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    Question about washing machine drums.....

    Hi there,

    How's everyone doing?

    Anyways, so I got these two washing machines I'm breaking down and scrapping and well I was under the impression the drums were stainless steel. The thing is, both of the drums I've come across are magnetic...am I missing something here?

    I mean are they just plain steel, and is this normal? Or are there washing machine drums out there that are magnetic and still stainless steel? Kinda confused....


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    Higher end washing machines have stainless steel drums with a higher nickel content, so are non-magnetic. Cheaper ones are stainless, but less nickel, so are magnetic. Our yard treats magnetic stainless as shred.

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    Hm. I see. I'll ask my yard what they consider mine as then. Thanks for the advice

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    Magnetic stainless steel by me can go on with dirty stainless for a better price than steel
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    From Wikipedia.

    Nickel is a silvery-white metal with a slight golden tinge that takes a high polish. It is one of only four elements that are magnetic at or near room temperature, the others being iron, cobalt and gadolinium.

    Stainless steel's resistance to rusting results from the presence of chromium in the alloy, which forms a passive film that protects the underlying material from corrosion attack, and can self-heal in the presence of oxygen.[4]: 3  Corrosion resistance can be increased further by the following means:

    • increase chromium content to more than 11%[5]
    • add nickel to at least 8%[5]
    • add molybdenum (which also improves resistance to pitting corrosion)[5]
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    The amount of effort it takes to remove and then clean those isnt worth it. especially if its a front loader. dont disassemble those, get paid for that cement weight inside and that 50lb plastic container that surrounds the drum. Also alot of the top loader drums are attached to the transmisssion and the ss screws will get stuck inside the cast alum frame on the bottom and break the tips off your drill bits.

    Stainless scrap is over rated anyways.... unless its a nice clean piece you dont have to do anything to, but a item that contains copper or brass inside of it may be worth cleaning, Depending on what it is..... In my book, cleaning SS is one of the biggest waste of time for the payout involved.

    But like it was said b4, theres only 1 way to find out if its worth your time or not. But whatever you do, have fun.
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    300 series stainless steel (316, 304 - the stuff that is just very slightly magnetic) is where the money is. 400 series (very magnetic stainless) is bought as tin most places. I just cut the cords and sell the whole thing as shred. But for best fun+$ combo pop off the motor too and then sell as shred. I mostly see 300 series stainless from commercial washers like these ones that we picked up a few weeks back from a laundromat that closed Name:  20211130_093057.jpg
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    People make cool fire pits out of them....

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    Quote Originally Posted by greytruck View Post
    The amount of effort it takes to remove and then clean those isnt worth it. especially if its a front loader. dont disassemble those, get paid for that cement weight inside and that 50lb plastic container that surrounds the drum. Also alot of the top loader drums are attached to the transmisssion and the ss screws will get stuck inside the cast alum frame on the bottom and break the tips off your drill bits.

    Stainless scrap is over rated anyways.... unless its a nice clean piece you dont have to do anything to, but a item that contains copper or brass inside of it may be worth cleaning, Depending on what it is..... In my book, cleaning SS is one of the biggest waste of time for the payout involved.

    But like it was said b4, theres only 1 way to find out if its worth your time or not. But whatever you do, have fun.
    Stainless by me is the highest I can remember @ $.90 #, but I still won't breakdown washers. Not worth the time and effort and I like getting paid sheet price for all the plastic and concrete dead weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pappawheelie View Post
    I like getting paid sheet price for all the plastic and concrete dead weight.
    Worst is when you get them taken apart by the owner to get it out of the house. then your forced to get rid of the plastic and concrete. especially when its that one top loader model that has that solid plastic drum.


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