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NY 896995

April 25, 1994

CLA-2-84:S:N:N1:106 896995


TARIFF NO.: 8424.89.0080

Ms. Tracey Ellman
PBB Group
434 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY 14202

RE: The tariff classification of a power spray washer from Canada

Dear Ms. Ellman:

In your letter dated April 14, 1994, on behalf of Proceco Industrial Machinery Ltd., Montreal, Quebec, Canada, you requested a tariff classification ruling. You have submitted descriptive and illustrative literature.

The imported product is a Typhoon-HD heavy duty power spray washer that combines chemical, heat and mechanical scrubbing action of its spray jets for fast cleaning action. The literature states that the Typhoon-HD power spray washers come in various models, with turntable diameters ranging from 26 inches to 120 inches, work height ranging from 36 inches to 120 inches, and turntable capacity ranging from 1,000 pounds to 20,000 pounds (larger models are available on request). The mode of heating may be electric, gas or steam. The rinse water may drain into a tank or it may be diverted into the sewer. The material to be cleaned or washed rotates while it is sprayed from all sides.

The Typhoon-HD machine features a tank and cabinet fabricated of 3/16 inch or 1/4 inch steel plate and all-welded construction; one inch poly- urethane insulation and a steel outer shell, plus a two component epoxy finish; a fused disconnect switch; timers for the wash cycle, rinse and exhaust; a push button on/off switch; an automatic solution lever control; a thermostat for automatic temperature control; a turntable drive; removable twin stainless steel screens; electric heating with a stainless steel immersion element; a door and turntable both mounted on ball bearings so they swing out together; and a steel labyrinth door seal.

Other features include a turntable drive with roller chain; a drip tray that keeps the floor dry and safe; a seven day programmable timer; a fresh water inlet with strainer and solenoid valve for rinse and rapid filling of the tank; an automatic level control; a removable cover plate that serves as a drain plate and clean-out access; an air inlet and pneumatic control for oscillating the central nozzle pipe; and a T.E.F.C. motor.

The Typhoon-HD spray washer may be used for heavy duty degreasing, glue pot cleaning and rinsing, inkpot cleaning, paint stripping, rust proofing, phosphating prior to rinsing, and/or other industrial purposes.

The applicable subheading for the Typhoon-HD heavy duty power spray washer will be 8424.89.0080, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSUSA), which provides for mechanical appliances (whether or not hand operated) for projecting, dispersing or spraying liquids or powders. The general rate of duty will be 3.7 percent ad valorem.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Section 177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177).

A copy of this ruling letter should be attached to the entry documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported. If the documents have been filed without a copy, this ruling should be brought to the attention of the Customs officer handling the transaction.


Jean F. Maguire
Area Director

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