recycle used transformers?

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by David Gretzmier, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,646

    what do you guys do with the usable transformers from redo jobs? I seem to be stacking up a few nightscaping trans, and I really don't want to use these in a new install. much like the par cans that are stacking up, I hate to throw them out or use them, but they have value. do you guys sell the used stuff on ebay? or install used, and charge less?
  2. Mark B

    Mark B LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    I have sold them at a cheaper price, with no warranty. I use them just those that want it cheap.
  3. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    I keep them for the freebie "friends and family" jobs that come up. My staff have some rather interesting systems built out of spares, parts, and old stuff pulled from jobs.
  4. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,933

    We have initiated a refurbishing program for all of our old units that are out there that people want replaced or tuned up. We would take the old transformer and for a small fee we could pull it apart, replace old or outdated componenets and re can the units in a new up to date SS can. The core's are usually immaculate and still work with no issue. This would be just offered on our Unique Transformers. Something to keep in mind should you come across an old Unique System.

    Obviously if there is a warranty issue then it will be taken care of at NO COST! ALL UNIQUE TRANSFORMERS CARRY A LIFE TIME WARRANTY!!!!
  5. Alan B

    Alan B Sponsor
    Male, from tampa, fl
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    That's pretty cool. Impressive full service I don't know of any/many others that can do that. Thumbs up to Unique.

  6. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,933

    Thanks Alan!! It's hard to remember all the cool little things that we do sometimes. LOL
  7. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    Just like James ... Our old take outs end up with friends or family members who think our lighting is wonderful but could not afford one of our new turn key systems. Heck my own house is powered by take out transformers for now. I got some old vista units running it.

    I have about 4 or 5 transformers laying around the shop at any given time. I suppose you could ebay them as well for around half what they would cost new plus shipping.
  8. Tomwilllight

    Tomwilllight LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    I keep a couple of scavenged Nightscapes around for mock-ups. Used transformers recycle well and the copper has some value. Not as much this year as last but better than nothing.

    When the day comes that I ever get around to doing any lighting for my home... I'll use "recycled" equipment; I've got a box in my shop for that day.

  9. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    Glad to see I am not the only one who has a mix and match lighting system. Its actually quite striking.
  10. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,646

    so... it looks like I will be installing a system at my house of par's and nightscaping trans... and this is a good thing?

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