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What Washer Solvent

Postby Barnyard » Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:04 pm

I'm getting ready to buy a parts washer. What do a lot of you use as a solvent? Washer solvent is sky high and I have heard of using kerosene. Opinions please.
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Re: What Washer Solvent

Postby Don McCombs » Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:26 pm

Last time I checked, kerosene was sky high, too. I use diesel. I don’t have a real parts washer, just a plastic mortar mixing tub. Then I use the waste to start the burn barrel. :D
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Re: What Washer Solvent

Postby Bill Hudson » Sun Apr 26, 2020 5:32 pm

Kerosene is what I’ve used for years.

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Re: What Washer Solvent

Postby Barnyard » Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:54 pm

Don McCombs wrote:Last time I checked, kerosene was sky high, too. I use diesel. I don’t have a real parts washer, just a plastic mortar mixing tub. Then I use the waste to start the burn barrel. :D
Make sure you use the proper PPE.

Kerosene here is $2.80 a gallon. Solvent is around $10.00 a gallon at Rural King.
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Re: What Washer Solvent

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:36 pm

In my part of the country kerosene is normally a lot higher than that. My preference is PSC 1000 solvent from TSC. It is not cheap either, at $39.99 for 5 gallons, but it does cut grease better than kerosene or diesel.
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Re: What Washer Solvent

Postby Barnyard » Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:59 pm

Are there any particular wash tanks that are better than other or they all about the same?
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Re: What Washer Solvent

Postby Eugene » Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:20 pm

Barnyard wrote:Are there any particular wash tanks that are better than other or they all about the same?
I don't think there is a lot of difference in parts washers other than the price.

I'll look up the name on our parts washer tank tomorrow. Purchased years ago at auction for around $20-. The pump gave up last fall. Replaced the pump for another $20-.

I use diesel because it's readily available, cheaper than kerosene, and doesn't freeze like water based cleaners.

Drained and cleaned the parts washer last week. Let the trash in the diesel settle for several days. Then poured the clear diesel back into the washer. Sludge and the darker diesel was used to start a trash fire.

OH! the pump for the parts washer is the same identical pump used in aquariums. If you have access to a barrel or some kind of tank you could easily fabricate a parts washer.
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Re: What Washer Solvent

Postby Gary Dotson » Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:14 am

My issue with either diesel or kerosene, is that it leaves an oily film on the items you clean. Since I still do the occasional automatic trans rebuild, that's important to me. The specified fluid is crazy expensive, for mineral spirits! My alternative is the cheapest, mineral spirit, paint thinner I can find. I try to get it in a 5 gal. pail but it's getting hard to find anything but gallon jugs these days. The last time I bought some, Lowe's had the best price.

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Re: What Washer Solvent

Postby Eugene » Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:44 pm

http://www.farmallcub.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=18712

Above link to description of my homemade parts washer. The photos are gone.

Used the parts washer until we purchased a commercial style washer.

Edit: From my earlier post. The parts washer in the shop is a Clarke, made in China. It's solidly built. Sufficient size for most jobs.
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Re: What Washer Solvent

Postby BigBill » Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:42 am

I been using environmentally safe degreaser in my little parts cleaner. Check eBay or amazon.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.

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Re: What Washer Solvent

Postby Barnyard » Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:07 am

Thanks for all the replies guys. I have already bought what I need.
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