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Magnet Wire - Source?
« on: May 03, 2022, 05:42:11 PM »
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Where do you all buy your magnet wire from? Looking for 30, 32 or 34 AWG.

I know that most of the popular DCC specialty online hobby shops sell them, but they charge a ridiculous amount for shipping the smallest items.
Conversely, I also know that some electronic/industrial parts sites sell magnet wire for low prices in bulk quantities, but I don't think I will live long enough to use up a mile's length spool of 32 AWG wire.

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Re: Magnet Wire - Source?
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2022, 05:46:18 PM »
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I’ve used Remington for my recent layout wiring needs. Here is 2oz. (611’) Of 32AWG magnet wire for $9.08:
https://www.remingtonindustries.com/magnet-wire/magnet-wire-32-awg-enameled-copper-8-spool-sizes/

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Re: Magnet Wire - Source?
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2022, 06:02:52 PM »
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Nice!  And it says free shipping on all US orders.  Can't beat free shipping with everyone charging around minimum $10 to ship something now a days.

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Re: Magnet Wire - Source?
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2022, 08:35:55 PM »
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IMO, 32AWG is rather thick (stiff) as far as magnet wire goes.



MagnetWireSm.jpg

I mostly get mine for free from old electrical devices.  Anything with a coil. inside.  Switch machine coil, computer cooling fans, relays, doorbells, automotive solenoids, etc., etc.  Transformers have magnet wire, but taking the iron core apart is a hassle.

Some coils even have multiple colors enamel, so that makes using them on LEDs easier.

I  also bought some 38AWG red/green wire from Ngineering. https://www.ngineering.com/accessories.htm
I also recommend reading https://www.ngineering.com/wiring_tips.htm
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Re: Magnet Wire - Source?
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2022, 02:27:11 PM »
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IMO, 32AWG is rather thick (stiff) as far as magnet wire goes.



MagnetWireSm.jpg

I mostly get mine for free from old electrical devices.  Anything with a coil. inside.  Switch machine coil, computer cooling fans, relays, doorbells, automotive solenoids, etc., etc.  Transformers have magnet wire, but taking the iron core apart is a hassle.

Some coils even have multiple colors enamel, so that makes using them on LEDs easier.

I  also bought some 38AWG red/green wire from Ngineering. https://www.ngineering.com/accessories.htm
I also recommend reading https://www.ngineering.com/wiring_tips.htm


Thanks! Ngineering is exactly what I was looking for! VERY reasonable shipping cost and they're only 2 states away from me.
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Re: Magnet Wire - Source?
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2022, 02:42:29 PM »
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i just go the local scrap yard, and it's free for the taking. old motors, solenoids, door bells, all have appropriate sizes of magnet wire ..

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Re: Magnet Wire - Source?
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2022, 03:07:52 AM »
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Another vote for Remington Industries.  When I was experimenting with rewinding all those Rivarossi armatures, they were my go-to place for super fine 42 and 44 AWG wire with Polyamideimide insulation, which is tougher and more heat-resistant than the conventional enamel coatings.  They sell many spool sizes, too, so you don't have to buy a whole pound of the stuff.