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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.

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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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



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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.
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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:
 

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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
 

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62CHEVYC10 said:
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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water based parts washer fluid

I bought 5 gal of parts washing fluid from Advance Auto for $60+ It is a very pretty blue . Most of the ingredients is mineral spirits. I think I spent about $20 for the blue dye.

Buy the mineral spirits save a lot on money. I found a 7gal. pail put 5 gal. of washer fluid* and I find it is easier to clean the parts washer. You have less to dispose of when you need to.

Note: Washer cleaning fluid costs $10+ per gallon, $ 3-4 a gallon for mineral spirits $ 6-8 for the blue dye.

Mineral spirits cost $3-4 a gallon. Being STUPID like me...priceless...russ
 

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I have to second that vote for simple green. It's a awesome product. Can be used for cleaning counter tops in the kitchen to a parts washer.

One think that I came to my mind was if you could heat you WATER base cleaner in the parts washer. From my experience hot cleaners will work better than cold. Maybe a block heater?? Just an Idea. And from their web site they recommend 1 cleaner to 1-20 parts water for a parts washer. http://www.simplegreen.com


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water based solvent for power washer

paulo 1 said:
Pardon my ignorance,but what is this mineral spirit made out of? A by product of petroleum? Some sort of kerosene?
You are correct. As a general rule petroleum products clean or thin out petroleum made lubricates best. The faster they evaporate the better they work. The down side is the faster they evaporate the flash point is lower which increases the fire hazard....russ
 

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projectjohn said:
Maybe a block heater?? Just an Idea.
John
That sounds like a good idea.
Maybe an aquarium heater? The type that's submersable
(totally sealed)
and not glass but the black plastic kind.
I bet that would work good.
Might be a good tip :pimp:
 
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