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    Default parts washer

    I needed a parts washer. With some digging and scrounging I came up with the following. Its not the prettiest thing but its doing the job so far. The only thing i paid for was the pump , solvent, and drain tube extension. The sink, stand, casters, pail, and drain assembly&stopper were scrounged. The flexible outlet or spigot or whatever you call it where the solvent comes out used to be an Ikea lamp fixture... it leaks a bit but not enough to be a concern.

    the spigot thing is adjustable to about 30 inches above the sink for taller parts and i had to do some mickeying to get teh valve in there.

    Its not pretty but it does the job and I needed something quick so that i could deal with the 50HP and other dirty , greasy items ive got going..

    wanna buy it? only $299.99 on sale! yeah right.
    when i think of all the time it took. I could have bought a unit for less than the cost of my labour. Problem was that all the units I saw did not have a bucket sump. They all had a mesh screen bottom and the solvent sat in the wash area. I didnt like that. I would have always been cleaning parts in a 3 inch deep lake of cleaner... the sink affords me a bit of distance from the solvent and I can see where those loose washers and nuts get to rather than having to fuddle around in the solvent trying to find them.
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    Thats pretty slick. Even stainless.
    I wonder if a lid is needed to keep the sink from funneling sparks into the solvent? I know, never gonna weld around it, right?
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    Darn, that's a good idea. I'll have to keep a look-out for the parts.
    Last edited by Noisy Nova; 11-30-2007 at 08:21 PM.

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    Impressive job on that. What will you use to stopper the sink outlet, that won't be eaten up by the solvent, if you need to soak something?

    Only $299 on sale? How much for shipping to Montana?
    Last edited by Goodhand; 11-30-2007 at 08:10 PM.

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    is there a filter anywhere to protect your pump or to seperate the gunk from the good fluid so the drum will last longer?

    thats another one to add to the list of stuff to build

    thanks for the idea!

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    Hi Guys,
    thanks for the +f/b.
    to answer all your questions.

    This rig does need a cover, but right now the sink stopper fits nice and tight so if a renegade spark did happen to find its way... not much would come of it, but still, I dont intend to find out. Its on wheels so I can push it out of the way when I dont need to use it. Most likely keep it outside. No need to stink up the shop, house etc. The solvent (varsol, paint thinner, trimethylbenzene- all the same stuff) does not smell good to me.

    As for filtration, I have put a piece of silkscreening mesh in front of the suction side of the pump. The mesh of this screen is about 250 so its fine enough to keep out all the nasties that might clog the pump. The pump doesnt sit on the bottom of the pail iether, its about ahlf way down in the solvent. This serves double duty. It keeps the pump clean and lets me know when im running low on cleaner.

    All the parts on this rig are iether rubber, polyethylene, ABS , or inox. all of these materials are stable when in contact withthe juice. The pump was made in that country so I suspect it will be first to go so if and when it does, I'll be looking for one made closer to home.

    I was going to put a switch on it, but I think i like the idea of having to plug it in to use it alot better. I cant accidentally leave it running that way. The pump is whisper silent so... I dont need some unforseen event happening and starting a fire or leaving a lake of solvent on the floor to evaporate and blow the house off its foundation...
    Will it weld? I loooove electricity!

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    Cheap Chinese mill that does the trick... sort of...
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    good stuff .did you tig it ?

    the last one i built was a 55 gallon drum
    cut in half lengthwise with a screen made out of 22 Ga. galvanized perf
    my daddy always said i was IRONHEADED....
    feel free to P/M me

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    TIGgity, TIGgity, TIGgity... Ooooooh Yeahhhhhhh!

    I have some space restrictions so the sink set up works well. A 55 gl. drum would have been nice. Lots of space for big parts. less spalsh on the floor
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    Miller 251/30A spool
    Syncro200
    Spectrum 625
    O/A
    Precix 5x10 CNC Router12"Z
    Standard modern lathe
    Cheap Chinese mill that does the trick... sort of...
    horizontal 7x12 bandsaw
    Roland XC540 PRO III
    54" laminator
    hammer and screwdriver (most used)
    little dog
    pooper scooper (2nd most used...)

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    for the lid id recomend riggin it to a foot pedal.. so when your not using it .. it "fails" closed.. it suck to leave the lid open and start throwin sparks in that general direction

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    Quote Originally Posted by shott8283 View Post
    for the lid id recomend riggin it to a foot pedal.. so when your not using it .. it "fails" closed.. it suck to leave the lid open and start throwin sparks in that general direction
    good idea. I'll need to cut the flow of solvent too. thats the part thats going to prove the challenge.
    Will it weld? I loooove electricity!

    Miller 251/30A spool
    Syncro200
    Spectrum 625
    O/A
    Precix 5x10 CNC Router12"Z
    Standard modern lathe
    Cheap Chinese mill that does the trick... sort of...
    horizontal 7x12 bandsaw
    Roland XC540 PRO III
    54" laminator
    hammer and screwdriver (most used)
    little dog
    pooper scooper (2nd most used...)

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