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mkirsch
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:18 am    Post subject: Parts washer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Any recommendations for cleaning and degreasing small to medium parts? Carburetors, hydraulic pumps, gears, etc?

I've been using spray carburetor cleaner and a wire brush, but that gets expensive.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:54 am    Post subject: Re: Parts washer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a washer with a pump. I use varsol. Tried all the water based tree hugger cleaners. They turn to some nasty sludge in no time. Be careful with rubber and plastic parts.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:54 am    Post subject: Re: Parts washer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

For carbs I use a large crock pot slow cooker that I bought at goodwill. Dawn dish soap and water. It gets to about 140 degrees for about an hour and then a container of hot tap water to rinse and brush. I think it does a pretty good job and I am not useing harsh chemicals and it's cheap. I do a lot of lawn mower carbs and just recently did a marvel shebler from an oliver 550. I don't see why it wouldn't work on any part that will fit in the cooker.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:54 am    Post subject: Re: Parts washer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I use use Kerosene and rubber gloves.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:09 am    Post subject: Re: Parts washer Reply to specific post Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:19 am    Post subject: Re: Parts washer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Doesn't the stew taste a little sudsy after cleaning parts? Ellis
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:22 am    Post subject: Re: Parts washer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That is a really good idea, I think we have an extra crock pot......probably should ask. I wonder if something with higher heat might be better, like a hotplate and a pot of soapy water?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:58 am    Post subject: Re: Parts washer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

For carburetors I use Berrymans chem dip. It takes the paint and varnish or grease off in 10 minutes. Can be reused many times. Just cleaned a carb last night in the stuff. Use gloves cause the smell is hard to get off your hands.

For grease I use paint thinner in my dunk tank followed by a brake cleaner rinse.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:09 am    Post subject: Re: Parts washer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I tried the tree hugger stuff too with the same results. Switched to mineral spirits and I've never looked back. The bill for a pail of mineral spirits is enough to choke a horse but it will last a long time depending on how much you use it. The pump on my washer gave up the ghost because of the tree hugger water based stuff and I haven't replaced it. Didn't like the splash from the pumped fluid. Jim
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:01 am    Post subject: Re: Parts washer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I use regular pump type parts washer. For carburetor
it gets a preliminary wash job in parts washer then
into carburetor cleaner and then back into parts
cleaner or hot water. Hard to find good parts
cleaning fluid now days. Some turns really foul
stinking shortly. When we got it at the shop in a 55
gal barrel it was marked dry cleaning solvent and
worked good. That water mix I don't like. I figure
my hands have probably absorbed all the harsh
chemical my body will hold by my age so no gloves.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Parts washer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My dad once took engine cleaner "Gunk" and cleaned the old coffee pot. The coffee tasted really weird for a while. He fessed up once everyone complained that the coffee smelled like 'gunk'..
The stuff really cleaned up the coffee pot nicely.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Parts washer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The old Crock Pot is a lot better than my enamal roaster. I am a little Embarassed
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Parts washer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I had been buying my parts washer cleaning fluid from an industrial supplier. The other day they wanted around $90, went to Tractor suply and bought same brand for I think around $35, It sure pays to shop around
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Parts washer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Nice thing about using the crock pot is you don't have to be concerned about any of the rubber or plastic parts and no harsh chemicals to irritate your skin. I can reach bare handed into 140 degree soapy water to get a part. I do sometimes develop dish pan hands though. lol
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:40 am    Post subject: Re: Parts washer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I like your crock pot idea. I'll have to put one next to my toaster oven that I heat 7018 welding rod with. My wife will think Mary and I are running a kitchen out of the shop.
 
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