OTR Tyre Sidewall Cutter

The current problem with Off the Road Tyres is that these huge tyres take up a lot of space and are very heavy at approximately 600Kg per tyre. They are impossible to move by hand and costly to transport due to how few tyres will actually fit on a trailer.

We at Gradeall work to develop solutions to the important issues in waste management. We aim to enable companies to manage their waste and move towards environmentally friendlier waste management with the help of bespoke equipment and software. For more information on our environmental impact you can read our Environmental Policy here.

Gradeall have developed 3 machines to deal with large OTR tyres, to provide an affordable solution to dealing with end of life OTR tyres. This waste management system can reduce 5 OTR size tires into PAS108 sized bales, reducing storage size and reducing transport costs for your rubber waste.

The first step in this system is the OTR Splitter, which halves the tire. The second step in the sequence for dealing with large OTR (off the road) tyres, is the OTR Tyre Sidewall Cutter. The final step in the sequence is the OTR Shear to cut the tyre into sections which can be placed in a baler.

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Height (mm) 2365
Width (mm) 2055
Length (mm) 3160
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Product Description

About The OTR Tyre Sidewall Cutter

Derived from the successful tried and tested sidewall cutter of which Gradeall has extensive experience in building, the OTR Tyre Sidewall Cutter takes the industry know-how and experience and delivers a machine capable of processing these magnanimous tyres.

This machine is intended to work in tandem with the OTR Splitter and OTR shear machines. The OTR splitter is the first step which cuts the tyre in half at the tread section, making it possible for the large idler wheel to press in against the inside of the OTR sidewall.

The OTR Tyre Sidewall Cutter presses a blade into the tyre, against the idler wheel. The blade rotates and cuts the sidewall away from the tyre. For user safety this blade is guarded reducing the risk of injury to the user.

The sidewall of the tyre contains a very thick steel wire bead. It is this bead which can caus havoc on shredders, but with this now removed, it is much easier to manage. The OTR shear used after the sidewall cutter is capable of cutting the remaining tread section and sidewall into smaller segments that weigh less than 25kg and are easy to lift on site, store and transport to further tyre processing methods.

The OTR Tyre Sidewall Cutter is a heavy-duty machine, designed specifically to deal with tyres that can weigh up to 600kg. The structure and components selected are all rated for the extra load they will be under to ensure they provide years of trouble-free service. Simple hydraulic lever controls ensure reliability and ease of use.

We at Gradeall are always further developing our equipment to meet the needs of our customers, this OTR sidewall cutter was developed from our original highly efficient Truck Tyre Sidewall Cutter. We were able to take this original concept and develop it further to meet customer demand, that way you know our equipment is always best for your needs. For a consultation on which sidewall cutter is best for your waste management needs, contact a member of our team we will be happy to help.

Key Features of the OTR Tyre Splitter

When planning a new waste management system, we offer bespoke services to ensure the best fit for your needs.

The Working area of the OTR sidewall cutter is 2365 (h) x 2055 (w) x 3160 (d) mm, and it is best paired with other machinery in the OTR Cutting equipment range as well as tyre balers such as the MK2 or MK3 tyre baler for easier transport of waste.

We offer CAD site designs to give you an accurate idea of how this new system will fit within your space or site. If you have an irregular shaped space for your waste management area, our bespoke service is ideal for you to find the perfect fit for your business.

Read more about our CAD site designs and how they can help you here.

Case Study – Baling Truck tyres in MKII Tyre Baler

This is a case study showing the benefits of using a sidewall cutter as a part of the tyre waste management process. This business was able to update their waste management to save cost and improve efficiency.

In this case, the client needed a way of processing truck tyres into bales for transportation to a waste site. In previous times, they had used debeaders to remove the bead from truck tyres before they were shredded. However, this was a time consuming method which used large machinery which needed a lot of maintenance due to the wear and tear of such a heavy duty method.

We consulted with the client, taking in their waste management requirements and decided on a combination of equipment which would best suit their needs. The sidewall cutter and MK2 baler helped them reduce the size of waste tyres and bale them for ease of transport.

Benefits of the MK2 Tyre Baler and OTR Sidewall Cutter in this Case Study

  • Reduced maintenance costs for equipment
  • Sidewalls produced can be sold on as silage covers
  • Tread section now separated, so it can be shredded with ease
  • Make up to 4 1000Kg tyre bales per hour

Environmentally Friendly Waste Management At Gradeall

Proactive action is required to ensure that these tyres are transformed from hazardous nuisance waste into something that can benefit society in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. These OTR tyres contain a vast amount of rubber which when shredded and granulated is ideal for playground linings or innovative shock-absorbing solutions.

We at Gradeall strive to create solutions that reduce environmental impact and help businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. By using this OTR cutting equipment, these non-biodegradable materials can be re-used and the carbon footprint of transporting them can be reduced significantly.

The OTR Tyre Sidewall Cutter is a simple-to-operate machine that can quickly and effortlessly cut away the sidewall from large OTR tyres. All our machinery comes with full training from a member of our expert team upon installation.

Once your new waste management system is in place each member of your team will be shown how to use each piece of equipment safely to ensure the efficient and safe use of the entire system.

What Size Of Tyres Can The OTR Tyre Sidewall Cutter Deal With?

This machine has been designed to process the most common sizes of OTR tyres.

Essentially, it will cut any tyres that can be passed through the OTR splitter machine, as that machine is required to cut the tyre in half first before it is brought to this OTR Tyre Sidewall Cutter.

The OTR Sidewall Cutter is designed to cut the most common sizes of OTR tyres, including R25 tyres in a range of sizes, shown below.


Why We Recommend Using The OTR Tyre Sidewall Cutter

This machine is the second step in a 3 pronged approach to deal with large OTR tyres. The first machine in this process is the OTR splitter. With the tyre cut into halves, the OTR Tyre Sidewall Cutter is then able to isolate the tread section from the sidewall which contains the thick wire bead that is known to cause problems for most shredders.

These beads can be removed with a heavy duty debeader but this machinery is ineffective and tends to need a lot of maintenance due to the strain of removing the bead. The OTR Sidewall cutter is a much better solution as shown in our case study.

Like any other tyre, an OTR tyre is made from rubber and is not biodegradable, so leaving one sitting is not a solution, especially when they take up so much space.

Why Customers Choose Gradeall International Ltd

We at Gradeall International Ltd. are a world leading manufacturer of balers, compactors, tyre recycling machines and specialist bespoke recycling machinery.

We have years of experience as industry leaders in recycling and waste management. Our customers know we offer the highest level of excellence and expertise to their recycling systems. For more information on the work we do you can read a range of our case studies here.

Key Features


The OTR Sidewall Cutter has easy to use hydraulic lever controls.


This OTR Sidewall Cutter can cut tyres ranging between 1200 to 2000mm diameter.


Designed and built by Gradeall to withstand heavy duty construction tyres.


The OTR Sidewall Cutter has a high torque gearbox which drives the cutting blade.


Guards are in place to ensure operator safety.


Designed to be easily maintained and with fast spare parts availability offered.

Working Area: 2365 (h) x 2055 (w) x 3160 (d) mm.

Product Specification

Height (mm) 2365
Width (mm) 2055
Length (mm) 3160
Power supply 415v 3 phase (electric to hydraulic power pack)
Machine weight (Kg) *****

Working Area Dimensions

Gradeall OTR sidewall cutter technical drawing 02
Gradeall OTR sidewall cutter technical drawing 01
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International Shipping

Gradeall Can supply the OTR TYRE SIDEWALL CUTTER to locations across the Globe. Get in contact with Gradeall to find out how we can get this equipment to your site.


More Information

The OTR TYRE SIDEWALL CUTTER is simple in operation using a cutting blade pushing against a rotating idler wheel. Working on the same principle as the smaller truck tyre sidewall cutter but scaled up for the task of dealing with these larger tyres. The cutting apparatus of this machine is significantly stronger than its smaller counterpart. This is very noticeable when looking at the blade and sprocket pack which has many more sprockets than the truck tyre sidewall cutter. The drive shaft is supported by two bearings and the entire shaft is driven hydraulically through a reduction gearbox that provides high levels of torque to ensure the machine does not stall when rotating heavy tyres.

Typical customers of the OTR TYRE SIDEWALL CUTTER include tyre collectors who have a problem with OTR tyres taking up on site space and generally being a source of inconvenience for handling and transport. Whilst many tyre collectors have found effective ways to deal with car and truck tyres, until now OTR tyres have been something the industry has had minimal choices with regard to disposing of them sustainably.



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