Broken equipment

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sethsodsquad, Dec 28, 2004.

  1. sethsodsquad

    sethsodsquad LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    Where do you guys take your broken equipment - when it can't be fixed? Are there any special places that recycle parts?

    I don't feel like taking both of my 21" mowers to the dump, is there another way to dispose of them?

    Another question: what do you all do with large quantities of stale gas?

  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    My county takes both items and recycles them. When we go to the county recycling center there are different dumpsters for different materials. Trash, construction debris, large and small yard waste, cardboard, metals. refrigs and a/c, computers etc. One thing you do not want to do at our recycling center is get caught putting the wrong material in the wrong dumpsters. You will be diving in to get it back out.

    They also take hazardous wastes like gasoline on special days.
  3. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    Once a piece of equipment breaks and can't be used anymore I just keep it or sell it to a repair shop who uses it for parts. As for gas I just pour it out. There's nothing else to do with it around here.
  4. splatz100

    splatz100 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 647

    pour the gas on to the mowers and then take a match to it!! :blob2:
  5. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    with stale gas I mix a few gallons with fresh in my pickup truck and dispose of it that way
  6. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,267

    I have put small mowers that were junk on the treelawn for trash pick up and people take them for parts or I will scrap it down to the deck and engine and the trash collection will take them never had a big problem so far.
  7. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,036

    where I live there's no recycling program so I would strip everything that I thought I could use from the machine and then haul it to the dump.

    I would feed the stale gas into my car or pickup (mixed with fresh) until it was gone.
  8. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    I give the broken stuff that can not be used anymore to our school, we have a car class, and also a small engine repair class, so I usually donate it to the small engine repair class.
  9. sethsodsquad

    sethsodsquad LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    Anyone else?

  10. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,454

    Around here, old equipment is scavenged before the trash truck ever gets here. Put it out front and forget it.

    As for old gas, I pour it into a plastic container and drop it off at the oil change place down the street. They don't mind taking it when they are closed! :cool2:

    One day about 6 months ago I made it my mission to find out where in the world to take old gas. After 20 minutes in the phone book calling one number after the other and getting referred and referred and referred. . . the best answer was to drive 45 miles away to another town and pay about $25 to dispose of 6 gallons. . .and not even to a waste company. Through the phone calls I was able to find a company and happened to have a container that they used to dispose of their waste fuel and they were going to be nice and let me pour mine into it if I paid my part!

    Needless to say, I saved myself $25, a round trip of 90 miles, and 2.5 hours by using a different method. If the stupid environmentalist waco POS's want to do something to help, they need to make places for people to get rid of spent oil and old gas. . .and it needs to be free or people won't do it. I think alot of people are like us and willing to do our part but don't know how and certainly aren't going to pay to get rid of waste such as this.

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