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Old 08-11-2010, 09:53 PM   post #1 of 33
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Default Redo of HF parts washer

It's almost done, still need to mount the flip up shelf to the side I got from tooltopia and put a filter system on it but thats after it cools down. It's to hot, I can't take it anymore...

The original legs look to be 18 ga, I had the steel supplier bend me up some 3" X 3" 11 ga legs to the HF length and cut em off in the shop after I figured out what hieight I wanted.

The washer was to tall for me at 38" high, so I cut the new legs to a height that suited me better which is 33 inches high.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:56 PM   post #4 of 33
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That looks really nice. I really like the casters.
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Thanks DJ. It wasn't a hard project but it will certainly make using the parts washer easier for me. The new legs cost me $38 including bending.
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That sounds like a pretty good price for the quality of the bends and the gauge of the steel. I'm sure that the washer is a lot more stable now too.
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:32 PM   post #7 of 33
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It's stronger for sure. I used 1 X 1 X 3/16 angle iron on the shelf. The wheels will allow me to bring it to the job, much handier that way. I have a work light to put on it too. I'll post more pictures when I get it finished.
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Old 08-12-2010, 12:25 PM   post #8 of 33
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Looks real good, great idea on the casters.
I'd do that to mine, but it's place in the shop is located near the repair area.
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:58 PM   post #9 of 33
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Thanks farmtechdave. When it's all done I'll have a parts washer that has feachers on par with the smaller commercial units for hundreds of dollars less. Just wish it wasn't so hot, I have a couple more projects I wanted to do before the snow balls start flying.

Still have to finish the Snapper zero turn thread too.
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This is the filter system I'm going with. I usually clean off the worst grime before I put my dirty parts in the washer so it should help keep the cleaning agent cleaner longer. I bought parts and had some parts so it wasn't that expensive. I ordered the remote oil filter mount from Summit I believe it was for around $15.

http://www.popsci.com/diy/article/20...-washer-filter
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Nice filter system, yeah it does need to cool down about 10* or so. This 90+ makes it hard to get much done. Especially since the beer gets warm so quick! Lmao
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great idea.Looks great too .I wish i cold do that to mine but i cant as mine is built in to my big steel work bench ..
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Old 08-12-2010, 05:12 PM   post #13 of 33
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I think it will be OK system for around the house type of jobs. The beer would boil around here, it's been humid too.

I had a heat stroke back in the early eighties, I feel to the ground, my whole right side went numb, lucky for me the guys in the gang new what happened and threw our Igloo drinking water on me, as soon as the ice water hit me the numbness left and feelings came back, the doc said the cold water saved my life. The doc also said I wouldn't be able to take the heat anymore, he was right, and as I get older it gets worse. Be careful out there men, drinking plenty of liquids is a must, heat stroke is nothing to take lightly.
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Thanks roughrider. I have seen washers built into a workbench before, never used one though. How do you like the set up?

I never seem to have enough room on my work bench that's why I shyed away from them. Seems like it would be handy though.
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Well It finally cooled down so I finished the HF parts washer's filtering system today.

I think it's going to work better than the DIY Popular Science project parts cleaner because the runs on my hoses are far shorter than theirs.

I also added a 1/4" ball valve to mine to stop siphoning when it's time to change the filter or to stop the flow of cleaner for some reason.

This Labor day holiday I'll have the SILs put it down in the basement where i have a small work area.

I still need to bend up a bracket to mount a fold down side shelf on the side and one for a work light, both good winter projects.

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