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    Quote Originally Posted by aph View Post
    I am confused .... don't you spill oil all over the place that way?
    There's not much oil in them. It's not like an engine.



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    Dang Mark, all those loaded trailers and no truck to pull them!

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    Hi Joe,
    me again, still trying to get into the sealed unit breakdown game.
    Got a 2nd location finally and figured I can do it there, back of some old ass warehouse. No public traffic, nobody to bug me.
    Question: What kind of plasma cutter do you suggest?
    I am sure I won;t do anywhere near 200 units a month for a while, so what is a good solid starter unit to get it going?
    Thanks in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freonjoe View Post
    I was asked in an email about cutting up compressors so I thought I would create a thread on doing so. I started with 15 compressors with a total weight of 342 pounds. I ended up with 32.5 pounds of field copper, 2.5 pounds of oil and 306 pounds of what should be #2 prepared if I had a different yard to deal with. I ended up grossing around .33 a pound. It usually costs me .05 a pound to cut them up (.03 for labor and .02 for consumables and power) so my break even point is .28 a pound.










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    Interesting stuff. Not sure about FJ's cost breakdown. .03 for labor cost ?

    Figure minimum wage here is 12.00$/hr. Maybe another 3.00$ per hour for SSI, Unemployment insurance, and Workman's comp. Thur cost to have somebody on the job would be closer to 15.00 $/hr.

    They would have to be processing 500 units per hour or one unit every 8 seconds.

    Ummm ... doesn't seem likely.

    Is F.J. still in business ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hills View Post
    Interesting stuff. Not sure about FJ's cost breakdown. .03 for labor cost ?

    Figure minimum wage here is 12.00$/hr. Maybe another 3.00$ per hour for SSI, Unemployment insurance, and Workman's comp. Thur cost to have somebody on the job would be closer to 15.00 $/hr.

    They would have to be processing 500 units per hour or one unit every 8 seconds.

    Ummm ... doesn't seem likely.

    Is F.J. still in business ?
    Freon Joe is a very resourceful individual and he willingly shared his knowledge, if newbee's would take the time to search the archived threads then we old timers wouldn't get tired of the repetitious questions.

    Or try to reinvent the wheel.

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    < shrugs >

    I dunno .... it's all a numbers game. Business is business. You're not much use to yourself or anybody else if you aren't turning a profit.

    Much respect to those who do scrapping full time and can pay the bills every month. It's a hard way to make a living.

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