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    Okay. So probably driving you guys nuts. But....

    The pins on the eject tray of a cd rom. They are not magnetic and appear to be stainless. Is that right?



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    A little more information. The bars that the laser head travels on is what I am talking about. Cannot find a schematic that tells me the name or even shows them. I have the opportunity to lay my hands on about 10,000 pcs which is around 10k ounces. I am trying to figure out what they are worth so I can tell if price is fair and I can make some money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VERYOLDGUY View Post
    A little more information. The bars that the laser head travels on is what I am talking about. Cannot find a schematic that tells me the name or even shows them. I have the opportunity to lay my hands on about 10,000 pcs which is around 10k ounces. I am trying to figure out what they are worth so I can tell if price is fair and I can make some money.
    Are you talking about those round bars on each side of the head about 4" long ?? yes those are SS

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    I know the screw mech on motor three is usually brass

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    Quote Originally Posted by PartTimeScrapper View Post
    I know the screw mech on motor three is usually brass
    same with the motor on the back of the floppies, the drive shaft is either brass or SS.

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    Yeah but the question is, if you really had 10000 drives would you save the motors and lil brass? I don't. Just did 1 gaylord, 5000 drives give or take, and didn't save one motor. All shred. Just pulled boards.

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    oh goody I get to do some math. I just weighed one of the brass pieces its 4 grams. There are 454 grams in a pound. So that means 113 drives for a pound of brass. Now lets say it takes 5 seconds to pick up the side cutters and pull that little piece of brass from the motor. Thats 9.41 minutes per pound of brass. At 2 bucks a pound for brass thats $12 an hour. not to mention at 5000 drives if only half of them have the brass piece thats 20 pounds of brass. I dont do it though I make the kid do it I make her a deal if she pulls the boards and the brass piece I let her keep the carcass for shred. Its funny she fills up a trash can of the drives and says here 10 bucks in gas

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    Yes the bars are what I am talking about. Finally found out they are P8.
    1 - The pins are already removed.
    2 - The location is about 5 min. from my house.
    3 - Yard is only 30 min.
    Truck gets 16.7 miles to the gallon.
    Estimated total time is = 2 hours labor.
    Price is $150
    I think I can come out okay.
    Thanks for the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PartTimeScrapper View Post
    oh goody I get to do some math. I just weighed one of the brass pieces its 4 grams. There are 454 grams in a pound. So that means 113 drives for a pound of brass. Now lets say it takes 5 seconds to pick up the side cutters and pull that little piece of brass from the motor. Thats 9.41 minutes per pound of brass. At 2 bucks a pound for brass thats $12 an hour. not to mention at 5000 drives if only half of them have the brass piece thats 20 pounds of brass. I dont do it though I make the kid do it I make her a deal if she pulls the boards and the brass piece I let her keep the carcass for shred. Its funny she fills up a trash can of the drives and says here 10 bucks in gas
    Ok you proved me wrong. But if you have a large volume, I rather work on the 4-8 dollar a lb stuff than 1.75...lol!

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    I had too Oz, but the truth is unless your flooded with business and are turning away customers then you are doing nothing else with that time. I figure I am going to make about $500 after expenses. Only takes me to do the job so I just made about $250 per hour. I know attorneys that are not making that.

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    What the heck is "P8"?

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    Basically 304 ss for this discussion.
    You can make money 2 ways.
    1 - Do what others won't.
    2 - Do what others can't.

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    Save the two tiny little but very strong magnets beside the 'eye' of the laser.

    Also, save the laser itself, two if its a read/write, they are Gold plated with Gold plated wires.

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