How to scrap a lawnmower

Written by arthur barnhouse
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How to scrap a lawnmower
Scrapping a retired mower can put a few extra dollars in your pocket. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

An old lawnmower doesn't serve much of a purpose, other than being an eyesore or taking up unnecessary space. Its days of cutting grass to create a pristine lawn are long gone. You can, however, put the lawnmower to use in one final, beneficial way. By dismantling the mower and selling it for scrap metal, you'll not only be helping the environment through recycling, you'll also earn a bit of extra cash. You may even earn enough money to help pay for a new mower.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Wrench set
  • Oxyacetylene torch, if needed
  • Reciprocating saw, if needed
  • Truck or trailer

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  1. 1

    Check your local phonebook for scrap metal dealers. Inquire as to prices they're offering per pound for different metals.

  2. 2

    Remove all of the plastic, rubber or foam components from the lawnmower. A scrap metal dealer will not be interested in or pay for these types of lawnmower parts. When removing the plastic, rubber and foam pieces, be sure to save all of the metal bolts, nuts and screws.

  3. 3

    Dismantle the rest of the lawnmower. Use whatever wrenches are necessary to remove the mower's engine, mower deck, blades and-- if you're scrapping a riding mower--exterior sheet metal. If a bolt is too tight, use an oxyacetylene torch or reciprocating saw to cut it free. You don't have to be concerned about appearances when scrapping a mower.

  4. 4

    Separate the various pieces of metal that once comprised your mower. You'll make more money by separating the more valuable metal and weighing it individually at the scrap yard. For example, aluminium and stainless steel parts will bring a higher price than iron.

  5. 5

    Load a truck or trailer with the various lawnmower parts and haul them to your chosen scrap metal dealer. Once there, you'll weigh the scrap metal and be paid accordingly.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have a larger riding mower with an alternator or radiator, separate it from the engine. Radiators are often made of copper, which are often valuable as a scrap metal. If you can disassemble the mower's alternator, you'll find copper inside it as well.

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