View Full Version : How much copper in an old welder.

Rory Bellows
08-12-2007, 08:05 PM
I have a Lincoln Lincweldor 180 w/ leads that I am going to try to sell. If it doesn't sell quick enough I may just scrap it for the copper. How much copper will be in it? Is it worthwhile to bust it up for it?

I have probably 50 ft of leads. Most of it is thinner #4 ( think) with about 15 ft of #1 on the stinger end. I'm going to try to get $100 for it if I sell it but I am interested in how much scrap value it has too.

BTW, what's the going rate for copper these days?


Mike W
08-12-2007, 08:23 PM
Hmmmmn........I would probably keep it and make something out of it. :)

08-12-2007, 08:35 PM
Hey Rory,
I just unloaded # 1 Copper at $2.45/lb, cast Al. at .45/lb and 600 Inconel at $3.85/lb....
Not a bad scrap run at a shade over $300..>>New tools? More Toys? Noooo "Here's the check from the scrap yard,dear". Best Regards

Mike W
08-12-2007, 08:41 PM
Now I do have a lot of aluminum. Maybe........a couple of hundred pounds or more. :)

08-13-2007, 02:35 PM

It was going for 85 a pound recently in Sacramento. I'd check your local scrap dealers. Might be worth loading it up.


Mike W
08-13-2007, 02:44 PM
Hi Hank, I may just keep it thinking I might need that in the future. Oh.....wait, this is why I have to keep moving to get more space. :rolleyes:

Rory Bellows
08-18-2007, 01:37 PM
Well, there's really not much copper inside this welder. Unless you have 200 ft of leads purchased 20 years ago. It's not worth the time or effort to scrap it. Maybe the enormous transformer machines might make it worth the effort.

Tried Craigslist w/ only one response then put it in the Saturady $5 ads and sold to someone who really wanted/needed it. Still getting calls now on it.

Still gotta unload some auto parts to regain my garage. One step closer now.

The guy who got it was very happy and I was happier to see it go.