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    See if you can get the batteries out of that sucker while it is in the bed of your truck. That is where all the weight is.

    Would love to know how many and what kind of batteries they are so post some pics



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    Finally got back to scrappin a bit this week. I picked up a large load about a month ago from a school, 22 Dell server blades and 20 incomplete laptops. One thing I got was a beast; a Dell PowerVault 130T. Thing weighs in around 160lbs with no tapes in it. I got it tore down last night.

    Soda can for scale


    Both drives were shot. I will tare those down at a later date.


    Almost all sheet steel, heavy gauge. Came apart fairly easy tho.


    Only one large controller board mounted on the power supply tray.


    The robot arm assembly came out in one chunk. The arm worked and did its little dance in its demo mode when I powered it on to test it. I'm hoping to re-purpose it someday ... maybe.


    Overall, disappointing. Surprisingly very little wire. Only one large high grade, one mid grade and one power board. Ended up with over 135lbs of steel. Only good thing was very little plastic.

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    Another project iv been working on is a big clean out at my day job. Last year we upgraded our machine shop to newer CNC mills and retired a few large punch presses. The tooling has been sitting around in a warehouse that we are trying to get out of due to downsizing. Boss wants it gone like yesterday. 5 pallets of different tooling and die pieces. He said i could keep what i get from scrap and doesn't want me to wast my time finding buyers. Im sure with a little work i could find a buyer but hes not interested in selling it. Frustrating, i know.

    Ok, so now with my question, should I take the time to optimize my scrap potential? These dies could be clean short prep steel if dismantled. If I take them as is, my yard will only take them as shred. My though on it is if my boss doesn't want me spending time to find a buyer, he probably doesn't want me sitting around taking these things apart all day. So i guess its an open question to you good forum folks ... what would you do?
    Im leaning towards just dropping them off as is and moving on.

    A few are larger but wasn't able to get a good pic


    2 more pallets of the same not pictured

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    I pulled one of those (similar) tape drives apart a while ago. Then I googled the part#.

    Someone was trying to sell the actual tape drive units for $1000 each on eBay....

    I figured, if you only find one buyer, its worth it! So I save most of the bits. I like the robotic arm.
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    Can those tool/die plates be recycled, resold? It seems such a waste. I guess in China there's a market for that sort of stuff.

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    I wanted to revive my daily pickup tread to show everyone my latest treasures.
    Yesterday I decided to act on a cold call from Craigslist and ... bingo.

    58 towers , 8 printers and 12 crt monitors

    The monitors I usually charge, but with the amount of quality towers, I gave the guy a break and just took them free.





    bonus critter

    1st i486 ive gotten. its going into my permanent collection

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    Congrats. Nice Score! How's the new pickup like all that scrap?

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    Great pick up and thanks for the photos. Mike
    "Profit begins when you buy NOT when you sell." {quote passed down to me from a wise man}

    Now go beat the copper out of something, Miked

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    Quote Originally Posted by HipoGear View Post
    Congrats. Nice Score! How's the new pickup like all that scrap?
    Its a '13 eco and she loves it. lots of room in the back for the good stuff and with a bed that will hold just about anything i can toss in it.

    the only thing i have a complaint about is the mpg. shes stuck at around 15.5 mpg no matter what or how i drive. My old man has the same truck but not 4wd and he can get 20. Guess thats the price of living in central New York with all the hills/snow.

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    Nice score on a "cold call" from craiglist. I take it this was from a business seeing those type of desktops and so many the same. Congrats. Although I would have still charged for those CRT's. They are not easy to get rid of.
    Cleaning up the e-waste one company at a time

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    See if your cv shafts are rotating, fords use a vacuum actuated hub disconnect, when they stick it kills the mileage.
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    Took a drive down to the shredder today with my biggest load of light iron to date. Truck had no issues with the weight but the little trailer was screamin.

    Tally was 2800#s @156/gt so just under $200


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    Quote Originally Posted by Faceball View Post
    I scraped a broken digital camera today during lunch at my 9-5 job. A Canon PowerShot A560 It was fun, until I started playing around the flash and capacitor. OK, so I haven't shocked myself in a long time, but this little cap almost put me on my backside. BE CAREFULL WITH THESE !! in one hand, out the other with enough to still light the flash. OUCH





    Lesson: Don't test something then start poking around in it without discharging any Caps !!!
    I have learned - Get everything you plan on testing and test them all at once. After testing, set them aside to break down a few days later. ( and even after a few days some may still have voltage)

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    I am very impressed to see you working that truck. Just my personal view, I can't stand people who buy a very expensive "truck" and then never really use it as a truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armygreywolf View Post
    I am very impressed to see you working that truck. Just my personal view, I can't stand people who buy a very expensive "truck" and then never really use it as a truck.
    This is how I see it. If im spending as much as I am on payments, I need to find a way to make it pay for itself. Cant do that with a Focus or Prius. I try to keep my work vehicles and play vehicles separate. My Challenger is for play. Trucks are for work, new or old. Plus, im getting to the point in life where im getting tired of bustin knuckles and turning wrenches just to get to work. I do enough of that AT work.

    Basically, Id rather turn wrenches because I WANT to, not cuz I NEED to.

    Thanks for letting me share.

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    I was hired to do a barn clean out and today I stopped by to see what I was getting into. The barn was built in the late 1800s and is 4 stories. Sometime back in the 80s, it was rented out to a local military surplus and hardware store and was being used for overflow and storage. Store and owner went belly up and it all was forgot about. An old friend of mine from high school now owns it and is cleaning it out to convert to a home. I was told one room held old computers and printers from the 80s filled to the rafters. I jumped at the chance.

    1st load of many...







    Ill post better pics of some of the goodies as I do more research and clean some of it up.
    I think ive uncovered a honey hole

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    Please don't destroy the computers before looking up their collector's value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RLS0812 View Post
    Please don't destroy the computers before looking up their collector's value.
    Doing research now.
    The Macintosh is a model M0001w 512k. I already have a few ppl I know that want it $$$

    The real work has just begun.

    Im seeing that alot of this was sold as military surplus. Documentation taped to them are military auction receipts.

    Some are complete POS terminals (Point Of Sale)

    my mind is blown..... I gota go lay down lol
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    I'm after an Apple 2 or Commodore 64 if ya see any laying in the pile
    There is a whole list of systems I would like to have, but I don't have the $ to buy them on Ebay ...

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    I don't see any test equipment or ham radio or cb stuff but there are collectors for those as well. Super find, I'm happy you got it. 73, Mike

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    Ive been selling at hamfests for years and do extremely well. My knowledge is limited but I love vintage radio equipment.

    Research is key. Learn as much as you can and move on to the next thing.

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