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Old 02-05-2018, 05:01 PM   #1
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I have accumulated about two 55 gallon barrels of scrap wire. Mostly 14ga to 250mcm copper. Scrap yard doesn't pay squat for it insulated. Looking to find a reasonably priced power stripper that isn't a pos. Anyone own any? Made one? Have another idea (not burning it either).



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Old 02-05-2018, 05:56 PM   #2
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Generally not worth the hassle unless you really have nothing better to do with your time.

Most of the homebrew setups I'm aware of pass the wire through a pair of steel rollers to split the insulation.

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Copper is valuable but my time is more valuable, I give it all away. If you know an old retired guy let him have it or donate it to the local VA home.
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It's worth the time when I have 500 pounds of it. 50 cents a pound for insulated, over 2 bucks a pound for clean.

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Put the kids to work. Let em keep half of what they strip
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Put the kids to work. Let em keep half of what they strip
That's fine by me, I just want something that isn't a sharp knife blade then. Heck they can keep all the money.

I amass a large amount of heavy wire dealing with all this machinery. Two full barrels is starting to take up space I need for other stuff.

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There are plenty of 'em on youtube. Looks like $200 or so would get it done. Just don't get any fingers pulled in.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Copper-Wire...4AAOSw-eVaCmaR
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Thought sometime back when the ads where covering the page there was one being advertised here , but can't remember the name.
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There are plenty of 'em on youtube. Looks like $200 or so would get it done. Just don't get any fingers pulled in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkhRlIM-uLk

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Copper-Wire...4AAOSw-eVaCmaR
Worth a couple hundred bucks for that one.
Not like I am not going to have wire laying around. Be nice to get twice the price for it. I have a few hundred pounds of 1/0 short scraps laying around. That is some good money just laying on the floor in my shop.

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Give the kids a pair of wire strippers and set them to work.

Like said give them half what they make

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Hire a laborer. Out here you can get a guy for $15 from an agency and it includes taxes and insurance. They handle all the paperwork. Seems like about a day's work from the description.
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Hire a laborer. Out here you can get a guy for $15 from an agency and it includes taxes and insurance. They handle all the paperwork. Seems like about a day's work from the description.
Rather just buy the machine to do it and then once every six months strip wire. My part time guy has other stuff to do.

Or just strip it as I have it and fill my barrels. I don't really see this as a money making endeavour, just a way to get some more money out of stuff that sits around.

I hauled about 6k pounds of scrap yesterday just to clear up some space inside an outside. Extra 500 bucks.

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I wouldn't want to use them to strip 250mcm. Lol.

I will probably split the money 3 ways and put it in their bank accounts for them. Those kids have more money then me sometimes. Lol

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Old electrician I knew used to just burn the insulation off. Throw a big wad of wire in a pile and burn it up.
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Old electrician I knew used to just burn the insulation off. Throw a big wad of wire in a pile and burn it up.
He nixed that idea in the first post. What a tree hugger!

It's only toxic, I don't see the big deal.
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He nixed that idea in the first post. What a tree hugger!

It's only toxic, I don't see the big deal.
It's not bright clean after it's burned.

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That's fine by me, I just want something that isn't a sharp knife blade then. Heck they can keep all the money.

I amass a large amount of heavy wire dealing with all this machinery. Two full barrels is starting to take up space I need for other stuff.

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What I used to do when stripping heavy cable is just use a utility knife and skin the insulation, then you can pull it right off. It takes a feel though because it's easy to dig into the copper. On the real heavy cable like 500 MCM, with a tough insulation, I'd stretch it out straight and run down the side with a circular saw, then insulation peels right off.
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I have a lot of respect for Rack-a-tiers, they are the fast cap of the electrical industry.

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