Turn That Rusty, Old Farm Equipment into Cash

By October 12, 2016Recycling Tips
Scrap parts from farm machinery can be recycled.

While stray equipment may not add any value while it’s sitting on your farm, there is a way to get cash from those old, rusty parts. Sell that junk equipment cluttering up your land and the tools collecting dust in your storage shed to us. You’ll earn some quick cash, clean up your farm and potentially free up new acres that can be cultivated. Any day can be payday when you bring us your scrap metal, iron, copper or steel tools you’re no longer using.

Top farm implements worth recycling

Any old farm tool that is metallic makes for good scrap. Older machinery manufactured before the 1960s is especially valuable because of its extra weight. Start by looking around your fields and yards for these common items:

  • Plows
  • Combines
  • Balers
  • Swathers
  • Cultivators
  • Skid Steer Loaders
  • Drag Harrows
  • Furrowing equipment
  • Furrowing motors
  • Steel tubes and pipes
  • Solder
  • Sifting machines
  • Hog oilers
  • Threshing machines
  • Tractors, engines and parts
  • Winnowing machines
  • Flail mowers
  • Plated steel

Telling the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metal

When looking for profitable scrap metal on the farm, there are a few tools that come in handy. First off, always bring a magnet when inspecting farm scrap. It helps you to easily identify ferrous versus non-ferrous metals. Ferrous metals contain iron atoms and would include iron alloys, cast iron, and wrought iron.

Another way to tell the difference between a ferrous and non-ferrous metal is the presence of rust. Ferrous metals, with the exception of wrought iron, is highly susceptible to developing rust. But don’t worry, an old cast iron or steel part isn’t devalued because of a little rust. While ferrous metal scrap prices tend to be priced a little lower than more rare, non-ferrous metals (like copper, brass and aluminum), what it lacks in per-pound price it makes up for in weight. Scrap metal is paid out at an amount per pound or per ton.

Copper wire that is ready to be recycled

Separate scrap metal into piles

If you’re willing to put in the legwork to prep your scrap for recycling, you can get more bang for your buck. Large items, machines and motors may need to be field prepped. If you’re in a hurry, don’t worry about sorting. But if you are looking for a bit more money, sort your scrap metals into two categories: non-ferrous and ferrous, before visiting your nearest Industrial Metals locations – we can get you unloaded, paid and on your way a lot more quickly.

Let us know if you will be parting with larger equipment, like tractors and skid steer loaders. Our mobile recycling crew can bring a truck to take if off your hands.

If you’re unsure about how to prep your scrap metal, just give us a call so we can let you know how best to prep.

Recycling unused farm equipment not only helps your wallet, but it also helps the environment. Recycling metals frees up landfills and reduces CO2 emissions.

At Industrial Metals, we want to help you clear your site of unnecessary bulk, and help recycle your useful materials. We offer a number of services to make it easy. Check out our Commercial Services page for details.

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