Aug 2, 2014

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Do You Sell Scrap Metal? Learn How To Avoid Sorting Errors And Get Paid The Most For Scrap Stainless Steel In Philadelphia

A lot of people make money from finding salvageable scrap metal and selling it to a scrapyard. For anyone who does, it is worthwhile to learn how to identify Scrap stainless steel in Philadelphia apart from cheaper, magnetic metals, and sort it by grade. Otherwise, yards may group it with lower quality metals and not pay out the full value. Here is some basic information for stainless steel scrapping.

Different Grades

Stainless steel is steel that has been alloyed with other metals, usually chromium or nickel. It comes several categories, ranging from the 100 to 600 grade series, with different numbers containing different alloy compositions. The most common type is 304, which contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel, while 316 is made of 16% chromium, 10% nickel and 2% molybdenum. Grades with higher nickel content, like 316, are usually worth more than 304. Some yards might try to classify all 300 Scrap stainless steel in Philadelphia as 304 and hope you don’t notice. If you have a higher grade, make sure they recognize it as such. The cheapest grade is the 400 series. It contains no nickel and is magnetic. Many yards will pay the same amount for 400 stainless as high grade iron.

Similar Appearance To Other Metals

Scrap stainless steel in Philadelphia is commonly mistaken for aluminum, even by experienced scrappers. They are both distinguishable from regular steel, but otherwise appear very similar. There are a few certain ways to tell the difference.

*   If there is any rust whatsoever, it is not aluminum. Aluminum can not rust, while stainless steel is only highly resistant to it.
  See if it holds a magnet. Only 400 grade stainless steel draws a magnet. Other grades, and aluminum, do not.
The easiest way to tell the difference is weight. Stainless steel is about three times as dense as aluminum. If it feels lighter than average steel, it is probably aluminum.

Scrap stainless steel in Philadelphia can also be mistaken for unpolished brass. To differentiate, scratch the surface with an electric metal polisher. If it is brass, a gold color will become visible.

Always do your best to have your metals identified, sorted and cleaned before taking them to the yard. Presentation matters, and being able to tell the yard workers what type of metals you have will ensure they are recognized properly for the full sale price.

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