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    wheels, shred or more?

    For most of you this is probably an easy one. I got my first set of wheels and unfortunately they are steel. I'm planning on tossing in shred pile. Is this correct or is there a different grade to take them in as? Thanks for all the help guys.



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    Shred it. Most scrap yards will take it tire and all. Of couse aluminun ya want take of tire and valve stem but for steel its shred and if it holds air fill it up for more weight lol.

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    If the tires are off than you can sell the steel wheels as #2 HMS (heavy melt steel) or sometimes more commonly refereed to as 3 foot.

    Make sure you remove any lead weights regardless of what you sell the wheels as. Wheel weights should be worth around $.20/pound and usually four wheels will have about a pound of weights on them.

    If you brought 4 wheels with tires into my yard and tried selling them as shred you would get a deduction on your check. We only buy wheels with tires if they are bolted to cars or trucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWAL View Post
    Shred it. Most scrap yards will take it tire and all. Of couse aluminun ya want take of tire and valve stem but for steel its shred and if it holds air fill it up for more weight lol.
    Why would you or the yard want to do that? You really want to risk being sued over a tire? If the guys at the shredder put that in there they now have a potential bomb on their hands. These are the kind of shredders that the yards use most of the time:

    SSI Shredding Systems - YouTube

    Now imagine a inflated tire or propane tank being shredded in there. Now you can see why most yards ban propane tanks, un-opened sealed units (Air compressors, etc), and Tires (not the rims).
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    Yards around here charge for tires - mounted or not. Iron/steel wheels are #1 iron. Weights can be left on except for aluminum wheels.
    People may laugh at me, but that's ok. I laugh all the way to the bank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWAL View Post
    Shred it. Most scrap yards will take it tire and all. Of couse aluminun ya want take of tire and valve stem but for steel its shred and if it holds air fill it up for more weight lol.
    Not cool dude, not cool.



















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    You guys are too funny. An inflated tire in a shredder will do nothing more than go poof. I doubt you would even notice it.

    A propane tank on the other hand is another story. But you don't need to worry about letting the air out of the tires before shredding a wheel with a tire. If an inflated tire was considered a bomb at a shredder yard they wouldn't allow tires on cars.

    Oh one other thing, yards that shred cars do not use an SSI shredder like earlier posted. They use a hammer mill type shredder like this.



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    Oh, I was thinking something along the lines of a tire blow out or something. Anyway, one of the local yards near me has a shredder, and it looks like an SSI type. I don't think they shred cars though.

    This is from the CMC Yard in Pflugerville:

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    You know what, it might be some type of baler.

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    If your rims are 8 bolt try putting em on cl or something like that, I get 40$ a rim all day long for 8 bolt rims
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    Yes that is a logger/baler. Somewhat like this one.


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    If you have any stators from stripped eletric motors, Throw them in with the wheel. Instead of bringing in a wheel and a bucket of hms steel, use the wheel as the bucket and get no tare weight.

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    Thanks for all the info! I can always count on my friends at scrap metal forum. And of course I already removed the tires. Sold em!

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    Quote Originally Posted by taterjuice View Post
    If your rims are 8 bolt try putting em on cl or something like that, I get 40$ a rim all day long for 8 bolt rims
    Unfortunately tater they are 5 lug 15's pretty scraped up. Maybe could sell as trailer wheels.

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    I am still laughing inside at the idea of an inflated tire hurting a shredder keycity has it right. If you guys saw what the guts in a hammer type shredder look like once you would understand our amusement. Now the five gallon bucket of gunpowder a local yard had go through theirs is far less amusing...

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    Well keycity and others must be familar with the type shrddder my yard uses because its not uncommon here no penalty either. I guess the extra money just isnt cool dude. Good to know i dont need to worry now about the tire bombs or to worry about them messin up my hair cuz ya know i gotta look my best at the scrap yard.

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    i thought the "fill it up with air for more weight" was rather comical myself, i mean like, how much weight can some air add??

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    Bear that is how I read it to. A joke How much does air realy weigh

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron22 View Post
    Bear that is how I read it to. A joke How much does air realy weigh
    Actually I don't know the figures but I saw some science show one time prove that an inflated basketball is substantially heavier than an uninflated one.
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    welll, he didn't actually say "fill it up" with air.
    back to the OP original question, there is one guy on here who advertises to buy wheels, I'm not sure how it works or which ones, but I've got a couple old Ford rims been meaning to ask him about


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