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How to grind or shred aluminum cans? Answered

Greetings, I'm am looking for methods to grind or shred up aluminum cans enough to be put in a ball mill (rock tumbler with steel balls in it) to make aluminum powder. I read that a stone grinder will cause it to melt. I read that aluminum foil can be ground in a blender then put in a ball mill, but I think aluminum cans might be too thick? Thanks

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Kiteman (author)2008-09-18

Try chopping it up with scissors first, then use a cheap blender that will never see food again.

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texgolfboy5 (author)Kiteman2010-10-21

I've tried that before it doesn't work well it chops it into chunks then it gets stuck in the blender and kills the blender

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Plasmana (author)Kiteman2008-09-19

That is a good idea, I will try that! :)
When I find a cheap blender or find a working one in a skip...

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kithso (author)2009-02-20

I run aluminum foil through a small paper shredder then run it in an old blender. Makes a pretty fine powder and small grain that way.

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-09-20

Don't use a grinding wheel or any other grinder intended for metal. You will load the disc and it WILL explode!

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Weissensteinburg (author)2008-09-19

Meat grinder? Shredder with a CD slot?

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NeuroPulse (author)2008-09-19

Greetings, I am hoping for a method not very time consuming. A machine that shreds aluminum? Maybe hand-cranked? A machine that does this:

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