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Hand saw would prolly kick up the least amount of dust. Do you have a miter saw set up in the warehouse you could use? If I’m not tryin to save them I usually just stomp them in half and throw em in the van.
 

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Hand saw would prolly kick up the least amount of dust. Do you have a miter saw set up in the warehouse you could use? If I’m not tryin to save them I usually just stomp them in half and throw em in the van.
I only saved one, to store metal in my van.
 

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Depends on how strong the carpet tubes are. A lot of times you can just take a utility knife and poke slots about half an inch apart, halfway around the tube. Suspend one end of the tube on your bumper and stomp on it. Lot of times it'll break nearly in half.
 

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Cordless Sawzall for the win.
We took appx. 60 to THe local dump, and lots of pallets but it would be nice to utilize the cardboard dumpster......He lets them pile up 😡 sawzall! Why didn’t I think of that, that’s why CJ. Gets the big bucks😃.... last batch I set up chop saw w/ vac but still had lots of dust. Thanks guys ! All good suggestions.... Funny, I think I posted about this before
 

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Not sure about your area but in mine you can drop them off at the dump free of charge. Anyone in the jurisdiction can drop off recycling and it's only about 6 miles from the shop.

We usually wait until we get enough and have one of the kids load a van and go dump them.

Easier than chopping them up and don't have to pay to get the cardboard dumpster dumped.
 

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Not sure about your area but in mine you can drop them off at the dump free of charge. Anyone in the jurisdiction can drop off recycling and it's only about 6 miles from the shop.

We usually wait until we get enough and have one of the kids load a van and go dump them.

Easier than chopping them up and don't have to pay to get the cardboard dumpster dumped.
I dump all our boxes and any brown paper used in them at the recycling center. Makes my trash bill cheaper.
 

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You know if you have a fireplace or wood burner in your garage if you wet newspaper and roll them up and stuff them inside of the tube pack them in tight and let them dry they burn for a long time, like a log. I had a homemade wood burner in my garage years ago and did that.
 

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I've always wondered what would happen if you stood the tube upright like a smoke stack, then stuck a gas soaked rag in the end and lit it...... Would it turn into a 12 foot tall blowtorch?
......hmmm
............hold my beer, .......
 

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You know if you have a fireplace or wood burner in your garage if you wet newspaper and roll them up and stuff them inside of the tube pack them in tight and let them dry they burn for a long time, like a log. I had a homemade wood burner in my garage years ago and did that.

I actually used to cut up a bunch to take camping and tossed a few in at a time with the wood.
They work great for that.... No gas or newspaper needed.
 

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I remember when the truck drivers used to take them back and get paid by the mill…25 cents a piece as I recall. Good money in the 70s. Made sense. I can’t understand why they don’t want to reuse them anymore?🤑
 

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I remember when the truck drivers used to take them back and get paid by the mill…25 cents a piece as I recall. Good money in the 70s. Made sense. I can’t understand why they don’t want to reuse them anymore?🤑
There was a place in KC that took good clean used rebond pad, ground it up and made either new pad or sold it to a car factory there for the cushion inside car seats. They did not last long. But they gave us 25 cents a yd for used pad.
 

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I remember when the truck drivers used to take them back and get paid by the mill…25 cents a piece as I recall. Good money in the 70s. Made sense. I can’t understand why they don’t want to reuse them anymore?🤑
If you have a carpet truck full of carpet and have 10 locations or 15 to deliver to you probably not going to want to pick up any tubes until you get to the last one or two. All the places that sell carpet would need to dedicate space to store this tubes which would need to be indoors. Making any money otherwise you'd have to have a truck totally dedicated to carpet tubes and be able to fill the entire truck with them. If there's a profit in it I'm sure that somebody would be doing it but it sure is a shame to be watching the tubes go straight into the dumpster. The local Carpet One Warehouse has a dumpster dedicated to cardboard so I'll cut them in half and drop them in there instead of the big carpet dumpster.
 

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