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    Any idea

    What kind of scrap metal is worth the most?


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    Quote Originally Posted by wildliferacer View Post
    What kind of scrap metal is worth the most?


    This is a thoughtless question, and you should do some googling.

    If you are talking about most $ by weight, it would be precious metals like palladium, rhodium, gold, silver, etc

    If you are talking about most $ by weight that most normal scrappers can reasonably get a hold of, its copper and brass usually.

    If you are talking what you can make the most money off of with the least effort (what Im assuming you are asking based on the content and lack of thought put into the question) the answer is whatever you can get your hands on the most of the easiest/quickest.

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    Tungsten carbide paid real good years ago, was like $12/lb in 2010, 2011 time frame

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    The metal that I make the most $$ out of, uses the least space, takes the least time & brings in the most money.

    Is Copper.

    It was 2/3rds of my yearly $$, & 1/2 the total volume & I didn't get any $ from Iron.

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    Copper is the most profitable scrap metal as they are the most common metals you can find around your home.

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    Copper is getting harder to come by in this area. It's not just scrappers, but tradesmen are into it as an additional income source.

    Take the locally available scrap copper resource, divide it by more people doing it, ..... and it's slimmer pickins.

    It was like that with steel years ago when prices were up.Everybody and his brother was into it until prices dropped out. Then they lost interest and moved on to something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildliferacer View Post
    What kind of scrap metal is worth the most?
    I love scrap $$$
    Last edited by alloy2; 10-08-2020 at 09:23 PM.
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    Thank you all for your response, It is really helpful!.

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    Stellite scrap & Stellite Alloy scrap – Monico Alloys

    Stellite scrap and Stellite alloy scrap recycling is an important process in the United States today. Known as a cobalt-chromium alloy that may contain tungsten and a small amount of carbon, Stellite scrap and Stellite alloy scrap is useful with its properties of excellent toughness and hardness, along with being very resistant to corrosion. Stellite is a trademarked name of the Deloro Stellite Company; Stellite was invented in the early 1900s by Elwood Haynes.
    Stellite scrap and Stellite alloy scrap are recycled from many different components at Monico Alloys. Some sources of Stellite scrap and Stellite alloy scrap include oil and gas equipment, chemical and petrochemical components, as well as power generation systems. Other sources of Stellite scrap and Stellite alloy scrap include parts and components in the aerospace, automotive, medical, wood, glass, food processing, steel, pulp and paper, and plastic and rubber sectors. One of the goals of recycling scrap metal, such as Stellite scrap and Stellite alloy scrap, is to reuse these materials in the fabrication of components for the industries noted above.
    Below is a list of Stellite scrap and Stellite scrap alloy that Monico Alloys handles:
    • Stellite 1
    • Stellite 6
    • Stellite 19
    • Stellite 25
    • Stellite 188
    • Stellite 3
    • Stellite 12
    • Stellite 21
    • Stellite 31
    Today there is a global trade in the buying and selling of high temperature scrap alloys in which Monico Alloys plays an active part. The forecasts are that the volume for both buyers and sellers will continue to increase.

    Stellite 1 is a hardfacing alloy possessing excellent abrasion and corrosion resistance for applications such as pump sleeves, rotary seal rings, wear pads


    Stellite6 is our most popular alloy as it provides a good balance of all of these properties. The Stellite™ alloys retain their properties at high temperatures


    stellite. 19. HVOF & Plasma Spray Deposition .


    StelliteTM 25 exhibits good resistance to both air and combustion gas oxidizing environments, and can be used for long-term continuous exposure at temperatures up to 980C. The alloy resists wet chlorine at ambient temperatures and is resistant to nitric and hydrochloric acids

    Stellite alloy 3 is resistant to nitric acid over a range of concentrations at room temperature. It also has excellent resistance to phos- phoric acid below 150F


    Stellite 12 is typically used for cutting tools that need to withstand abrasion, heat and corrosion. Examples include industrial knives for cutting carpets, plastics

    Stellite 21 (previously known as Stellite 8) was devel-oped in the mid 1930s as a corrosion resistant CoCr alloy, and rapidly found application as a biocompatible hip im-plant and denture alloy. Many of the alloys currently used in medical applications are variants of the original Stellite21 composition.It was also one of the first heat-resistant alloys trialled for use in jet engines.


    Stellite 31 is a cobalt base superalloy (CoCrNiW) with high wear and corrosion resistance, excellent stress-rupture properties, resistance to thermal and mechanical shock and corrosion resistance. It is commonly used in the hottest sections of industrial gas turbines.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stellite
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    Copper may bring in more money by pound, but you can make more bringing in steel, it's not worth as much but easier to find and if you are cleaning your scrap you have steel that you have removed in order to get a better price.
    Better than the dump!

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    For a new scrapper like myself, these replies are extremely helpful! Thank you to everyone who took the time to reply!

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    ive heard that gunmetal is more valuable than copper but its harder to come by.
    from what i read, its mostly found in older valves that operate under very high pressure.
    can anyone shed some light on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildliferacer View Post
    What kind of scrap metal is worth the most?
    If I remember correctly, rhodium is at or near the most, something like ten thousand dollars per ounce. You could hold a hundred thousand dollars in the cup of your hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo finds View Post
    Copper may bring in more money by pound, but you can make more bringing in steel, it's not worth as much but easier to find and if you are cleaning your scrap you have steel that you have removed in order to get a better price.
    Well said. I make periodic pickups at a plumbing yard (about once every 3 weeks), and while I do get copper tubing and wire when I break everything down, my bread and butter is the steel.

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    If the magnet sticks to your metal: The mental you have is ferrous metal with you — something familiar like steel or iron. Ferrous metal is not worth anything much when you bring it to the scrapyard, but the scrapyard would accept it and make certain it is recycled.
    If the magnet does not stick : Then the metal is non-ferrous. Several common metals like copper, aluminum, brass, stainless steel, and bronze — falls in the category as non-ferrous metals. These metals are precious to recycle and are worth more money at the scrap yard.


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