I'm thinking I might get a parts washer. Does anyone own one of the cheap imported machines which sit on a bench? The ones which are sold under brands like Clarke for £30-40? I was just wondering if they're any good. What's the build quality like? Is the gauge of steel used heavy enough? And does the jet of solvent have enough speed to blast away dirt, or is it just a dribble? I'm guessing it's a dribble, but I'm not sure.
I'm usually against buying Clarke stuff but I haven't seen many second hand industrial parts washers for sale, and I don't want anything too large.
Any thoughts would be welcome.
Two problems with them. The tray and pump take up so much room you can't get an engine block or anything else large in the tank. I have a floor standing Clarke one bought many years ago and modified it to take a 25 litre plastic drum under the tank, drilled a hole in the tank to drain into that and rigged up a car fuel injection pump and fuel filter which sits next to the plastic drum. Now I have the whole tank space for parts. Also you don't really want the solvent full of dirt and crap in the same tank along with the parts you're trying to clean. You could very easily buy a benchtop one which is cheaper and have the plastic drum under the bench. There's certainly nothing wrong with the steel, the lid or anything else but I guess by the time I'd finished my mods all I'd actually bought was a tank and I could probably have got an old loft tank for less than that.
I think in future if I ever did it all again I'd buy a large galvanised steel or plastic tank of some sort and rig my own pump, filter and solvent drum up. A suds pump from a lathe would be ideal.
Paraffin is as good as anything for solvent btw. Pennies per litre at your local bulk oil supplier. The pukka stuff smells nicer but costs a fortune and doesn't do a better job.
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