Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by DougMN, Oct 1, 2009.
Is mac's 6402 carb cleaner that is sold at NAPA in one gallon cars any good? Thanks
I use it, works just fine for me. Napa delivers
Yes it work well, BUT it will rust the living:censoredut of any thing iron or steel. That includes any spray from blowing out passages after soaking. Or just the fumes from an open container. Very potent stuff, cannot be left on anything iron. I would wash the entire assembly in warm soapy water immediately after soaking and then blow dry. Good stuff but bad stuff if not handled with great care. Don't ask how I know this to be completely true. Not pretty. The basket thing is cool and very useful. Be careful!!!!!
They must have changed the formula . This stuff I just bought has very little oder. I put a disassembled carb in it over night and it didn't even eat the old gasket off.
They have changed the formula, none of the old stinky stuff that worked is still available. The new EPA friendly stuff is not all that great.
You are better off buying plain old mineral spirits to soak them in.
We went to an ultrasonic cleaner here quite a few years ago. The buckets of nasty carb cleaner days are over. The ultra sonic is the fastest, easiest, and safest way to clean small parts that I know of.
We use 5 gallons of tap water, about half a cup of Dawn dishsoap, and a half cup of purple degreaser.....Cliff
Hi Cliff Do you know what brand of ultasonic cleaner you have? And what the ballpark cost of one of these would be? I am very interested in doing away with the time consumptive parts cleaning thing. Don't know any facts about these units but have heard good things. Thanks
Not sure but I'll take a look today when I get to the shop.
Best money I ever spent, we got rid of all the buckets and aerosol type carb cleaners once we got the ultrasonic. Even though it uses water and we add small amounts of soap and degreaser, I have negative ventilation in the room that is located, and we wear gloves to handle the parts.
I keep a few cans of brake clean around to dry and degrease parts, but really don't use than much of it.
The ultra sonic will pay for itself quickly and ten fold over any other type of cleaner(s) for this sort of work.
Plus, you'll probably live years longer not being exposed to the chemicals found in carb cleaning solutions.
As far as effectiveness, just got in a 1964 4GC carb that had several decades of old fuel "paste" stuck in the bowls like paint. Came out almost spotless, just used a small screwdriver to loosen a few of the really heavy "glue" deposits, then back in the ultrasonic for a perfect end result.......Cliff
Sonicor, model SG-500. Can't remember the exact cost, around $500? Has a heater, which really helps......Cliff
So thanks a lot Cliff, now instead of getting 5 more saw for the collection I will have to spend the money on an ultrasonic cleaner.
At least I will have to look into it...
It does sound like nice way to clean small parts, any idea the maximum size part will fit in that one? I do have a dishwasher in the shop for parts but I was not so impressed with the performance. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good detergent that will clean the parts with a minimum effect on paint? I have found that most standard diswasher forumla have enough chlorine in them that the old McCulloch paint gets bleached out.
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