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corsair23
10-08-2007, 10:36 PM
Seeing Sharkbait's battery recycling question reminded me I wanted to see what you all have done with your old rotors?

Can they be recycled or did you just toss 'em in the dumpster :(

Romer
10-08-2007, 11:11 PM
Tossed them

Batteries have acid and you have to recycle.

You could take them to a scrap place I guess if you really wanted to.

Bighead
10-08-2007, 11:56 PM
Tossed the old rotors.

corsair23
10-09-2007, 01:24 AM
Bummer...I wonder what the recycling folks would do if I threw them in the plastics and metals bin :)

Red_Chili
10-09-2007, 07:29 AM
I bet they would take them! Steel is valuable. The Chinese are buying.

BogusBlake
10-09-2007, 08:23 AM
Save 'em up and take 'em down to the scrap yard when you have a bunch.

Before I moved up here, I loaded up my truck with all the junk and welding scraps I'd accumulated over about 3 years. I had a few sets of rotors and drums and broken axles in there. I drove it down to the scrap yard and sold it. It was something like 600lbs!

nuclearlemon
10-09-2007, 08:46 AM
i take all my metal to the scrap yard.

Uncle Ben
10-09-2007, 08:50 AM
Scrap steel (mixed) is approx $183 a ton right now which means you will probably get around $150 a ton when you haul it to a steel scrapper. 150/2000 = 7 1/2 cents a pound. So 600lbs should have put around $45 in your pocket? Not bad for a PILE of junk!

Bighead
10-09-2007, 09:24 AM
I wonder if it is state specific. The last time I changed my rotors I was living in NC. When I tried to drop them off at the recycle location (local landfill) they wouldn't take it. I didn't have much of a choice but to dump them.

nakman
10-09-2007, 09:30 AM
Would make a cool ash tray. Landing pads for your offroad trailer's corner supports, or how about a nice lamp base. Give to Green Machine for future sculpture fodder, or give to one of these hookah bar kids for ear rings. Great anchor point for guy wires on a portable awning. perfect canoe anchor...

60wag
10-09-2007, 10:00 AM
Grinder pedestal base.

nakman
10-09-2007, 10:16 AM
Grinder pedestal base.

Ooooh good one! I was actually thinking last night about how I need a grinder pedestal.. :weld:

Romer
10-09-2007, 10:32 AM
Strength conditioning frisbee :D

Uncle Ben
10-09-2007, 10:32 AM
Ooooh good one! I was actually thinking last night about how I need a grinder pedestal.. :weld:


Making one is just simply not worth your time....

grinder stand (http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=42986)

Uncle Ben
10-09-2007, 10:33 AM
Best idea yet was give it to Green Machine and make it into yard art! :flamingo: :thumb:

Uncle Ben
10-09-2007, 10:35 AM
Strength conditioning frisbee :D


Thats pretty good! I think your giving away Robbie's secrets now!

Uncle Ben
10-09-2007, 10:39 AM
J**p e-brake?

powderpig
10-09-2007, 10:39 AM
No, the strength conditioning is lifting the kid(weighs 50lbs), cutting wood and hauling, yard work, lifting tar bucket to roof, bucking hay bails for the wifes horse. Of course the 12 oz curls at miller time.
But the frisbee sounds like it could be fun.

wesintl
10-09-2007, 10:49 AM
Definatly need to start out with mini truck rotors before I start using an 80 rotor as as frisbee :hill:

Uncle Ben
10-09-2007, 10:59 AM
Definatly need to start out with mini truck rotors before I start using an 80 rotor as as frisbee :hill:

Preferably no where close to Red Chili....don't think the shelf liner can protect from a flying rotor! :rolleyes: :bowdown: :bill: :hill:

BogusBlake
10-09-2007, 06:26 PM
Scrap steel (mixed) is approx $183 a ton right now which means you will probably get around $150 a ton when you haul it to a steel scrapper. 150/2000 = 7 1/2 cents a pound. So 600lbs should have put around $45 in your pocket? Not bad for a PILE of junk!


Yep. Good math! It pretty much paid for the gas I used getting there. I feel better about taking my scrap to a scrap yard than just letting it clog a landfill.


I've seen big rig brake drums used as flower pots.

There's a trail in AZ called Highway to Hell. There are two humanistic sculptures at the entrance made all from parts broken on that trail. One of them has a porkpie hat that's a brake rotor.