Ultrasonic cleaner

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  1. amnesia

    amnesia Habitual Trader Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    What are you guys running? My wife said she wanted one to run her jewelry through so I figured I might as well get one for dual use.
     
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    JimB Picking it up slowly. Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    I got one that’s large enough for a pistol frame, 6L, but so far have used it for jewelry. I’m mostly a wipe it off kinda gun cleaner. Plan to try suppressor baffles in it one day.

    mine is 180w worth of transducers, 3x60 is my guess, and has a 400w heater. I’d link to Amazon, but it’s gone, it was listed as an ultrasonic carb cleaner.
     
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    BatteryOaksBilly A SHOOTER Benefactor Life Member Supporting Member

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    I've got a big one I just came in to. I'd say 10 inches wide and 18 inches long...Heavy! I got it this week, it's yours for free if you can get it!
     
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    I’ve got the baby Hornady one. It’ll only run for 6min at a time so I have to be nearby to get a good 20min cleaning on things like baffles and bolts but it does a great job with either Zep Citrus or Simple Green, each mixed 50/50 water.
     
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    BatteryOaksBilly A SHOOTER Benefactor Life Member Supporting Member

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    Yep!!! The one I'm givin away would hold and jiggle a baby!
     
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    That is a fantastic offer.

    Chris, I’ve had 4 of them. Here is my advice (re firearm use).

    1- best option is a used one that was designed for dental use. On of the major brands is Branson. These units are much, much more powerful than the $99 ones marketed for gun use and you can usually find them used.

    2- surprisingly, Grizzly sells a rifle sized unit that has pretty powerful transducers for a reasonable price. I recall paying around $400 for mine and it will take a rifle barrel. It does a great job too. The owner of Grizzly is an F class shooter and their firearms related products are usually pretty good.

    3- industrial models do a great job but are expensive.

    4- don’t bother with the inexpensive ones from Lyman, etc. They are better than nothing, but that’s it. They are good for jewelry though, because they are gentle.

    5 don’t get one way oversized for your needs. The reason why is that they usually have transducers mounted to the sides of the tank and you have to fill it above the transducer level. This means that you will end up going thru several gallons of cleaning fluid even if you only need to clean one pistol.

    6 - my SME is about 3 years old, and their might be good, inexpensive options today that I’m unaware of.
     
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    This one is welded stainless.
    This one is BIG.
     
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    Chris, go get the one from Billy! It’s a very generous offer!
     
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    Something like this?

    Branson Model B200 Ultrasonic Cleaner, 120V https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007XYF22W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ySIcFbDW3J9WQ


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    I have a Pro-Craft 23.583I use for small parts, works pretty good, but there's no timer and no way to turn off the heater. Not sure how it compares to the newer ones as mine is probably 20 years old, still puts holes in aluminum foil just fine though. Haven't used it to clean brass yet, use it mostly to clean jewelry and small parts in the shop.
     
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    Thanks gents and ty Billy for the offer. Let me figure out where i plan on keeping this and decide from there. I’ve done a great job cleaning out the workshop. I can almost see a bit of counter space.
     
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    Along the same lines how often do you guys clean your part in your cleaners? Once in a while deep clean or after every range trip sort of thing?


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    SOP for that one is to fill up with water to transducer level and put smaller items in small glass/beaker/container filled with cleaning solution.
     
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    Clever approach!
     
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    I have one of the smaller hornady one, can fit bcg in it
     
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    I bought a Harbor Fright one years ago (yes I spelled it that way on purpose) when I wasn't sure if I wanted one or not. Thought it was a cheap alternative to try it out. Darn thing won't die and does a great job. It's heated too which I think helps a lot. I didn't pay $80 for it and you can always get huge coupons from them. I use the Lyman ultrasonic gun cleaning solution with it, and all is well.
     
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    @hp468 is to pick mine up Soon. All Gone. Perfect size for anybody that wanted to "Buzz" a Jack Russell.
     
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    I have this one and have been using it with pistol parts and small engine carb parts with good results.
    Although I did buy it more on a whim without much research into ultrasonic cleaners, which isn't like me, it has held up well for about 6 years now.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ACDVDCO
     
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