Cutting Tires

September 24, 2013

Cutting Tires with a Circular SawI was able to successfully cut through some old tires using a 7.25 inch circular saw, albeit one fitted with a relatively high-end blade (a 40-tooth 'Diablo' woodworking blade). There are blades designed specifically for cutting through metal, as well, but they're even more costly than the Diablo.


In any case, I was able to cut through the tires without too much difficulty using the circular saw. I had to cut across one side, flip the tire over and cut across the other, and then stand the tire up and cut across the tread in order to get the tire cleanly in half. The blade seemed to hold up well enough, as it cut through the fourth tire about as easily as it cut through the first one.

This is probably very hard on the saw though. I Wouldn't recommend it if you have more than a few tires to cut through. And I'm guessing it may not work at all using the cheap blades that come standard on most circular saws.

Also sparks will go flying everywhere when you do this. Eye-protection is a good idea.

Cutting Tires with a Circular Saw
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November 19, 2003

Have you tried Paul Farbers way of cutting and turning tires? It's actually easy and kinda fun.

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June 17, 2013

What sort of tools are needed to cut old tires to make ornamental objects?

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June 17, 20130 found this helpful

If you are talking car tires you are in for some work. Xar tires have steel going through them so you are not just cutting rubber, you are cutting steel.


If you had a big enough pair of steel shears that might work, if you are strong enough, but you are probably going to hurt you hands.

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March 29, 20160 found this helpful

A small hand grinder works fine. there is always the old hack saw if you like a good workout. an electric hand saw with a small tooth blade would be good as well , make sure it has a metal cutting blade on it.

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June 1, 20191 found this helpful

I cut old tires with a sawsall

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January 24, 20200 found this helpful

What blade did you use .I have 2 sports tires this nothing working to cut the top off for dog bed.

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July 9, 20210 found this helpful

Do all tires have steel running thru them? I need to cut off the (2) side peices of the tires only and leave the tread in tact. I am also going to cut the side wall that sits on the top into flower petals.


Can the side walls be cut with hand cutter or box cutters?

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May 23, 2013

There are plenty of ideas on the web, but few if any on how to make these designs. I just want to cut the old tires in half to make a path border, but am having a heck of time finding out how to cut them.

Ideas I have got, how tos I don't.

By Tim s.


September 27, 20190 found this helpful

Angle grinder with metal cut off disc. Mark tire with chalk. Brace tire and follow line. Cut slits in side walls near ground. Use sticks to weave in and through pockets newly made. Stab into ground. Congrats you have a path when lined up.

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February 10, 2013

How do you cut old used junk tires in half so they can be worked with?

By Robert S. from Jacksonville, FL


April 19, 20190 found this helpful

You need to use a hacksaw,to cut right down the middle of tire.

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September 3, 2010

How to cut up discarded tires?

By Joe from San Antonio, TX


September 4, 20100 found this helpful

Large tin-snips/metal shears.

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September 3, 2010

Could you inform me on how you cut car tires please?

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