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« on: October 10, 2014, 06:13:48 pm »

With a bunch of work needing done, I decided to break down and buy a real life $99 parts washer from Tractor Supply.  It's the generic Chinese unit sold by Harbor Freight, and tons of other outlets.  While there, I went ahead and bought a couple 5 gallon cans of their PSC 1000 solvent.  Great stuff, as it works, and hardly has any odor!  This is NOT the water based crap.  I also added in a quart or two of Automatic Transmission Fluid to keep it from drying my hands and hopefully help minimize any surface rust.  Hey, ATF is pretty good cleaner in it's own right... 

Anyway, I got it home, noticed that the metal hose was screwed into a PLASTIC fitting!  Yea, a metal hose you bend around to make it spray where you want!  They must KNOW it's a bad idea, as they even include a spare fitting with the unit!  LOL

Well, it worked great!  ...for about a week.  After a week, the pump quit working.  I also noticed a bunch of dirt from parts floating around in the solvent.  Instead of buying another CRAPPY pump, I decided it was time to UPGRADE. 

I shopped around for a GOOD pump that wasn't too expensive, and decided to ad a FILTER to keep the solvent cleaner!

Here is the old pump.  It's puny, extremely lightweight, and has a plastic fitting the metal wand attaches to!



Here is the new pump.  The image on the Ebay ad does not show the cage on the front, but it comes with it.  $64 and free shipping.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LITTLE-GIANT-PE-2YSA-Pump-Parts-Washer-/221568121193?



Here's the unit all put together with the filter and METAL mounting that is bolted down for the wand.  The filter makes a HUGE difference in how clear the solvent stays!  HIGHLY recommended upgrade for anyone with a parts washer!  The stronger pump has NO PROBLEM pumping through the filter, and sprays solvent with plenty of force.  Pump is significantly larger than the stock one, and about 5X as heavy.  lol  I also purchased a parts washing brush with a hose that fits over the metal spray wand.  It seals over the wand with what looks like a spark plug boot.  It's a really nice, stiff brush and does a great job with the solvent spraying out of it.  I believe the brush was around $20.  The remote oil filter mount was $20, and takes a SBF oil filter!  All of the fittings were sourced locally. 








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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2014, 10:56:11 am »

Great work. That should handle the dirty jobs we hate to do sitting in a chair bent over a pan with a brush and brake/carb cleaner etc.

Keep an eye on the filter capacity, I wonder how much it will hold depending on the crud that is cleaned off. Get one of those bigger filters that will swap with the FL-1A to try. Regards,
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2014, 11:19:54 am »

Great work. That should handle the dirty jobs we hate to do sitting in a chair bent over a pan with a brush and brake/carb cleaner etc.

Keep an eye on the filter capacity, I wonder how much it will hold depending on the crud that is cleaned off. Get one of those bigger filters that will swap with the FL-1A to try. Regards,

I'm thinking the bypass valve will just open.

The parts washer I used to use had that same brush Mike.  It is a great addition.
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2014, 12:04:43 pm »

Very nice.  Where's the shelf? 
I've never found the need to immerse the parts with Safety Clean.  Just washing with that brush is sufficient.  LUK how that cleaner works.

Also, the shelf seems to keep odor and evaporation down.
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2014, 04:07:00 pm »

Very nice.  Where's the shelf?  
I've never found the need to immerse the parts with Safety Clean.  Just washing with that brush is sufficient.  LUK how that cleaner works.

Also, the shelf seems to keep odor and evaporation down.

Not sure the pump makes enough pressure to open the bypass...  maybe.  But, if it doesn't, you would just change the filter whenever it starts to get clogged and pump slow.

The shelf just lifts off, so I took it off and just let the heads soak.  
This solvent does not have hardly any odor.  Mine is in a basement garage, and NO PROBLEM with smell.  It also doesn't evaporate very quickly...  yet it works well.  It has a high flash point, so it's safe.  

It's PSC 1000 from Tractor Supply.  $40 for a 5 gallon can.  It's actual solvent, and isn't water based...  so you might not be able to get it in the Communist Republic of California.  lol


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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2014, 04:22:40 pm »

In case you're looking for one, the fitting bolted to the side of the tank is a Showerhead fitting for PEX tubing. The 3/8" fuel line slid firmly over it, and didn't even require a hose clamp. The threaded end is 1/2" NPT.  Smiley


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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2014, 05:35:52 pm »

That's a pretty sweet set up.
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2014, 10:29:30 pm »

Be interesting how that psc 1000 holds up.  The safety kleen in my washer (smaller version) has been in there probably 15 years, lol.  Still does the job.  But it was never heavy use. 
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« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2014, 12:52:47 am »

Are the oil filters common for a parts washer?  I seem to think they aren't. 
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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2014, 12:56:14 am »

I will say there is nothing like having a parts washer at your disposal.  Right next to a blasting cabinet.  Unfortunately California politics made my source move out of state.  Blowing Up
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« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2014, 01:52:04 am »

The external filter is a nice idea.  The one i have has a filter on the intake.  Looks like filter floss for an aquarium in a cartridge.
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« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2014, 06:19:36 am »

I helped my machinist neighbor add an external filter years ago.  His is a large truck filter (he also works at a Mack trucks engine assembly plant.)  It is probably a spin on fuel filter but could be an oil filter-We didn't add a bypass though.  It extended the time required between changes by as much as 3 to 4 times.  With all the motors he runs through his shop (low production performance builds-used twice or 3 times a week) the filter was still quite clean after 2 years use.  He won't throw a real cruddy one in though without first putting it through the block washer. 
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« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2014, 04:23:41 am »

You guys provoked me into updating my parts washer also!  Mine had compressed air blowing into a hd brush with a 4 blade impeller pump which has worked kinda okay but the air compressor ran a lot.

I bought the Lil Giant metal pump for $100, installed an oil filter also to filter the solvent.  I buy solvent in 55 gal amounts from the local Oil Company which lasts me 10 years??  The volume is MUCH more than the air one and I am thinking about adding a flow control valve as it is quite forceful causing a lot of splashing!


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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2015, 08:54:46 am »

You guys provoked me into updating my parts washer also!  Mine had compressed air blowing into a hd brush with a 4 blade impeller pump which has worked kinda okay but the air compressor ran a lot.

I bought the Lil Giant metal pump for $100, installed an oil filter also to filter the solvent.  I buy solvent in 55 gal amounts from the local Oil Company which lasts me 10 years??  The volume is MUCH more than the air one and I am thinking about adding a flow control valve as it is quite forceful causing a lot of splashing!


A lightbulb dimmer switch, Variac or a speed control for a Wood Router would work to control the pump speed...  as it would be handy to slow it down, sometimes.
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« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2015, 05:41:38 pm »

To the op. I had the EXACT thing happen to me. I will be duplicating this setup you did here. Great stuff.
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