Lead from tire shops?

Discussion in 'Misc Fishing Tackle Talk' started by crazy, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    Any one get there lead for making sinkers and such from tire shops? It seems like around these parts they will not give up the lead. I guess the EPA is on there ass big time. So unless you are EPA certified they wont hand over the goods. Oh well just wondering what everyone else does.
     
  2. ersel

    ersel New Member

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    I get my lead from tire shops all the time. A bag of fillets or some finished weights goes a long way.
     

  3. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Josh, you must have a face like mine. They won't come off any tire weights for me either. I'm a little fortunate and have some spare change. I bought 170 lbs off ebay within the past three months. LOL probably going to have to get more. But, that's the best place I can find... don't want to go to jail for robbing a tire store.
     
  4. ultima_cat_man

    ultima_cat_man New Member

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    i work in a tire shop and thats where i get my lead, we dont have any regulations on the wheel weights, we also sell them to some old guy who makes fishing weights too.. tim
     
  5. ultima_cat_man

    ultima_cat_man New Member

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    try finding a scrape yard in your area lead usually goes for 13 cents a pound and the lead is usually better than wheel weights and there is far less work not having to remove the clips,
     
  6. balddaddy91

    balddaddy91 New Member

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    I Get Mine From Tire Shops
     
  7. derbycitycatman

    derbycitycatman Well-Known Member

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    I asked the local wally world and they said no. But a friend that works in the tire shop said sure and gave me a bunch. Also have a friend that manages a tire shop 20 miles away and can get all I want from him. Might just have to keep looking till you get lucky.
     
  8. foreverflathead

    foreverflathead New Member

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    I will also pick up solder on auctions real cheap and add it to the lead. It does make the sinkers a little lighter and shinier but when you get supplies for free or next to nothing its worth it. Ive also used old car batteries but found out the lead you get out of one doesnt add up to the hassle of removing it from the batteries.
     
  9. Desperado

    Desperado Active Member

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    I get all mine from a few shops and they just give the lead to me.
     
  10. blackhorse83

    blackhorse83 New Member

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    My son works at a shop and they do tires and he brings me 1/2 of a bucket full every few days, but you do have a time cleaning it,but it is cheap.
     
  11. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Tim, I tried that also. The scrap metal yard where I used to buy lead says they can no longer sale it to the public, so they don't stock any. I'm just SOL about free lead.
     
  12. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    Well this is a bunch of bullllllll ****. This all must be some big city EPA garbage. I know a garage that will give me lead. Just they don't do a high volume of tires. I'll talk to them when I get some time and see if they can help me out in finding someone for me. Oh well at least I'm not the only one that they wont give the lead too.
     
  13. JimF

    JimF New Member

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    Well you guys just put the cabosh to my plans, I just bought a Lee production IV lead melting pot. I still need to get some molds. A guy here in town says he can get DO-IT molds for $24.00. So where do I get lead if not from tire shops. eBay?
     
  14. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    I get mine from a local tire shop too!
    Now you guys know that wheel weights are not pure lead. They are made with about 10 to 12% antimony.It is a natural mineral found in the earth. It periodic weight is just a little more than half the weight of lead. Your sinkers will be a little lite and more brittle. Flat sinkers don't matter so much, but sometimes I will break off the eye on my bank sinkers. Don't breathe the fumes, antimony is worse than lead as it is in the strychnine family.
     
  15. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    JIM F, just because a few of us have faces that may look like federal regulators is no sure sign you local tire shop won't give you lead. All you have to do is ask...you may get lucky. If you buy from ebay, don't pay more than .50 a pound, and thats a lot. Some shippers will pay shipping on orders of around 50 pounds. But, it is still cheaper than buying sinkers from the store. lol
     
  16. CatBusster

    CatBusster New Member

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    forget lead

    use pebble rig

    easier, cheaper, faster, safer

    :)
     
  17. derbycitycatman

    derbycitycatman Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone else just used the tire weights themselves for weights. Ive got a couple that has a hole in the metal part. They could easily be used by themselves and was thinking about just using them around snags and whatnot.
     
  18. master_cat

    master_cat New Member

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    i work at a tire shop and i have about 300 pounds of them sitting by my bedroom door lol
     
  19. Cattoo

    Cattoo New Member

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    i used to get lead from the tire shops too. they used to just give it to ya at big o. the last bunch i got , about 300 pounds, we gave 70 bucks for. that was about 7 years ago. we are down to about 30 pounds or so now and i am in the same predicament that some of you fellas are in. the tire shops are not giving them up. i heard they were selling them back to the place they get em. i have been looking on ebay and it seems like everytime i look, the price gets higher. i havent looked for a few weeks now but i did see it going for around 50 cents a pound! thats just a little steep. i don't know what to do. oh well theyre probably gonna ban it here before too long. i had thought about epoxying some small eyeblots onto rocks and using them. is that what a pebble weight is? gonna have to be some pretty good size rocks for the water i fish.:)
     
  20. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    Stephen, please elaborate. We are not familiar with this kind of setup..