I have been using Lowe’s Commercial degreaser in my parts cleaner with only marginal results in cutting/cleaning grease. What degreaser are you using in your cleaner with great results?
I havent put anything in my parts washer in a while but the last stuff I used about 2002 was Varsol and at that time it was about 3.00 a gallon.I would hate to think what it cost now.But it would cut the grease.When it got a little weak and we was cleaning really rough stuff,we would add a gallon of white kerosene to "stretch" it a bit.
Call the local distributar for heating oil in your area and ask them about it,they can tell ye what it cost and if they have it.
Also ask them if they have suggjestions for disposal of it once it gets useless.
It is not a bad idea to look out for the enviroment to a point but some of this "green" stuff that is not harmfull to the enviroment,aint harmfull to the grease either.
Ncdot,where I was retired from, uses a citrus based degreaser and it works ok for recent grease and oil but I tried to clean some of my old stuff 1 day while my truck was being serviced and it aint to good on the caked on stuff.
I would like to do kerosean, used it years ago and ofcourse worked great. But I would like to stay green if I can. On the other hands I do need something that works, I will look up Varsol.
Varsol is what I use too and it's great. Varsol is a trade name for an oil base paint thinner, sometimes also called solvent. Check out Wal-Mart, Home Depot, etc in the paint department for the stuff. It has various prices, so check around. It lasts a long time and the solids will settle out in the bottom of the parts washer.
I just bought a 5 gallon can a keronse from Home Depot as a close out for $19.99 (Reg $36.00)
I use paint thinner/mineral spirits/solvent. An old timer told me to add about 1" of water to the solvent. The solids settle through and the particulates seem to disappear. This tends to keep the solvent somewhat cleaner looking. I try to not place drippy oily parts in the solution.
I believe Stoddards solvent was an industrial standard years ago.
Pour the old dirty solvent in a 5 gallon container and use it for a pre-wash on really dirty stuff.
I had my parts washer filled by the local Safety Kleen service. I made the mistake of using a home brewed mixture and when it came time to move from Texas to California I had no end of trouble finding a way to legally dispose of 20 gallons of grease / diesel oil / mineral spirits mixture.
The varsol supplied by them lasts 3 - 4 years in my shop then I call and they swap out my drum for a fresh one. Its not free but it is environmentally responsible and legal.
In NY, a homeowner can legally and safely dispose of greasy solvent and old paint once a year at a DEC-sponsored "clean-up" day. You have to sign a form swearing that you are not a business and you aren't disposing of anything that belongs or once belonged to a business. If not, they'll take it for free.