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Old 04-09-2011, 10:34 PM   #1
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Default Anyone ever made a homemade wire stripper?

Question for everyone here. Has anyone ever made a motorized wire stripper? Not for the big stuff but for stuff like phone wire.electric cords,smaller than 12 gauge? I have lots of wire scrap like that and I hate to sell it so cheap with the plastic on. What I was wondering about I have seen some that crush the plastic with two metal wheels. I have a motor that would be perfect to run something like that but I was wondering what I could use for the steel rollers. The one I remember seeing on the web has a motor spinning the bottom roller and a roller on top that has a spring that pulls it into the bottom roller. I work on electronics and computers and I wind up with a lot of it in a years time. So instead throwing it into a dumpster I was thinking about building a stripper to clean it. Pictures would be great to see.

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Old 04-10-2011, 07:18 PM   #2
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got kids? i knew a guy that brought home a lot of wire scraps from jobs and gave it to the kids. they stripped it and got a portion, if not all, of the money.

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Old 04-10-2011, 07:54 PM   #3
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I am thinking of something along the line of a MIG wire-feed roller.

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Old 04-10-2011, 08:26 PM   #4
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the main thing to figure out is the roller / grabber. Basically you have to make a slow electric motor roller setup that grabs like a wire feed roller on a welder, then the wire then feeds into a board with different sized holes drilled into it for different sized wires. On the outlet of the hole is a fixed razor or stanley knife blade clamped into place.
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Old 04-11-2011, 12:03 AM   #5
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Far from a professional video, but it may give you some ideas.

http://scrapcopperwirestripper.com/
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Old 04-11-2011, 12:15 AM   #6
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how about burning it ? Burn the plastic off, and left will be the metal
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Old 04-11-2011, 12:23 AM   #7
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Far from a professional video, but it may give you some ideas.

http://scrapcopperwirestripper.com/
That thing needs a blade guard, I would send my fingers into that blade in no especially running off of that cheap B&D drill.
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Old 04-11-2011, 02:38 AM   #8
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Around here, we just burn it off.
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Old 04-11-2011, 03:07 AM   #9
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:08 AM   #10
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Default Re: Anyone ever made a homemade wire stripper?

The one with the video did give me a few more ideas. It is about what I would like to have. I have a really nice geared motor I can run it with. It came out of a large copier and it is geared down. As far as burning there is too many negative reasons not to. Its against the law for one, the kind of wire I have would not fair well in a fire. The smell is bad. I saw some over 20 years ago before it became illegal and was not impressed with how it done as far as what I have. Its so small of wire it will corrode away before I could sell it. Then the recyclers here frown on burned wire due to gov regulations. As far as kids go my daughter is in college so she wouldn't have any time.

The wire I have is mostly computer networking wire which is similar to phone wire. But today has fire retardants in the plastic making it hard to burn. So burning wouldn't do much I don't think. I also have some plug in cords and such. As far as stripping the wire the multi wired cables that are a few wires with a outside plastic shield are not so bad to get the outside cover off. But its getting each individual wire off that's a pain. I recycle in my workshop a lot of the broken things if they are not worth fixing. I usually pull the cords,put the metal in a pile,save the wire,etc. I figure it's free money so to speak. But what I would like to do is to have a small area with some type of homemade machine that will strip the wire. As it is now I have boxes all over with wire. Were if I had a machine I could rake 5-10 minutes every so often and put the wire through the machine and strip it. I have seen some on youtube and other places that you insert the wire in and it pulls through the machine and crushes the plastic coating. Then you just peel it off. It would be worth doing in that way. I probably have almost a 55 gallon drum load of wire not stripped now. If it was stripped it would be easier to store and haul off. Thanks for the replies.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:32 PM   #11
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My local scrapyard has a homebuilt job. Scariest thing evar. If you build something, please put a guard on it.
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:45 AM   #12
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2lgt6fHbaE

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Old 04-12-2011, 12:49 AM   #13
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wow, that setup is the shiz
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:55 AM   #14
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Clean bright copper is around $4.00/Lb for scrap. I am looking for a similar tool. Tired of striping wire with a razor knife.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:18 AM   #15
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Here is one similar to what I had in mind. In the video they said it use to be a treadmill. So I may be on the lookout for a treadmill. I don't need one this size. I noticed one of the drums has some texture to it. I have been thinking that I could use washers stacked up and put them through a bolt. It would give some texture. Time to hit the junkbox to see what kind of parts I can find.
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:54 PM   #16
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How about a cutter wheel out of a tubing cutter and roller from a mig wire feeder, with a "V" guide to center the wire. A spring loaded mechanism on the cutter wheel for different size wire, thar should cut the insulation, seen a larger version to cut cable and it worked great.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:17 AM   #17
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Default Re: Anyone ever made a homemade wire stripper?

Even more simple, the tool used to strip romex cable sheathing. A pipe you thread the wire through to start, a small blade punched into the tube to cut the insulation, and a motor to pull it through the 'die.'

Hell, you could hand crank it for that matter. Doesn't necessarily need to be powered

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Old 04-13-2011, 08:29 PM   #18
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I just roll it all into a ball and burn the insulation off with kerosene.
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I made this simple jig to strip some rolls of #12 solid that was given to me. It's just a
2x4 with a hole drilled into it. I hammered in a razor blade to strip off the insulation. The metal strap was added to separate the insulation from the copper wire. I feed the wire thru by hand to get it started, then I clamp the board in my vise and feed the wire out a window to my back yard. I just grab the wire and walk to the end of my yard (approx 250') cut it at the window and repeat till the end. I stripped 2 450+ foot rolls in less than 45 mins, including rolling up the stripped wire and cleanig up stripped insulation.

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I just roll it all into a ball and burn the insulation off with kerosene.
Some places give less money for burned wire, some won't take it at all.
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