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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-28-2003 01:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
I just ordered a 20 gallon parts washer from Eastwood. I've wanted one for a long time and for a hundred bucks, this looked pretty good.

Any suggestions on what to use as a fluid? I was thinking of mineral spirits.

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ccode67
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posted 03-28-2003 02:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67        Reply w/Quote
Just like mine, I used mineral spirits in mine. Never did use the pump, too much splatter on the freshly painted garage wall. Currently empty but will be refilled soon.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-28-2003 02:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ccode67:
Never did use the pump, too much splatter on the freshly painted garage wall.

I'll have to think of where to put it. I have painted sheetrock walls too.

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brockjoe
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posted 03-28-2003 07:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for brockjoe        Reply w/Quote
at the shop i work at we use some stuff called zep. it cvan be disposed of with used oil works well too.

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Dave_C
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posted 03-28-2003 11:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C        Reply w/Quote
I have one of those. Use plain mineral spirits (labled as paint thinner at Wal-Mart. Bought about 10 gallons. Add a quart of trans fluid and it's not so rough on your hands. The smell is strong (not noticeable with the lid closed) at first, but seems to almost go away after a week or so.

One tip. The pump motors on these are not the greatest, but they will do and can be made to last longer. They have an intake on the bottom and a filter similar looking to an aquarium filter. To make the pump and filter last longer cut the foot out of a pair of pantyhose. Stretch the nylon of the bottom of the pump and secure with zip ties. It's sort of a pre-filter for the filter. Keeps it from getting clogged. Just wipe it off every now and then.

Later,
David Cole

BlueMule
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posted 03-31-2003 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlueMule        Reply w/Quote
Northern Tool has a nice flow-through brush the eliminates just about all splash. They also have some 'tree-hugger' sovent the works very nicely and is non-petro based.

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stang106
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posted 04-01-2003 06:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stang106        Reply w/Quote
Ditch the tranny fluid and wear gloves. Solvents are proven carcinogens. I personally know two machinists with brain tumors. I sunk a SS sink in my shop's counter and plumbed in a pump. cheap.
Dave

SteveLaRiviere
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posted 04-10-2003 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BlueMule:
Northern Tool has a nice flow-through brush the eliminates just about all splash. They also have some 'tree-hugger' sovent the works very nicely and is non-petro based.


Does that solvent work well?

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 04-10-2003 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by stang106:
Ditch the tranny fluid and wear gloves. Solvents are proven carcinogens. I personally know two machinists with brain tumors. I sunk a SS sink in my shop's counter and plumbed in a pump. cheap.
Dave

Speaking of safety, since your sink doesn't have a fire lid, you may want to mount a fire extinguisher close by.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 04-10-2003 01:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dave_C:
I have one of those. Use plain mineral spirits (labled as paint thinner at Wal-Mart. Bought about 10 gallons. Add a quart of trans fluid and it's not so rough on your hands. The smell is strong (not noticeable with the lid closed) at first, but seems to almost go away after a week or so.

One tip. The pump motors on these are not the greatest, but they will do and can be made to last longer. They have an intake on the bottom and a filter similar looking to an aquarium filter. To make the pump and filter last longer cut the foot out of a pair of pantyhose. Stretch the nylon of the bottom of the pump and secure with zip ties. It's sort of a pre-filter for the filter. Keeps it from getting clogged. Just wipe it off every now and then.

Later,
David Cole


Thanks for that tip, Dave, I'm going to swipe some pantyhose!

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BlueMule
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posted 04-14-2003 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlueMule        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
Does that solvent work well?


It cleaned up some nasty rocker arms without a lot of brushing. It doesn't stink either. It has a rust inhibitor also so you may want to hit parts with small passages with shop air after using the stuff.

I like it cuz fire and cancer both scare me.

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fordfan
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From: Walla Walla, Wa, USA
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posted 09-20-2003 10:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fordfan        Reply w/Quote
Our shop at work has a Regualr old Solvent tank. But they also have another Parts cleaning tank that uses Microbes. Those things are Amazing.

sigtauenus
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posted 02-29-2004 01:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus        Reply w/Quote
I have a similar tank and was just about to ask this same question.

Steve, did you ever find a solvent you like?

SteveLaRiviere
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posted 02-29-2004 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
I just use mineral spirits.

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68 S-code GT
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posted 04-22-2004 07:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT        Reply w/Quote
So how is it working? I was just looking on their on line catalog and couldn?t find that parts washer there. Do you remember what the part number is?

ccode67
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posted 04-22-2004 09:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67        Reply w/Quote
A sale paper in this past Sunday newspaper had them for $49.95
Northern Hydraulics

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 04-24-2004 05:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
I'm embarrassed to say I haven't used it yet. I can't decide where I want to put it, it seems like it would be in the way everywhere I think. I need to move my woodworking stuff out of here, they take up too much space. So I'm still cleaning stuff in a tub. If I could go back in time I wouldn't have bought it.

I will say it's just like my Harbor Freight bead blaster, more toy than tool.

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68 S-code GT
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posted 07-14-2004 07:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BlueMule:
Northern Tool has ----- They also have some 'tree-hugger' sovent the works very nicely and is non-petro based.


Do you think that some local places might carry this stuff? Liquid is kind of heavy to ship and I would rather not make UPS any richer! I?ve checked a few places by me but they just look at me like I?ve been smoking something and I?m not talking tires either.

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