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  1. When I first designed my hard drive shredder...

    When I first designed my hard drive shredder (still waiting for parts which is annoying) I did some other number crunching on the prices if you were to build the equipment yourself. These costs were...
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    The finished product: ...

    The finished product:

    https://www.scrapmetalforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4643&stc=1

    Tomorrow I call the prospective buyer and get a deal worked out for the motor!
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    I finally got a chance to put the motor on the...

    I finally got a chance to put the motor on the scale and see it's real weight. It came in at 765 pounds. Not as big as I thought, but not a small one either. I dropped it off at the rebuild shop...
  4. I can't speak for other states, but in Montana...

    I can't speak for other states, but in Montana this was the process I had to go through to get a recycling license:

    It is better to ask questions to the state about recycling than to make...
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    Those are some high volume pumps sitting there! I...

    Those are some high volume pumps sitting there! I got 5x of those pumps and 5x 15hp motors at an auction in Cody, WY for $50 each. I was hoping to salvage the complete assemblies with frames, but the...
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    Rebuilding a 75HP motor

    Hey everyone,

    Hope you're all keeping busy with your scrap ventures. I recently bought a 75hp electric motor from a farmer that was cleaning out their field. Since I currently have the highest...
  7. This thead is a question - I started scrapping as a kid for a little bit of...

    I started scrapping as a kid for a little bit of extra money, but when the prices dropped down to less than $0.01/lb back around 2008 and I got a whopping $4 for a full load of steel I quit...
  8. Thread: Gross!!!!

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    Food fridges were a once and done for me. After...

    Food fridges were a once and done for me. After that first one I got that was overflowing with rotten food and a broken door seal I made the stipulation that all of the food had to be cleaned out...
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    National - Good news! Appliance parts are back up on the...

    Good news! Appliance parts are back up on the buying list. We are initially buying a select list of parts from mainly microwaves and soon to be dishwashers. The listed items have no limits initially....
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    this thread has a poll - While I'm still working during this time, my...

    While I'm still working during this time, my hobby of fixing up microwaves has been slowing down a lot. For the past 3 weeks the appliance shop I get microwaves from has had 3 units each week for me...
  11. Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist Horror Stories

    Hey everyone,

    Hope you're all staying safe during these crazy times. With all the doom and gloom I figured an off topic discussion would be a nice distraction.

    Today's topic:
    terrible...
  12. This thead is a question - Here in Montana they took my school ID as a form...

    Here in Montana they took my school ID as a form of ID before I had my driver's license, but that wasn't something they were used to seeing. Most people that scrap around here are older than 18 so...
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    Not a bad few days

    So I work in a warehouse complex and the maintainence guys were in the process of completely stripping out one of the units (2500sf shop space). I walked up and asked what their plan was with the...
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    This thead is a question - For a short little while I was buying them on SMF...

    For a short little while I was buying them on SMF and locally for $5-$25 per unit. It only lasted a few months since I started getting more broken TV's locally. The nail in the coffin was when I...
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    I noticed that too. I have pretty good luck...

    I noticed that too. I have pretty good luck selling the big range ones for $35-$50+, but those little ones are such a throw away item. For me if they aren't a name brand tabletop unit I don't deal...
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    When I was listing items on CL I had multiple...

    When I was listing items on CL I had multiple no-shows and those that did show up either looked really really sketchy or complained about the price. How can you complain about a $20 microwave with a...
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    It's really funny. The same thing happens when...

    It's really funny. The same thing happens when the police do sting operations on sketchy converter buyers. One gets caught for buying stolen cats and the rest take their ads down almost immediately....
  18. Canada - When you say describe the material are you...

    When you say describe the material are you sorting it based on chip type? Some gold ram has pinned chips, BGA chips, and a strange one (mainly from RAMBUS with rivets) that is said to have a higher...
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    I bought 2 of those blue ones (slightly...

    I bought 2 of those blue ones (slightly different, but pretty much the same) about 6 months ago. They work great for smaller scrap like circuit boards and computers! I know they look cheap, but they...
  20. Colorado | National - I sent a few emails about 3 months ago and got no...

    I sent a few emails about 3 months ago and got no response so I called instead. When I called all I got told was "send me an email" so I sent another email. That was about a month and a half ago. I...
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    It's been a busy few weeks/month on this little...

    It's been a busy few weeks/month on this little project. I ended up getting the unit running, but is struggled with processing thin steel. I did try a server hard drive and it just about killed the...
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    I've seen the reverse spin controller that many...

    I've seen the reverse spin controller that many shredders have and that is something that I plan to put on the bigger shredder (possibly this one too). My dad is helping get that part designed/built...
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    I was really really hoping it would go together...

    I was really really hoping it would go together perfectly on the first round, but I'm only $3,500 in so I've got some wiggle room before I hit the $8k mark :)
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    Well. There have been a few undocumented features...

    Well. There have been a few undocumented features to the unit like that it tears itself apart. I mean who doesn’t love a piece of equipment that tears itself apart? I’ve reinforced the unit for a...
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    This one is almost done. Hopefully I'll have it...

    This one is almost done. Hopefully I'll have it ready by the end of the week. As soon as I run some materials through it to see how well it works I'll have a good answer on the printers. Once all of...
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