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Posted: 7/2/2012 3:06:35 PM EDT
Currently working on an older (heavy) farm tractor - the thing is really heavily dirt/greased up. Does anyone have a 'recipe' for a degreasing concoction?  I have a heavy duty power washer and have used 'store bought' spray on (can type) degreaser but looking for a 'home made' material and not worried (at least here) about environmental type hazards.  Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks in advance.
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 3:53:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 4:25:09 PM EDT
Simple Green - Brake Cleaner for some of the harder parts.
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 4:58:06 PM EDT
Lowes has Formula 88 and I use it for 90% of the degreasing jobs at the garage, a good brake cleaner for the rest.
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 5:31:02 PM EDT
Purple Power I by it in the 1 gallon jugs
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 6:00:17 PM EDT
Waldo:  Dry Ice Blasting?  Sounds airy/fairy to me but doubt that it would work out here where we live (a very rural location in a valley in southern new Mexico)).  Thanks for the suggestions - I suspect that I will be crawling around under this machine (Massey Ferguson 285 tractor) with a putty knife scraping 25 years worth of grease/dirt off the underside in addition to hydraulic leaks and baked on diesel/dirt.  It's becoming more than a part time hobby ............. plus its been over 100' for the past month - but I'm goin' to do it by God ................ turning in to a real red neck in retirement after a suit and tie working career.
What I am looking for is something that will cut/emulsify caked on crap in order to power wash the stuff off ....... store bought/can spray on will do it eventually but also looking for a 'softer easier' method.  Pressure hot steam would do it but do not have it available.  
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 6:24:58 PM EDT
Kerosene works great, but it's messy and not good to dump all over the place. Simple Green is what I use for most tasks, and it works pretty well.

Link Posted: 7/3/2012 5:52:57 AM EDT
the purple stuff works great, but I soak my parts in it overnight. literally caked on grease wipes off the next morning.

not sure how it works sprayed on.
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 6:49:28 AM EDT
If your parts are small enough to dunk or soak, pine-sol works awesome to clean parts like carbs and such....and environmentally friendly. I've done carbs with it.


Link Posted: 7/3/2012 6:55:48 AM EDT
I save the old naphtha from my parts washer for things like this, or gas.
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 10:10:45 PM EDT
Oven Off.  Let it dry to white, pressure wash, repeat.
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