Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by Daniel McWilliams, Jan 20, 2020.
What is a good tire sander/cutter for cheap or how do you do your tires?
you can cut tires with a sharp exacto knife and a spare single shaft body, that is the cheapest way
I've seen a few online from Eagle racing for like $80. Not sure how good they are. I either do mine on a small lathe that I occasionally have access to or just buy them for $15 to $20 from someone with a tire trimmer. It's not really something you have to do often so just buying them is often the best option. You will get a better finished tire that way. I have cut my own tires by hand with a hobby knife, sandpaper and an old chassis before, it works okay but are often very uneven.
Get yourself a Digital Vernier Caliper if you do it by yourself.
I have a pair, still won't make as good of tires as ones created on professional tools. Cutting by hand won't provide a flat, smooth surface. There will be high and low spots which will lead to inconsistent runs. Rather spend the money to buy tires from known good locations or pay to use the lathe at the shop to make my own.
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