SCRAP NEWS | Alloys

4 Money-Making Items From Medical Equipment

So you have probably been to a hospital before, you have seen the tables, the chairs, the weird machines that they use, but have you ever thought of what could get scrapped in the medical world?! Most Common Metal: Stainless Steel Let’s start with something easy, stainless steel. Stainless steel is the most common metal […]

Should You Separate Chrome & Yellow Brass?

Scrappers on our Facebook Group recently had a discussion about how they should separate their Brass Scrap and also how their scrap yard accepts various kinds of brass. This led to a wide variety of responses because a lot of scrap yards are different on how they buy materials and grade brass. One complaint that was […]

Metal Monday: Scrapping Dirty Stainless Steel

Dirty stainless steel. You find it, you see it, you sell it. Pretty simple right? You probably see some of the small amount of contaminants on it and think to yourself that there won’t be a big discount for small amounts of material, but you never know. How Do You Scrap Dirty Stainless Steel? Then […]

Metal Monday: Ceramic Magnets?

Getting alnico magnets from speakers for scrap

Have you ever listened to music before? Maybe you got curious as a kid or as a scrapper and took apart an old stereo or a speaker to see what was inside. Most of the time you will just see plastic, wood, and then you will find something interesting…a magnet. Many people wonder if these […]

What Is Scrap Aluminum Extrusion?

Normally aluminum that is being reused and recycled (do not mistake this for raw bauxite ore from mining operations), goes through many steps before it gets put back into circulation. One of the first steps would be collection and sortation.

Different Types of Machine Shop Bits

We have gotten a lot of questions about how to tell carbide drill bits from steel drill bits and all other types of drill bits…and the answer is not always that easy. Let’s break down the different types of drill bits that you could come across not only in machine shops but in everyday applications […]

How Your Clothes Are Exactly Like Scrap Metals

It is funny because we always talk about different types of scrap metals and how to dress while scrapping, but we wanted to combine the two for a fun comparison, so let’s see how it works. Pants or Steel Pants are one of the first things that you put on in the morning, and because […]

Metal Monday: Monel, Inconel, Nickel

Inconel is a high temp alloy

Many people ask about some of the different alloys that we have listed through our metals pages like monel and inconel, and where they can find those alloys. High nickel alloys like monel, inconel, as well as stainless steel are made to be non-corrosive, not-rusting alloys that can perform well in not only high temperature […]

Metal Monday: Tantalum

Tantalum is a heavy metal

Tantalum is a very expensive high-temperature alloy that you won’t find on a normal junk pickup week. A very high strength and very good receptor for electronic uses you will often find tantalum used as capacitors in high value technology as well as in high temperature engines and other nuclear power plant projects. It is […]

Metal Monday: Those Magnets, Not Tools

A simple magnet is a scrappers best friend

Hey iScrappers! What is a scrappers favorite tool? A magnet! A magnet will be able to tell you what different types of metals you have and help sort the more expensive metals from the cheaper grades. But did you know that sometimes you can make money selling different magnets? Most magnets that you will find […]

How Do I Sell My Scrap Catalytic Converter?

The catalytic converter in the scrap industry has become a HOT commodity. With the prices of platinum, palladium, and rhodium – the three precious metals found inside catalytic converters – soaring to an all-time high, catalytic converter recycling has become a huge part of the scrap metal industry over the last few years. There are […]

Difference Between Copper & Brass Scrap

Two very common metals that are seen in the scrap industry are copper and brass. Both are a higher value metal and used in a lot of plumbing work and electrical components. While they are similar in places they are used, they are different in what they are made of and the scrap value for […]