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#178201 - 05/25/08 09:27 PM Stripping scrap wire  
LarryC  Offline
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Winchester, NH, US
I have decided to clean out the piles of assorted scrap wire & cable. Besides the utility knife and a comfortable stool, has anybody seen or made an economical mechanical copper wire stripping setup?

One idea I have been bouncing around in my head, is to take an old MIG welding wire feeder and machine V-grooves in the drive wheels just wide enough for the copper, and crush the insulation off of 12 AWG and 10 AWG conductors. I saw a similiar design in a scrap yard for stripping 2/0 THHN years ago.

Larry C


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#178205 - 05/26/08 09:11 AM Re: Stripping scrap wire [Re: LarryC]  
GA76JW  Offline
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Well there's this on e-bay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Wire-Stripping-...pper_W0QQitemZ160243988303QQcmdZViewItem

Kinda pricey just to strip some wire for a one time use, but if you do it frequently it could pay for itself in time saved.

Of course this is a little better priced.

The Wire Zipper:
http://www.thewirezipper.com/features.htm

Looks like it would be fast.

I have never used either of these methods. Just found them thru a search and they looked to be good options.



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#178206 - 05/26/08 09:13 AM Re: Stripping scrap wire [Re: GA76JW]  
GA76JW  Offline
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This is fairly cool.

http://www.tpub.com/content/neets/14176/css/14176_44.htm

Looks easy enough to make. Not sure how safe it is though. Maybe proceed with caution.


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#178209 - 05/26/08 11:22 AM Re: Stripping scrap wire [Re: GA76JW]  
jdevlin  Offline
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Clamp one end in a vice and pull the wire tight. Makes for easier stripping.


#178213 - 05/26/08 11:44 AM Re: Stripping scrap wire [Re: jdevlin]  
renosteinke  Offline
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Can't vouch for any of these ... but they look promising:

www.arpiusa.com


#178236 - 05/26/08 06:10 PM Re: Stripping scrap wire [Re: renosteinke]  
JCooper  Offline
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Kendall Park, NJ USA
Last time I stripped a large amount of wire, I clamped one end in the vice, and held a utility knife at an angle and just walked to the end.


#178237 - 05/26/08 06:25 PM Re: Stripping scrap wire [Re: JCooper]  
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I have some of that rubber/cloth coated twu type wire that is also tinned guess its really old but looks like it will be hard to strip. its about 300 ft of #3


#178238 - 05/26/08 06:39 PM Re: Stripping scrap wire [Re: dougwells]  
saras  Offline
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Question: Maybe I should be asking my boss this one... but now that you mention it - we have a huge bin of scrap wire that goes to the recycler (assuming) every so often. Obviously they are selling the copper, but does the recycler just melt off the insulation?


#178239 - 05/26/08 06:48 PM Re: Stripping scrap wire [Re: saras]  
wa2ise  Offline
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Some scrap dealers just ship the stuff to China or some 3rd world country. There, they just toss the wire into a fire and burn the insulation off. Bad news for the environment, and nearby neighbors.


#178260 - 05/27/08 12:30 AM Re: Stripping scrap wire [Re: wa2ise]  
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Estero,Fl,usa
Labor is so cheap in China they probably strip the wire with a box knife. I have always heard "burned" wire was not "bright" copper and not worth as much.


Greg Fretwell

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