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post #1 of 14 Old 04-06-2013, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Why do people buy metal shavings?

I was browsing through the fabrication section on the interwebs of ebay and saw lots of sold listings from people buying metal shavings. What is their purpose? Figure I could start making some extra beer $$ everytime I sweep my shop floor.

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Please explain the economics.

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Pyrotechnics, melting, thermite welding - there are a number of things that could be done with metal shavings & chips!

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Just because they are trying to sell it at more than 500% the going rate doesn't mean they are going to get it.When I said scrap basically what I meant was people will be using it for something like melting or a special metal that is hard to come by.
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There's a lady that stops by my shop a couple times a year for shavings.. she uses them for her Rose Bushes. I usually fill a 5gallon bucket for her.

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Buddy of mine does pyrotechnics of sorts. Uses some metal shavings, but i am not going to explain or attempt to explain here because I am no expert. Bright as hell and have seen his work burn through some very thick 2-3 inch steel.

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Cool never knew there were uses for them. Theyre always getting stuck in my shoes.
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My FIL owned a machine shop for 50 years. They would save all scrap and shavings from the products they made. A recycler would come by every so often and give him cash based on the weight of the scrap. Besrk describes what is known as Iron Chelate.


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A friend has a welding/machine shop and a rep from a chemical company would come by and buy all of the aluminum scrap and filings. They said it would be treated and converted to other products. Plus they paid way more than the going scrap prices.

With steels shavings, they would melt them down and sell the block as scrap.

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Shavings someone said shavings


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I have a pretty good guess
It's called orgonite, kinda interesting, but it would fall under 'arts and crafts' I guess. And there is a market for the shavings because people who make orgonite need them, but unless you are a machinist they don't just lay around haha
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Just simple recycling, it's not that hard. We fill up rolloff dumpsters of carbon steel shavings and chips at work daily, and have a lot of bins of exotic metals off all types. There's a pretty good market for them, the people in the company that handle it just send out requests for bids on x thousand pounds of whatever metal, we've got 18 wheelers coming in to pick that stuff up every day. It's just simpler to melt down shavings than it is to refine new ore and convert it to steel, etc..
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