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How do I build a homemade tire groover?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by OffRoad, May 16, 2005.

  1. OffRoad

    OffRoad 1/2 ton status

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    I have some tires the need chunks taken out. I tried useing a torch and knife, but that takes too long. I was going to try grabbing the knobs with pliers and cutting them off with a big soldering iron. Is there anything else that might work?
     
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    You could always use a 4in grinder, it just make a lot of smoke. :D

    later
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    rdn2blazer 1 ton status Premium Member

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    thats a good question, im quorious to know too.
     
  4. BadDog

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    I've seen a circ saw with worn out Dado used. Set your depth and go, but you are basically stuck with straight cuts and very few options.
     
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    I thought there was something that could be done with a welder and a jigsaw blade..

    But, there is always this too... it's not too much.

    Tire Groover
     
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    mikey_d05 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Come up to my chilly state. We have a club groover that we can rent for $5 per set of tires. :D

    Seriously though, it sounds like you're trying to remove tread blocks rather than just groove them. If that's the case, I've seen someone (note: I don't recommend this and wouldn't try it on my tires) grind down the teeth on a sawzall blade and just come at it from the side. The bad part about that is if you slip and things don't go your way, the blade could puncture the tire.
     
  7. OffRoad

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    i thought about using a 260 watt soldering iron. i can buy a new wire part and weld a piece of exacto blade to the end. when the wire heats up it'll heat up the exacto blade and cut my tire.

    the "hot knife and torch" thing worked really well. it's just super slow and uses lots of fuel.
     
  8. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    the grover works great. and you can get heads up to 1/4 wide. with square and round blades. i did 42" swampers like all the rock crawlers do in about 30 min a tire with mine.
     
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    They make a chainsaw blade/4" grinder attatchment. I have seen alot of the local log home guys use it. It cuts tire lugs scarry fast!!! I tried it on a set of junk tires and was too chicken to put it to my 44's. I ended up using a grinding wheel on a 4" grinder. It made a horable mess but worked. Next time I'll just buy a cheep grover.
     
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    where can i buy a cheaper groover in canada?
     
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    online :)
     
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    yeah it's hard to find different stuff like that in Canada

    I was having a hard time finding something so I tried a router, you can set the depth and go to town. I used a 1/4" endmill but I just bought a 1/2" straight router bit and I'm going to try that I'll let you know
     
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    Use a chain saw:doah::eek1::haha:
     
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