once we get it completed. Until then, we have three more tires to cut.