I have seen a few people reference Lee Valley as a source for rare earth
magnets. I thought I'd suggest a couple other places I've come across.
1) ebay - If you want a lot of a particular size, I have found several
people there selling large lots of magnets for pretty good prices.
2) http://www.rare-earth-magnets.com - I have ordered from here. Their
prices seem a little lower than Lee Valley. My order came very quickly,
and they have a very good selection.
3) http://www.wondermagnet.com - This place has some odd magnets. If
you need something really powerful, this may be a good place to go. They
deal a lot in surplus magnets and have a small selection, but they're in
unusual sizes, some VERY large.
I have used Wondermagnet or Forcfield (Original name) for a long time
and like their info, service and reliability. never had a problem with
an order or with any of their magnets. I use them in door catchs, tool
holders and entertaining grandkids with a "dart" game on the whiteboard.
Jeremy Brown wrote:
I harvest them out of old microwaves at the tip. Two donut magnets per
magnetron, and they are very very strong.
Be careful of the HV cap in there. They do have bleeder resistors
across them, but you may be unlucky enough to find one where the
resistor had failed. I never have, but do be cautious.
You have to do a bit of metal bashing to get the magnets of the
magnetron, but it's only heavy sheet metal and toy-tabs holding it all
where do you find them? the dump here doesn't let you near the actual dump
part, and Budgest Steel which takes things like microwaves stoves etc is
rather testy about people raiding their stuff while they drop off, so you
hafta grab and go while your dumping and they can't see you, something about
if you hurt yourself, you might sue them(even though it would be your fault
for climbing around the bins anyways.)
in article email@example.com, Barry Lennox at
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote on 1/9/04 12:13 PM:
In my part of the world the dump gestapo are not too difficult, and
will generally look the other way. I did raid a couple of washing
machines to get a lot of spares, I asked about it first as it was
going to be pretty obvious. For a $10 donation to their beer fund, I
could take what I wanted. $10 was a lot cheaper than the new parts at
$87, and I got; hopefully, a lifetime of other stuff as well.
You might like to try an advert in a local free paper "Microwaves
wanted, dead or alive" You can strip the magnets, and lots of other
good bits as well, then take the carcases to the dump.
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