In response to the recent threads requesting videos and pictures about scrapping certain objects, I figured I would use my latest find: a newer vacuum cleaner.
Taking apart a vacuum cleaner is pretty quick and easy.
To start with, I removed the blue filter on the front.
Then I removed quite a few screws to get to the inside
The upper part is the front where the motor is. The lower part is the back where the cord is in some kind of retracting thing.
I started with the cord. I took the white plastic thing out, unscrewed both halves, and the cord just lifted out along with some kind of steel spring that popped out at me.
This is the cord, steel spring, and front half of the vacuum cleaner.
The motor pretty much came out and the wires just had to be cut.
Here you can see the motor and wires as well as the plastic I've started saving in the background.
Insulated wire: about 1/3-1/2 lb.
Motor: about 1 1/2 lb.
Steel: less than an ounce
ABS plastic: 2-3 lbs.
Garbage: about 1 lb.
Keep in mind this is a newer, smaller vacuum and older ones will probably have more. Also, I don't plan on breaking down the motor, so that's a bit of a loss too. Any questions, feel free to ask.