There was a small industrial supply company went out of business about 10 miles from me. A health/exercise outfit bought it out for the building. They were getting rid of all the stock. Just throwing it in the dumpster. Literally, Tons of new stock.
Pallets of welding rod/wire, hundreds of types of specialty bolts, nuts, screws, fasteners. Boxes and boxes of new bulk band saw blade. Too many items to even mention. 4 guys throwing everything into rolling bins then dumping it all into the dumpster.
It was the most depressing thing I have ever seen. The workers were saving boxes of brass and stainless fasteners for scrap. One guy had his poor Camry loaded to the gills. I happen to be the friend of a friend of the new owner. He called me to see if I wanted to come and see. I asked if I could have my scrapper buddy Donald come. He said sure.
Got there and was told to take whatever you want. Anything. Everything.
To see it all just wasted was too overwhelming. You cant take it all. Not a tenth, not a hundredth of it.
I hauled half a pickup load out of there. I brought about 400 lbs of new, unopened welding rod, 17 rolls new flux core welding wire, and a bunch of bandsaw blade straight to a small auction house near me. Maybe get a little $ when it sells at their next auction.
Kept some for trading or to give away to friends.
Anyway, I got a lot of free stuff but overall the whole story makes me more sad than happy. In a way I wish I hadn't even gone...
But my question:
One of the things I took was this round stock. It was in a rack that said Drill Rod. Bunch of sizes. Mostly fractional. Some metric.
There was no other provenance on it. None.
I took a bunch of it. 75 lbs? But I don't know what to do with it now. Will keep a few pieces/sizes. Try turning some to see how it machines.
Maybe make go cart axles? Dunno.
I just know it is expensive. Hate to see it made into yard art. Worse yet, go to scrap.
Would sell most of it but with no provenance, who would buy it?
Assuming it really is drill rod what can I use it for?
Thanks for reading this.