May 20, 2019
Heavy turnings are created as large pieces of steel are whittled down to their desired size and shape. This occurs on a lathe machine that spins the part and applies pressure with a non-rotary tool bit and shaves off layers and cuts as it turns. Turning can occur externally or internally as well as on the original part. These scrap shavings fall to a collection area and once the product is completed, are gathered and removed for reuse.
Heavy turnings are defined as short, heavy steel turnings, containing not over 0.05 percent phosphorus or sulphur and free of alloys. These turnings may include rail chips, but may not include machine shop or other light turnings and must weigh not less than 75 pounds per cubic foot in the original state of production as defined by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.
Heavy turnings are priced in Scrap Price Bulletin's Pittsburgh delivered to consumer market.
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