Changing voltages between devices and power sources is critical to maintaining functionality for products in our everyday lives. As such, transformers come in numerous sizes as they work in electronic device chargers, TVs, expansive power grids. When used in larger applications, transformers may be positioned outdoors and need to be shielded against the elements. Often, these transformers are encased in heavy steel, protecting a variety of copper and aluminum wiring tucked away inside. With a sizeable quantity of metals housed in transformers, they are quite rewarding to scrap.
To scrap a transformer, we begin by removing them from electronic devices and other secured locations. If you have been given access to do so, you can use screwdrivers to loosen the transformer from where it is currently positioned. If wiring is already exposed, you can file at the insulation until you unveil the metal inside, determining if it is aluminum or copper based on coloration. To reach wires hidden behind steel casing, you will need to cut off the steel, using a hammer and chisel.
There are several elements of transformers that can be scrapped. The steel casing, aluminum wires and copper wires within. If you just have transformers in their whole form, you can bring them to a scrapping facility to be weighed and taken apart by the team on-site. However, pieced out, you can bring sorted parts which come at different price points. To have the most accurate estimate, call Metalico Buffalo for updated pricing. We can also help you determine if scrap container services would help you to safely and economically bring your scrap to our facility.