Tom’s Top Picks: Best Tools for Scrapping

If you want to start scrapping metal for extra money or even a full-time job, we have some important tools and accessories you should consider getting before you begin.

Tom, the founder of iScrap App, is a scrap yard owner and has been in the business for years. We sat down with him to chat about some of his favorite and most important tools to have on hand when scrapping.

Tom’s Top Tools & Accessories

Let’s be honest, other than finding scrap, is there really anything that gets you much more excited than buying (or finding) tools to use on your scrap?!?! I cannot believe that the answer is anything, but hell yea! 

Buying tools is more addicting than new technology or anything else, especially when they help you make money and make your life easier. From Hammer Drills to Cutting Pliers, there are so many things you can buy and use that it almost is too easy.

Tops Tools For Scrap Metal Recycling

  • 10” Flat File, Comfortable Anti-Slip Grip
    $9.89

    This is a must-have for scrappers looking to see what kind of metal they are dealing with. Especially helpful for transformers, copper, brass, and plates!

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    02/21/2024 11:45 am GMT
  • IRWIN VISE-GRIP Diagonal Cutting Pliers
    $15.69 $9.49
    • Durable nickel chromium steel construction
    • ProTouch grips provide extra comfort and reduces hand fatigue
    • Meets or exceeds ANSI specifications
    Pros:
    • Cuts Copper
    • Sturdy
    • Top-Rated
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    02/22/2024 01:50 am GMT
  • ESTWING Hammer - 16 oz Straight Rip Claw
    $24.98
    • A staple tool that all scrappers need - don't forget your safety glasses.
    • Patented Shock Reduction Grip
    • Made in the USA
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    02/22/2024 01:35 am GMT
  • Tactical Pocket Knife
    $11.99 $9.75

    I have gone through many knives, but none have been as useful and reliable (and give me the best bang for my buck!) then this knife

    Pros:
    • Different color options
    • Small screwdriver built in as well
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    02/22/2024 09:06 am GMT
  • MetalMaster Compound Action Snips
    $22.93 $16.35

    Perfect for cutting wires and other cords from different applications like computers, electric motors, and power supplies. They are a small and cost-effective tool to make things a bit easier.

    Pros:
    • Great for tight spaces
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    02/21/2024 11:01 am GMT
  • Copper Capacity Metal Handle Cable Cutter
    $189.99

    These are one of the top three pieces of equipment that we use. From cutting copper cable, copper pipes, aluminum, and insulated wire, with many different sizes, we do not leave home without them. The people at Hit Tools get an A+ on these. 

    Pros:
    • Cut 1000mcm Aluminum
    • Cut 500mcm Copper
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    02/22/2024 09:25 am GMT
  • 200 PSI Metabo HPT Air Compressor
    $227.99 $199.00

    One of the most important tools to have on hand for different options to clean/fill tires and tools up.

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    02/21/2024 09:25 am GMT
  • DEWALT Reciprocating Saw
    $149.00 $118.99

    12 Amp, Corded, 2,900 RPM, 4-Position Blade Clamp, Variable Speed Trigger - (DWE305)

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  • 6-Inch Demo Demon Diablo Blade
    $14.77

    We cringe if we are out at job sites and do not have a Diablo blade and have to buy another one, because to make it simple, nothing beats Diablo blades. Period.  

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    02/21/2024 11:25 am GMT
  • DEWALT 20V MAX XR Hammer Drill, Brushless, 3-Speed
    $259.00 $178.45

    I cannot tell you how much I love this drill. It is the best. Period, end of the sentence. While not a hammer drill only, it is an awesome tool that has helped while taking apart water meters, electronics, and whatever else I need it for. The battery on this DeWalt drill has lasted me 2-3 weeks sometimes, and that is when I use it 3-5 hours a day. 

    Pros:
    • Great battery life
    • All-in-One Solution
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    02/21/2024 09:31 am GMT
  • 100ft Commercial Duty Hose
    $69.99

    We used to use those traditional green hoses, but they broke, cracked, and got thrown away...a lot. We found this Teknor hose that has been with us for a few years. 

    Pros:
    • No cracking
    • Doesn't kink
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    02/22/2024 09:21 am GMT
  • Unbreakable Commercial Push Broom
    $55.95 ($27.98 / Count)

    We use a few different brooms for a few different jobs. But the one from FlexSweep has been our favorite for interior concrete jobs.

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    02/22/2024 09:11 am GMT
  • Medical Scissors
    $9.99

    Besides the obvious reason for emergencies, these scissors can come in handy to cut loose wires, especially for computers!

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    02/21/2024 11:35 am GMT
  • 18-Inch Heavy-Duty Outdoor Broom
    $20.99

    When we are doing outside jobs or cleaning up the bristles on the broom have been really good. Plus the bright color makes it easy to find when you are outside working.

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    02/22/2024 09:15 am GMT