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BrianW
Member
posted June 09, 2004 04:04 PM
What does everyone use for the cleaning solvent in their parts washer? I just picked up a large parts washer and am needing to fill it up with something

I've heard people say they used to make their own with various chemicals - diesel fuel or kerosene, paint thinnners, etc. I want something that cleans well and cuts the grease, doesn't leave a major film on the parts.

Call me crazy but I was looking at the "power purple" degreaser at the local parts store and was thinking that might actually work as an environmentally friendly cleaner... Thoughts?

eenfield
Member
posted June 09, 2004 07:22 PM
Most parts stores have cleaners for solvent tanks. They range from dedicated solvents, to the cheaper stuff, which is basicly a mineral spirit. That is what I have. Northland makes the stuff (both kinds).


tech355
Member
posted June 09, 2004 07:25 PM
orange cleaner can work well we have some at work industial strength called orange tough works well.


Okie11m
Member
posted June 10, 2004 05:03 AM
In my shop I use regular solvent. I put 8 gals solvent & 2 gals of water in it. The water will stay on the bottom & catch most of the dirt while the solvent will stay cleaner longer.


BrianW
Member
posted June 10, 2004 09:10 AM
Thanks for the replies - I'm thinking about trying to find some of the "low odor" mineral spirits for the thing.

Okie11m - never thought about putting water in the solvent - the pump sits about 6" above the floor of the bottom tank so that would make sense if the dirt / debris would fall out of suspension and into the water.

Okie11m
Member
posted June 10, 2004 06:10 PM
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