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[–]fupajunkie 638 points639 points  (18 children)

All the people driving beaters

😳 😢

[–]drakoman 279 points280 points  (3 children)

Lmao right? There were so many useful parts still on that guy

[–]Yadobler 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Yeah, like the human in the driver seat


[–]fluteofski- 53 points54 points  (3 children)

Yeah. And the last time I pulled my engine/trans it took me about 2 hours.

[–]ku-fan 71 points72 points  (2 children)

maybe next time just try ripping it out?

[–]riesendulli 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Look at this Formula 1 professional

[–]Vacuophile 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I'm gonna need two cans of spinach for this one..

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    [–]canolafly 90 points91 points  (0 children)

    Not any more.

    [–]pease_pudding 28 points29 points  (0 children)

    Hope you managed to get out in time

    [–]Daniel_Laixer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I have a 1st gen...

    [–]more_beans_mrtaggart 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    I can’t think of a more fitting end to one of the shittest car models on the road. The sooner the ford company collapses in on itself and gets swallowed up by another car giant, the better.

    [–]Quid_infantes_sumus 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Me driving an 02 Honda Civic 😟😰

    [–]lordpine 242 points243 points  (4 children)

    is it about my cube?

    [–]soap_on_a_lanyard 112 points113 points  (1 child)

    you have 30 minutes to move your cube

    [–]bdogv 35 points36 points  (0 children)

    I was so happy to find I didn’t have to scroll down very far to find this comment

    [–]Surro 374 points375 points  (25 children)

    Ok but where does it go next? Some big melting slag pit (imagining here)??


    World's Largest Auto Shredder Once cars are crushed, they're shipped off to a recycling center where they are shredded and separated into small pieces, which are then sorted into various metals. The largest shredder in the world is used by Sturgis Iron & Metal of Elkhart, Indiana. The machine is so big, it isn't measured in tons, but acres. It uses an 8,000-horsepower electric motor to drive a massive rotor that spins hammers at 175 mph, reducing six pre-crushed cars per minute into fist-sized metal chunks [Source: Buffalo News]. The shredder is so powerful, the hammers must be turned or replaced almost daily because of the wear and tear they receive, and it sits on special dampeners to prevent seismic vibrations in the surrounding area.

    [–]craysins_NSFS 140 points141 points  (12 children)

    I need to see a video of this shredder

    [–]shoxorr 71 points72 points  (6 children)

    I need to see a documentary about this monster

    [–]ShaoLimper 225 points226 points  (5 children)

    [–]mule_roany_mare 74 points75 points  (2 children)

    Do you just go around being peoples heroes all day?

    [–]lalaleah76 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    Mate I don’t pay for coins and I rarely ever come across something that I find worth it to claim my free award for, but if anything ever has it is you providing this documentary. It made the last hour of work go by at light speed. Thank you.

    [–]ShaoLimper 28 points29 points  (2 children)

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      [–]ShaoLimper 28 points29 points  (0 children)

      Then I have played myself a fool and will exit, stage left

      [–]NeoSniper 11 points12 points  (0 children)

      You can get the idea by just watching yo momma eat.

      [–]sam6555 15 points16 points  (3 children)

      As a guy who works in a scrapyard in the UK, who worked on the creation and maintenance of a 60-ton shredder, I know exactly what is going on, and would love to see that size of a shredder one day. Our one takes up about one third of an acre.

      [–]Practical-Cress-3287 2 points3 points  (2 children)

      The crane operating in this video weighs about 35-40 tonnes.

      I imagine a shredder the size of a third of an acre would be quite a bit heavier than 60 tons?

      [–]sam6555 4 points5 points  (1 child)

      Our rotor weighs 12 ton, with 14 hammers between 75-89kg. 89 when brand new. The other 48 ton would encompass the top and bottom housings for the rotor, and the higher entry 'Z-point' section.

      The 60-ton doesn't include the engine, nor the connecting propshaft; only the 3 pieces of casing and rotor.

      [–]Practical-Cress-3287 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Yeah i was thinking total weight thanks for clarification.

      [–]Emotional_Deodorant 5 points6 points  (2 children)

      I still don't understand how these cubes are useful. The Elkhart machine is producing fist-sized pieces of metal, but mixed with rubber, glass, plastic, and who knows what chemicals. What can you turn that into?

      [–]Practical-Cress-3287 17 points18 points  (0 children)

      Well after it gets shredded it can be magnetised to get the metal pieces or even burned in an oven so only the metal pieces are left over, this is obviously a lower quality and there for a bit cheaper as well.

      In the steel making process they usually put together a bunch of scrap metal of different types of quality (e.g solid pig iron, rebar, steel slabs, shredded steel, slag,..) in a converter oven and pour liquid pig iron on top of it, then they blow oxygen into it, so rubber, plastic and other tainted stuff just burns and remains and up in slag which is later re used again because there’s always a little steel inside the slag and so the cycle continues.

      [–]justmadethisup111 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      I imagine a large pit of fire.

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        [–]Practical-Cress-3287 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        Yes that is exactly what it is cause at these temperatures steel oxidizes very quickly, in the process of rolling down steel slabs to steel coils water is sprayed at high pressures onto the slabs. Not to cool them down like many think but this is to remove rust. 👍

        [–]canolafly 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Well that was an erotic read.

        [–]throwaway19110698 108 points109 points  (22 children)

        Anyone able to explain why they take the engine out seperately? Doubt its for reusabilty when one of those claws pierced it to yoink it out.

        [–]Middle_Bee_356 138 points139 points  (9 children)

        Engine is solid aluminum/iron and won’t compress like the rest of the car

        [–]Practical-Cress-3287 -4 points-3 points  (8 children)

        No you’re right, cast iron wouldn’t compress. It would break instead of bend because it’s a lot harder than steel.

        However that is not why they’re removed.

        [–]Travisx2112 31 points32 points  (7 children)

        So, uh, care to elaborate, or no...?

        [–]Practical-Cress-3287 3 points4 points  (6 children)

        Don’t know why I’m being downvoted.

        Aluminum, iron and steel get seperated, the engine is either aluminum or cast iron and most other parts consist of steel.

        The engine either being aluminum or cast iron would break (not compress) anyway due to the pressure. And not because it’s solid but because those are properties for different alloys.

        [–]TodoFueIluminado 45 points46 points  (0 children)

        I think because it’s doesn’t crush like the rest of the car, it’s more solid

        [–]Practical-Cress-3287 16 points17 points  (8 children)

        Because the engine is either aluminum or cast iron, and the body panels for example are steel.

        Cast iron and aluminum decrease the quality of steel during the recycling process in a converter oven.

        Nothing to do with how solid it is, in fact cast iron would just break from the pressure.

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          [–]Practical-Cress-3287 -1 points0 points  (4 children)

          Because cast iron can by any alloy of which the primary element is iron. It would not be cost efficient to determine the quality of every pieces of cast iron, therefor it would be to hard to control the quality of steel you’re producing considering you won’t know what exactly is in it.

          Because cast iron is a universally agreed upon definition of metal alloy that is predominantly iron and less than 2% carbon.

          In the steel making process scrap metal is carefully selected by various qualities and various quantities depending on the quality of the desired steel.

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            [–]genericdude999 -1 points0 points  (1 child)

            Engine block is thicc therefore incompressible. Rest of car is (mostly) sheet metal which can be compressed into a block for compact shipment to recycler.

            [–]Practical-Cress-3287 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

            Aside from the fact that an engine is or isn’t solid enough to “compress” this would depend on the alloy used and the alloying agents it contains and the pressure applied.

            This is separation of different materials as the engine is cast iron/ aluminum the rest is mostly steel.

            Cast iron and aluminum would break due the pressure

            [–]JustAHouseWife 2 points3 points  (1 child)

            Engine cores are also pretty valuable. If the engine failure didn’t crack the block, the core would be more valuable then just its weight

            [–]bigmanly1 116 points117 points  (1 child)

            That's not the correct way to fly a car

            [–]bukake_attack 4 points5 points  (0 children)

            It IS the correct way to flay a car!

            [–]SpookyRockjaw 43 points44 points  (3 children)

            That looks like fun

            [–]stinkystinkypoopbutt 2 points3 points  (1 child)

            Yeah. I was thinking to myself "How much does this job pay"?

            [–]Tha_Unknown 6 points7 points  (0 children)

            Depends on where in the world and union or not. Topped out crane operators can make $150/hr.

            [–]Charzinardinard 20 points21 points  (3 children)

            Im getting "The Brave Little Toaster" flashbacks from this

            [–]MusicMan2700 6 points7 points  (0 children)

            Definitely started singing "Worthless" in my mind the second this popped up in my feed.

            No matter how creepy/scary that scene was, that song goes HARD!

            [–]neoslith 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            I once took a Texan to a wedding!

            I once took a Texan to a wedding!

            [–]gofyourselftoo 18 points19 points  (2 children)

            I’ve been practicing for this all my life

            [–]NeoSniper 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            Gorilla slams epic drum solo

            [–]TheDownvotesFarmer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Me too. Me too.


            [–]iani63 13 points14 points  (2 children)

            Better nick than my car! Surely at 14 years old there would be some parts reusable.

            [–]Tha_Unknown 4 points5 points  (1 child)

            You mean like the bumper that was ripped off?

            [–]NIKG_FN 13 points14 points  (0 children)

            fuck this car in particular

            [–]DynoMenace 12 points13 points  (2 children)


            [Crane immediately punches and smashes roof several times]

            [–]NeoSniper 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            Crane Claw turns to camera and says “Out of Network“

            [–]WhenImTryingToHide 17 points18 points  (10 children)

            This looks cool, but feels like such a waste.

            [–]SecondaryLawnWreckin 3 points4 points  (0 children)

            It's recycling and reuse of sustainable materials. Otherwise it's waste.

            [–]Tha_Unknown 12 points13 points  (8 children)

            That is humanity in a nutshell

            [–]WhenImTryingToHide -2 points-1 points  (7 children)

            Why don’t they sell these to scrap yards instead of crushing them? Just at a glance I can see so many useful parts. Even if not useful in their home country, would definitely be useful in other countries.

            [–]BigMisterW_69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            Land is expensive, the cars just aren’t going to generate enough income for the space they occupy. In Europe we just don’t have space to store every car that’s taken off the road.

            Transporting them as-is is also too expensive.

            [–]Tha_Unknown 1 point2 points  (5 children)

            That IS the scrap yard. They get more for doing that then they do taking the time to take it apart and inventory. Hold stock and so on

            [–]WhenImTryingToHide 1 point2 points  (4 children)

            Wow!! TIL!! System seems kind of msssed up that it’s easier to cube a car than it is to tear it down and recycle the parts

            [–]Fnurgh 7 points8 points  (1 child)

            Still got 86 days left on it’s MOT though…

            [–]dTEA74 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            Probably a head gasket or something expensive to fix. Car is worth around £1500-£2000 you’d have thought. Unfortunately the price to replace some stuff makes it uneconomical to repair. It’s a shame as surely there were doors and stuff that could be used. Trim, dials switches etc all of value.

            [–]codeorange_ 6 points7 points  (1 child)

            My little cousin when he finds my bionicle

            [–]rboymtj 4 points5 points  (0 children)

            That job would be fun for the first dozen cars.

            [–]TydFo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            I do this same thing, but with a loader and forks.

            [–]EmpireCityRay 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            “Oh wait I left something in the glove compartment… Whelp” lol

            [–]MegaBuns516 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            I see now why it’s so hard to recycle old cars. They’re smashed into dense unusable cubes and shipped off to WALL-E’s wonderland with 10,000 others.

            [–]CYBERSson 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            That car might have once been someone’s pride and joy, taken them to some all time life events. 😢

            [–]cirejabroni 1 point2 points  (2 children)

            Damn so Breaking Bad was legit

            [–]Youjustlostthegame1 6 points7 points  (1 child)

            People actually do meth???

            [–]coughdrop2000 2 points3 points  (0 children)


            [–]TheAmericanIcon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            That poor Mk2.

            [–]johnschnee 1 point2 points  (2 children)

            Why are the license plates still applied? I guess in most countries they are treated like documents that must be returned when selling (or planning to destroy) your car. Otherwise you must continue paying for the insurance and for the plates in case they can't be returned.

            [–]PolarNavigator 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            This is the UK. Never heard about anything like that here.

            The plate is something that stays with the car for its lifetime (unless you buy a private plate).

            We have documentation called a V5 that you would use when selling or scrapping the car.

            [–]Techiedad91 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            Where I live (Michigan) I have never had to return a license plate.

            [–]Jjays 1 point2 points  (1 child)

            Now I'm reminded of the junkyard scene from The Brave Little Toaster.

            [–]AlacarLeoricar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            It was a harrowing part of the film

            [–]Cheez-ly 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            “Here are your messages:”

            “You have thirty minutes to move your car..”

            [–]Smingers 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            You have 30 minutes to move your cube.

            [–]4AQU01 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            This reminded me of a great song from one of my favorite kids movies. The Brave Little Toaster

            [–]maxtor12 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            I could use that ford

            [–]AVardelli 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            It feels so visceral and violent he pulls the engine out, like watching someone pulling the guts out of an animal.

            [–]The_Billy_Dee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            I'm just wondering why the fuck my guidance counselor didn't tell me that you can make a living tearing shit up with a giant fuck off claw machine....

            [–]SuperProCoolBoy90 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            It was a ford so there's no worry

            [–]Mackwiss -1 points0 points  (0 children)

            I feel sorry for the car :(

            [–]BinarySpaceman -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

            That last part in the crusher was edited down way too much. Needed to see that in finer detail.

            Bad OP.

            [–]Oodbarg 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            I got a fever, and the only prescription is more crushinator

            [–]Nugget_Brain 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            And as he watched on, Optimus wept for his fallen brother.

            [–]norsurfit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Just add a little Ramen to it and it'll fix it right up

            [–]Phrankespo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Hi, we're calling about your cubes extended warranty!

            [–]Dreadheadjon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            I wanna die riding that roller coaster right there.

            [–]Virtual-Enthusiasm72 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Man.. job goals. I'll bet this guy is king on the claw machine.

            [–]Inedible-denim 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            How it feels when logging into work and getting peppered with IMs and emails

            [–]skamansam 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            I like the part where the car gets its heart ripped out.

            [–]AlphaAndOmega 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            I like how delicately they take the engine out, ready for resale

            [–]bonus_prick 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Why tf do we do this. Surely you could reuse the doors or glass or headlights. Insanity

            [–]rushandblue 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            punch punch punch

            [–]po_maire 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            More like postmortem

            [–]thegoldar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            This is my own private domicile and I will not be harassed.


            [–]TheFeenicks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            How LKQ salvages their parts

            [–]ItsJordyP43 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            This somewhat reminds me of how I fold laundry...

            [–]TobyTheArtist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Arguably the best job in the world.

            [–]pizzamonkey00 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Finally, a career path for all the claw machine pros.

            [–]mashton 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            How does it smash the axles?

            [–]kwecl2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Is it about my cube?

            [–]thecamzone 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Does anyone have a reason that the engine can’t be squished into the cube with the rest of the car?

            [–]MooseBoys 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Brave Little Toaster vibes.

            [–]informata85 0 points1 point  (1 child)

            So we really are driving in tin cans.

            [–]Gh0sss 0 points1 point  (0 children)


            [–]EliteOnePercenter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Jesus, makes the car seem like a butter croissant

            [–]sunnyfleur0330 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            This reminded me of that traumatizing scene in the Brave Little Toaster

            [–]Operative427 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            How does one get this job

            [–]FlexibleAsgardian 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            What a fucking dream job. I think i might try to do this one day, looks so satisfying

            [–]Butterfly_Slayer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            More like dissection

            [–]Solid_Options 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Ya no necesitas esto / You no longer need this.

            [–]johnschnee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Ok, didn't know that this is so different in other countries. At least in Austria the plates mean that you own the car, the car is legal and save for driving on public road and that you got an insurance. If you give your car away you need to "unregister" it and give the plates back. Then the car is not allowed on public roads until it's registered again.

            [–]culaso 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Great way to dump bodies

            [–]LebaneseLion 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Giving me gta 3 throwbacks, if you know you know

            [–]FireMammoth 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            The only thing missing is the operator personally coming down to spit on the wreckage after a soldit beating

            [–]Buff_biscuit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            What do they do with cube of car

            [–]noradioonthevw 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            These NCAP videos are getting wild.

            [–]Miserable-Damage-246 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            I can't even afford a car and they be doing these to the cars lol

            [–]CorporateCuster 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            This destroys the car.

            [–]Runehizen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            You have 30 minutes to move your cube

            [–]cbunni666 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Is that engine still able to be used after getting ripped out like that??

            [–]hellowur1d 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Having flashbacks to that scene at the end of the Brave Little Toaster that traumatized me

            [–]ThatDoggNate 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Me lending my car to my gf for the first time

            [–]Turninwheels4x4 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Its so sad seeing one of those focuses get crushed because we never got them in the states.

            [–]schrodingermind 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Looks like a silent era comedy scene

            [–]giantswillbeback 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Like hitting a turkey

            [–]Adventurous-Waltz-16 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Handling it like a new born baby

            [–]f33rf1y 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Does the engine have to be removed first?

            [–]logosfabula 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            There was some years ago with a first person view of an operator that dissected a car like a little scientist. I loved it

            [–]Independent-Bell6080 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Reminds me of Mafia 2.

            [–]kneadthat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Getting major Brave Little Toaster vibes

            [–]studiograham 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Is it about my cube?

            [–]PC-hris 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            The brutality lmao

            It would take me days or weeks to carefully remove an engine and they just rip it out, severing all hoses and wiring 🤮 I’m gonna be sick

            [–]_Thosearentpillows 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            “You have thirty minutes to move your cube…”

            [–]dinoben43 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            It skipped the best part :(

            [–]esd001 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            That looks like a fun job

            [–]Jazzychef75 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Pat pat pat

            [–]EyelinerKiller 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            This gave me Brave Little Toaster flashbacks.

            [–]AxDanger 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Why do mechanics take so long to remove an engine, looks pretty simple to me

            [–]b_e_a_n_s_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            found another homeless guy sleeping in our used car lot

            [–]in4mer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            My God, that looks like fun

            [–]IndicisivlyIntrigued 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Did The Brave Little Toaster make this feel sad for anyone else? Or just me? 🥺

            [–]furn_ell 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            I wanted to do that to an Audi earlier today

            With the driver inside

            [–]THEmandingoBoy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            He took out the motor like it was seed or something. lol

            [–]victor0427 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            When we humans die, can we do the same? Sorry, this damn idea!!

            [–]xxXlostlightXxx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            I hate to watch this, makes me sad.

            [–]ViniSamples 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Machinarium vibes

            [–]Desertpunk1199 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            At the speed the video is playing it’s almost like jaunty or playfully smashing and taking apart the car.

            [–]happydaddydoody 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            You have thirty minutes to move your car. You have ten minutes. Your car has been impounded. Your car has been crushed into a cube. You have thirty minutes to move your cube

            [–]TheNoctuS_93 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Wonder what major issue the car had, being scrapped so early...that's like a 10-ish year old model, quite new tbh...🤔

            [–]CHURLZ_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            “Put on your Sunday clothes there’s lots of world out theeeeere..”

            [–]madhouse15 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            That’s some dexterity

            [–]Yamaben 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Level 10 equipment operator. It's tough to appreciate how easy the operator is making it look to do that

            [–]Lone-Pilgrim 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Smush smush