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Scrap Metal

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John in La

09-11-2019 07:20:03




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Took a pickup load of metal to the scrap yard.
700 lbs of washing machine; broken kids bikes; rusted tractor rims; ect.
Walked away with just over $22.
What is that??? $65 a ton???
Oh well at least it is out of my yard now.




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showcrop

09-12-2019 04:54:02




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 Re: Scrap Metal in reply to John in La, 09-11-2019 07:20:03  
I have a long range plan to take some scrap in. I have been wondering how they unload you if they don't use a magnet. I expect to use a trailer, but if I put it into the back of my truck I assume that I would have to throw it off.



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truckfarmer49

09-11-2019 20:58:38




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 Re: Scrap Metal in reply to John in La, 09-11-2019 07:20:03  
I admire and appreciate hearing about the business da.bees is operating!



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da.bees

09-11-2019 20:29:30




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 Re: Scrap Metal in reply to John in La, 09-11-2019 07:20:03  
When life is dealing lemons,make some lemon-aid. I bring more home than I drop off. 75% of the time I have a 20' trailer sitting at the scrap yard where they load good structural material when they have time. He call's when it's near loaded and I pick the trailer up. They know T.W. of the trailer and my truck so all I do is pull onto scale,pay the man and go. When I drop the trailer off it might have some scrap, drops, aluminum,copper and cast on it. They get the small amount of aluminum,copper and cast for steel price. I often leave a stryafoam box with ice,water,juice and cokes. A while back he called to say they had more pipe than my trailer could haul with what was already on it. I told him to finish loading the trailer and set 100 additional joints aside. I took a fence builder's trailer to pick the 100 joints up,paid him $600,returned fence builder's trailer to his shop and picked up a $2k check. I cleared $1,400,fence man saved $900,some time and scrapyard owner was happy with not needing to handle it any more than he did.

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tom in co

09-11-2019 16:45:39




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 Re: Scrap Metal in reply to John in La, 09-11-2019 07:20:03  
I took a load in two weeks ago in Greeley Colorado and got $100.00 a ton. I just looked at their web site and it list scrap at $70.00 a ton. Aluminum is down to .21 cents a pound, but copper is holding steady a$2.00 a pound, what happened? Glad i got rid of all my scrap.



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matthies

09-11-2019 12:54:57




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 Re: Scrap Metal in reply to John in La, 09-11-2019 07:20:03  
$35 a ton for that stuff in Norfolk Nebraska, same price for car bodies.



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Stephen Newell

09-11-2019 11:14:09




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 Re: Scrap Metal in reply to John in La, 09-11-2019 07:20:03  
I did that once cleaning around the house. The steel paid almost nothing but got about $20.00 for a five gallon bucket of copper.



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K Effective

09-11-2019 09:46:55




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 Re: Scrap Metal in reply to John in La, 09-11-2019 07:20:03  
Like many, I take loads in to keep things clean around the place. This summer, my wife's school upgraded desks, so I picked up a pretty full load from the school garage. A few hours of wood top removal plus dismembering a set of choir risers, and I had over a ton. Local yard paid $105 per net ton, so I made almost $90 for the school versus filling several dumpsters. I did glean a nice set of casters from an old hallway fence system.

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Jimmydog

09-11-2019 08:46:54




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 Re: Scrap Metal in reply to John in La, 09-11-2019 07:20:03  
About that tire thing, I just got to thinking, same nephew got a flat on his pick-up four days after dropping that stuff off. It was half a pair of pliers stuck thru the tread, as luck would have it they were able to plug it. So now I'm thinking he picked that up at the yard (makes more sense to me) and it just took four days for it to become noticeable. Stranger things have happened I guess.

JD

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Geo-TH,In

09-11-2019 08:28:59




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 Re: Scrap Metal in reply to John in La, 09-11-2019 07:20:03  
Closer to $50 a ton. That won't pay the gas.



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Deere Mark

09-11-2019 08:10:43




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 Re: Scrap Metal in reply to John in La, 09-11-2019 07:20:03  
Local scrap yard recently said 4 or 5 cents per pound for steel scrap and 10 cents per pound for scrap electric motors. I have enough steel scrap for a dumpster now and also about 35 old electric motors.



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37chief

09-11-2019 08:29:17




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 Re: Scrap Metal in reply to Deere Mark, 09-11-2019 08:10:43  
You will get more for the electric motors if you remove the copper. It's not hard. a good winter project. Look up on the net for armature copper removal. Stan



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fixerupper

09-11-2019 07:53:48




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 Re: Scrap Metal in reply to John in La, 09-11-2019 07:20:03  
When I haul to the scrap yard I do not do it for the money. I haul scrap to keep the place neat and the money is secondary but I do like to get enough return to pay for the trip. Right now, like Mike said one flat tire takes away the gain. The yard I have been hauling to lately is a true junk yard with a narrow driving path between tall piles of scrap. Sometimes its drive in and back out because the muddy lane is blocked. Why I have never had a flat tire from that place is beyond me. The yard I used to go to is a large commercial place that is neat and orderly with paved driveways. I have driven away from that place with a tire going flat twice. Go figure!

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Traditional Farmer

09-11-2019 09:39:42




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 Re: Scrap Metal in reply to fixerupper, 09-11-2019 07:53:48  
Not me I do it for the money that's why I'm on hold right now it'll go back up.It doesn't eat a thing.



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John in La

09-11-2019 08:06:37




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 Re: Scrap Metal in reply to fixerupper, 09-11-2019 07:53:48  
I really do not do it for the money.
In fact if there is a crowd there I do not even scale out.
I just dump it off and leave.

Saves me 20 miles each way to go to the city dump.
Or $200 to have waste management pick up a 3 yard dumpster bag from my yard.

They do have a clean yard so I am not to worried about the tires.



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Jimmydog

09-11-2019 07:40:47




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 Re: Scrap Metal in reply to John in La, 09-11-2019 07:20:03  
Nephew just took a load of scrap metal in this past Saturday, 1300# and got 84.50$ for it. Mostly old car stuff, frame, pick-up box, manifolds, etc. Did better than I thought he would.

JD



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Mike M

09-11-2019 07:23:16




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 Re: Scrap Metal in reply to John in La, 09-11-2019 07:20:03  
Hope you did not pick up some scrap in one of your tires as it will cost more than you got in tire repairs. I tried to avoid going to the local yard that is a mess you have to drive through. I was always afraid of tire damage. Many times I'd take a load a lot farther away with a nice clean concrete pad you unload on then the magnet clears it off.



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Geo-TH,In

09-11-2019 08:33:26




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 Re: Scrap Metal in reply to Mike M, 09-11-2019 07:23:16  
Mike I know a guy who will haul my little amount scrap for FREE.

I hide my ugly scrap behind privacy fence next to workshop.

WIN/WIN. I save on flats and gasoline.



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Billy Shafer

09-11-2019 07:56:39




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 Re: Scrap Metal in reply to Mike M, 09-11-2019 07:23:16  
Down here it is 48 miles to the scrap yard.You need a good size load to make it worth it. One thing they do that seems odd. They keep a path clear of anything that could cut a tire. Nice of them.



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