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PhaseLockedLoop
01-25-2014, 05:15 PM
These are 5-gallon open head steel pails, with which most of us are familiar. Can I build a fairly inexpensive device to do this. $200-300?

I thought of using a 20-ton air/hydro jack, mounted in a stout frame.

Paul Pless
01-25-2014, 05:17 PM
These are 5-gallon open head steel pails, with which most of us are familiar. Can I build a fairly inexpensive device to do this. $200-300?it'd be cheaper (and more fun) to rent a piece of heavy equipment for a few hours and drive over them. . .

PhaseLockedLoop
01-25-2014, 05:22 PM
it'd be cheaper (and more fun) to rent a piece of heavy equipment for a few hours and drive over them. . .

Or just take 'em to the dump, as far as that goes. But I like to tinker.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
01-25-2014, 05:24 PM
Boiling water and a hermetic seal......

David G
01-25-2014, 05:35 PM
If you don't own a steam roller... maybe one of the neighbors will lend you his for 15 minutes or so.

George Jung
01-25-2014, 05:37 PM
Why?

bogdog
01-25-2014, 05:57 PM
I'd just step on 'em with ma size 15 hobnail boots...

Phillip Allen
01-25-2014, 05:58 PM
1/4" water with lid on and boil the water... seal and watch

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
01-25-2014, 06:38 PM
Are explosives allowed?

LeeG
01-25-2014, 06:52 PM
You mean something like this?

http://www.hydraulicdesign.com/cpg/albums/userpics/YY-106.jpg

I like that.

PhaseLockedLoop
01-25-2014, 06:54 PM
You mean something like this?

http://www.hydraulicdesign.com/cpg/albums/userpics/YY-106.jpg


Yeah. Those babies are expensive, though. $2.5k for a new one. About 8 grand if you want to crush 55-gallon drums, which I wouldn't mind doing too, but I know my limits.

Canoeyawl
01-25-2014, 07:11 PM
These are 5-gallon open head steel pails, with which most of us are familiar. Can I build a fairly inexpensive device to do this. $200-300?
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Years ago all the hydraulic and lube oils came in steel five gallon pails. We would just line them up and run over them with a loaded dump truck. You sort of had to hold them with your foot until they got started but that gets them pretty flat, definitely less than 1/4 inch.
A "steam roller" won't work, those things can get stuck on a golf ball. A sheeps foot doesn't get them smooth enough, nor does a crawler tractor.
I knew a man that patented (or tried to) a device made of two high floatation truck wheels with tires fixtured to roll against each other with a sort of funnel to guide the cans into them. Chain drive with a ten horsepower electric motor. It would flatten cans as fast as you could feed them into it. Everything else was too slow.
edit; A pick-up truck will get them pretty flat

wardd
01-25-2014, 09:36 PM
put 5 gal pale against a brick wall and run into it at 50 mph with a car

LeeG
01-25-2014, 09:41 PM
I figure if you're handy, you could modify an old log splitter. Just a bit of welding.

That's what I was thinking, but the Loony Tunes versions took over my head. How about another five gallon can with a 10' 6" steel pipe through it, a thick steel bottom plate then filled with concrete. Hinged by a simple 1' piece of steel rod at the other end to the ground and a cable winch on the barn to raise it to vertical with trigger to release it. Safety goggles of course. Kind of a ACME compactor.

Donn
01-25-2014, 10:13 PM
Take a couple of 3' lengths of 2x12, and use them to make a ramp for your truck.

Wedge one end of a 2x12 under the front tire (lower the pressure in the tire to help), and put the other end up on one of the buckets. Put a couple of wedges under the other side of the bucket to keep it in place.

Do the same at the other front tire.

Drive the truck forward slowly.

bobbys
01-25-2014, 10:45 PM
I have noticed I can never have enough 5gallon pails..

Steel ones are hard to come by anymore..

plastic ones only hold hot tar for a few minutes.
the guys have to run up the ladder with those before they melt.

htom
01-25-2014, 10:58 PM
Make a giant can-opener, cut the bottom out. Now it's much easier to squash.

I do wonder why you'd do that, though. Sell them on Craigslist.

PhaseLockedLoop
01-26-2014, 01:39 PM
Make a giant can-opener, cut the bottom out. Now it's much easier to squash.

I do wonder why you'd do that, though. Sell them on Craigslist.

They're used. They've got the dregs of either epoxy resin or hardener in them. 20 years ago I just pounded them down with a sledge, but I lost the figure for it. Also I can't crush them flat, since some goo would squeeze out. I hope to crush them down to 2-3".

S/V Laura Ellen
01-26-2014, 01:48 PM
Using vacuum to crush the cans might be kind of fun..

Throw a little water in the bottom, bring to a very rapid boil (lots of steam), then seal and take off the heat. Repeat as necessary.

or

You could go the other way. May just blow it up.

Nicholas Carey
01-26-2014, 05:04 PM
Using vacuum to crush the cans might be kind of fun.. Throw a little water in the bottom, bring to a very rapid boil (lots of steam), then seal and take off the heat. Repeat as necessary. or You could go the other way. May just blow it up.

Like this? These guys are little slow on the uptake with respect to the of concept "thermal mass", but they figure it out in the end.

http://youtu.be/JsoE4F2Pb20

http://youtu.be/JsoE4F2Pb20

Stiletto
01-26-2014, 05:21 PM
Surely there is some way they can be recycled for re-use.

L.W. Baxter
01-26-2014, 05:42 PM
I figured this was another euphemism for getting drunk.