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    Essential tools for a new scrapper

    What tools would you say are essential for a new scrapper?

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    Thanks, would you say a grinder is essential?

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    Essential? No. Very useful? Yes.

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    Ok, so I'm thinking: drill, magnet, hand tools, stihl saw anything else?

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    A good pair of wire cutters and a file.

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    Thanks, what would the file be for?

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    That's depends a lot on your scrap of choice, bolt cutters and sawzall. Maybe a torch
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    Everything and anything at the moment haha, thanks

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    A file for checking plated materials to see what the base material is, ie: chrome plated brass versus chrome plated pot metal.

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    Ditto on the file. You will find yourself filing into all kinds of stuff to see what metal it is, especially yellow brass. You might want to file into all copper windings in transformers. I have been seeing a lot of aluminum windings that are coated with a copper color.

    I would recommend safety gear: gloves, safety glasses and steel toe boots.

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    Oh yeah, material to scrap. That's important too.

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    I have found that the best tool is a sharp wit.

    Start with no tools and as you come across times when you need a particular tool then go get it.



    Why waste 500 bucks on tools and find out those nice bolt cutters or torch or whatever only gets used once every month. Would seem like a waste of money.
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    most anything related to metal work, mechanic work, fabrication, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, engineering, aviation, scuba diving, or space junk. A hammer, pair of pliers, hacksaw, and a screwdriver might get ya started though You can't do much without tools, even the most basic ones. Next to, and right beside tools, as already been mentioned, is safety, glasses, gloves, boots, etc. Tearing down most things is very near constructing it in reverse, depending on what you're scrapping, and how far you want to tear it down, might need tools for almost anything. At least in this area, if all else fails, a hammer and a chisel might do just the trick. I like to wear a glove with it though, and maybe hold the chisel with a vice grips if i'm swinging a very heavy hammer very hard

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    Like I said before depends on what your scrapping, one of you compturr guys would have Lil. Use for my torch and I wouldn't know what to do with a torx bit smaller than 10

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