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On the Cutting Edge of Metal Recycling

A semitrailer load of scrap metal pulled into an I-90 rest stop just after we arrived:

Metal scrap trailer - Cutting edge

Metal scrap trailer – Cutting edge

Apparently, they dump the scrap into the trailer from a great height and, sometimes, a bar can gash the aluminum side wall. That slice obviously predates the current load, but you can see how it happened: dump a load atop a bar leaning against the side and you get a giant metal shear.

The trailer also had several puncture wounds:

Metal scrap trailer - Puncture wounds

Metal scrap trailer – Puncture wounds

I didn’t notice the circular feature at the bottom center until I looked at the picture, but it certainly reminded me of a bullet hole in glass plate. Close inspection of the original image suggests it’s a welded stress relief border around a drilled hole, perhaps with a boss on the inside of the trailer:

Metal scrap trailer - Welded hole

Metal scrap trailer – Welded hole

Ya never know what you’ll find out on the road…

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