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Posted January 15, 2013 - 11:49 PM

Been wanting a mineral spirits cleaning tank for a while but was holding off on spending $80-120 on one... well the old man calls me up last week and asks if I want one. It's not a fancy one with a circulation pump but that is something I can add later if I want. This thing has been in my dad's shop and then barn for 30 years or

better. I had to scrape an inch of sludge out of the bottom but she is ready for work now!

 

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Posted January 16, 2013 - 12:06 AM

I can't count how many parts washing half barrels I've seen though the years. Looks like someone did a real nice job making it.

 

What were you going to use for washing solution?   Mineral spirits?


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Posted January 16, 2013 - 02:41 AM

Can't beat the price and that was made nice! Congrats on getting it :thumbs:



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Posted January 16, 2013 - 04:39 AM

Looks in great shape for it's age. Just be sure to keep open flames away from where you put it!



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Posted January 16, 2013 - 08:48 AM

That looks like it will get the job done. I'd also be worried about fumes and the fire hazard with such a large surface area of solvent exposed. 



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Posted January 16, 2013 - 08:55 AM

NICE!  Even has a shelf to keep brushes and scrapers and stuff without having them drip all over the floor or your work bench.  ( like those of us who use 5 gallon buckets or dishpans for parts cleaning)


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Posted January 16, 2013 - 09:00 AM

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Posted January 16, 2013 - 09:51 AM

I can't count how many parts washing half barrels I've seen though the years. Looks like someone did a real nice job making it.

 

What were you going to use for washing solution?   Mineral spirits?

Yeah, my dad is an automatic transmission mechanic and has been for 50 years now. Back in those days they made a lot of their own tools and equipment... and they did it right! Yup, mineral spirits is what I use to clean greasy/oily parts.

 

That looks like it will get the job done. I'd also be worried about fumes and the fire hazard with such a large surface area of solvent exposed. 

Yeah, I don't plan to keep cleaning solvent just sitting in it since I'm not going to be cleaning parts regularly. I'll clean parts and then drain the solvent back into the jugs/cans for storage. As far as fire hazard, the lid fits pretty tight and should work as a fire suppressor plus I keep a large fire extinguisher handy in my garage. I put a few parts and about a gallon in last night (had to prop up one end to keep the solvent at one end of the tank) and I didn't smell any in the garage this morning so we'll see.

 

NICE!  Even has a shelf to keep brushes and scrapers and stuff without having them drip all over the floor or your work bench.  ( like those of us who use 5 gallon buckets or dishpans for parts cleaning)

Yeah, it's built right. Just need to put a drain valve in one end so I can easily drain solvent into a bucket. I've been using buckets and plastic tubs for a while so I'm happy to have this now. Plus the flat top can be used as a table when I'm not cleaning parts!


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Posted January 16, 2013 - 10:15 AM

A nice addition to the shop as well as a piece of family history..


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Posted January 16, 2013 - 10:23 AM

That is pretty well built and your dad's. I gave a parts washer away many year ago, regret it now.

I wouldn't worry too much about using mineral spirits, it has flash point of around 135-140* so unless you are heating the tank, shouldn't get too many flammable vapors. As you said, you have extinquisher and just keep no open flames or heat sources around. We use spirits regularly here at work to clean up printing inks/pigments in our labs after we test it.


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Posted January 16, 2013 - 02:32 PM

i would use a Alkaline cleaner such as Spray 9 or mean green and water have a fish tank heater in the liquid no worry's of Fire and its safer does a better job IMO you just need to dry your parts off after Tho


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Posted January 16, 2013 - 06:43 PM

Nice tank!  Just throwing my 2 cents out there,   in case of fire, close the lid first, the fire extinguisher may blow the solvent out spreading the fire. Keep the lid closed when you are not using it to slow evaporation and saving you money on refills. I bought a cheapy 5 gallon parts washer and the pumps only works when it wants to and the wiring was messed up when I got it new. I never really trusted it after that. Its nice to have a flooded brush to clean stuff off with, but I dont think it's worth the fire hazard.  sloshing parts around in a half full 5 gallon bucket works just as good (as long as they fit)


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Posted January 16, 2013 - 11:24 PM

I've used "degreasers" and I've never been impressed with them... maybe I'm just not using the right ones. I grew up around a transmission shop so mineral spirit is all I know... other than the newer parts cleaners that use really hot water with water based detergents. They do a great job, that is for sure. I wonder if you could use an old dish washer as a parts washer...






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