Why a Broom Could Be Your Best Tool for Finding Precious Metals

Why a Broom Could Be Your Best Tool for Finding Precious Metals

What is the most powerful tool for finding gold, platinum, silver and other precious metals?

When you think about that question, chances are you think about using a metal detector. And yes, a metal detector can be a great device to use when you are looking for precious metals in outdoor areas like the beach or open fields. There are other good tools too, like camera-equipped drones.

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What Is Industrial Catalyst? And How Much Can You Profit from Recycling It?

What Is Industrial Catalyst? And How Much Can You Profit from Recycling It?

If you work in an industry that uses industrial catalysts, you probably know what they are and what precious metals yours contain.

What you might not know, however, is that the catalysts that have lived out their life in your factory could still contain significant amounts of precious metals like gold, silver and even platinum that are well worth recycling. If you are not sure how much precious metal could be reclaimed by having them recycled by a precious metals refinery like Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners, we urge you to call our consultants today at 800-426-2344. We are here to offer advice and testing on your used catalysts. In just a few minutes on the phone with us, you could discover that you are sitting on precious metals that could be worth a lot of money.

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Why Do We Only Process Batches of 500 or More Catalytic Converters?

Why Do We Only Process Batches of 500 or More Catalytic Converters?

The title of today’s post references a question that we are often asked. Yes, the fact is that we are only able to process batches of 500 or more catalytic converters. Today, we’d like to explain why, for two reasons: 1) We think that our answer to that question will give you some valuable information about recycling catalytic converters; and 2) Our answer could help you make a lot of money from recycling catalytic converters. If that sounds good to you, please read on.

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How to Make Money Recycling Medical Scrap

How to Make Money Recycling Medical Scrap

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Valuable and precious metals are used in many medical devices. But before we explain where those metals are used, let’s answer this question: Where can you buy scrapped medical devices? The short answer to that question is, it can be difficult to obtain large quantities of used medical devices… Still, it is possible to obtain and recycle quantities of some medical devices that can offer you a good return on your investment if you send them to us to be recycled. Let’s take a closer look.

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Look for Precious Metals where Heat and Metal Meet

If you’re on the lookout for precious metals that can be recycled by a qualified precious metals refinery, here’s a rule of thumb to keep in mind . . .

You’ll often find precious metals in places where high temperatures and metal come into contact

That simple principle can lead you to sources of recyclable precious metals in a variety of scrap metals. Let’s take a closer look.

Welding and Brazing Supplies

Shown: unused welding rods, sputtering targets and other manufacturing equipment can be recycled for their precious metals by Specialty Metals.

Shown: unused welding rods, sputtering targets and other manufacturing equipment can be recycled for their precious metals by Specialty Metals.

In simple terms, welding and brazing are processes that use high heat to bond metals together, often by raising the temperature of a welding rod and the metals that are to be welded together to their melting point. The rod and the metals can then flow together, forming a bond that is nearly as strong as a single piece of metal.

To allow that welding, the temperature can be raised by the introduction of high electrical voltage (in arc welding) and also by using a torch that burns acetylene or another gas at high temperature. Sometimes these processes are done by hand. In other cases, they are completed by robotic and other production-line welding machines.

Welding and brazing rods and fluxes usually contain quantities of silver, manganese, zinc, cadmium, chromium, copper, fluoride, lead, or vanadium. Sometimes those metals are applied to the outside of welding rods, where they help the melting rods combine with the metals that are being welded or brazed. So the bottom line is that quantities of unused welding rods or wire can contain valuable metals, and so can quantities of welding scrap that appears worthless.

Industrial and Other Kilns and Stoves

Shown: the kind of gas appliance that uses a thermocouple wire that contains valuable precious metals that can be recycled and refined.

Shown: the kind of gas appliance that uses a thermocouple wire that contains valuable precious metals that can be recycled and refined.

As we have noted before on this blog, thermocouples are devices that are used to monitor or control temperatures remotely. They can contain platinum, rhodium, tungsten, rhenium, and other valuable metals. So if you have a quantity of old production- line equipment that was used to make ceramics, annealed products, or welded components, don’t toss it away before you find out what kind of thermocouples it contains. And guess what? Even old home appliances like stoves, furnaces and water heaters contain thermocouples that could be valuable.

Automotive and Industrial Catalytic Converters

Catalytic convertors are another place where metals and heat meet – and again, they contain precious metals, most often platinum, palladium, and rhodium. Whether you have 500 or more old automobile or truck catalytic convertors to recycle or are dismantling a factory where diesel or other internal combustion engines were used, remember that you probably own a quantity of those valuable precious metals.

Other Places to Look for Precious Metals and Alloys

You will find silver and other precious metals in supplies and equipment that are used in a variety of other applications that include casting, metal fabrication, jewelry-making, pasteurizing and even food production. If you remember the rule, “heat plus metal equal dollars,” chances are you can discover sources of metals that we can recycle and refine for you. If you call us at 800-426-2344, we can help you turn your discoveries into cash.

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Non-Automotive Catalytic Converters Contain Precious Metals Too

As we’ve noted in previous posts, automotive catalytic converters contain platinum, palladium, rhodium, nickel, and other metals that can be profitably extracted by precious metals refineries. If you have 500 or more catalytic converters that you would like to recycle, you could get a surprisingly large amount of money in return.

Let’s open our lens a bit wider today, because catalytic converters are not found only in cars. They are also used in a variety of commercial and industrial applications. And because industrial-grade catalytic converters are generally larger than those that are used in cars, they can contain even larger quantities of precious metals that can be recycled and refined.

Where to Look for Industrial Catalytic Converters

Catalytic Converters like this one for a hospital diesel generator can contain large quantities of precious metals like platinum, palladium and rhodium. Image courtesy of Governor Control Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Catalytic Converters like this one for a hospital diesel generator can contain large quantities of precious metals like platinum, palladium and rhodium. Image courtesy of Governor Control Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

  • Portable generators
  • Road grading and paving equipment
  • Industrial-grade mowing equipment
  • Fork lifts and equipment-moving vehicles
  • Tree removal and property clearing equipment
  • Drilling and well-digging machines
  • Pile drivers and bridge-building machinery
  • Cranes and lifting equipment
  • Construction equipment
  • Air compressors
  • Portable heaters used at construction sites
  • Diesel-and gas powered production line and manufacturing equipment

If you have the opportunity to collect used catalytic converters from those sources, you should. Like the smaller converters recycled from automobiles, they contain valuable quantities of precious metals. If you’ve been overlooking this resource, call Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners at 800-426-2344 to learn more.

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