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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2022 4:21 pm 

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The cooling fans found inside electronic devices have a small copper wound motor underneath all that plastic. I checked my local scrap yards and haven't found any locally to purchase them. Considering boardsort buys whole systems, can the fans be scrapped and would boardsort buy them?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2022 5:07 pm 
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Depending on your area, they can often go as very low end grades motors. Apparently you’re out of luck there.

Boardsort takes them, yes. I believe as motors but I can’t guarantee at the same rate.
One option that’s fairly easy is to buy a 4-12 piece steel coring set from a department store. And here are multi-sized cylinders with a handle on one end. I found that 6 or more sets tend to match up for most electronics fans except the 180mm+
Line the cylinder up with the motor core, and smash it down. Slices/smashes right through the fins. Half a second work for a clean encased motor. Which nearly every yard will buy.

Sets start around $12-$15 for steel. Don’t buy aluminium.

I put a bin at one end of my workbench. And start near that side with a
matched sized pile. Punch a fan and slide it of the edge with the next one.
Drop, punch, slide drop punch slide. Get the hang of it with a rhythm and it literally takes a second per fan.

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