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Old 10-29-2010, 12:16 AM   #1
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Default Home Made Parts Washer

Built this parts washer in 1988, just updated it with a new backsplash and
four 50-watt track lights.
Its made with recycled steel from a cement block plant.
The backsplash is a backplate from an electrical enclosure.
Originally this thing had a gear pump,that was housed in the "wart", on the side of the washer, but after a few years it quit working.
It now has a Little Giant submersible pump.
It holds around 18 Gallons of fluid and is 18 X 26 in size.
(the size of the old cement block plates did not cut them.)



Legs are made from 3x3 square tube.
Casters are all steel, so they won't get flat spots from sitting in one place.


Shot of the newly completed backsplash.


Would you believe that the backsplash is painted with the same gallon of paint
I used in 1988. It was all "crusted" over, on top, but was fine underneath.


Control panel was updated with two new toggle switches.
Used to have an Allen-Bradley lighted push-pull switch, in the center,
now has aluminum over the old 1-7/32" hole.


A shot with the doors closed.
Never have to worry about a fire burning through this washer
as the doors are 5/16" thick.
The combination, door stops/handles work well.


Here is the backside.


Fluid is kerosene.



All for now,
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Old 10-29-2010, 12:20 AM   #2
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Pretty cool, I dig the doors very much.

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Pretty cool, I dig the doors very much.

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Gives you some place, for those wet parts to dry off.
I think the track lights double as heaters
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I bet that washer won't blow away in a windstorm! Nice work!
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Nicely done.
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Well done!
I recognize those plates, my dad ran a "Besser" plant back when.
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Dude that thang is as old as i am :P That is a very sweet parts washer and obviously way more heavy duty than most great design!
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You're a talented fabricator John. I like the fact that you have a ton of light too.
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Dude that thang is as old as i am !
Its older than I am...
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You're a talented fabricator John. I like the fact that you have a ton of light too.
I'm working on some more light this weekend putting up two 175 Watt
metal halides over an 18' door, has always been the proverbial black
hole under that door. Can't remember when exactly I built this washer
I think could have been in '86, not sure so I'll say '88.
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Dude that thing is as old as i am :P That is a very sweet parts washer and obviously way more heavy duty than most great design!
Had some heavy gear cases, and the like in it, never have to worry about
the bottom folding up and dropping my parts into the fluid below.
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Well done!
I recognize those plates, my dad ran a "Besser" plant back when.
Lots of grinding to get all the cement off. Lots of rust pits too, filled them in
with good ole Bondo and lots of primer.
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My exact thoughts.
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