Parts washers come in a wide variety of types. Some parts washers are just basic bins with a cleaning solvent in it; you place whatever parts you need washed into the bin and you let them soak. Other parts washers are a little more hands-on, but still require work on your part in order to get them to clean the parts you need cleaned properly. All parts washers carry the advantage of being able to do more work than a single person cleaning parts could do, but over time the parts washer has evolved to become even more beneficial.
The automatic parts washer is one stage in the evolution of parts washing machines that has made life much easier for people who employ these types of equipment in their businesses. Most automatic parts washers have a sizable capacity so you can wash a lot of parts at once, they have a strong solvent that cleans the parts properly so you do not have to run them through the washer over and over, and they often will have an element that agitates them to help them get even cleaner than if they merely sat still inside the washing unit. All of these components lend themselves to making the automatic parts washer a wonderful investment for anyone who need to have oil, grease, or other dirt cleaned off parts quickly and efficiently.
An important thing to keep in mind, though, is that even though automatic parts washers do a great deal of cleaning for you, they, too must be properly cared for. This means that the washer itself must be washed from time to time to prevent all of the dirt, grease, and oil it removes from the parts it cleans from clogging up the parts washer itself and causing it to break down. Sometimes cleaning a parts washer is a simple as hosing it out carefully and thoroughly. Be sure to check with your parts washer manufacturer for the best ways to keep your automatic parts washer in tip top shape.