Scrap prices

Most commonly overheard conversation at Enstone was of the price of scrap
metal - e.g. "Well, if it doesn't go I'll weigh it in". Clearly unlikely to
apply to anything important, but I wonder how many 'lesser collectables' or
unidentified parts are now heading for the iron break whereas they might
previously have languished in the back of the shed until someone found a use
for them?
Nick H
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Nick H
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Unless you have a serious amount od scrap to offer, it's not worth the petrol to go to the scrappie.
Copper and Ali are obviously a different matter, but even then you need a 50kg+ load to make any money at all, mild steel is pennies.
We take quite a bit of scrap down to our local guys, and we usually tell them to keep the money for steel scrap, it's just not worth bothering with. We always get a receipt though.
Peter -- Peter A Forbes Prepair Ltd, Rushden, UK snipped-for-privacy@prepair.co.uk
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Peter A Forbes
I wouldn't describe 70 quid a ton for steel as 'pennies'.
It rather depends on how far you are from a scrappie, how much you expect to be 'paid' for your time and of course what price they are paying.
If you have gone to the trouble of collecting the scrap together, loading up the truck or trailer and driving it to the scrappie it would seem a bit daft to hand it over for free instead of taking the money.
I have found scrap steel to be quite worthwhile over last year. Collecting it, from around the University site where I work, at lunchtimes and before work, has just paid for a weeks family holiday in Devon.
regards
Dudley
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Dudley Simons
That's not quite what was being discussed, rather it was people with old engines etc who were either selling or scrapping them.
If you want to spend your time as an unpaid scrap merchant, that it fine by me, but I haven't the time to spend doing that sort of thing, or a convenient source of material.
There are the inevitable legislative things to watch out for as well, waste carrying licences etc etc.
Peter -- Peter A Forbes Prepair Ltd, Rushden, UK snipped-for-privacy@prepair.co.uk
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I was just trying to point out that scrap steel is not worthless. I am not working as an unpaid scrap merchant as I am being paid for my scrap.
As I said it all depends on how far you are from a scrappie, how much you expect to be 'paid' for your time and of course what price they are paying.
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Dudley Simons
I suppose it is part of an ongoing process of attrition that is why certain things become rare (especially if there weren't rare in the first place). Of course anything pre-war did well to survive the press for metal from any source to help make arms - hence all the cut down iron railings around houses. It amazes me how many things that were 40 or more years old at the time of the war somehow survived.
Personally I am scrap retentive !
Steve
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Steve
Balling scrap up here (old engines,machinery etc) is =A3180/tonne collected.Steel scrap is =A3200/tonne delivered. Mark.
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mark
Nick,
I made that comment about my hoard of castors, pound for pound I will get more in scrap than what I sell them for.
Martin P
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campingstoveman
You were by no means the only one Martin and your castors, being a current production item, are hardly a worry. But some 'unfashionable' engines and caches of spares could be. Interesting to note that DWE voices similar concerns in the current 'Engine Torque'.
Nick H
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Nick H

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