9 Comments to “Reflections on our tire press”

  1. Tony Rusi

    Apr 12th, 2010

    This hydraulic tire rim packer sounds like a great idea, and possibly a marketable product. Even plans of it might sell. I have also seen road crews with a motorized vertically reciprocating packer that I think would work well at filling the tire centers. I have to ask why the Earthship biotecture people have not thought of this before??

  2. Chris Lund

    May 8th, 2010

    Your pictures are down for this page (and some others)

    I would like to get a better look at this device.


  3. Sandra

    May 9th, 2010

    Thanks Chris, Blogger finally realized that we had switched to WordPress and deleted our links back. Thee are about 100 pictures that disappeared and Chris and I hope to import them all in the coming weeks…we’ve been pretty busy with the roof!

  4. Monika

    May 11th, 2010

    Good Day Chris and Family!
    When I stopped by your place this mid April, I was mesmermized! thank you for Takinga break from lunch to show my father and I your wonderful, developing plan. It is good to know a ‘nieghbour’, as mentioned on that day, my husband and I will be building a similiar sustainable home, just further south from you. Desmond and I are interested in helping you. The Tire press was so inspiring to see, thank you for having a great mind. We would love to talk further on your past experiences. Please get back to this message when you can, either via email or your website works for now.


  5. Chris

    May 12th, 2010

    All of the pictures from the posts that blogger removed the pictures from are on the current website. On the main page at the top is a button ‘photos’. If you click on that button and then select the gallery ‘Old Blog Posts’ (http://picasaweb.google.com/darfieldchris/BuildingAnEarthshipInDarfieldBC?authkey=Gv1sRgCPmUldrL1KHFgwE#) you can access these pictures. These pictures are not sorted, but as I said all of the blog pictures from when we hosted on blogger are there.

    I hope to fix the old posts but am not sure when that will happen.

    Hope this helps …


  6. Earl Green

    Feb 6th, 2011


    I found your web site after we saw a story on TV about the Potter’s Eship. I used a similar tool to pack all the tires in our modified eship but used air pressure instead. I have some pictures of the packer on my web photo site. We have lived in our place for almost 3 years but took about 14 years worth of work before that. We are “finishing up” but have lots to do. I’ll comb through your photos and the rest of your web site. All the best, Earl

  7. Matt

    Dec 24th, 2011

    Thanks for sharing your experiences building your earthship, it has inspired me to build one this summer. You guys are what make the internet so great!

  8. Cory Arsenault

    Jul 16th, 2012

    Very inspiring website guys!

    I’ve seen another website that described using a jackhammer with a rounded-half ball end welded to it which is used to pack the tires.

    In your opinion would something like that work and why didn’t you try it?

  9. Sandra

    Jul 21st, 2012

    We were on our second day of pounding tires in 2009 when one of our volunteers, Anna Renaud, recently of New Zealand, mentioned having seen a tire press in her native country. She directed us to a website/youtube video and over the course of the next 3 hours Chris built a similar tool. It never occurred to us to do anything else, because this worked so well. Since then, we’ve seen mixed reviews of the jackhammer/air hammar tools, although we have never seen one in action. Our tire press is hydraulic and compacts dirt very well. Although it probably didn’t speed things up in terms of time to fill one tire, it sure did save on muscles. A crew of 12 filled 80 tires in a very busy day in August of 2009 on our site. That was a record for us. There are 862 tires in our entire earthship, so had we been able to maintain that pace, we would have been finished in about 10 days or so. We are buidling old style U’s so by it’s very nature the process is slower because we are fiddling with tire placement in the interior walls. Whichever method is used, sledge hammers or mechanical means, the real time savings is in material management. If whatever or whomever is packing the tires, is constantly supplied with a cardboard-lined, partiall hand packed tire and the packing method can remain steady, you will make good progress.

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