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62CHEVYC10 01-07-2007 08:19 AM

water based washer solvent for parts washer
I just got my new parts washer and the intructions frown on the mineral spirits. I was wondering what you use that isn't flammable that acualy works. I can get mineral spirits andjust not use the pump but that would be a waist. The parts washer is the 20 gallon model from northern tool.

Thanks Dennis

brian0605 01-07-2007 09:15 AM

check with Safetykleen people and see if they sell the stuff. Or see if harbor freight tools may have it because the sell parts washers too.Brian

jor 01-07-2007 10:27 AM

Not to hijack the thread but what does everyone use in their parts washers? Where are you getting it? (20-30 gallons) Thanks.

paulo 1 01-07-2007 11:13 AM

Yeah I also got a problem here.I do not want to use kerosene or diesel.Then I bought this water soluble modern solution.It flat sucks for two reasons.Does not degrease as well and makes way too much foam.I still want to use some type of environmentally clean solution.

armysniper 01-07-2007 11:30 AM

I used a parts washer solvent, specifically for parts it's use. It destryoed my washer. The hood mechansim, the basket, flooring and pump all rusted and corroded.

After getting it all fixed, I started using a simple green product. I purchased it at Sams by the gallon. It had a yellow label on it, was enviro safe and not as pungent. Worked pretty good too.

jor 01-07-2007 02:17 PM


simple green product
Yea, but at $5 a gallon, 20 gallons sounds a lot like $100!!! What is the size of your washer and how much Simple Green do you keep in it? Thanks.

61bone 01-07-2007 05:25 PM

i use mineral spirits in mine. never caused a problem 20 gal=200.00

brian0605 01-08-2007 01:53 AM

The problem here is all the tree huggers want us to save the world and all it's pit falls. Blame our cars for global warming,sit around holding hands hugging trees, eating bean sprouts and tree bark, and telling us how horrible :nono: we are for eating a nice 16 oz t-bone occasionally. The fact of the matter is that I have used the "safe" water based solvent. We used to have it in the portable wash vat that we cleaned up brake parts and wheel ends when repairing axle seal leaks. It worked quite well and was water based. Was made by Safety Kleen. And as far as all our tree huggin buddies, what are they gonna do when they shutdown all the 18 wheelers because they have driven the cost to make the fuel thru the roof or they start trying to shut them down saying they just pollute to much, economic crash and starvation due to no products able to make it to the market place or the cost to build these new trucks is through the roof so it cost a fortune to get it there.Sorry to get on a soap box I'll do a thread on that someday. :spank: Brian

ChevyTruckGuy 01-08-2007 08:28 AM

I use the purple stuff from Walmart seems to do the trick, earth friendly too, still 4.00 a gallon. I go with a 50/50 mix. I Let the parts set over night and that does the trick.


Mustangsaly 01-09-2007 06:50 PM

I bought my 20 gallon parts washer at the local farm store (it's kinda like tractor supply) and I bought (2) 5 gallon metal cans of parts washer fluid from the farm store. (10 gallons filled it) I can't remember what it was called, but I'm sure it's not water based solvent. it smells like the strong ole solvent we usta get and seems to work ok. (I kept the solvent cans for when I drain it, the solvent was in 5 gallon metal cans if that means anything or not, so I could look and see what it is and if it's water based solvent or not). the solvent was like $39.00 a 5 gallon can (solvent was the same price at advance Auto as the farm store). the parts washer was on sale for $79.00. (I was wanting the smaller 3 1/2 gallon bench parts washer) but my wife picked the 20 gallon parts washer on sale for my son and I when I started the Suburban engine swap, and I'm glad I got the bigger one. so the 20 gallon parts washer with solvent was like $170.00

this is like the parts washer I bought

this is the 3 1/2 gallon bench parts washer


62CHEVYC10 01-12-2007 07:01 PM

Wnated to say thanks for everyones suggestions. I think I am going to use just plain old mineral spirits. I don't need the pump realy just don't want to have any unexpected fires. We use spirits at the volvo dealership I work at. (volvo semi's). I can't imagine water based solvents cleaning like spirits. Plus wouldn't the water start to stink after awhile.
Thanks Dennis

brian0605 01-13-2007 04:36 AM

you'd be suprised how well the water based stuff works, and no I never noticed it stinking. I used to work at a Freightliner dealer, and we had a water based portable unit we would clean up wheel ends,drums and shoes on a wheel seal replacement. I know you know how funky they can get!! Well it's good to talk with a fellow diesel tech. I went last year and finally took my ase exams for master certification. Have a good weekend. Brian :thumbup: :cool:

DaSouthWon 01-14-2007 09:22 PM

xylene is what I use

brian0605 01-15-2007 11:23 AM

I do hope you are working in a well ventilated area :drunk: and are using chemical resistant gloves or are you just kidding. Because you do know that it will absorb into your skin and attack your liver?? Keep that old iron on the road. Brian

jcclark 01-15-2007 01:12 PM


Originally Posted by 62CHEVYC10
I think I am going to use just plain old mineral spirits.

That's what I do. But I don't use a parts washer very often so I pour
it back in 1 gallon containers after it settles out in the washer.
Mine is only the small 3.5 gallon one.
I like the way the mineral spirits settles the gunk out after sitting
for a while. Comes out clear again. :pimp:

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