Seth wrote in and said he couldn’t find the utterpower 5 gallon bucket washer, so I put it back on you tube. Here you go Seth…
I made this to wash shop rags, and I also found it handy up at off grid Easton when I was crawling around in the dirt getting really dirty building the pump house, you can see the finished project on YouTube as well. I dropped a few items in the bucket while I was taking a shower.. Presto! they were at least man clean in no time:-) I made this from a Honda wiper motor assembly as I found it incredibly easy to extract from junk autos VS other makes.
Sure beats washing rags by hand in your shop too, and you know your wife will want to kill you if you toss those rags in her washer and leave a grease ring in it, ask me how I know? It was 30 years ago, but I still remember it was kinda a one-sided conversation…
Cut one of the stock wiper arms rods to proper length, use a sleeve to join them. Build a turn table and spindle. The bell crank drives the table. Good idea is to size turn table so it just fits inside the lip of the bucket, that way it stays put. The bell-crank drives a knuckle located on the underside of the turntable, knuckle borrowed from the wiper assembly.
This unit runs very well directly off a small solar panel. On the smaller solar systems, something like this could be part of a ‘dump load’ in otherwords, schedule the work to be done when your batteries are in float, and the sun is doing the work directly. If you are running a ‘make do’ system, covering the corner of a solar panel with a tee shirt can control the speed of the washer.
As with most anything you build, I have simplified and improved this washer about 5 times. It seems you must do it a number of time to study what can be improved, and made more simple, easier to build and less costly.
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