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!