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Has anyone ever attempted to sell a mower to a Junk/ scrap mettal yard???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cuttin-to-the-Max, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. cuttin-to-the-Max

    cuttin-to-the-Max LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,329

    ok my father has this old mower that he doesnt want its a old toro 8-32 rear engine rider (wheel horse)
    Attempted to sell it no luck
    i also put a new honda motor on it used it once jacked it up i guess
    haha i was bored felt like wasting money.....
    So i was just wondering if anyone has ever sold something like this to a junk/ scrap yard.... how much do you think i (I MEAN WE) would get for it?
    is it worth it?

    Also yes i cut his grass too so he doesnt need it! just puttin' that out there......lol
  2. AOD

    AOD LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 331

    craigslist it, somebody will buy it.
  3. mowisme

    mowisme LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 898

    junk..so much/lb..but my guess is not worth it. You need alot of weight to pay off. I don't sell scrap but my neighbor does. He has to separate the alluninum from the steel,ect. Not sure he has too..but he does. Try to sell on CL..if don't sell..pull the Honda motor and just dump the rest at yard. Maybe save the tires if good.
  4. BINKY1902

    BINKY1902 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from South
    Posts: 1,123

    Maybe four or five cents per pound. If it weighs 400lbs, you'll get $25 bucks or so.
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    It's been a long time experience of mine that anything you take to the scrap
    yard ALMOST pays for your gas, granted that's in my necks.
  6. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,977

    I took a bunch of stuff in over the winter. Several trailers worth. Many push mowers included, just drained the oil. At the time they were paying nearly $10 per 100 lbs. The rate, here, is down to to $7. The secret is to find the best rate, and take a whole trailer load of scrap.

    I've left the scrapyard with $400 several times. I drive a V10, and I still made more than enough than to pay for the gas :D
  7. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,322

    fill the gas tank and tires with sand, take a few 80lb bags of concrete with you and when you get to the scrap pile throw them out also, then when your being weighed on the way out it makes you look like you were heavy when you came in. I try to eat a big breakfast before i weigh in and ten take a big dump behind the wheel loaders tire after i pass the scale, thats worth at least .25 cents on the weigh out.

    STOP BEING A ******!!!!!
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    The scrap yards here deal with 2 types of metal. Dirty and clean. The clean metals are those that have been seperated. They don't need any further cleaning and don't contain any other types of metal, plastic, excess grease, oil etc. The metals are ready to go to the smelter or whatever they do with them.

    Then you have dirty metal. Your lawnmower is dirty metal. It is almost worthless because of the amount of labor that would go into it to seperate the trashes and metals. These metals are just like crushed cars. They require a significant amount of processing to make the materials in them reusable.

    I would just pull the aluminum off of it and trash the rest. The aluminum would be the block, piston and cylinder head. The block won't bring as much money if it has a cast iron liner. See if a magnet will stick to the cylinder liner. It it does then don't bother cleaning it up. It's trash.
  9. couple of weeks ago here in Ga it was $8/100 at my place. Somebody would probly give $50 or so for it on craigslist for parts. You wouldn't get that from scrapping it. And, you'd have gas invested.
  10. jonvan

    jonvan LawnSite Member
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