Our Selection of Individual Parts Washers:
CRC Chemfree SmartWashers
With a unique design, larger sink area and mobility, the features of the SmartWasher SW-23 are great for most screen printing applications. There is no need for toxic solvents or caustic materials with this powerful machine. With an attached based and wheels, this machine can also be wheeled around your shop.
Manual washers are one of the most common types of part washers on the market. They’re low cost and good for light, sporadic cleaning and involved cleaning. The SmartWasher SW-25 includes toggle switch controls, a timer, adjustable thermostat and a large capacity pump.
The SmartWasher SW-28 Supersink is an alternative to conventional petroleum-based systems. It’s main features are its large sink for washing out equipment parts and a side mounted control panel.
Have a Question? Need a Quote?
Not all parts washers are the same. Some are mobile, some are stagnant, and some are better for small jobs while others for larger production levels. Sometimes the best way to go about picking out a parts washer is to speak to the experts. We have years of experience providing screen printing equipment to shops, so give us a call to discuss your options.
Why Choose Garston for Screen Printing Parts Washers?
Garston provides all kinds of screen printing equipment for any size shop in any state. We understand how expensive it can be to own a shop, so we always aim to provide low, affordable prices for all.
No screen printing supplier or business would be helpful without impeccable customer service. We always have our customers back, and we enjoy providing you recommendations and quotes for parts washers.
Name Brand Products
Many manufacturers have made their name in screen printing supplies as well as parts washers. We’ve seeked out the best of the best, and made it possible for your shop to own the best names in the industry.
Qualities of a Parts Washer
Aqueous Parts Washer
This type of parts washer provides all of the cleaning power of a solvent parts washer but uses cleaning solutions that are biodegradable and safe. You can easily immerse your parts and for some models, you can use a high pressure spray. Certain design choices can allow for manual cleaning, while larger models allow for automation, allowing the user to attend less to the machine.
Manual Parts Washer
Manual parts washers can be used for both solvent or aqueous cleaning fluids. Most manual washers have the following features: soak heated fluid, brush, directed stream and a type of fluid agitation.
Tips for Picking a Parts Washer for Screen Printing
The GPM of Your Pump
When it comes to Parts Washers, you need to understand the GPM (gallons per minute) of the pump. When you are looking at different models, focus less on the horsepower of the machine, seeing that it does not reflect the overall performance of an aqueous washer. This type of washer is more dependent on volume than pressure to help you achieve a better cleaning session, to which you want to focus on the GPM.
Another important component of a parts washer is the heat that it produces. To operate efficiently, your parts washer should maintain at least 170 to 175 degrees all day long.
There are plenty of detergents that exist for aqueous parts washers. But, you need to be careful with the detergent you choose and understand how to use it properly. Good detergents should have low foamers and rust inhibitors. You should also consider a detergent that has silicates that will create a protective shield on the interior surface of what you intend to clean.
The Right Size Reservoir
Years ago, a large reservoir was recommended because it allowed your parts washer to run for longer between oil saturation points. When you reached a specific saturation point, the washer would need to be drained and cleaned or the oil would again pump over the parts that were already cleaned. The invention of a oil skimmer helps oil saturation no longer be a problem, making large capacity reservoirs less of a requirement. It can also make heating up the machine more expensive.
Cleaning Your Parts Washer
Cleaning is a requirement of most equipment pieces. Dismantling and reaching the tank shouldn’t be a problem if you buy an efficient machine. By regularly cleaning your machine, you’ll also increase the lifespan of your washer.
Access of Replacement Parts
Nothing is more deceiving than buying a parts washer, needing a replacement part and none are for sale. Sooner or later because of use, you will need to replace pieces of your parts washer. The most desirable option for this would be to retrieve the parts locally and not internationally, waiting days or weeks to use your equipment again.
You should also look for a manufacturer that provides technical assistance. Getting the correct information for repairs or part replacements is beneficial to the efficiency of your parts washer.
Your parts washer shouldn’t be complicated to operate. In reality, you are simply washing pieces of your press or other equipment in your shop, but you need a viable place to do so. When shopping different washers, make sure that you can see yourself repairing or trouble-shooting the machine. If you are looking at washers that are far more complex than you thought, it’s best to stay away.
Compare Different Models Before Buying
Shopping around for a parts washer is exactly what it sounds like. Don’t settle for the first machine you get your hands on. Not all parts washers are made the same. Some are more complex and some are simplified. Find a machine that creates a balance for you, and won’t cause you sufficient problems in the future.
Alternative to Solvent Tanks:
The Brand, CRC Industries, has an entire line of eco-friendly, safe parts washers that can be used in your shop called the SmartWasher. These machines are easy to use and much more safe than a solvent tank.
When using a SmartWasher, you will need filters. These filters will help catching extra debris as well as large chunks or particles that may come out of your equipment during the cleaning process. When purchasing filters from CRC, you will find that there are 3 filter mats. Two will be white and one will be blue. The blue mat will contain bacteria that holds hydrocarbons. Any extra dirt or debris that makes it to the bottom of the parts washer will activate the bacteria on this filter, helping to continuously clean your machine at all times.
For any parts washer that you use, you must have the correct fluid. The best fluid to use with a CRC SmartWasher is Ozzy Juice.Inside the machine at the bottom is your pump assembly as well as a heater box (as mentioned above). Inside the box is a heater coil that will heat up your Ozzy Juice. Heat is the key ingredient in keeping the cultures activated, thus keeping your parts washer clean.
The best part about Ozzy Juice is that it is non-toxic and safe. You won’t have to worry about spilling it on your floor or your hands. Most solvents are dangerous and if they come in contact with wounds in your skin, can be painful. Ozzy Juice is also non-flammable, giving you more peace of mind and less risk of fires. When you have filled your parts washer with all of your fluid, it’s good to keep the jug. If you ever need to remove fluid from your tank, you’ll have a spot to place it. CRC SmartWashers are perfect for shops that want to downsize their footprint for the environment.
Parts Washers FAQ
What Is the Problem with Petroleum Solvents?
Many times mineral spirits or chlorinated solvents are used for parts cleaning, since they can easily dissolve oil, great or burnt-on carbon. These solvents can be effective, but they do raise multiple health and environmental concerns. They’re expensive to dispose, certain chemicals in their makeup can be toxic, it can evaporate quickly, and leave an oily residue.
If a Parts Washer Manufacturer Says a Cleaner is Biodegradable, Can it Be Disposed Down the Drain?
“Biodegradable” is not a synonym for “non-hazardous,” so you may not be able to simply pour your cleaner down the drain. Biodegradable cleaners may still have regulated chemicals that can be deemed as dangerous depending on your state or city regulations It’s best to check with your local wastewater utility before you partake in any disposal.
I Cleaned My Parts with Hot Water Only, Can I Put the Waste Water Down My Septic System?
No, because you did not use a cleaning solution, the water could have contaminants of oil, solvent or heavy metals. This should never be disposed of in your septic system.
Can I Use Other Fluids in a CRC SmartWasher?
For the line of CRC SmartWashers, it is recommended by the manufacturer that the most effective plan of action is to use your SmartWasher with a Ozzy Juice degreasing/chemical solution and a OzzyMat. If you add in other solutions, it may damage your machine or deem the OzzyMat (filled with Ozzy Microbes) to cancel out, eliminating the biggest advantages of your SmartWasher.
Honest, Fair Prices on All Parts Washers
Here at Garston, we are always trying to find the next best equipment pieces for our clients. The parts washers that we provide are eco-friendly and affordable, helping you create a more efficient, time-saving screen printing process for your shop. Have questions? Give us a call.