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    Prepared steel advantage price wise?

    I have a mobile home frame to scrap.I have to cut it down to haul it in.My question is ...
    SHOULD I CUT IT TO FIT IN THE TRAILER OR SMALLER TO GET A BETTER PRICE?
    HOW MUCH MORE PER TON CAN I GET AND WHAT SIZE SHOULD IT BE CUT DOWN TO?

    I GUESS THATS THREE QUESTIONS. ANYWAY THANKS IN ADVANCE



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    Check with your yard you will haul to then determine cut size vs time and cost of gas etc. For some yards there is a large difference in prepared and non-prepared pricing.
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    Thanks bejak
    anyone have an example or story about this with some details?

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    purchased by the net ton, gross ton price listed for comparison):
    Net ton (2,000 lb): Gross ton (2,240 lb):
    A>>> 2' x 18" plate and structural $355.00 $397.00
    B>>> 5' x 2' plate and structural $335.00 $375.00
    C>>>>Unprepared Structural $300.00 $336.00

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    A friend and I went to haul in some (what we thought was) prepared steel awhile ago. As far as I knew, it only had to be under 5 ft. So we load up a truck and trailer full of mostly ductwork and sheet metal. When we got there, we were informed that it also had to be at least 1/4" thick to be prepared steel. Great...

    That's just my yard though. Yours is probably completely different. The trailer frame should be fine in regards to thickness, but you should call your yard about length
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    So we load up a truck and trailer full of mostly ductwork and sheet metal.
    You probably got tin price for it.
    Tin price is usually $40-50 cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap man View Post
    When we got there, we were informed that it also had to be at least 1/4" thick to be prepared steel. Great...
    I believe that at least 1/4" thick is the norm at most yards.
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    local yard here pays 240/ton prepared & 200/ton unprepared, prepared is 18" x 3' and smaller. You are going to have to cut to haul anyways, may not be many more cuts to sell as prepared depending on size of frame. If frame ways 10,000 pays $200.00 more based on the price example I used. Try google search on how much a mobile home or trailer house frame weighs. I did and a 14 x 70 weighs about 24,500 lb from the link that came up. Psot you results after cutting and selling, size and weight, others will be interested in knowing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mechanic688 View Post
    You probably got tin price for it.
    Tin price is usually $40-50 cheaper.
    I know. We ended up throwing it in the shred pile

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    as far as the size goes the metal has to be over 1/4'' thick and no more then 3' long to be considered heavy prepared other wise it is considered sheet iron

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    we cut up a double wide that burnt down a few months ago in 12 foot lenths when unprepared was 8.5 cents a lb we got right at $400 so today it would be between $550 and $600. we were using saw blades so for us the cost outweighed the benefit of cutting it shorts.

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    It's best to check with the yard as to what they consider prepared.

    The yard I most often used to go to pays prepared price for 2 feet or less in length. The yard I most often go to now pays prepared for four feet or less. (We're talking what the one yard calls "#2" and the other yard calls "heavy melt".)

    The first yard used to pay prepared for four feet and under. I showed up with a load one day, and the crane operator asked if it was shorter than three feet. I said no it was all less than four feet. He said it was unprepared. I asked the boss then, and he said it had to be two feet or less. He pointed to his machine with the shear on it and said he can make it prepared really easy.

    Well, you know what? I get lots of stuff that's already less than four feet, but might be longer than two feet. Why should I take a hit on the price just because he can shear it smaller? (Price difference is $1 per hundred.) That's one reason I don't go there very often now.

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    did and a 14 x 70 weighs about 24,500 lb from the link that came up.
    That's for the whole trailer, not just the frame.

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    I go to a small yard and he has only two prices $220/ton for prepared and $180 for unprepared. He doesnt offer a heavy prepared price. He has never tried to give me unprepared price so ive never questioned him on specs on what he considers unprepared.


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