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Mike

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Is there anyone out there who wants to talk shop?

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tony stramella

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There's another thread out there talking about scrap metal prices in San Fernando. I believe 59-cents-per-pound was mentioned.

In Maine, I'm paying 35-cents-per-pound for scrap steel and a buck-a-pound for scrap aluminum.....

What are others paying around the USA and in other countries???????

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Holy Crap, I'm selling my scrap for only $28 a ton. Mostly 19 ga cold rolled dead-soft for stampings. I did scrap about 25 tons of old machines that were mostly cast iron. It seems the scrap yards are profiting ok. I wish I could find a market for scrap steel wire that is < 1", it clogs the machines at the scrap yard and they wont take it, I have to pay for landfill. I wonder if it was mixed with concrete???

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Tom Gardner

you *do* realize this is a metalworking forum?

Troll??????

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Randy Replogle

Clean mild steel is worth about 100 per ton. The foundrys are looking for that stuff. No oil, no paint. Stampings are easy to handle too.

John

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john

Locally there is a machine shop that has an arrangement with an auto wrecker. They load the cars up with the cuttings before they flatten them. The wrecker gets the chips for free and it adds to the weight of the flattened cars. I am not sure what happens at final compaction but by then the wrecker has his money. Randy

Holy Crap, I'm selling my scrap for only $28 a ton. Mostly 19 ga cold rolled dead-soft for stampings. I did scrap about 25 tons of old machines that were mostly cast iron. It seems the scrap yards are profiting ok. I wish I could find a market for scrap steel wire that is < 1", it clogs the machines at the scrap yard and they wont take it, I have to pay for landfill. I wonder if it was mixed with concrete???

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R. Zimmerman

I'd separate out those wire trimmings from the rest of the scrap stream and put them in 55-gallon barrels, and arrange for them to go straight to the Mini-Mill - the scrap yard may be able to and bypass the sorting machines, put it straight into the proper roll-off container.

You may not get paid as much, but you shouldn't have to pay to throw good metal scrap away. The Mini-Mills love high-quality clean scrap, and the fine chopped consistency is a plus - they pour it in a carbon arc furnace, heat it through and analyze the melt, mix in a few trace metals, and it'll be Rebar by tomorrow.

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Bruce L. Bergman

The better the shop, the less people with a one track mind. Diversity of discussion broadens the range of possible solutions. Gerry :-)} London, Canada

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Gerald Miller

I pay $.35 for steel and $2.00 for brass (scrap). I have not bought aluminum in a long time so not sure what the going rate is . British Columbia Ken Cutt

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Ken Cutt

Definitely. I prefer it to all this snivelling political crap.

My supplier has a flat rate of 30 cents a pound for steel, stainless, or aluminum. BUT, it can't be over three square feet or so. Good for small projects where you need a small piece. They custom cut a lot of stuff, and have humongous rem barrels that they have picked up every week.

Steve

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Steve B

OK, I've accumulated a relatively small amount of scrap metal that I need to sell to a local recycler (North Texas)

Some of this is high-grade cast iron - mazda rotary housings. It has some steel fateners attached. Will I get more for these if all fasteners are removed, and the castings degreased?

Same with the aluminum housings - remove all steel? These housings have a thick layer of chromium in the interior wear surface - approx 70 square inches per housing. This is much thicker than your typical cosmetic surface chrome. Does that make them any more or less valuable?

Also have a car shell loaded. I figure they must take off a certain amount for glass and plastic. Any idea how they figure that? Any suggestions for minimizing that? I have been tossing my mixed and dirty scrap, mostly steel, into this shell also.

- - Rex Burkheimer WM Automotive Fort Worth TX

t> Is there anyone out there who wants to talk shop?

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Rex B

Ask your scrap yard guys, they'll tell you.

The one I frequent, sells a "mixed load" of iron so there is no premium for steel over tin etc.

Yes.

At my favorite yard there's "aluminum" and "dirty aluminum" prices, dirty aluminum ain't worth squat and it's only the iron they kick about.

Ask them.

Ask 'em they'll explain their policy to you.

Got any kids? ;) I had a girlfriend whose dad owned a wrecking yard and she complained about, as a little kid(!) having to strip cars to ready them to get top prices at the scrap yard.

My favorite scrap yard has a jillion levels of "copper to dirty brass prices". They explain stuff like that so fast I really can't repeat it. ;) But the point is, clean the stuff up if you've got the time to do it, it'll pay. ...but not very well. ;)

But see? That's at "my yard" other yards have that sort of system for steel and mine don't. Another in town has only two prices... for copper stuff "copper and brass" but they basically rip you off.

Shop around.

The main reason "my favorite scrap yard" is my favorite is they let me wander around in there all I want and sell me stuff cheap.

Sometimes I leave with extra money in my pocket sometimes the other way around. ;)

Alvin in AZ

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alvinj

Yep. The one I have been using for car bodies was a low-end recycler with a junkyard mentality and low communication skills. But I was just getting rid of something that was in my way, and they gave me $40.

I'm sure I'll be the same way. One of the local NG lurkers gave me a heads-up on a good yard, so I'll pay them a visit.

Thanks

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Rex B

Rex,

I've been using "Lake June Scrap Metals" just inside the 635 loop. They pay me 5 cents a pound for cast iron and 60 to 75 cents for aluminum, depending on alloy. Stainless is 50 cents.

They are somewhat inconsistent, though. Plain aluminum scrap seems to bring 60 cents, while 6062 alloy is 75. But beverage cans are also 75.

If you hear of a better place, please let me know.

thanks!

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I am getting .05/ lb for chips and light iron at the local junk yard. I have a 1000 lbs of brass chips but the same yard doesn't give much for that. It goes to another yard at .65 /lb. You have to shop around if you have a large amount of scrap.

John

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john

Martin that gives me a ballpark, thanks.

What about steel?

- - Rex Burkheimer Fort Worth TX

Mart> Rex,

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