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Parts Solvent

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by rpellicer, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. rpellicer

    rpellicer Registered Member

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    I just got a 20 gal. parts washer from Harbor Freight. It says to use water based solvent. Any suggestions of what solvent to use? (can't run my old favorite - kerosine)
     
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    I run power purple in mine. Not sure if it is water based though.
     
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    We have a barrel of this stuff at work, I thinkits like isopffranic (SP?) or something, works great, but our machine recycles it every night, so its always clean!
     
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    I just picked up the same washer and I'm running into the same problem. I never thought to check what type of solvent it would handle :mad: . I just figured I'd dump some PD-680 in it and go.... I'm looking for something that I don't need to wash off with water after I'm done cleaning the part. I'll let you know what I come up with if I find a suitable solvent before you do.
     
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    I have a parts washer from HF. We put Castrol Super Clean/Purple Power mixed 50/50 with water in it. Cleans great, but the pump died pretty fast. I think that what ever it is in that stuff ate some of the pump's parts like it eats the skin off your hands.

    If you weld a pipe bung on the side of the tank and put one of those immersion water heaters in the tank the solvent works WAY better.
     
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    I know the Simple Green will eat through a metal container over time. We had 55 gallons stored in an overhead storage tank a few years back and came in on a Monday to find a hole in the tank and a very nice smelling shop. I can just guess what it would do to my cheap parts washer....
     
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    PD-680? That sounds familiar. Is that used for cleaning aircraft?
     
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    Cleaning solvent we used in the parts washers when I was in the military. I'm sure it was used on the flight line too.
     
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    I dont understand why the washer is limited to using only water based solvents? I use mineral spirits (paint thinner) and its works great and cheap too.
     
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    I'm assuming it's to reduce the fire hazard. Also the pump has some plastic parts which probably could be eaten up by some solvents.
     
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    I bought my parts cleaner solvent @ harbor feight. Says to mix with water, but I found it worked better not diluted. Just costs a bit more :grin:
     
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    Bought my cleaner at northern tool....$5.-6. a gal I think, no mixing
    George
     
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    Castrol Super Clean. My Dads buddy is a machinist and probably one of the sharpest guys I know and he built a parts washer and thats what he uses. Takes paint and everything off if you leave it in there for a couple of days, just don't get it on your bare hands!
     

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