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What is the preferred liquid to use in a parts cleaner? I have used Purple Power degreaser with some success but have been told acetone or even kerosene is better. This is in a home garage so I don't want something too volatile in there. Odor, of course, is another problem although there is a cover on the tank. It is a 40 gal. tank so I dont want to spend hundreds of dollars on a solvent either. Is there a middle of the road substance that works OK?

Thanks, Rick

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Tractor Supply sells a petroleum distillate parts washing fluid. $42 for a 5 gal pail. I just bought some. Very low odor, high flash point and works very well. You won't find much that's less expensive unless you want to use kerosene or some such...............Bob

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Use kerosene here, with a home heating replacement type cartridge filter setup.

Works great and cheap to operate.

Good luck.

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Rick,

I will post a photo by the end of this weekend. Never tried to attach a photo here, I hope it works for me.

If it does not, I will send it to you via email.

Tom

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If it does not work and is sent via email. hopefully the recipient will then post it here so that others (me) can see it?

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Tom, do you have a photo of the inside of your parts cleaner? My set-up may be a bit different pump-wise than yours. I will post photos as soon as I retro-fit mine.

Thanks again, Rick Alford

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Rick,

I would gladly take a picture of the inside, but not sure what you are after?

It is a bit of undertaking to get it apart and see a pump submerged in kerosene.

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Rick,

I would gladly take a picture of the inside, but not sure what you are after?

It is a bit of undertaking to get it apart and see a pump submerged in kerosene.

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Pump is entirely inside the tub. The inlet is on the bottom and the outlet is on the side piped into the rinse arm. Almost like a small sump pump. I will continue to try posting the photos. Didn't have this problem in the past. Rick

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Am I correct in assuming that your tub has to be filled with a solution in order to work?

There is no drum barrel underneath the tank?

If not, can you add one and plumb the motor inside the barrel?

How old is your unit?

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Correct, the unit is self contained. It's about 3 years old. I'm trying to prevent drilling into the tub. I'll figure something out. Rick

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Rick,

How did you wind up plumbing your parts cleaner pump? I have a similar tank and want to try this out.

Thanks.

Bill

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Bill, I have picked up the filter and parts I think I will need. I haven't installed them yet but I will post it as soon as I do. There are several options, hoping the pump us strong enough to flow through the filter and other fittings.

Rick

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I have plumbed in the fittings as needed. This is temporary to see if the pump will work through the filter. It does. I took the wand from the outlet of the pump and put the filter in between the pump and the outlet. I used 1/4 compression X 3/8 male and 1/4 comp X 1/4 male and 1/4 comp X 1/4 female adapters. The filter has a large hose clamp around a hook for now. Pressure is reduced a little, but still fine. I will post more when it is permanent.post-74126-143142215504_thumb.jpg

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I have the same parts washer, (HF?) no filter, but it is a good idea. I use Kerosene as well. Works good, although I need to throttle back the flow from the pump. It has too much pressure and splashes about when you take the hose off to the brush and just want a rinse flow.

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