I'm in a trade where I have access to many appliance type electric
motors. My question is what is the easiest way to remove the windings
from a motor case. I don't care if I damage them as I am only after
the copper. thanks in advance.
On Dec 6, 4:01 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
IMO there is no practical quick way of doing it. You could sit down
and pick away at the windings and maybe get a half pound of copper in
less than an hour or so, if the windings were not cemented in place as
they often are. Some research into commercial methods will be a real
clue. Expect to see nice tools like continuous conveyor furnaces
running inert atmospheres at 1500 degrees F. Since copper prices have
tanked a good bit lately, you could make more money flipping burgers.
Talk to some folks at electric motor repair shops. They do this kind
of thing routinely, and it definitely isn't cheap or quick, which is
why so many appliance motors wind up as throwaways. But hey! there may
be a surprise out there. Good luck.
Years ago I worked at a company that rewound electric
motors. The way the guys in the motor shop removed the
old windings was to slice off all the loops on one end
then pull the windings out. You might be able to slice
off the small loops with a Dremel tool equipped with a
cut off wheel. Flush cutters may also work for the small
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