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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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NeuroPulse
NeuroPulse

12 years ago

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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osmildmay
osmildmay

Reply 14 days ago

Just noticed a cheese, vegtable grater, pushes the material down a wider tube straight onto the cutting cylinder. Unlike a meat grinder that "screws" it down a thread potentially causing more sticking / jamming

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osmildmay
osmildmay

Reply 14 days ago

electric cheese vegtable grater that is

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osmildmay
osmildmay

Reply 14 days ago

and the material is pushed down wards through a wide tube onto the cutting surface ..... no working its way through a "thread" to get jammed

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago


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Kiteman
Kiteman

12 years ago

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

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texgolfboy5
texgolfboy5

Reply 10 years ago

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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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 12 years ago

Tree mulcher? :D

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Plasmana
Plasmana

Reply 12 years ago

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
kithso

12 years ago

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
LinuxH4x0r

12 years ago

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