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Old 03-21-2019, 10:47 AM
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Anyone do scrap metal recycling? I haven't been to scrap yard in many years, but I have been saving junk for last 10 years and I have a pretty big pile (several truckloads) to get rid of soon. Any tips?
For instance, is it worth separating heavy steel (like I-beams) from cast iron or sheet metal?
For aluminum, worth separating extrusions from sheet or cast like wheel rims?
Electric motors (i have a few hundred pounds) - mix in with steel, or keep separate?
AC Parts - I know they ask for receipts - any way around this?
Wire - burn off insulation or keep on?
Copper pipe and brass fittings - separate copper from brass?
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:54 AM
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Where I scrap my metals left over from working on someone's home, I try to separate any copper, aluminum, etc from steel products if it's possible, to get the most money from each type of metal. If you lump it all together, you will receive a much lower price as now the yard has to separate on their site. Depends how much time and material you have.
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:59 AM
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Scrap prices are low,you get way more separating everything but depends on how you value your time.

If you have a lot, the scrap yards will come out and give you a quote and collect it,paying less if you did it yourself of course.
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Old 03-21-2019, 11:01 AM
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Prices are low

you def get more by separating. I have a metal scrap guy as a comm tenant. tough living.

2 truck loads of mixed metal will be like 125-200$
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Old 03-21-2019, 11:03 AM
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The summer before I went to college I spent the summer collecting scrap from farms and made pretty good money. Definitely segregate it where you can (within reason). Especially copper wire and other more expensive metals. Might be good to keep a torch handy.
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Old 03-21-2019, 11:21 AM
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I deal with scrap aluminum from my gutter business. Separate everything if you want top dollar but prices are down significantly.

Its More of a PITA for us than anything else at $0.40/lb. entire truck load is around $50 max. Ties up space and manpower. I’m about to build a new shop and just found a compact bailer from a European firm that’s only 8’ tall I can crush 6-8 houses worth of old gutter, bale and store outside till I get enough bales it’s worth making a run over with a trailer.
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Prices are in the gutter. We are in collection mode currently.
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Old 03-21-2019, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by bjm9818 View Post
I deal with scrap aluminum from my gutter business. Separate everything if you want top dollar but prices are down significantly.

Its More of a PITA for us than anything else at $0.40/lb. entire truck load is around $50 max. Ties up space and manpower. Iím about to build a new shop and just found a compact bailer from a European firm thatís only 8í tall I can crush 6-8 houses worth of old gutter, bale and store outside till I get enough bales itís worth making a run over with a trailer.
whats the price on that bailer
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Old 03-21-2019, 11:58 AM
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Sorry for a little bit of a right turn re scrap, but does anyone know a ball park price for a crushed car?
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Old 03-21-2019, 01:07 PM
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whats the price on that bailer
$12-13k. It will never pay for itself but the cost of having a ton of crap laying around or having to empty two full trucks worth of scrap before we can start the day is worth the cost. Probably just lease it for around $200/month. Easier to stomach and just need one extra cleaning a month to pay for the thing.
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Old 03-21-2019, 01:10 PM
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I save it up put an ad o Craigslist free first come first serve. It’s not worth my time to haul it.
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I used to but it was kind of embarrassing how many beer cans I was bringing in every time. So eventually I started crushing them. But it was sill a lot. So I finally just started telling them they were the wife's...
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Originally Posted by maitman99 View Post
Sorry for a little bit of a right turn re scrap, but does anyone know a ball park price for a crushed car?
Market price for steel scrap. But our crushes have been gutted of all copper, plastic, etc. Not sure if what a non-salvage yard would get.
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Old 03-21-2019, 01:13 PM
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$12-13k. It will never pay for itself but the cost of having a ton of crap laying around or having to empty two full trucks worth of scrap before we can start the day is worth the cost. Probably just lease it for around $200/month. Easier to stomach and just need one extra cleaning a month to pay for the thing.
ya I worked at a place that had one from the 60s, that finally died. The labor saved from not moving junk is worth the expense.
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Originally Posted by oceandansar View Post
I save it up put an ad o Craigslist free first come first serve. Itís not worth my time to haul it.
this! i can make more money working, so let the local scumbag scrappers have it.
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