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I am looking into buying a tire groover, wondering how many of you guys have them, which ones are good/bad, and what a decent one is worth. No one in my town seems to have them, and I figure I should invest in one, do my own cutting, and maybe do some for some other mud racing guys around here.
 

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Tire Groover

Myron,

I have one of the Ideal pistol grip groovers. I got it from Evolution 4x4 @ Balzac 403-935-3540. It was about $100 and extra blades are cheap. It is more of a hobbist/do it yourselfer not a proffessional type. If you want that type I think they are around $350+ and I think the name is Vanalstine or something. I use an air chisel with a wider homemade sharp blade to get the little lugs off when starting out before using the groover.

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im not telling you this for advice on what to do just tellin you cause its kinda funny. i have a buddy that is running 2.5tons with 52in mich. he wanted a lil better traction out of the big meats so he took a chainsaw to them to groove them. true story lol ps the turned out nice
 

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One benifit of building engine for and racing Dirt Late Models all your life.... All the mail order oval track places have precisey what you want.

Bill Day has both the regular groover, the high dollar Van Alstine groover and all manner of blades to fit either.

http://www.daymotorsports.com/shop/Tires-&-Wheels/Tire-Accessories

Southwest Speed has the Van Alstine right on the front page and a couple of less expensive options further down in the catalog.

http://www.southwestspeed.com/

http://www.southwestspeed.com/?sec=view_menu&cat=Tires And Wheels&sub=Tire Accessories&ssub=Tire Groovers&sssub=Deluxe Groover

http://www.southwestspeed.com/?sec=view_menu&cat=Tires And Wheels&sub=Tire Accessories&ssub=Tire Groovers&sssub=Economy Groover

JR Motorsports - Note the site is kinda confusing to navigate....

http://www.jrmotorsports.com/subCategory.cfm?subCat2=764&subCat=695&cat=50

Prices are all within $10 or so - I'd look at the place closest to you to save on shipping.

I've used all of these groovers over the years and even cut some Boggers with them.... If your going to do a set for you only - The economy "Ideal" groover will work fine but take some time and effort on your part. If you even think you are going to do it for others buy the Van Alstine and charge for the work accordingly. For nice work on Boggers your going to need a good 4" angle grinder and those disk they sell for grinding rubber/tires.

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One benifit of building engine for and racing Dirt Late Models all your life.... All the mail order oval track places have precisey what you want.

Bill Day has both the regular groover, the high dollar Van Alstine groover and all manner of blades to fit either.

http://www.daymotorsports.com/shop/Tires-&-Wheels/Tire-Accessories

Southwest Speed has the Van Alstine right on the front page and a couple of less expensive options further down in the catalog.

http://www.southwestspeed.com/

http://www.southwestspeed.com/?sec=view_menu&cat=Tires And Wheels&sub=Tire Accessories&ssub=Tire Groovers&sssub=Deluxe Groover[/url [url]http://www.southwestspeed.com/?sec=view_menu&cat=Tires And Wheels&sub=Tire Accessories&ssub=Tire Groovers&sssub=Economy Groover

JR Motorsports - Note the site is kinda confusing to navigate....

http://www.jrmotorsports.com/subCategory.cfm?subCat2=764&subCat=695&cat=50

Prices are all within $10 or so - I'd look at the place closest to you to save on shipping.

I've used all of these groovers over the years and even cut some Boggers with them.... If your going to do a set for you only - The economy "Ideal" groover will work fine but take some time and effort on your part. If you even think you are going to do it for others buy the Van Alstine and charge for the work accordingly. For nice work on Boggers your going to need a good 4" angle grinder and those disk they sell for grinding rubber/tires.

Will
Damn! You beat me to it! Gimme a call when you get a minute.
 

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Yeah I used the cheap groover once, didn't real make whole lot of difference whether it was plugged in or not. Borrowed the $400 unit, much easier and faster!
 

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Cut big lugs off with saw-zaw.. smooth with cheap groover..
Bingo! A metal cutting blade that has been ground smooth heated with a map gas torch does wonders on cutting those small lugs out. Finish up and scoop out with the groover. And lastly smooth them all out and back cut the remaining lugs with the grinding disk.
 

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Myron, i work with the Colin, the president of the tnt jeep club. I asked, he has one, said it was like 500 bucks to buy. If you want to have a look at it i think colin would bring it in to work. Said it works good. He had the 39.5 tsl on his jeep cut
 

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yeah I remember colin, I think I have made up my mind on which one to buy, it'll likely be the same one (or similar) that he has. I would just borrow theres but I try to stay a long ways away from that club LOL. Its about time someone around here started doing stuff specifically for the mud guys.
 
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