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setlab  [Team Member]
12/4/2010 9:43:34 PM
I tried to do a search for the current price of scrap steel and I can't seem to find anything. Anyone know what the going rate is? Does cast steel mixed in with regular steel make a difference in that price?
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161Infantry  [Team Member]
12/4/2010 9:44:08 PM
Your going to need to call your local scrap yard...
rwilkins01  [Team Member]
12/4/2010 9:49:52 PM
the best place to ask is the place you're gonna take it. i'd ask 2 or more local places. selling mixed metals will gaurantee the lowest possible price for your scrap. if you have long pieces, cut it into 4 ft or less pieces and sell it for short iron. if you have brass or copper or aluminum, separate it out and take all the steel or iron off of it. sometimes stainless will bring a higher price. 'clean' metals,those without other metals attached to them will bring a higher price.
chargerkid5  [Team Member]
12/4/2010 9:53:19 PM
I've been hauling a lot of scrap lately. $150/ton is what prepared has been going for here for a little while. And generally speaking no. Pipe, plate, anything that's been machined somehow (keyway, bored, etc) is all the same. Tin items however are about $110/ton, so don't mix them. Don't cut it either. Plain cast will get you dinged too depending how much total metal you're bringing and how much cast is in the load. Don't mix a lot of that in or you'll get hammered. If you have electric motors, keep that seperate. They pay more for it. Brass items take apart. The difference between say a brass ball valve with a handle and one without is about $.65/lb to $1.45/lb. It takes 30 seconds to take the handle off...

But with anything call around. I was fortunate enough to get a rundown by a local yard of how to prepare things to get the best bang for your buck so if you have any questions let me know.
Lightning_P38  [Team Member]
12/4/2010 9:53:41 PM
I was at the local Pull-A-Part, the board on the wall said they were paying $10.00 per hundred pounds for junk cars.
woodsie  [Team Member]
12/4/2010 9:54:26 PM
Getting around $0.16 per lb for mild steel.

Mixed metals around $0.13-$0.14 per lb.

Stainless was in the $0.80 per lb range but I could easily be off by 20% since it's been a couple months since I checked.

Echo2  [Team Member]
12/4/2010 9:57:33 PM
scrap mercury is going for $7.22 per lb.
Mclovin5-0  [Member]
12/4/2010 9:58:25 PM
You're not going to start stealing man-hole covers, are you?
GarandM1  [Team Member]
12/4/2010 9:58:41 PM

Originally Posted By 161Infantry:
Your going to need to call your local scrap yard...

This. And you'll get a better price closer to a seaport on the West coast.
tyman  [Team Member]
12/4/2010 10:02:07 PM
Here it's around $70/ton for unprepared and $110/ton for prepared.
nightdh  [Team Member]
12/4/2010 10:54:56 PM

Originally Posted By Lightning_P38:
I was at the local Pull-A-Part, the board on the wall said they were paying $10.00 per hundred pounds for junk cars.

Damn, here it's between 6 and 8 depending on which ferrous it is.
setlab  [Team Member]
12/4/2010 11:01:47 PM
Originally Posted By Mclovin5-0:
You're not going to start stealing man-hole covers, are you?


Believe it or not honest people do sell scrap steel that it cluttering up the place.

I usually do my buying at the scrap yard but I saw a guy selling a huge antique drill press, said if no one bought it he was taking it to the scrap yard. I figure I'll add up what the scrap place will give for a 50/50 mix of cast and regular steel and offer a little more then that.
161Infantry  [Team Member]
12/4/2010 11:08:23 PM
Originally Posted By setlab:
Originally Posted By Mclovin5-0:
You're not going to start stealing man-hole covers, are you?


Believe it or not honest people do sell scrap steel that it cluttering up the place.

I usually do my buying at the scrap yard but I saw a guy selling a huge antique drill press, said if no one bought it he was taking it to the scrap yard. I figure I'll add up what the scrap place will give for a 50/50 mix of cast and regular steel and offer a little more then that.
Been moving scrap off the farm..after 100 years, alot of steel, iron, alum, copper, brass builds up.....making some money off it too....

chargerkid5  [Team Member]
12/4/2010 11:15:46 PM
Originally Posted By 161Infantry:
Originally Posted By setlab:
Originally Posted By Mclovin5-0:
You're not going to start stealing man-hole covers, are you?


Believe it or not honest people do sell scrap steel that it cluttering up the place.

I usually do my buying at the scrap yard but I saw a guy selling a huge antique drill press, said if no one bought it he was taking it to the scrap yard. I figure I'll add up what the scrap place will give for a 50/50 mix of cast and regular steel and offer a little more then that.
Been moving scrap off the farm..after 100 years, alot of steel, iron, alum, copper, brass builds up.....making some money off it too....



If you got any old machinery in there you should let me know. I'll pay you more.
161Infantry  [Team Member]
12/4/2010 11:21:59 PM
Originally Posted By chargerkid5:
Originally Posted By 161Infantry:
Originally Posted By setlab:
Originally Posted By Mclovin5-0:
You're not going to start stealing man-hole covers, are you?


Believe it or not honest people do sell scrap steel that it cluttering up the place.

I usually do my buying at the scrap yard but I saw a guy selling a huge antique drill press, said if no one bought it he was taking it to the scrap yard. I figure I'll add up what the scrap place will give for a 50/50 mix of cast and regular steel and offer a little more then that.
Been moving scrap off the farm..after 100 years, alot of steel, iron, alum, copper, brass builds up.....making some money off it too....



If you got any old machinery in there you should let me know. I'll pay you more.
and Your gonna want me to deliver it to SD too arnt ya....

chargerkid5  [Team Member]
12/5/2010 12:24:51 AM
Originally Posted By 161Infantry:
Originally Posted By chargerkid5:
Originally Posted By 161Infantry:
Originally Posted By setlab:
Originally Posted By Mclovin5-0:
You're not going to start stealing man-hole covers, are you?


Believe it or not honest people do sell scrap steel that it cluttering up the place.

I usually do my buying at the scrap yard but I saw a guy selling a huge antique drill press, said if no one bought it he was taking it to the scrap yard. I figure I'll add up what the scrap place will give for a 50/50 mix of cast and regular steel and offer a little more then that.
Been moving scrap off the farm..after 100 years, alot of steel, iron, alum, copper, brass builds up.....making some money off it too....



If you got any old machinery in there you should let me know. I'll pay you more.
and Your gonna want me to deliver it to SD too arnt ya....



Nah I'll pick it up. I collect old farm machinery. It's hard to explain.
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