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    Cast iron tubs

    I picked up probably my 5th or 6th (?) cast iron tub the other day since I have started recycling metal. It was a pink 4x4 old 50's tub (and sink with a faucet).



    My son helped cause no way I could have done it, the normal skinny ones that are the same weight I can manage by myself (just barely) but this one was too awkwardly shaped. Either way neither are any fun to load.

    Besides beating yourself up, does anyone have anything special they do to load these (any cast iron tub) in a pickup bed?


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    Here is the tool I used last time I had to move one of those heavy monstrosities ...
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    This is also a convenient tool to fit toilets into a standard trash can !
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    I only take them if they are in pieces, other wise its staying where it sits.

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    Starting to think it's not worth it. Especially considering scrap aka. "shred" just went down to 105/ton at the yard nearest me. Tubs that is. It's like the opposite of a broken dishwasher but still the same.
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    set one end on tailgate and leever it up. or BFH. A line I heard on a show about military tanks last night was "brute force and ignorance"

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    ATV ramps work well and are easy to find at the scrap yard. They work great for furnaces, central air units, washers, dryers, stoves, etc. You can use an old candle to make it easier to slide things up. A light touch with fine sandpaper makes it slick.
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    Cast iron should be going for more than "shred", correct...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DakotaRog View Post
    Cast iron should be going for more than "shred", correct...?
    I don't think so around here, but if so, I ripped myself off.

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    Clean sheet iron for them by me, a little bit better than shred...
    Better than the dump!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DakotaRog View Post
    Cast iron should be going for more than "shred", correct...?
    Yes, but at .005 more a lb its not worth separating it from shred in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKWrapper View Post

    Besides beating yourself up, does anyone have anything special they do to load these (any cast iron tub) in a pickup bed?

    Stand it up on end and 'walk' it over to the truck on it's corners.

    Drop tailgate, lean tub on edge of tailgate. Lift tub up from the bottom and slide it in. (Works best on a truck with a plastic bedliner)

    Works fine on the rectangular tubs, never did an oval one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKWrapper View Post
    Besides beating yourself up, does anyone have anything special they do to load these (any cast iron tub) in a pickup bed?
    First I back up my truck to about four feet away from the tub. Then, I lower my liftgate....lol it really is a game changer if you can ever swing it

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDC76 View Post
    Stand it up on end and 'walk' it over to the truck on it's corners.

    Drop tailgate, lean tub on edge of tailgate. Lift tub up from the bottom and slide it in. (Works best on a truck with a plastic bedliner)

    Works fine on the rectangular tubs, never did an oval one.
    That's what I have been doing besides this tub and I have plastic bed-liner (also same with stoves and other appliances etc...), but my truck bed isn't as wide as a standard one so to get it all the way in required 2 people to clear the wheel wells, hard to explain.

    My back just can't hang anymore with tubs. I think I will just bust them up or find some ATV ramps etc... or leave them be.

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    A sledge hammer will reduce them to small manageable pieces in less than two minutes. WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES and carry a broom.
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    Yes sledge is the way to go. I removed 3 or 4 that way, they break up nicely but be careful and def wear your safety gear.
    Pink was a popular color back in the 50s. I busted up an old pink one about 20 years ago doing a reno. Cast used to get more than shred or
    light steel. Have not taken any to the yard lately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalvlin View Post
    Yes sledge is the way to go. I removed 3 or 4 that way, they break up nicely but be careful and def wear your safety gear.
    Pink was a popular color back in the 50s. I busted up an old pink one about 20 years ago doing a reno. Cast used to get more than shred or
    light steel. Have not taken any to the yard lately.
    dont forget buckets
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    Hey SkWrapper, Here’s a couple of tips for you & whomever…. Buy a cheap harbor freight winch and mount to front of truck bed. Now you just need a 2 x 6 to ramp the heavy stuff into the bed. Also buy a set of ramp ends to mount to the 2X6 so it stays put. Or mount an angle to the tail gate and another one on the board. Run the winch remote with one hand and guide it up with the other. Make friends with a mechanic or brake shop. A friend of mine gets much better pricing for brake rotors at All recycling.



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    Another strategy is to find a pipe to fit into the stake pocket about six ft. in length. Mount a rig on the top long enough to extend beyond the tail gate and attach a cum-a-long. With a simple lever in the middle of the pipe you could lift an item and swing it into the pick-up. A heavy duty version would require reinforcing the stake pocket and adding a bearing.

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    Yes they are extremely heavy. i find tipping them and using a hand truck works well to move them, but getting them up in a bed depends on the height. If your truck is lifted a cable system can be good, but that is if there is any thing to pull up. A ramp would work even a strong wood one. The only thing I would say is find a way to tie it up and a chain it to the hitch and drive like hell. Ok do not do that, but it kind of sound funny. Sorry, but the guy with the atv ramp idea was great, but if you have no ramp really brute force is the bomb unless you can use an improvise pulley.


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