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    Quote Originally Posted by jim85541 View Post
    years ago a shop I worked at bought used dry cleaning fluid from the dry cleaners next door. It was non flammable and worked well. I assume now that it caused cancer, ingrown nails, world hunger, and male pattern baldness. Anyone know if it is still available and works safely?
    I think that was carbontetrachloride, it is bad stuff that goes right under your cuticles and into your blood stream where it eventually does major damage. Banned and outlawed many years ago.

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    I worked my teenage years at a dry cleaner. The solvent used from maybe 1950 until about 1990 or so in California was called "Perc" which was short for percloretheleen (sp) It was outlawed because it caused liver cancer among other things. It was non-flammable and super degreaser. My old boss was an old car nut and we regularly cleaned car parts in the dry cleaning machine. It was also great for cleaning oil based paints from paint brushes....they would come looking like new!

    Latter I worked in the electronics industry and we used tricloretholeen (sp) to clean circuit boards....it worked really well to degrease my motorcycle parts back then. It was also outlawed for causing bad cancers. I should be dead form all the exposure :O

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    Wonder what dry cleaners use today? and how does it work as a degreaser? I used buckets of carbon tet, keep waiting to fall over dead,,.

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    Way back when I worked at the Beverly Hilton Hotel we changed out a 450 ton Chiller and it use R-11 Freon and a saved a few gallons and it worked great for cleaning parts but it evaporated into the open air. But today it's hard just to buy it not good to the atmosphere.

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    I worked for the power company and we used to get a Freon cleaner in aerosol cans and it was a super good degreaser. Our cable splicers used it for cleaning.

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    CRC parts washer is what we use at work but it's very expensive. I favor mineral spirits personally

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    We have a cheap HF like parts washer on the farm. It's big but the solvent I buy at the farm store evaporates out then back to the farm store for another 5 gallons...not cheap.

    I have had and used the safety-kleen model 14 parts washer for years. Not cheap but it works good the solvent does't evaporate and when the solvent needs replaced you just call safety-kleen.

    Model 14 | safety-kleen.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by wthanel View Post
    We have a cheap HF like parts washer on the farm. It's big but the solvent I buy at the farm store evaporates out then back to the farm store for another 5 gallons...not cheap.

    I have had and used the safety-kleen model 14 parts washer for years. Not cheap but it works good the solvent does't evaporate and when the solvent needs replaced you just call safety-kleen.

    Model 14 | safety-kleen.com
    Mine is a Model 30,

    Model 16 and 30 | safety-kleen.com

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