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Thread: Washing Machine

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    Washing Machine

    I am wondering what anyone has for advice on a washer. In the past, I have turned them in just for the light iron after cutting off the chord. What else should could I get out of these?



    Thanks fellow scrappers.


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    I always strip out the wire and pull the motors.

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    I will strip the wires and pull the motors. I think I would like to do this just before dropping it off for light iron at the yard without having to handle the unit too many times.

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    Same as others - strip wires and pull motors. Washing machine motors seem to be the easiest to get in my experience. Good luck!

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    Some washing machines have stainless steel drums. Don't ask me how to tell the difference, though.
    There's nothing more fun and more effective than hitting something repeatedly with a sledgehammer

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    Spark Test it with a grinder.
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    Scrap man

    Some washing machines have stainless steel drums. Don't ask me how to tell the difference, though.
    I'd use my trusty magnet,,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mechanic688 View Post
    I'd use my trusty magnet,,,
    Quick...safe...reliable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mechanic688 View Post
    I'd use my trusty magnet,,,
    Some stainless is magnetic.

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    Stainless steel - Sparks

    Aluminum - No sparks
    People may laugh at me, but that's ok. I laugh all the way to the bank.

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    I have never seen magnetic stainless in washing machines, but I guess there's always a first time,,, :confused:

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    Magnetic stainless pays the same as shreddable steel at both yards I go to. It's the nickel they want. Not very much of it in magnetic stainless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saroro View Post
    Spark Test it with a grinder.
    If the magnet sticks to the drum could it still be stainless? The drum has that speckled blue/grey look to it.

    Also, the pump motor at the bottom that looks like a scrap metalscrap metalscrap metalscrap metalscrap metal to get out, is that the motor that is recommended to pull?

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    The drum is probably steel coated with enamel. Hit it with a hammer and it will probably chip

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    The last time I asked the yard about magnetic stainless, it was worth less than shredder material.

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    Check for coinage too in bottom of machine!

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    Looks like someone already checked it for change. This one was a skeleton, just the drum, heavy motor at bottom, which I gave up trying to get out. I hit the heavy motor at the bottom in various spots with my magnet, but nothing turned up non ferrous.

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    Thanks everyone for the support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisblackcat View Post
    I hit the heavy motor at the bottom in various spots with my magnet, but nothing turned up non ferrous.
    The magnet is limited in a way. You could have a copper ball, but if it had an iron core, your magnet would still stick. You can't test metal, unless you know nothing around it will affect it. The motor most likely has a non ferrous core, with a ferrous shell, hence the magnet would stick.

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    Good point. This washer was semi stripped when I got it. At the very bottom is what I believe was the pump, but I guess it would be a pump motor. I removed the bolts and tried to pull it out to get a good look at it, but something keep it from coming out completely. It was heavy. I should have kept at it, obviously it would have come out some way, but I could only get it to pull down about 3 inches or so and then it was stopped/caught...maybe some other connector I did not see.


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