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Mixed borings and turnings scrap metal prices

March 12, 2018
At the steel maker, turnings and borings are typically put into an electric arc furnace (EAF). Today, there are less industrial plants providing borings and in many instances, there are limits on the amount of borings that a steel mill will accept due to low yield and other various issues associated with the metal. Because of this, there are typically more turnings added to the charge, when the steel mill starts adding raw materials to the electric arc furnace (EAF). Turnings are a purposeful material for the steel making process because it is a naturally greasy product that melts fast. When entering the charge, the turnings quickly melt to the bottom, providing a protective layer between the charge and the rest of the melting scrap material.
Ferrous and nonferrous borings and turnings are not always in the same shapes and sizes. Machine shop turnings, bushy turnings, low alloy turnings, alloy free turnings and cast iron borings have varying configurations. For example, machine shop turnings are shorter and curly, but short shoveling turnings have more weight.
Mixed borings and turnings contain clean steel or wrought iron turnings and are free of badly rusted or corroded stock. They may also include iron borings or nonferrous metals that are in a free state, scale, or excessively oily. This definition is specified by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.  
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Mixed borings and turnings
Prices as of January 9, 2017
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
Buffalo - Mixed borings and turnings 154.00 155.00
Brokers' buying prices for domestic markets per gross ton on cars
New York - Mixed borings and turnings 158.00 160.00