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It’s not slight of hand; it’s a magnet. Wave Bessey’s MagWand over your swarf (metal shavings and waste) and poof! It’s gone — well, at least from the work surface. Now it’s stuck to the MagWand.

This 22″ long magnetic wand attracts up to 12 lbs. of magnetic metal waste so you don’t have to pick it up by hand and risk cutting yourself. You can wave or roll the wand over your work surfaces. To dispose of the waste, pull back the sliding magnetic insert and the waste will fall into the scrap bin.

You’ll pay somewhere in the $30 to $45 range for Bessey’s MagWand. Has anyone tried a less-expensive homebrew model?

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11 Responses to Wave Your MagWand And Swarf Disappears

  1. Toolhearty says:

    Spiffy if all you ever machine is ferrous metal, never any brass, aluminum, G10, etc. I would think one could make something similar for a lot less money.

  2. fred says:

    To pick up magnetic debris from our shop grinding station, I’ve seen the guys using a magnet inside a plastic bag – turn the bag inside out – tie it off – remove the magnet – then dump the debris. I suspect that this works better on “fines” than it would on sharp chips and spirals. Nibbling sheet metal and threading pipe are two operations we do a lot – and cleanup is always a bit time consuming. The former operation produces lots of flying chips and the latter operation makes lots of mixed oily waste that needs to be disposed of properly. Our metal / pipe fabrication part of our business is too small an operation to have our own oily waste separator (e.g. centrifuge) but large enough to need to pay for collection and disposal. Since we pay for disposal based on both volume and weight – we pay attention to compaction – and think about things like how effective chipbreakers are working.

  3. Shopmonger says:

    Yeah, I would guess if you did all ferrous metals this would be awesome…


  4. Toolhearty says:

    fred Says:
    Our metal / pipe fabrication part of our business is too small an operation to have our own oily waste separator (e.g. centrifuge)…

    I started thinking… How hard could it be to put a perforated bucket in a small drum and spin the whole thing with an old washing machine motor? Then I thought: Wait, leave the motor in the washing machine, toss the chips inside, set it to the spin cycle. (shrugs) Slow day.

  5. Aaron says:

    More thought on that washing machine…

    Use a cheese cloth bag with the shavings/oil in it and toss in that old washing machine on spin, collect the oil from the pump out and the shavings from the bag.

  6. fred says:

    Toolhearty and Aaron:

    Thanks for the ideas – these might be tinkered into practical solutions for your home shop – and might even get you to a 90% or better solution.

    For commercial enterprise – where permits, inspections, environmental protection departments and agencies, and compliance orders come into play – you need certified solutions – waste haulers who have the right permits – chain of custody procedures etc. – and charge you accordingly. Its a cost of doing business in our complex world – but also is hopefully the right thing to do.

  7. TMIB_Seattle says:

    You covered the cheaper version of this just over a year ago:

  8. @TMIB_Seattle:

    So we did. My bad.

    It is a different company. I did search the archives before I posted, but I guess I should have been more diligent. I probably would have never posted it if I had found the previous post, but in hindsight would we never would have heard about Toolhearty’s washing machine idea.

  9. ambush says:

    At home I just use my Shopvac.

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