Washer and Dryer Scrap
We here at Tucson Iron & Metal would be lying if we said we didn’t want more business. With that, we think it’s important that our customers and soon to be customers have a good idea on how to find, sort and deliver scrap for the best price. So this article will focus on a fairly common product that get’s scrapped on a daily basis, washer and dryer scrap.
Washer and Dryer Scrap
In general, we will pay a flat fee for a used broken washer and dryer, but don’t expect too much, on average $7-$10 is the norm. On the opposite side of that, if you break down the machines yourself, your more likely to get more overall, due to the pieces in the interior that are more valuable. Dismantling washers and dryers could take hours, so depending on what your time is worth, may dictate how much effort you want to put into the project.
There’s Copper In The Wires
As most of you know (assuming you are an experienced scrapper) different metals get different rates. One of the most popular metals in scrapping is copper. Copper generally fetches a much higher price than all other metals and even causes criminal activity in certain circles and areas. So what you need to know before you decide to break your washer or dryer apart is “does this machine use copper wiring?” Most modern washing machines do contain copper wiring, up to and about 1 lb. Dryers on the other hand just depends on make and model and where it is manufactured. The bottom line is, it will pay to find out.
Dismantling a Washer and Dryer
Most washers and dryers have similar builds and aren’t to far off from one another when it comes to how you might dismantle one from another. First take off doors and covers before anything else like stripping wires or taking out a motor. Once they are off, you’ll have easier access to the wiring harnesses and the motor. As you break the machine down, began sorting your metals, this will save time, and most likely keep your higher priced metals separate from the others. Ultimately, make sure the appliance is not plugged in, and you have the proper tools for the job. Without the proper tools like screwdrivers, wire strippers and pry bar…you may end up using tools such as a knife, and end up with an injury, versus cash in your pocket.