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Thread: scrapping brake rotors/drums ?

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    scrapping brake rotors/drums ?

    I searched but didn't really come up with much. Im pretty sure allot of people on here scrap rotors/drums as they are pretty heavy and should be easy to come by. Just a few questions so i can get in to it soon with a few local shops im going to try work something out with. Do you bring them a pallet or heavy card board box and let it stack up ? Or just go by weekly/bi and grab what ever you can ? Just trying to get a general idea. I know im going to need a considerable amount because cast iron/steel in hawaii is only 0.3$/LB so i would have to build up quit a bit before making any cash. Pretty much all the shops i know of i know atleast a few people and no one collects their scrap. I think i should make out alright



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    I think Mick bought something like 55 gal plastic barrels and his customers put his stuff into the barrels, and he comes around at agreed upon times to empty.

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    Thats what i was thinking but then again with no forklift it would be extremely heavy. could allways just empty it out one at a time though

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    This is a major portion of my scrap iron. There are some pictures of my #1 iron pile of mostly rotors in one of my old threads. For my situation, they store old rotors, etc under a bench or outside against a wall (this is really rural - nobody bothers it). I go around monthly and buy whatever they've got. Not sure of what you're saying is the price in Hawaii - but if it's thirty cents a pound, that pretty good. Rotors are #1 iron and I get thirteen cents a pound. I stockpile till I've got 2-3 tons, then haul them up to the yard. Rotor weight varies, but I figure an average if 13 pounds. At .30 a pound, that's almost $4 a rotor!!!

    Don't bother with pallets, boxes or tubs. They won't hold them and you couldn't lift them.
    People may laugh at me, but that's ok. I laugh all the way to the bank.

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    Yes, I put out 55 gal barrels for smaller stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick View Post
    This is a major portion of my scrap iron. There are some pictures of my #1 iron pile of mostly rotors in one of my old threads. For my situation, they store old rotors, etc under a bench or outside against a wall (this is really rural - nobody bothers it). I go around monthly and buy whatever they've got. Not sure of what you're saying is the price in Hawaii - but if it's thirty cents a pound, that pretty good. Rotors are #1 iron and I get thirteen cents a pound. I stockpile till I've got 2-3 tons, then haul them up to the yard. Rotor weight varies, but I figure an average if 13 pounds. At .30 a pound, that's almost $4 a rotor!!!

    Don't bother with pallets, boxes or tubs. They won't hold them and you couldn't lift them.
    cool im glad im not the only one doing this also. I think for me a pallet would be best and just let it pile up and when time comes just scoop it up in my truck and begone. I dont think the dealers and rental car places would want rotors piling up in the shop. probably best out side some where out of the way. I just realized that i typed .30 and not .03$. I really wish i could get that much down here but i guess living in hawaii has its cost's like everything else. What kind of profit have you made in the past with just rotors ?

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    I pay a flat .25 a rotor. I get .13 to .135 a pound. Rotors average 13 pounds. You can figure it out. But, our situations are likely much different. To start with, at three cents a pound, I wouldn't bother. There's a lot of heavy lifting involved that can't be done with a forklift. You've got to lift them from the garage to the truck/trailer; then throw them from the truck/trailer onto a pile; then throw them into the bucket loader or onto the trailer. At three cents a pound, you're talking about .40 a rotor. Not worth it.

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    Might check the market and see if alum., copper, and other non-ferrous metals have a better pay rate. In other words, up here further the market might pay better for copper than alum, I myself buy batteries and haul them in when I get 5-6 or more. I triple my money on them. Certain areas of the country are way higher on certain items than the other areas.

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    30 cents for #1 iron....WOW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by c4f5 View Post
    30 cents for #1 iron....WOW!
    He meant .03/lb

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    wonder what he gets for tin? .01? lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vamped400 View Post
    wonder what he gets for tin? .01? lol.
    He pays them to take it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick View Post
    He pays them to take it.
    lmao lmao lmao

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick View Post
    He meant .03/lb
    Ok, that just went from a thrilled WOW, to a meagerly disappointed WOW.

    And I thought I was on the bottom of the scale out here at 8 cents/lb-----160 a ton for #1
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    I leave a nice clean painted 55 gallon drum at shops that give me parts and they call when it's full or I just stop and empty it when I'm in the neighbor hood.
    most heavy brake parts are cast so I just keep a pile or trailer here and toss them in to get a load separate from other steel if the prices are good enough to bother.
    ;?)


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