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    Forklift battery cells

    I know car batteries are not really a great source of lead but what about forklift cells. Have a friend who has 6 dead cells and was wondering if it was worth the hassle.
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    Same as car batteries. It's just a big flooded cell with the same acid and the same dangers.

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    +1 Don't do it. Take them to a recycling center.

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    a battery is a battery is a battery, as long as you are talking lead acid batteries.
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    In a word ...NO. In 2 words No No
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    Best way to convert them is to get cash for them and buy ingots here.

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    I've salvaged lead from lead acid batteries with no problems. I think its mostly the newer maintenance free batteries that are dangerous. But, the lead I got was mostly lead oxide and melted down to nothing. If you ruin a shirt or pair of pants you lost money! I agree with the others, don't do it. Just sell them and buy lead with the proceeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lightman View Post
    I've salvaged lead from lead acid batteries with no problems. I think its mostly the newer maintenance free batteries that are dangerous. But, the lead I got was mostly lead oxide and melted down to nothing. If you ruin a shirt or pair of pants you lost money! I agree with the others, don't do it. Just sell them and buy lead with the proceeds.
    Most of the people I talked to that dealt with batteries, all they used was the posts and the buss bar connectors.. they didn't dink with the plates, which as mentioned.. was mostly oxide.

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    around here, the recyclers pay $10 for a battery. and they yield only 3 pounds of lead. do the math.

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    Only worth the effort during the upcoming zombie apocalypse.

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    craveman85,

    There is a local battery rebuilder here in SA that pay 8-12 bucks each for BIG batteries.
    (I'd bet there are similar places where you live, too.)

    IF I had those batteries, I'd sell them to the rebuilder & use the money to buy scrap lead from Neuman's (our local scrap metals yard) & save all the hassle, danger from acid spills, possible environmental contamination, messing about, etc. = Even 10 bucks worth of wheel weights will make a lot of CB.
    (At least in The Alamo City, scrap lead is less than a buck a pound. - In my case, a nice gent recently GAVE me fifty plus pounds for the cost of driving to get it.)

    just my OPINION, tex

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    I'm envious of you guys that have scrapyards that SELL. ours only buys..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soundguy View Post
    I'm envious of you guys that have scrapyards that SELL. ours only buys..
    We're close enough they may be the same scrapyards, but yeah, it sucks.
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    Most around my area don't sell. I was hoping the heavy duty deep cycle batteries would have more lead % in them than car batteries. I even tried trading one yard equal amounts of brass for lead and they wouldn't
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    DO NOT go there!!!!! Take the old lift batteries to a scrap yard, get the $10-12 or so, and buy your Pb on here or locally if you still can. I think NY is one of those commy/liberal/"eco-friendly" states that does not allow buying of Pb by individuals!

    NEVER tear apart any wet cell battery in the faint hope of saving a few $$ on Pb. Your hospital/funeral bills will far outweigh any savings you may ever hope to render!

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    no sir just like ever one else don't do it sell it and buy lead with it here I am just like every one else giving you the same advise D Crockett

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    craveman85,

    A friend of mine, who is "in heavy equipment", told me on Saturday that if you
    "call around to the local battery rebuilders" that you MAY get "a really good price" for your forklift batteries. - That would give you $$$$$$$ to buy clean lead.

    yours, tex

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    It seems that there are certain questions that keep coming up. This being one of them. The answer was no, is no, and will be no. Even in french they say "Non!"

    Sometimes I wonder if there should be a sticky that is required reading to post. Answers to the 10 most common questions with well established answers. Along with a few links to items that are often posted as suggested reading.

    #1 might well be: Bad idea to get lead from melting down batteries
    #2 might be: You want the alloy calculator, it is free so download it. Download free Open Office to run the calculator if you don't have MS Excel. It can answer most any question about "what can I mix to make....".
    #3 might be all the terms and TLA's (Two or Three Letter Acronyms) Sn, Sb, Pb, COWW (ok that is 4 letters) Smelting, MFRB etc.

    Nothing wrong with folks just posting answers but in some ways a quick overview thread of Frequently Asked Questions saves everyone time.
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    I guess a lotta folls did not pay very much in chemistry class!!!!!!!! I pretty know the entire periodic table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bangerjim View Post
    I guess a lotta folls did not pay very much in chemistry class!!!!!!!! I pretty know the entire periodic table.
    Yeah but you are weird (in a good way but still weird) I only paid enough attention to understand how to make "interesting" stuff. Like ammonia and iodine Or everyone's favorite mole and ground hornet remover. 2 KNO3 + S + 3 C
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    Scrap.... because all the really pithy and emphatic four letter words were taken and we had to describe this way of getting casting material somehow.
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