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water tank replacement
« on: May 27, 2015, 08:52:57 PM »
The sun has worked it's magic on my water tank and I need a new one.  I've never liked the WM tank feed valve and I'm looking for a better metering method.  The WM OEM valve just does not work well. 
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Re: water tank replacement
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2015, 08:55:54 PM »
I use the WM jug and a common plastic faucet.  (no picture)
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Re: water tank replacement
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2015, 10:08:20 PM »
Go online to US Plastics. I replaced my TK jug with an identical one from there for less than half the cost. Actually I bought two because of savings in shipping. They have a ton of plastic valves to chose from if you don't like the one that comes with the jug.
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Re: water tank replacement
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2015, 10:29:18 PM »
I patched my tank up with duct tape to give me time to come up with a replacement.  I was thinking about some kind of stainless steel or aluminum container.  Maybe a pony beer keg.  One day I stopped at a garage sale and found the prefect solution.  Two Igloo 5 gallon drinking water coolers for $5 each. They had seen some use but I've had one in place now for 4 years with no problems.  Keeps the water from freezing in the winter and beer cold in the summer. ;D
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Re: water tank replacement
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2015, 11:16:59 PM »
 

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Re: water tank replacement
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2015, 06:27:10 AM »
My water jug is plumbed like thechknhwk's picture.

I use the WM open/close valve, then installed a metering valve in the line, a couple of inches from the main valve.

Really work's nice.
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Re: water tank replacement
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2015, 08:06:07 AM »
I use the WM tank and valve, but installed a needle valve to control the flow better. But I also installed a 12volt solenoid valve. Saves alot of time and lube, after everything is set, just flip the switch. I was wasting ALOT of time trying to fine tune the WM valve, always too much or too little. I ordered it all off ebay, and I dont think I have $25 in the valve, solenoid and toggle switch.
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Re: water tank replacement
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2021, 08:26:55 AM »
 
My container  is broken at the corners. Canadian winters do a number on it. What is a good replacement other than the Wm kind?

 

 

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Re: water tank replacement
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2021, 09:13:06 AM »
I use empty 5 gallon containers of mineral oil, heavier plastic than the OEM water tanks with the same inlet and outlet.  
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Re: water tank replacement
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2021, 05:51:38 PM »
I tried Uline Jerry jugs.  Same dimensions as WM.  They are junk.
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Re: water tank replacement
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2021, 09:11:48 PM »
The 'secret' to making your water jug last is keeping it out of the sun.


 
Actually both of my jugs are covered and protected from the sun's UV rays.
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Re: water tank replacement
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2021, 09:40:45 PM »
I ran the cutting head into the rafters of my building and cracked the water tank.  I patch it up wih flex seal tape.  Since then, I acquired some discarded chlorine jugs which I plan to repurpose into lube tanks.  At least they will be lighter to hoist up on the mill. The WM replacement is only $25 plus half more for shipping.


 
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Re: water tank replacement
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2021, 07:30:02 AM »
 

 

I fabbed linkage to a gate valve to turn lube on/off automatically with clutch lever. I regulate flow with brass boiler drain (gate valve) on red gas can which has better UV resistance.
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Re: water tank replacement
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2021, 07:38:30 AM »
Google: "Reliance Aqua-Tainer". It's made in Canada. Mine came from Amazon as a warehouse return bargain. Sold many places as a camping jug for potable water. This jug is larger and far heavier plastic walls and has UV resistance too. 
It sort of fits the tray but mines never come out so a non-issue. Sits slightly skewed in the tray.  OE cap fits too and holds more juice than the WM version. 
My mills stationary but south end gets sun so jug needs a cover or better plastic. HDPE is not UV resistant in the OE or other clearish jugs like Grainger and U-line sells for much less than WM OE ones. I know they/WM need to make money but i need to not spend it when I have a better choice.
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Re: water tank replacement
« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2021, 08:10:11 AM »
     I also use the Reliance jugs.  Get them from a local outdoor store.  They do last longer than the OEM jugs, but they're by no means a lifetime replacement.  I cut a " piece of wood square to sit under it.  Slightly longer straps helps too.  About the same price but larger and no shipping costs. 
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Re: water tank replacement
« Reply #15 on: November 21, 2021, 02:22:13 AM »
Is there any reason you guys couldn't be using aluminium fuel tanks or hydraulic oil tanks etc?

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Re: water tank replacement
« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2021, 08:22:10 AM »
Visibility of the fluid level is my best guess. Tapping a plug near the bottom wouldn't be a big deal. 
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