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#2456968 - 02/24/18 07:21 PM What is everyone using in the parts washer ??
gtxmark Offline
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I now am the proud owner of a parts washer.What are you guys using in yours....??
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#2456970 - 02/24/18 07:24 PM Re: What is everyone using in the parts washer ?? [Re: gtxmark]
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Registered: 01/31/03
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Don’t use oil eater. Its water based

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#2456993 - 02/24/18 07:54 PM Re: What is everyone using in the parts washer ?? [Re: gtxmark]
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I use regular mineral spirits in mine. It's been in there for 20+ years as still cleans as good as the day I poured it in. It is dirty. I just do a final spray with brake clean once all of the grease and crap is gone.
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#2457188 - 02/25/18 05:43 AM Re: What is everyone using in the parts washer ?? [Re: gtxmark]
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Currently using diesel but it's stinky. Had used Purple Power and it worked well but expensive.

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#2457205 - 02/25/18 08:09 AM Re: What is everyone using in the parts washer ?? [Re: ruderunner]
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Originally Posted By ruderunner
Currently using diesel but it's stinky. Had used Purple Power and it worked well but expensive.


Been using Super Clean, which is pretty much the same thing as Purple Power.
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#2457249 - 02/25/18 09:43 AM Re: What is everyone using in the parts washer ?? [Re: gtxmark]
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I have a bud that owns a laundry. He gives me his old mineral spirits that he uses. When it gets dirty, he pulls it out. His dirty stuff is cleaner than most parts washers get after one use. It has soap and sizing in it so it cleans really good. Have have several barrels of it. You might try that if you know someone.

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#2457324 - 02/25/18 11:57 AM Re: What is everyone using in the parts washer ?? [Re: gtxmark]
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Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
I have been using Krud Kutter from Tractor Supply Company. I have not used it much but no complaints so far.

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#2457406 - 02/25/18 03:04 PM Re: What is everyone using in the parts washer ?? [Re: 340Cuda]
Ramrod39 Offline
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Loc: Tucson, AZ
I bought a drum of solvent from Safety-Kleen and use it in my Harbor Freight solvent tank. Works well. This was years ago, not sure they will still sell drums of solvent to ordinary folks.

https://www.safety-kleen.com/products-services/parts-cleaning-technologies
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#2457419 - 02/25/18 03:33 PM Re: What is everyone using in the parts washer ?? [Re: 340Cuda]
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Diesel. Cheap, convenient, & usually have some around for my mowers, skid, or truck. Leaves an oil film for rust protection, & can be cut with carb or brake cleaner if needed.

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#2457440 - 02/25/18 04:07 PM Re: What is everyone using in the parts washer ?? [Re: fastmark]
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Originally Posted By fastmark
I have a bud that owns a laundry. He gives me his old mineral spirits that he uses. When it gets dirty, he pulls it out. His dirty stuff is cleaner than most parts washers get after one use. It has soap and sizing in it so it cleans really good. Have have several barrels of it. You might try that if you know someone.

Does it have lye in it? Lye is a great cleaner, paint remover and rust remover. Basically in the stuff in the old "hot tanks". I'll clean my trailer floor(tiles) using Draino but wear old shoes or rubber boots.
I use Varsol in my washer with diesel mixed in.

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#2457460 - 02/25/18 04:45 PM Re: What is everyone using in the parts washer ?? [Re: cudaman1969]
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I buy the 5 gallon cans from Tractor Supply but I’ve been kicking around switching to kerosene because of the strong smell. I use kerosene when I burn so I could change it more often and use it to burn.
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#2457569 - 02/25/18 07:42 PM Re: What is everyone using in the parts washer ?? [Re: gtxmark]
Faust Offline
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Registered: 01/19/03
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Loc: Massachusetts
My parts cleaner is in a basement, so I use Purple Power (not flammable). I dilute it some with water. My cleaner is heated, so that helps some. Heating takes a while, so pretty often I don't have time to use the heater. At those time, I would like something that cuts a little better.

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#2457576 - 02/25/18 07:49 PM Re: What is everyone using in the parts washer ?? [Re: gtxmark]
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Registered: 02/19/12
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mine is outside so I use kerosene.

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#2457582 - 02/25/18 07:59 PM Re: What is everyone using in the parts washer ?? [Re: 135sohc]
ahy Offline
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Mineral spirit in mine now. In the past I have run a green solvent from Grainger that works well... cleans a little faster.

I run a 15 micron filter on mine... basically a hydraulic filter from the farm store of the type used on log splitters.

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#2457654 - 02/25/18 09:39 PM Re: What is everyone using in the parts washer ?? [Re: ahy]
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I work for a Chemical company from Atlanta. I use my companys Circulating Parts Cleaner. It has a flash point over 145 (non-flammable) and has no hazard ingredients accord to Sara 13 titles along with Lanolin to help the old hands out. Mineral spirits has a low flash point and is extremely FLAMMABLE !!@!! panic

I can sell this product and drop ship to most states east of the Mississippi river.


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#2457783 - 02/26/18 08:04 AM Re: What is everyone using in the parts washer ?? [Re: gtxmark]
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What are peoples’ experience as to hot versus cold liquid cleaning power?

I have seen 120 volt dipstick heaters used to heat fluid.

In the 1980s a salesman from Harvard Filters made a call on a mining operation where I was chief engineer and said he had proved at other of our operations that his portable bypass filter unit with a 0.25 micron rating could clean up any oil or solvent.

We first challenged him to clean the roughly 100 gallon waste engine lube oil tank, which had become visibly clear in 7 days when he returned. We then challenged him to clean an almost tarry like mineral spirits bath in the parts washer of the electric motor shop, about 20-30 gallons. When the salesman came back in another week the horribly black parts washer fluid was amber clear. We ended up buying one portable unit and several fixed units on hydraulic systems.

We had previously used Racor filters on horribly dirty diesel fuel that the CSX Railroad provided us under an old contract for locomotives. For awhile CSX headquarters in Jacksonville thought that blending in filtered used lube oil into clean fresh diesel fuel was economically profitable. When filters for the used lube oil plugged up quickly at local yards workers just bypassed them. Racor brand filters were good but I think Harvard filters were better.

We also had success using “ toilet paper filters” to remove moisture from compressed air lines prior to plasma arc torches.

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#2457877 - 02/26/18 11:33 AM Re: What is everyone using in the parts washer ?? [Re: gtxmark]
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At work we use safety-kleen solvent now, it's a recycled product that's switched out by their company every few months. Before that we used to use generic solvent from the local bulk petroleum distributor. At home I use gun wash because I got 20 gallons for $12 when a local acklands store was closing and blowing out stock. Works well but don't forget the gloves.

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#2457968 - 02/26/18 02:46 PM Re: What is everyone using in the parts washer ?? [Re: gtxmark]
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Registered: 01/20/03
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Loc: Rio Linda, CA
Mineral spirits in my old school solvent tank.


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#2458010 - 02/26/18 04:11 PM Re: What is everyone using in the parts washer ?? [Re: John_Kunkel]
PLUM_72 Offline
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Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 1135
Loc: Chicago, IL
Agreed! Mineral Spirits.
My "parts washer" is a little more low buck, a big plastic Tupperware-like storage container.
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#2463941 - 03/09/18 04:58 PM Re: What is everyone using in the parts washer ?? [Re: gtxmark]
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Loc: Bridgeport, WV
Varsol

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