How to get cheap magnet wire

This instructable is how to get some cheap magnet wire from a motor. You will get from 2m to about 10m depending on what motor you are using.
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tony541 year ago
Ebay sellers weren't any cheaper either ! They all wanted around $25 a LB. If you have a specific supplier that is at least below $10 LB then please tell us who with a LINK if possible. I don't know if links are allowed or not.
tony541 year ago
Does anyone know of an actual lower cost magnet wire ? Copper wire is $3.26 /LB but Magnet wire is about $25 / LB. The varnish or enamel isn't worth $22 a pound so it is WAY OVERPRICED ! Yes I know you can get it from old electronics but if you need even 1 LB it takes a long time and a lot of work to get. And I need 5 - 10 LBs of 12-14 guage magnet wire. Does anyone know of a supplier that is at least 5-6 a LB, DOUBLE the price of copper ? Selling it for 7 times the price (25 /3.26 = 7.66) is rediculous ! Large transformers are usually VARNISHED and can't be unwound without messing up the enamel insulation, same for TV deflection coils.
mansour12 years ago
How can buy cheap magnet wire?
Electronics111 (author)  mansour12 years ago
Ebay can be your friend...
psymansays4 years ago
 When you try to re-use cheap magnet wire, the brittle ceramic coating cracks, both when you remove it, and when you re-wind it. Whatever you're building has a 90% chance of having shorts in the coil.
catsnw4 years ago
it is best to desolder the wire from the comm because you can reuse the arm and make a way faster motor.
how can i make a faster motor?please answer
_Scratch_4 years ago
I got a good 20 feet of wire (about that size) from a hard drive motor, and after you get to smash the disk with a hammer!
thunt4 years ago
i have a motor like that but it came out of the trunk of a 93 lincoln town car
klod174 years ago
polar bear64 years ago
maybe im just dumm but what do you use magnet wire for?
coilguns man!! DUHHH!! lol
lol i should have thought of that :P
Electronics111 (author)  polar bear64 years ago
Making transformers, motors, stuff..
JakeTobak4 years ago
I don't know how much that motor cost, but wouldn't it be cheaper to just buy magnet wire?
Electronics111 (author)  JakeTobak4 years ago
I think they only cost about 50p which I find is cheaper. I also find them for free inside old electronics sometimes.
lemonie4 years ago
Why not dismantle something otherwise useless, like a transformer from a broken electrical? L