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Shop Engine/Parts Cleaner Recommendation Needed
Posted 04 September 2010 - 02:16 PM
I'd love to hear some suggestions. And I'm sure I'll need more in the future.
Posted 04 September 2010 - 02:24 PM
Posted 04 September 2010 - 02:38 PM
I'm not sure what the model is, but the transmission shop up the street from my shop has the single most awesome parts washer I think I've ever seen. Its a vertical rotisserie system and it works like a charm.
That's probably like the one I am thinking of...
Posted 05 September 2010 - 01:16 PM
For an actual parts washer, I would get one of these:
We had one where I worked and for a lot of cleaning jobs it worked great.
Now that said, it's not going to clean places that it can't "see". Line of sight is important with parts washers and so things that have large cavities in them or blind passages, etc are difficult to clean. For that you need a chemical dip. An alkali hot-tank for non-aluminium parts and another seperate tank for aluminium are what I would reccomend. You can't get aluminium clean enough with the roto-jet to really sparkle and in any case the detergent discolors it. If I could have nothing else, I would have just the chemical hot tanks. They are the most versatile by far and the cheapest to get into (it's a metal dumpster full of chems). Cleaning them out and dealing with the waste isn't fun but they do things that no parts washer could ever do.
Of course a steam cleaner (pressure washer with a heater) and a blast cabinet or two are also neccesities IMO. So much so that I have both in my garage - I upgraded my house with an on-demand hot-water system that makes endless 140 degree water. I installed a hose bib for it so I could run the hot water to my pressure washer . Works amazingly well on engine bay's, etc. Plus my shower never runs out of hot water either
Here at home I get by without a parts washer - just a solvent tank (with Zep Dyna 170), blast cabinet, and steam cleaner. I may rig up an old dish-washer to clean parts after they have been washed in my solvent tank. Future upgrade .
Why not make the parts washer a project for the class? I guess it's not automotive though.....
Edited by GeneralDisorder, 05 September 2010 - 01:21 PM.
Posted 05 September 2010 - 05:58 PM
Thanks! In fact, if you could maybe give me a few links to some examples of what you were talking about, that'd be great. I'd love to know which chemicals for dip tanks and whatnot you were thinking of. Right now I am looking at the rotating hot detergent spraying setups. I am also looking into some setups for rust, like a big evaoprust tank or something.
Links would be awesome if possible. I'm running around so much right now just trying to get sockets organized, I have no time for research.
Posted 05 September 2010 - 09:47 PM
Anything that comes out of this tank must be immediately pressure washed and dried or it will rust something fierce - I have had wet stuff out of the caustic tank start rusting on me in minutes - it strips all the oil's off. It will not really do much to rust. Being basically a hot salt bath it's pretty safe - gloves and safety glasses - doesn't burn or anything if you get some on you but the tank is heated so gloves are warranted for the temperature (well below boiling).
Aluminium is much more rediculous in it's cleaning requirements. Typically dipping tanks for it require nasty acid based cleaners and produce copius amounts of noxious fumes. I beleive the stuff we used was a Zep product and it was basically paint stripper in dip form. Ugly stuff - burns the skin, etc. You might consider just sending your aluminium out to be dipped since you are dealing with high school age kids and this process is nasty. They may not even allow it on the property because of zoneing.
I don't really have any links for you - Zep is just a matter of calling and getting the name and number of your local feild rep. Lye you can get about anywhere I would imagine - any chem supply in your area. As for buying the tank - I have no idea. Ours was probably 50 years old and I think someone at the shop built it.
Posted 13 September 2010 - 08:12 PM
I have also been thinking about a dip tank, but I've found that since this is a school, there can be issues with the various chemicals used.
Posted 15 September 2010 - 03:58 PM
I can't seem to find a vendor or factory info line on the darn thing though as its a little older unit. "Water Works Cleaning Systems" on the front with a seahorse in its logo. No serial number, nothing on it.
Oh well, I am still quite thrilled to own it.
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