Solvent parts washers, which are machines in which parts are placed to undergo a highly controlled, solvent-based cleaning process, play a crucial role in the cleaning operations of companies and organizations around the world. Industrial grade parts washers can last for decades, but there comes a time when even the most reliable parts washer must be replaced, which brings us to the subject of this entry: How to shop for solvent parts washers online.
Why Shop Online?
Solvent parts washers are like most other products: You find the greatest abundance of them online. Buying in store provides a face-to-face custom service experience that many buyers appreciate when they make a significant investment in a washer, but if you shop with an online seller of parts washers whose website has contact information for sales support and technical support, you should receive great service there, too.
We recommend shopping online. However, whether you decide to shop online or in store for new solvent parts washers, there are at least five considerations to make before you secure a purchase: solvent compatibility, solvent recycling, wattage requirements, buying from a vendor versus buying from a manufacturer, and training time required to learn the equipment.
- Solvent Compatibility
It’s much easier to implement a parts washer that can use your current parts washing solvents than to implement a washer that requires you to research and purchase a new line of industrial cleaners. As long as the solvents you use are doing the job and have a good safety profile, it makes the most sense to buy a washer that accommodates the solvents.
- Solvent Recycling
Some types of solvents, such as high boiling solvents, are good candidates for solvent recycling of the kind that separates the cleaning catalyst from used solvent so the former can be reused. Because the process is typically performed with a parts washer that exerts a vacuum on the cleaning chamber that pulls the catalyst into a condenser unit, be sure to choose a washer that operates in this capacity if solvent recycling is a part of your cleaning operations.
- Wattage Requirements
If the wattage of a new parts washer is greater than the wattage of the previous equipment, be sure that electricity conduction equipment that serves the washer’s operating environment (e.g., power inverters, frequency converters, power converters, etc.) can handle the additional electricity load. Otherwise, the equipment could experience premature wear and fail during service due to carrying a load that exceeds the equipment’s load size.
- Vendor Vs. Manufacturer
When it comes to receiving technical support, getting your parts washer straight from the manufacturer instead of a vendor offers an obvious advantage: The manufacturer knows its products better than anyone and can thus provide you with a higher level of pre-sale technical support that helps you choose the right model. Buying directly from the manufacturer can also save money, as it eliminates using a “middleman”, a vendor, to get what you need.
- Training Time
How long will it take workers to learn to use the new parts washer? For the sake of productivity, this question should be answered before you buy instead of after. The learning curve for using most solvent parts washers is rather small, but it does require workers to take a bit of downtime. If your company has daily production quotas, considering training time can be quite important.
After you acquire your new parts washer, you’ll soon need to order more solvent to use with the equipment. If you need industrial solvents that are environmentally preferred, we recommend that you make Ecolink your solvent supplier. We supply stock and custom cleaners for a variety of cleaning needs, from the removal of light dirt to the removal of tough, organic accumulations.
To learn more about our eco friendly, industrial grade cleaning solutions, browse through our product list, or call us today at (800) 563-1305. We look forward to hearing from you.