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Old 06-10-2012, 11:28 AM   #1
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Anyone Use a Portable Parts Cleaner/Washer

If so, can you recommend a brand. Most of them on Amazon get mixed reviews.

I am thinking about something like this. From Northern Tool. It seems to get good review on the Northern site.

Summit has this one, seems like it might be the same one, but painted black.

Harbor Freight has one, but it doesn't get very good reviews. Mostly because it's plastic and cracks.

I don't want a big one as I will not use it that often, mostly for cleaning bearings etc. I don't want a stand alone that will take up space in my already crowded garage.

I got the idea for this after pulling a wheel to check the brakes and having to use almost 3 cans of brake cleaner to get everything squared away. Plus that stuff is totally toxic.

Most of these machines only allow water based degreasers such as Simple Green. After using a water based cleaner to you think do you just air dry or use an air compressor with a nozzle? Yes I know, don't "spin" the bearings with air. Or would hitting them with a bit of brake cleaner speed the drying process?

Do you have a recommendation on a water based cleaner?

One last BIG question. How do you dispose of the water based degreaser?
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:33 AM   #2
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I use gunk and wash parts off with a hose then dry them with the air compressor. If I had my own garage a dedicated parts washer would be great.

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Old 06-10-2012, 11:47 AM   #3
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Perry, yeah I could do that, but my garage is on rented property and the landlord wouldn't like that. I small washer costs less than $50 and I can keep it on a shelf when not use.
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When we are on the road, I carry a jug or lamp oil (kerosene) and use that in an ice cream bucket to do those ugly cleaning jobs. A 2" paint brush goes well with it, and hangs in the open ventilated compartment at the rear of the Clipper. I then pour the used oil back into a sealed container to settle and use over again. Very little waste and not too hard on the hands if exposure is limited. Sometimes the used stuff helps start that campfire when its wet.

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Old 06-10-2012, 02:42 PM   #5
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Masseyfarm: After you wash (for example) bearings in kerosene, diesel fuel whatever, how do you (or do you need to) get the cleaning fluid residue off of the cleaned item?
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Old 06-10-2012, 02:55 PM   #6
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I have compressed air available on the Clipper, but air dry on some paper towels would probably work just as well. I would rather use kero on something that grease is going back onto, rather than some citrus cleaner? Just my humble opinion.

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