600 MCM wire - Can it be reused?

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600 MCM wire - Can it be reused?

We have a bunch of this 600 mcm wire and don't know what to do with it. Can it be re-used? It is all enclosed in aluminum conduit. should we toss it, or can we maybe sell it? we have like 3000 feet of it, so I would hate to waste it.
 
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That wire would have a high scrap value if copper.
Do you know what it is ?

Whatever you do it would require pulling it out of the conduit which will not be an easy task.
After you pull it out you can assess it's condition for reuse/resale.
You may find someone willing to buy it as it is.
 
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Is it Copper or Aluminum ?
Which insulation? It would be marked on the outside of the cable.
 
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It's aluminum...600 mcm Aluminum Building Wire Type THW 600 Volts Oil Resistant
 
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#2 Bare Copper scrap is about $1.80/lb near me.
3000 ft. of 600MCM would weigh about 5,400 lbs.
 
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It's aluminum..It seems to be in good condition. We have listed it in various places, but nobody seems to be interested. I was wondering if maybe the reason for no interest is because it can't be re-used? Hence, my question...Name:  00404_ewxQeBrN4Ix_600x450.jpg
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Bare Aluminum is about $0.30/lb
Weight? I'm guessing 1,000lb
 
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Darn it! Copper would have been nice!
 
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Copper would have been over $9,000 scrapped.
Of course you have to remove the insulation
 
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What about the conduit? Can that be re-used? it's 4" rigid aluminum, and we have some that's galvanized steel. Thanks for all your input...
 
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You can certainly scrap it at a metal recycler.

It would be hard to reuse in an electrical installation. Customers paying for that kind of job probably wouldn't be too thrilled about getting used product.
 
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The wire, or the conduit? It would seem that the conduit could be re-used since it's really just a metal tube. Of course, I know nothing about it that's why I am asking you guys
 
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4" rigid AL conduit should weigh about 3.4 lbs for foot. About $1/ft scrap
 
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Sure it could be, but a job that uses 3000' of 600MCM and 4" specialty pipe is a big commercial job with engineering oversight and bid specs, multiple inspectors and so forth. Nobody who's paying for that kind of service is going to accept used product.

Where you might find a willing buyer would be somebody building a cabin in the woods or a pole barn on the back 40 of their property where the cost of conductors might be a serious barrier to them completing the project.
 
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