Five Ways to Strip Copper Wire

People new to the scrap metals business quickly learn that copper wire is king! Although there are more valuable metals out there, nothing matches copper wire’s availability, value and ease of handling. Stripped copper wire is worth three times as much as wire with the insulation, causing many to wonder: what is the best wire stripper? Should they use manual methods, or should they invest in a scrap wire stripping machine? In this article, we’ll explore some common ways to strip copper wire and explain what sort of results each method produces. Here are the five most common ways to strip wire, in order of worst to best.

Burn the insulation off in a fire

Technology Level: Dinosaur Scrapper
Likely Results: Poisoning the environment, $25,000 fines, five-year jail sentences
Scrap copper value: Low
Scrap copper quantity: Moderate

Back in Great-Grandpa’s day, before we understood how important air quality was and how our environment could be adversely affected by burning toxic materials, burning scrap wire to remove the insulation was common. Now, the EPA gives out $10,000 rewards to those who turn in illegal scrap wire burn operations. If you’re caught and convicted, you could receive a $25,000 fine, and a five-year jail sentence. Burning scrap wire is not worth it!

Remove the insulation with a sharp knife

Technology Level: Stone Age Scrapper
Likely Results: personal injury, slave wage earnings
Scrap copper value: Low to Moderate
Scrap copper quantity: Low

Just about every beginning wire scrapper starts out with their trusty knife! It is difficult to completely avoid accidents when stripping large amounts of wire with a knife, so most beginners earn a few battle scars. Sadly, they also usually wind up selling a lot of unstripped wire for a low price when they realize how time consuming their manual stripping method is. Instead of using their time to make contacts, find new sources of material, and grow their businesses, knife-using wire strippers remain stuck in the Stone Age of copper wire scrapping. There are much better ways to do it!

Strip the insulation with a homemade gadget

Technology Level: Middle Ages Scrapper
Likely Results: frequent breakdowns, high levels of effort
Scrap copper value: Low to Moderate
Scrap copper quantity: Moderate

Scrappers, by nature, are innovative, entrepreneurial people. Most quickly realize that burning wire and using the sharp knife method will hold their businesses back, and they start tinkering about, looking for ways to improve their productivity. For a scrapper with excellent fabrication skills, a well-equipped workshop, access to high quality materials and the time to bring all of these things together, the homemade wire stripping machine sometimes works out well. For most scrappers, however, the tinkering results in devices that don’t work well and frequently break down. In the long run, this approach doesn’t get them any further ahead than just using a knife would have.

Cleaningwire with a manual wire stripping machine

Technology Level: Industrial Age Scrapper
Likely Results: fiddly adjustments,frequent breakdowns
Scrap copper value: Moderate
Scrap copper quantity: Moderate

Scrappers who decide to buy a wire stripping machine are astute business people who are highly motivated to make their business a success! Unfortunately, there are a lot of vendors selling inferior manual wire stripping machine designs and demanding premium prices for so-so quality. It is typical to spend a lot of time with these machines fiddling with their many adjustments, clearing jams, replacing expensive, hard to find cutting tools, and exerting a lot of physical effort using them. That’s not to mention having to wait weeks for the machine to arrive from overseas in the first place! There is a better way!

Strip that wire and build your scrap metal business with a StripMeister Original Automatic Wire Stripping Machine!


Technology Level
: Modern Scrap Metals Entrepreneur
Likely Results: Excellent Profits
Scrap copper value: High
Scrap copper quantity: High

The StripMeister Original Automatic Wire Stripping Machine is a quality piece of equipment that is a pleasure to use! The buzz about this machine on social media from copper wire strippers is that it really does the job better than cheaply built, overpriced manual stripping machines made overseas.

Yes, you’ll lay out a few more of your hard-earned dollars on this smart investment in your business, but you’ll see a return on that investment in a few hours or days of use. Many of those manual wire stripping machines never pay for themselves.

Made right here in North America out of aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel, it’s built using 5-axis precision CNC milling technology and will last many years. Backed by a one-year guarantee against manufacturing defects, it arrives quickly from one of our several North American distribution centers so you can start earning!

The StripMeister Original Wire Stripping Machine is the best wire stripping machine on the market. If you want to grow your scrap metal business, a drill powered wire stripping machine is the way to go! Order yours today!

The StripMeister Original Automatic Wire Stripping Machine: Top 10 Ways to Profit

Have you heard the buzz on social media about how more and more scrappers just like you are investing in StripMeister automatic wire stripping machines? Are you wondering how all those sharp business people are turning this reasonably priced tool into a very smart investment in their business they couldn’t live without?

It’s easier than you think! Here are the Top 10 ways to turn a profit with a StripMeister Original Automatic Wire Stripping Machine:

10.  Buy Scrap Wire at Auctions

Smart scrappers prowl auction websites looking for deals on bulk quantities of scrap wire! Your StripMeister Original Automatic Wire Stripping Machine makes it easy to turn big batches of scrap wire into #2 and #1 scrap copper, doubling or even tripling your money!

9.  Scrap your automotive wire

Are you out there with your trailer buying junk cars and then selling them whole at the local scrap yard? Don’t throw your profits away! Grab those wiring harnesses and feed them to your StripMeister Original wire stripping machine. Suddenly the material which would have sold for automotive shred prices is now selling for #2 or #1 copper prices!

8. Tear-Down Commercial Machines

Business owners and restaurant franchise managers often give their old junk equipment
away for free, just for the convenience of having you haul it away!  Commercial machines used in all kinds of industries are filled with dozens of pounds of wire!  Tear those machines down and turn the pounds of insulated copper wire inside into big profits!

7. Work with local Electrician Apprentices

Apprentice electricians don’t get paid well, but they get to keep scrap wire from tear-out & replace jobs to help compensate.  They spend hours of their free time at home manually stripping wire.  But as an experienced scrap metals entrepreneur, you know better!  Offer them a fair price for their insulated wire scrap, bring it home to your StripMeister, and double or triple your investment!

6. CRT Television Degaussing Cable is a snap!

TV scrappers know copper is king, and the degaussing cable has a thick sheaf of #1 bare bright hidden inside.  But the wrapped insulation can turn into a sticky mess!  The StripMeister Original is made for this!  Cut off the thick part where the pigtail connects, and run the rest of it through the machine.  You’ll be amazed at how much faster the insulation comes off!

5. Make Washer and Dryer Wiring Harnesses Pay

How many scrap washers or dryers have you hauled into your local scrap yard whole?  You left the wiring harness inside because it wasn’t worth your time to remove and strip, didn’t you?  But your StripMeister Original makes the situation completely different!  Now you can profitably pull the wiring harness out and strip the insulated copper wire into #2 or #1 copper!

4. Harvest Computer Power Supply wire

So, you’re tearing down scrap computers, grabbing the valuable main boards, memory, and CPU chips.  If you don’t have a StripMeister Original, you might as well leave the power supplies in the machines; it’s not worth your time to take them out.  If you have North America’s number one selling wire stripping machine, it’s a different story! A few judiciously-applied chops with a sharp hatchet cleans the connectors off the straight, copper-filled wire.  Zip it through your StripMeister, and turn what you used to sell for steel shred into #2 copper!

3. Short Bits and Pieces: No Problem!

Scrappers in the real world know scrap wire doesn’t come neatly coiled in 100 foot lengths.  Instead, it comes in lengths of a foot here and a few inches there which are hard to strip by hand.  With a StripMeister Original Automatic Wire Stripping Machine, now you can toss all of your “smalls” in a box and save them until you have a quantity worth working with.  Sort it by thickness and zip through it!  You’ll love how those short lengths of wire turn into profits, quickly and easily!

2.Process wire you never could make money on before

Not every wire scrappers take in can be stripped quickly or easily enough to make it profitable.  But there is a surprisingly large class of wire you couldn’t profitably strip by hand that a StripMeister Original can power right through!  Quality vacuum cleaners have long lengths of 16 gauge power cord, for example.  Stripping it by hand will cost more money than you earn!  But your StripMeister Original Automatic Wire Stripping machine makes these cords profitable!  Next time you see a vacuum on the curb, don’t just snip the wire and toss it into the ICW box, strip it and double or triple your money!

1.  Make Romex Profitable!

The most common wire in North America is Romex household electrical wire.  Found in virtually every structure, a LOT of it is torn out every single day during remodeling projects.  When you strip it by hand, you only earn a couple of dollars an hour!

Enter the StripMeister Original Automatic Wire Stripping Machine.  With its built-in Romex adapter and high feed rates, there’s no better tool for the job!  This machine makes stripping Romex a pleasurable, profitable venture!

Quality Equipment for a reasonable price

For $259, the StripMeister Original Automatic Wire Stripping machine is a quality unit made in North America from aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel that has a one year guarantee against manufacturing defects.  It makes stripping wire in sizes from #16 wire to 250 MCM (diameters from 0.100″ (3mm) up to 0.79″ (20.1mm))nearly effortless.

Thousands of scrappers just like you agree: the StripMeister Original Automatic Wire Stripping Machine is one of the best investments they’ve ever made!  Order yours today!