5 Essential Tools Every Scrapper Needs

When you are searching for scrap metal every day or working on larger jobs on the go, it’s always essential to have the right tools. Having the right tools can be the difference between wasting time and making a profit off materials. As you begin to scrap longer and understand what tools work best for different materials, you will have the right tools for the job. Whether you keep them in a handy bag in your truck or even have an extensive toolbox in your garage, the tools you invest in will make a huge difference.

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The Best Tools for Scrap Metal Recycling

Basic Tools

  • Some simple tools are needed to have on hand at all times while trying to make the most money from scrap. While some may be simple, you never know what you may need while scrapping, so always be sure to keep them in your toolbox.
    • Hammer – Sometimes you have to knock things out.
    • Screwdriver – Computers & other equipment have a lot of screws.
    • Crowbar – This can be handy with larger and heavier materials.
    • Wrench – This can help reach places you usually can’t grab.
    • Power Drill – Always easy to review screws quickly.
    • WD-40 – This is a great tool to have with tough spots and keeping tools protected.

Cordless Sawzall

  • Scrapping could require cutting pieces of metal to get to other parts or materials. Like cutting the steel side off of an AC copper fin piece to make it a clean piece to make more money or cutting off Brass fittings from copper pipe to make it #1 copper pipe.
Milwaukee M18 Cordless Reciprocating Saw
$246.99 $159.95
  • Wear resistant lever actuated blade clamp
  • Metal-reinforced battery connection 
  • Built-in LED light illuminates the work surface 
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Wire Stripper

  • Using a wire stripper for bulk-insulated copper wire or cable could be an easy and quick way to make much more money on scrap. Most insulated wires have bare bright copper inside, one of the most common top-priced items at scrap yards. Buying a wire stripper from companies like StripTec can pay itself off after you make extra money on your copper wire.
Overall Best
CREWORKS Automatic Wire Stripping Machine
$179.98

Constructed from solid aerospace-grad aluminum alloy, this wire stripper can withstand rigorous environments and last for years.

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Hand Truck, Straps, & Buckets

  • When you have a heavy or bulky load, it is always helpful to have a hand truck to move your materials around from your house, truck, scrap place, etc. Also, having ratchet straps that can be tightened while tying down your load can help you keep your scrap in one place. Also, having a few buckets handy is always suitable for taking apart smaller items from your materials.

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Cosco Heavy Duty Folding Hand Truck
$169.36 $64.99

 Model # 12222PBG1E

  • Heavy Duty - Durable Steel Frame with 300 lbs. Weight Capacity
  • Easy to Use - Quick Conversion with no pins or tools
  • Folds Flat for Transport/Storage
Pros:
  • Multi-position design for flexibility in handling different loads.
  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver.
  • No tools are required for transforming between two-wheel and four-wheel configurations.
  • Folds up quickly for convenient storage.
Cons:
  • 300-pound capacity may be limiting for larger loads.
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Magnet & File

  • THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL to have while scrapping is a magnet. Identifying materials as non-ferrous or ferrous (a magnet will stick to ferrous) is the most basic AND important thing to do while scrapping. Even keeping a simple one from your fridge with you can work. It is also helpful to have a file with you. When you have different materials, you can scratch the surface and see what kind of metal is underneath.
Rockaway Recycling Magnet
$9.99

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