Parts washers are incredibly handy and essential for cleaning and de-greasing oily parts. They’re also flammable, toxic, and caustic, and you have to change the nasty cleaning solution regularly — until now. Microbial bacteria in Bio-Circle’s “Bioremediation” washer eat oil and grease and excrete water and oxygen, automatically renewing the non-toxic, water-based cleaning solution.
According to Bio-Circle, the bioremediation process has been in use for decades to clean up oil spills and decontaminate soil without further damaging the environment. They simply adapted the process to address the similar problem of parts degreasing.
Bio-Circle’s cleaning solution — called Bio-Circle-L — contains the microbes while the washer heats the solution to the 105-degree temperature required to activate them. The solution will continue to devour your grease, soot, wax, and so on as long as the machine remains plugged in or you allow it to completely clear the surface of oil before shutdown. (The microbes can enter a “sleep” mode, but require oxygen to survive.) All you need to do is top up the tank and empty the unit’s 3-stage filter that traps grit and other deposits.
Bio-Circle sells two models: the 40″ x 31″ x 40″ IO-400 which has a tank capacity of 26 gallons and can hold up to 440 lbs, and the smaller 32″ x 23″ x 41″ IO-200 with a 21-gallon tank which holds up to 220 lbs. The only bad news is price. The IO-200 starts around $1,500 and the IO-400 retails for a cool three grand.
But don’t forget to factor in the cost of your current unit’s daily or weekly fluid service. And what price can you put on being good to your planet?
Bioremediation Parts Washer [BioCircle]
PS: It’s worth a trip to Bio-Circle’s website just to check out the Bio-Circle-L MSDS. It’s easily the most bland MSDS we’ve ever seen for a cleaning solution.