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Old 10-27-2010, 10:27 AM   #1
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Default Anyone here use tractor supply parts washer solvent?

I did a search and read a lot about the different solvents people try but I haven't seen any posts of people using the stuff from tractor supply. It is Crown PSC-1000.

If anyone here uses it, how does it work, and does it smell decent? Etc.

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Old 10-27-2010, 10:46 AM   #2
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I use it , it has a slight odor at first and then it seems that the odor goes away.
Cleans good.
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:55 AM   #3
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I think it's good stuff - de-greases well, not too strong a smell, minimal residue. Performs just like mineral spirits for less money.
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:07 AM   #4
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Default Re: Anyone here use tractor supply parts washer solvent?

To me its identical to the zep dyna blue it replaced. Very good for the price.
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Old 10-27-2010, 12:46 PM   #5
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Default Re: Anyone here use tractor supply parts washer solvent?

How much are they asking per gal? I have new parts washer that's been sitting empty for a few months while I try to find an affordable solvent that isn't to wicked on smell and lower flammabilty.
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Old 10-27-2010, 01:55 PM   #6
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How much are they asking per gal? I have new parts washer that's been sitting empty for a few months while I try to find an affordable solvent that isn't to wicked on smell and lower flammabilty.
I paid between 32-40 for 5 gallons a few years ago. Stuff works good for me.
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Old 10-27-2010, 06:23 PM   #7
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Default Re: Anyone here use tractor supply parts washer solvent?

I use it and like it. I don't have a parts washer.

Most things I clean will fit in a 2 gallon cook pot. I put about 2 quarts of that liquid in, add the parts, and use a paint brush on the parts.

I soak things sometimes and put the lib on. It does not evaporate and I don't smell it.

For larger stuff I'd recommend people go buy a Rubbermaid box and lid. Pour anything you want in it and add the parts, scrub them , let them soak and put the lid on - no smell.

If the rubbermaid box gets beat up just toss it out.

I would buy a parts washer if I had the room and the need. The cheapo parts washers can cost $150 to fill with solution. My friend told me at his business the Safety-Klean guy comes and changes out his solution for $175 eash visit !
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Old 10-27-2010, 07:02 PM   #8
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To me its identical to the zep dyna blue it replaced. Very good for the price.
Thats good to know I like that stuff. i just bought some zep ID clean. it does a good job and i think I paid about $38 for 5 gals
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Old 10-27-2010, 07:07 PM   #9
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Slight change of gears here.

I called Safety Kleen on Monday and when they didn't call me back for a couple days I figured that the rumors I heard of them not selling to the public were true, so I started looking at other options. The Safety Kleen guy actually called me this afternoon, and told me I could buy the stuff and that their driver could drop it off at my residence COD next time his route takes him past my house.(He passes my house once a week)

The price is $6.95 a gallon to buy or like $12 or $13 a gallon(cant remember) if he takes the old dirty fluid away. I checked with my municipal authority and confirmed that I can dispose of 50 gallons of solvent a year at no charge, so I may go with the $6.95 a gallon safety Kleen.

After the call I checked the MSDS for both fluids, and they both appear to be roughly the same thing. Now I'm a little torn. because both seem really good.

The safety Kleen is actually a little cheaper.

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Old 10-27-2010, 07:44 PM   #10
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We had Safety Kleen service my shop for years... every year the contract price would go up and I got fed up.

When we added a second manual parts washer I filled it with the Crown PCS1000 from TSC. Think I paid $30-$35 (always use the $5off$25 coupon on their website). I like it better than what we had from Safety Kleen. The Safety Kleen stuff we had was one of their recycled products, the typical stuff they sell to everyone. The PCS is virgin as far as I can tell and does a much better job cleaning, leaves less residue than what we had from Safety Kleen... BUT the downside to less residue, the PCS1000 cleaned parts definitely seem slightly more susceptible to flash rusting. Might not be an issue if you use the parts you just cleaned the same day or next, but if it sits a week or two, then beware.

So once I was satisfied that the PCS1000 worked as well in the new manual parts washer, I let my Safety Kleen contract run out and went with PCS1000 in the other unit as well. We do not do any maintenance work in our shop, so we run our solvent for quite some time as most of the parts that go through the manual parts cleaners already tend to be fairly free of dirt. On the odd occasion we do get something truly nasty that has to be manually cleaned rather than run through the spray cabinet, as much of the goop is scraped / wire brushed off prior to hitting the solvent tank.
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Old 11-03-2010, 10:58 PM   #11
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Glad I found this thread. I was determining my purchase based on odor, I know it sounds foolish, but just want to eliminate as much as possible. The TSC has the fluid in stock and it 39.99 for 5 gal. I am also waiting for the safety kleen guy to call me back. I do auto repair, and traditionally used mineral spirits, but my supply ran out after 10 years. PSC 1000 seems the way to go
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Old 11-04-2010, 01:35 PM   #12
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I tried to go with safety clean but for some reason the order from last week wasn't processed and I would have to wait another week for my solvent. I cancelled the order and bought 15 gallons from tractor supply. The smell is mild but pleasent and is about the same as Safet Kleen. My wife didn't even notice the smell, and funky smells bother her.

The instruction manual for the 20 gallon portable parts washer from TS said it uses 12 gallons so I bought 15. It only took about 8 gallons when I upped it up to the shelf level so I will be bringing one can back.

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Old 06-14-2015, 09:50 AM   #13
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Default Re: Anyone here use tractor supply parts washer solvent?

Dredging up an old post for clarification.
I'm assuming the parts washers being referred to have electric pumps for them, with a switch mounted on the outside of the tank.
The warning label on the Crown PSC 1000 says to turn off all electric in your garage before using. I'm assuming that's a mfg CYA warning.

I used to use Drydene Parts cleaning solvent but when they got bought by Castrol that product line was, much to my dismay, dropped.

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Old 06-14-2015, 10:32 AM   #14
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I've been using TSC/Crown for about a year now in a Zep brand parts washer. I would think that a CYA as you state as I use the submersible pump that came with the tank as well as a work light, general shop lighting, radios, etc. No issues.

Using the Iowa Extension Office .pdf linked here
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...95515949,d.aWw

I added a solvent filter using a large Fram spin-on filter that I got at a local Meijer, just picked the biggest one for the money off the shelf. I machined my own housing for it, to replace the one that was missing from the washer cabinet when I got it. It has been working great as far as I can tell.
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Old 06-14-2015, 12:04 PM   #15
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Default Re: Anyone here use tractor supply parts washer solvent?

Thanks Matt. I figured it was CYA, but better safe than sorry.
I like the idea of a filter as you described, but I can't use one now. Mine just has a filter in the tank as my pump is like the one in this pic.
Maybe later I can get a different pump and rig something up.
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Old 06-14-2015, 12:05 PM   #16
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Dredging up an old post for clarification.
I'm assuming the parts washers being referred to have electric pumps for them, with a switch mounted on the outside of the tank.
The warning label on the Crown PSC 1000 says to turn off all electric in your garage before using. I'm assuming that's a mfg CYA warning.

I used to use Drydene Parts cleaning solvent but when they got bought by Castrol that product line was, much to my dismay, dropped.

thanks
I've been using this fluid since this thread started with no problem. I love this fluid. I soak the parts for a day or two and all of the crap settles out of solution and settles to the bottom of the tank. I need to go out and read what's the lawyers put on the can, but here is what the MSDS says.

SECTION 5. FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES
FIRE & EXPLOSION PREVENTIVE MEASURES
NO open flames. Above flash point, use a closed system, ventilation,
explosion-proof electrical equipment, lighting.

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Old 06-14-2015, 02:36 PM   #17
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I snapped a pic of the filter, I had no choice, there were two hoses poking out of the side of the washer, original Zep offering had previously been removed and it appeared no spare parts were available.

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Old 06-14-2015, 02:47 PM   #18
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I run it. I like it a lot. as everybody else said, low smell, slow to evap cleans well. Mine is nasty dirty and needs replaced, but it still cleans well. I don't use it very often but I will toss anything in, no matter how greasy. It's never let me down. I have a large bag filter in the bottom of the tank, I like the spin on filter idea. I may have to fab something up like that this winter when I'm looking for projects. Keith
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Old 06-14-2015, 03:22 PM   #19
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I've been using TSC/Crown for about a year now in a Zep brand parts washer. I would think that a CYA as you state as I use the submersible pump that came with the tank as well as a work light, general shop lighting, radios, etc. No issues.

Using the Iowa Extension Office .pdf linked here
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...95515949,d.aWw

I added a solvent filter using a large Fram spin-on filter that I got at a local Meijer, just picked the biggest one for the money off the shelf. I machined my own housing for it, to replace the one that was missing from the washer cabinet when I got it. It has been working great as far as I can tell.
I would like to see that set up as I have the same zep PW and the hose for the filter broke and the bag filters aint cheap
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Old 06-14-2015, 03:36 PM   #20
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On a related note...

Just how much do you need in the typical import washer? Is 5 gallons enough? I suspect 20 gallons would be up to the top rim of the tub.

http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/stor...-washer-20-gal <-- that is what I have.
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