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Old 08-13-2022, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Wally_Welder View Post
I wasn't referring to anyone on here. My uncle lives near WinstonSalem NC and his neighbors own huge farms. In exchange for getting one tractor to run and work, he gave him two old non-working ones... (Not even any tractors around here) He has a friend that works in a metal fab shop, and brings him over small scrap all the time to make brackets with. (No shops of anykind around here) There is a nice auto wrecking yard 10 miles away that is very reasonable. He gets steering boxes and axles from old cars that are about to get crushed anyway at very reasonable prices. (they are cheap, I have delt with them before) There is no auto wrecking yards within 200miles of this place...

As they say, you can do anything you want if you work hard enough.. which is true, but its a lot easier for some people. In the above example its all about location.. he is where junk is.. i am where junk is not. Since I fixed what was broken, think ill sell my welder and cutting wheels/grinder and start woodworking. Plenty of trees around... Was discussing this with a friend last night....

If you want gold, I can show you some gold... you want iron? Nope don't know where any is. Since when can you find gold easier than iron? (2007ish)

Anywhere theres people theres junk.
You may be the problem,just sayin...
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Old 08-13-2022, 08:58 PM
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thats probably it. No people. When your location only has 10 people per square mile, lots less junk.
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Old 08-17-2022, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Wally_Welder View Post
thats probably it. No people. When your location only has 10 people per square mile, lots less junk.
I find the opposite. Sparse population means more space to hide junk. Nearly every farm yard hereabouts has an abundance of scrap inventory tucked along fences and between trees.

Most people around here are too busy to bother with junk clean-up. Many are disillusioned with clean-up contractors too. Lots of those cleanup guys pick through and take rstoreable machinery, good welding iron, and will refuse to take sheet metal such as old grain bins and side panels.....

A friend who retired early must have 10-15 ton of recovered steel section, plate and sheet. I am sure he hauled off as much or more cast iron. He lives on a farm that is about 90 years old and had almost all the old, worn out equipment laying around.
Design to 0.001", measure to 1/32", cut with an axe, grind to fit..
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