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    Hello Everyone - I am new to the forum

    Hello and Thank You All for allowing me to seek out answers here. I am new and this is my first post.



    I have an extremely unusual situation and I am hoping someone here can point me in the right direction. I have an old decommissioned Leksell Gama Knife Model U that a warehouse tenant left us when they went out of business that I am looking to scrap. The problem I am having is finding a scrap yard capable of accepting it. This unit is Steel - Iron and weighs about 44,000 pounds. We are located in the western suburbs of Illinois and I am hoping someone here would know of a scrap yard that can handle such a heavy item.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimH2021 View Post
    Hello and Thank You All for allowing me to seek out answers here. I am new and this is my first post.

    I have an extremely unusual situation and I am hoping someone here can point me in the right direction. I have an old decommissioned Leksell Gama Knife Model U that a warehouse tenant left us when they went out of business that I am looking to scrap. The problem I am having is finding a scrap yard capable of accepting it. This unit is Steel - Iron and weighs about 44,000 pounds. We are located in the western suburbs of Illinois and I am hoping someone here would know of a scrap yard that can handle such a heavy item.
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    We don't have any brain surgeons on this forum, I suggest you contact the manufacture for the proper dismantling procedure that machine, it contains radio active components.

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    Donate the machine to a local University, nice tax write off.

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    No it does not contain radio active material - That is why i posted it is decommissioned . We also have a clearance letter from the state of Illinois stating the same and that it is ok to scrap. Additionally we have been in contact with the manufacturer (was our first step) and was informed it is of no use in the medical field as it was their original design years ago and now obsolete . Their recommendation was to scrap it...Hence why I am here.

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    No it does not contain radio active material - That is why i posted it is decommissioned . We also have a clearance letter from the state of Illinois stating the same and that it is ok to scrap. Additionally we have been in contact with the manufacturer (was our first step) and was informed it is of no use in the medical field as it was their original design years ago and now obsolete . Their recommendation was to scrap it...Hence why I am here.



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    First, any scrap yard would take it with the paper work you have. The question is how to get it there. I am not an expert on this machine, but unless it occupies 4,400 sq. ft. it seems hard to imagine that much weight. If you want to PM me after 10 posts I might be able to help. The answer is not to be shared on a public domain. Good luck regardless your strategy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patriot76 View Post
    First, any scrap yard would take it with the paper work you have. The question is how to get it there. I am not an expert on this machine, but unless it occupies 4,400 sq. ft. it seems hard to imagine that much weight. If you want to PM me after 10 posts I might be able to help. The answer is not to be shared on a public domain. Good luck regardless your strategy.
    44,000 pounds.has to be the largest piece of e-waste to arrive on this forum, should be several thousands of dollars worth of circuit boards in that monster.

    Personally I would like to have the linear rails from that machine. probably some decent stepper or better yet servo motors to salvage and list on ebay.

    Maybe even some lasers for precision placement of the patient.

    I see lots of goodies for the CNC enthusiast.

    If our new member would be so gracious as to post some images of the insides we could give some direction on how to grade those circuit boards to maximize his profit.

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    Forum member greytruck isn't far from you and may be able to help

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    From my understanding most all of the electronics are separate from the actual unit we have. The big steel Ball or dome is what we were stuck with. Its got about 200 pounds of lead as an inner liner and the rest is all cast iron. I wish we had the table, and all the E goodies but thats not the case here. I have already had a couple yards tell me that they dont have the equipment to handle this thing. I am thinking I need to find one of the main processing centers that these other yards send their scrap to, or someone that scraps huge industrial stuff that can cut it up etc.

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    Well you're near Chicago so there are a plethora of local yards that can handle it. A quick google search shows both CR and Simms there do torch and shear work so try giving them a call and see what they charge for pickup. 44,000 lbs sounds awfully heavy for a single piece of medical machinery. That's heavy enough that if loaded into a semi that truck might be over the interstate highway 80,000lb limit. Are you sure about that weight?

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    I know, I thought when I was told by a co-worker that they were way off on the weight however I have talked with the manufacturer and yes it does weigh 44,000 pounds. I have already emailed Simms and was told they are not interested . We have been given the no thanks by at least 10 yards so just because they handle big items doesn't mean they want it. Today However a company called Area Materials did confirm they can handle the unit and that they have processed several before so they know these units inside and out. Just in case anyone in the area ends up with something big and unusual i would say reach out to Area Materials in Kankakee first and save yourself a lot of time

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimH2021 View Post
    Hello and Thank You All for allowing me to seek out answers here. I am new and this is my first post.

    I have an extremely unusual situation and I am hoping someone here can point me in the right direction. I have an old decommissioned Leksell Gama Knife Model U that a warehouse tenant left us when they went out of business that I am looking to scrap. The problem I am having is finding a scrap yard capable of accepting it. This unit is Steel - Iron and weighs about 44,000 pounds. We are located in the western suburbs of Illinois and I am hoping someone here would know of a scrap yard that can handle such a heavy item.
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    Hi, JimH2021. Welcome to the forums

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