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Heated parts washer

Hi all,


(Just a brief overview)

I’ve wanted a parts washer for a while, however I also wanted it to be heated. Buying a heated one is expensive... so I made my own.

Bought a large parts washer (always bigger than the dimensions make you feel it will be) bought 2 3kW Incoloy immersion heaters. Also bought some parts to make a drain away as it came with just a plug (would have made draining a nightmare) and a parts washer through brush.

Assembled said parts and voila.

The parts washer holds 75litres of fluid and takes roughly 35 minutes to heat up to about 50°C (I’ve set it to auto switch off with the inbuilt thermostats). The drain off is 1/4 inch BSP as that was the only size I could get easily and would fit without drilling and tapping a bigger hole. Drains faster than I thought it would (many many many minutes though)

All in all quite happy with it, seems to work well as is, untested as yet as I’ve not had parts to clean recently. But should work much better than just a cold parts washer.

Any questions - feel free to ask.
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Very nice. Id just be worried about accidentally touching those heaters. Maybe buy a couple of baking cooling racks and bend them to fit?
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Very nice that good job. Yes some racking over the heaters would be ideal save burning yourself

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Definitely needs some form of covering over them, but it’s how I fix them down which is more the issue.

I don’t have a welder, and I don’t know which glue will hold up to the degreaser. It is bio degradable/environmentally friendly... so no harsh chemicals or solvents etc.

Luckily a big tray that sits just out of the fluid covers the back one and the front one is right in the corner so should be ok for now.

Any thoughts?
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I see that the Health and Safety zealots are at it even here.
Miguel knows where it is and knows that it might be hot, so will keep his hands well away (even if he decides to delve his hands right into the bath).
Strange that no one has mentioned goggles (sensible), respirator (depending on solvent), hard hat (in case something drops from a passing aircraft's landing gear bay) and steel toecap boots (in case he drops a white hot part).
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I see that the Health and Safety zealots are at it even here.
Miguel knows where it is and knows that it might be hot, so will keep his hands well away (even if he decides to delve his hands right into the bath).
Strange that no one has mentioned goggles (sensible), respirator (depending on solvent), hard hat (in case something drops from a passing aircraft's landing gear bay) and steel toecap boots (in case he drops a white hot part).


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Cool. I thought when I saw ‘heated’ that it was going to be an ultrasonic.
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Cool. I thought when I saw ‘heated’ that it was going to be an ultrasonic.
I think to do that it would actually be cheaper to buy a good sized heated ultrasonic cleaner - As the parts and stuff I'd need to make one would be more.

(The plan is to buy one anyhow for more delicate components - Carbs etc)
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