this is my opinion on stripping copper wires or not. first off, #1 copper-$3.15, #2 copper-$3.05, and insulated copper wire-$140 up at one steel in glenburn maine
I used my scales at home to weigh my copper before and after stripping in a 32 gal. trash can. at first it was 83 pounds of non stripped solid wire. my scales are a little off, well a lot off from what the scrap yards was so ill do my best to explain. i put a good 15 hours of time into stripping the wire, and ended up with 24 pounds of #1 copper which added up to $75. I had 34 pounds of wire i didnt strip, which gave me $47. I weighed the insulation and it was 5 pounds in a tote. so somewhere i lost 20 pounds, but i did also weigh my copper in a tote and a 32 gallon trash can. if for say, i left my all wire unstripped and took ten pounds off from the trash can, i would have ended up with $102. I made $122 from stripping some, and leaving some. So i made an extra $20 by stripping, or $1.34 an hour.
my conclusion- If you have time, and a lot of wire thats easy to strip, id say it could be worth it. will i strip again? most likely not. I put too many hours in for stripping for a little bit extra money
Happy scrapping everyone!
if you have any opinions or corrections, feel free to post!
I don't find much wire that is worth stripping. One batch I had was the difference of $1,025.85, so I definitely stripped that. Brother and I knocked it out in 2 hours.
BTW, that was what I believe to be a once in a lifetime find.
The junk that comes in appliances I take as is. About the only thing I spend time on is solid wire and even that doesn't seem worth doing.
Thats what i keep saying...nowadays with new techniques for cleaning the wire its more efficient and you can make near the same amount without stripping it.
We don't strip small gauge stranded wires usually, BUT we will save up the larger stuff to do on slower days.
For us here, it is about $1.60 per lb. more for Bare/Bright, so it is worth it to strip it.
yeah thats a good idea^^^ except i really dont own a scrap business, and i was in a rush to get it turned in before my cousin found it.
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