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    Getting back in the Game

    Been on a bit of a hiatus the last few years. Quit my day job last May. Scored some new wheels back in March. a '98 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. So plush compared to all my other beaters. Got it for labor trade. V8, full time 4x4, power everything. Not ideal for hauling scrap. Only brought in several hundred pounds of aluminum cans with it. At $.15/lb, it sucks.

    I passively amassed a pile of materials to process over the last few years. Lawnmowers, microwaves a plenty. Recently picked up a 7cf chest freezer right across the alley from me. Works fine, keeping it!! Also picked up an older Weber Spirit E 320 gasser. Keeping it!!!!!! Great shape for it's age, works fine as is and very refurbishable. Plenty of other stuff piled up.

    Still prowling CurbCo on bicycles. Spent more money on insurance than fuel all this year. Been giving alot of my steel to a fellow scrapper up the alley from me because I don't have a suitable way of taking it in. The blue Brat has a bad tire, no muffler and cracked windshield so I don't drive it much or too far. Been thinking of getting a folding trailer from everybody's favorite national discount tool store. And a full size pickup.

    Bought a couple Coppermine manual wire stripping machines last year. Still brand new in box. Now that I have some time, I'll take them to the 50lb rat nest I got stashed under my van.



    I got quite a bit of work to catch up on. Doesn't help if I bring more stuff in than I can process or haul off. But I enjoy it.

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    Congrats on getting going. Looking forward to seeing the results!

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    [QUOTE=Soobthang;304245]Been on a bit of a hiatus the last few years. Quit my day job last May. Scored some new wheels back in March. a '98 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. So plush compared to all my other beaters. Got it for labor trade. V8, full time 4x4, power everything. Not ideal for hauling scrap. Only brought in several hundred pounds of aluminum cans with it. At $.15/lb, it sucks.

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    Choosing the Right Steel Supplier

    If you are just starting in the industry, you may want to turn to the internet to get an idea of which steel suppliers will have the materials you will need. Often, the internet will also provide you with detailed information from others on these companies that can help you to make the purchasing experience easier as well. Of course, you can always turn to other individuals in the industry as another option as they will have their own connections that you will be able to take advantage of for all your steel needs.
    Above all, you will want to ensure that the steel suppliers you have are focused on giving you competitive quality and pricing. This means getting the agility and strength you need from these products, while having an overall cost you can count on. After all, your goal should be to locate a supplier that will give you the best product at the most reasonable cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddylegen View Post
    [FONT="]If you are just starting in the industry, you may want to turn to the internet to get an idea of which steel suppliers will have the materials you will need. Often, the internet will also provide you with detailed information from others on these companies that can help you to make the purchasing experience easier as well. Of course, you can always turn to other individuals in the industry as another option as they will have their own connections that you will be able to take advantage of for all your steel needs.[/FONT]
    Above all, you will want to ensure that the steel suppliers you have are focused on giving you competitive quality and pricing. This means getting the agility and strength you need from these products, while having an overall cost you can count on. After all, your goal should be to locate a supplier that will give you the best product at the most reasonable cost.
    And I will just bet that you think you are that supplier. Peddle your steel elsewhere.

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    Neighbor across the alley often puts out scrap metal once in a while. Put a few old car parts out, starter, alternator, couple distributors, four barrrel carb, grille. Naturally I grabbed it all..

    Few days later, pickup with a flatbed comes to haul the old Chevy that has been in the backyard for decades. Dunno if they're gonna restore, part, or scrap it. The grille sure is in nice shape, very straight, no dents. Probably the best part left over from that first gen Camaro.

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    Just broke bad and bought a trailer. 1720lb rated 4x8 folding trailer from HF Tools, about $500 out the door. Now I can haul steel and iron, and the non ferrous can ride in the back of the Jeep. Hope to get it together this weekend and get it inspected and licensed this week. Maybe finally catch up on spring cleaning.... from the last few years...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soobthang View Post
    Just broke bad and bought a trailer. 1720lb rated 4x8 folding trailer from HF Tools, about $500 out the door. Now I can haul steel and iron, and the non ferrous can ride in the back of the Jeep. Hope to get it together this weekend and get it inspected and licensed this week. Maybe finally catch up on spring cleaning.... from the last few years...

    I considered getting a hf trailer, but for a few bucks more got a tractor supply 5x8 trailer with ramp for $675 (before tags tax and title) already assembled and ready to go with a coupon. I heard assembling the hf ones SUCKS and takes a while, but for the price, they are a good deal for sure... best choice I made, its already paid for itself 3x over in about a months time.... my only regret is not getting a BIGGER trailer. whatever size you think you need, always get bigger lol.... already shopping for a bigger one.... and a bigger truck.... or a box truck lol

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    Yeah, I've read the reviews and watched the videos. Gonna be a fun puzzle. That trailer from TSC is real nice, might upgrade to one in the future. There's a TSC a couple towns up the interstate, and the Smokey inspection shop is on the way back from there, and a DOL right off the highway in my hood. Kinda wish I got one of those now....... I would already be hauling weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soobthang View Post
    Yeah, I've read the reviews and watched the videos. Gonna be a fun puzzle. That trailer from TSC is real nice, might upgrade to one in the future. There's a TSC a couple towns up the interstate, and the Smokey inspection shop is on the way back from there, and a DOL right off the highway in my hood. Kinda wish I got one of those now....... I would already be hauling weight.


    You really arent losing out on much pretty much. The only advantages is another 1 foot of space (4x8 vs 5x8), and the ramp. And if youre just hauling scrap the ramp doesnt supper matter. And funny enough, the tractor supply has LESS payload capacity, since both trailers have 2000lb gvwr but the harbor freight is lighter (although Ive already had 2300lbs in mine on accident a few times and its seemed OK).....

    Once assembled, and you put some steaks and 4x8 sides on it im sure itll hold plenty. I wish I got the 5.5x10 at least one from tractor supply but oh well.

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    Doesn't the HF trailer need a floor? If I remember right, it's just a bunch of sqaure stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IamTheGreatest View Post
    Doesn't the HF trailer need a floor? If I remember right, it's just a bunch of sqaure stock.
    It will need a floor and most likely side stakes. It is bolt together parts with a vin/title. The tractor supply one (the cheaper mesh one) has a mesh floor, but for anyone doing any scrapping or hauling bolting plywood in is a requirement so not much different that with the hf one in terms of needing to buy plywood for a floor.

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    Actually, Plywood is probably the worst to do.. Never dries out. I have yet to have problems with mesh, but I use totes for the little stuff. Easier to unload the trailer that way.

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    For sure gotta put a deck on it. Instructions recommend 3/4" plywood. Might use 7/8". Or 3/4" with 1/2" sacrificial sheet over that so if/when it wears out I can just replace the top sheet. I'll seal it on both sides before installing. And thinking of 24" tall sides with provisions to add rails on top of that if needed. And tiedowns galore.

    Sorting out the hardware so I don't put the four longer bolts where they don't go, I realize there are NO flat washers. It comes with nylocks though. Think I should buy a box of washers?

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    I'd find a local small saw mill that cuts 12 inch wide boards. Will be cheaper and last longer. Tell them you don't need the full inch thick, they might cut you some, might not. I'd use stove bolts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IamTheGreatest View Post
    I'd find a local small saw mill that cuts 12 inch wide boards. Will be cheaper and last longer. Tell them you don't need the full inch thick, they might cut you some, might not. I'd use stove bolts.
    So planks would be more ideal than plywood for the decking? I could swing by my old jobsite, dig through the scrap pile and see what could work. Used to frame houses for rich a$$ people.

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    Planks drain and don't peel from rain. Everybody says they are going to keep it covered and painted, blah, blah and double blah. Drag a clothes washer across it once. Paint/sealer only lasts once. Rough cut boards are nicer, soak up oil and stuff. Preservative. Only thing I recommend is full length long boards. (Put in the lengthwise way, not cross-ways. Otherwise there will be swearing.) Rough cut also don't turn into slip and slide. Around here you can get rough cut pine for 50 - 75 cents a board foot. People say to get oak, but for little trailers, You're going to replace boards anyways. just get cheap pine. They do add a little weight, but you were going to go an inch with plywood, so it's about even.

    I also recommend any spray paint projects get done INSIDE the trailer. Cheap free sealer, and nobody cares what the inside of the trailer looks like. You'll waste so much time worrying about trailer condition it's not worth it. As long as it's legal.

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    I just might do that. Don't plan on folding it anyway,and 8 footers would help with the strength of the trailer.


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