Ultrasonic Cleaner Club " clean members only"

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Ultrasonic Cleaner Club " clean members only"


By Skypilot

4 years ago



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    #1 4 years ago

    Which one do you own? Do you like it? I would like your feedback before I purchase one. I looked at the ones at Harbor Freight. Are they to small?

    #2 4 years ago

    I got the cute little $25 guy from Amazon. I like it, but I know it's not up to your standards!

    #3 4 years ago
    Quoted from mot:

    I got the cute little $25 guy from Amazon. I like it, but I know it's not up to your standards!

    I have standards?

    #4 4 years ago

    I got the 2.5 L one and it works great. It cleans most items.

    #5 4 years ago
    Quoted from Soapman:

    I got the 2.5 L one and it works great. It cleans most items.

    price and or pics would help.

    #6 4 years ago

    The 2.5l one from HF works well - http://www.harborfreight.com/25-liter-ultrasonic-cleaner-95563.html

    When I purchased it, it was on sale for $69 and I had a 20% off coupon any one item so it was just under $50.

    #7 4 years ago

    do you fit a wire harness in it?

    #8 4 years ago

    I don't believe a harness would fit.

    #9 4 years ago
    Quoted from Skypilot:

    I have standards?

    No holes drilled through the playfield is one.

    #10 4 years ago
    Quoted from Skypilot:

    do you fit a wire harness in it?

    I have not, sorry! You could do some harnesses but they would need to be shorter ones. If it helps the "tub" is approximately 9.75" x 5.75" x 2.75". The 2.75" is the depth.

    One of the drawbacks to this model is there is no ON/OFF switch. You have to unplug it every time.

    #11 4 years ago

    I am looking at getting one soon myself. Something that will hold bigger items but not be crazy 1k+ expensive either. Do both of the cardboard freight models have the issue of being hard to drain?

    #12 4 years ago
    Quoted from meSz:

    I have not, sorry! You could do some harnesses but they would need to be shorter ones. If it helps the "tub" is approximately 9.75" x 5.75" x 2.75". The 2.75" is the depth.
    One of the drawbacks to this model is there is no ON/OFF switch. You have to unplug it every time.

    You could install a switch on the cord easily with one from Home Depot or Lowes. Or simply plug into a powerstrip with an on and off switch.

    #13 4 years ago
    Quoted from mot:

    No holes drilled through the playfield is one.

    Touche'

    #14 4 years ago

    I'd as McCune what he has but last time it cost a fortune when I liked his sanding system.

    #15 4 years ago

    Ultrasonic's not an area where you want to skimp.

    A good one will do an incredible job.

    A midranged one will do an OK job

    A cheap one.. is a cheap one

    Get the parts good and clean, and they will tumble to a nice shine much more quickly than if they are dirty. The media will last longer.

    I'm hoping to upgrade to something a little larger soon - like this:

    amazon.com link »

    #16 4 years ago

    LOL, I don't have one and don't plan on getting one. I have a industrial two tub sink with a drain board. Lots of scrubbing by hand but that is ok .

    #17 4 years ago
    Quoted from johnwartjr:

    Ultrasonic's not an area where you want to skimp.
    A good one will do an incredible job.
    A midranged one will do an OK job
    A cheap one.. is a cheap one
    Get the parts good and clean, and they will tumble to a nice shine much more quickly than if they are dirty. The media will last longer.
    I'm hoping to upgrade to something a little larger soon - like this:
    amazon.com link »

    That is a price I can handle!

    #18 4 years ago

    Been looking to get one as we'll let me know what you come up with

    #19 4 years ago

    I have this one. Two minutes into it and I was kicking myself for not getting one sooner. It gets all the little nooks and crannies clean in seconds. I got this one.
    amazon.com link »

    I really like the one John pointed out. You could put much bigger stuff in that one.

    #21 4 years ago

    Damn! Just toss the whole machine in the ultrasonic in one piece?

    #22 4 years ago

    If you talk to your local service master clean rep he/she might let you use the one they use.

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    #24 4 years ago

    dumb krestun, but these just provide cleaning, no polishing effect, correct?

    #25 4 years ago

    agree with CF. Bigger is better when it comes to ultrasonicators. That thing looks like a great price for the size. Would love to hear some reviews.

    #26 4 years ago
    Quoted from Erik:

    dumb krestun, but these just provide cleaning, no polishing effect, correct?

    Correct but they clean up super nice unless the metal is really gunk'ed up.

    Quoted from Skypilot:

    Holy snikeys centerflank !

    I have a smaller one which is great for small stuff and even some wire forms you can just dip part of it into and move around but that big dog would be freakin awesome! Im buying one similar to that before this winter as I have a few machines Im scheduled to do for people.

    #27 4 years ago

    I bought a 27L one like CF posted ... we run it with 50/50 water and commercial degreaser and its just plain awesome. Love it.

    #28 4 years ago

    I have had a reasonably good result from ultrasonic but find it needs an additive-I use vinegar. Interested to know whether anyone else inserts an additive.

    #29 4 years ago

    I use this in my Ultra, kicks ass!

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    #30 4 years ago

    My farther in law was a watch maker and he used to make cleaner from water, ammonia and liquid dawn.

    #31 4 years ago
    Quoted from centerflank:

    I use this in my Ultra, kicks ass!

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    what ratio?

    #32 4 years ago

    Not telling YOU of all people.

    just kiddin, it has mix ratios on it, I always add a little extra....

    Obviously a 30L unit is going to eat up a ton of solution.

    #33 4 years ago

    lol

    #34 4 years ago

    my method is LA Totaly Awesome Orange 25%, Water 75%, and some dawn dish soap to make it 110% kick ass.

    #35 4 years ago

    Ultrasonics are not a tool to buy cheaply...quality makes a differenceimage.jpg

    #36 4 years ago

    I have used the small ultrasonic cleaner from Harbor Freight ($35 on sale) for a couple games now. With a 50/50 water/krud kutter I have yet to find a part that doesn't come out amazingly clean. I've thrown entire flipper mechs in there, and frankly there aren't many parts on a game that don't fit (the rest are wireframes and ball guides that don't fit in larger cleaners either).

    #38 4 years ago

    seen some turbo sonic on ebay QLD

    #39 4 years ago

    I've been using the cheap HF one many times too... Works fine for me. (generally use Simple Green & water)
    Still need to do mild scrubbing afterward, to get the loosened crud off. (but way better than cleaning alone)
    Only word of caution... never plug it in and run the heating without liquid. (I cooked the heater element.)

    #40 4 years ago

    I have had this for a few weeks... So far so good...
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    #41 4 years ago

    I liked this one for the size of an item you could fit in here...
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    #42 4 years ago
    Quoted from meSz:

    The 2.5l one from HF works well - http://www.harborfreight.com/25-liter-ultrasonic-cleaner-95563.html
    When I purchased it, it was on sale for $69 and I had a 20% off coupon any one item so it was just under $50.

    I got this one too. First thing I did was use my professional motorcycle mechanic grade silicone and sealed the tub and housing mating seal. Reviews said that the moisture would leach past and kill the electronics.

    So far it cleaned my van's EGR valve and a nasty carburetor and jets. I think it is worth the sale price of fifty bucks.

    #43 4 years ago

    I know little about these. How often do you change the liquid?

    #44 4 years ago
    Quoted from Skypilot:

    I know little about these. How often do you change the liquid?

    after it is really dirty (or sits for a long time). You will get an idea for when is stops cleaning as well.

    #45 4 years ago

    After using now for 26 years, many cleaners, polishes, and parts can contaminate a tank, or cause different parts to discolor. I highly recommend glass jars/corning, to hold small parts for cleaning, separate cleaning solutions based on parts and needs. That way, a tank with water can clean several different separate types.
    Keeping pieces off the bottom prevent burn, and clean better.

    Small particles of metal, or other, can scratch polished surfaces, so depending on the work, changing solution when needed is important.

    I benefit from a commercial Steam cleaner, although not necc.
    like this:

    amazon.com link »

    This removes any last dirt or cleaner, especially after polishing/buffing.

    Today, I finish off the metal playfield parts that may be prone to oxidation, and seal with this self leveling evaporating product:

    http://www.everbritecoatings.com/?gclid=CKL7x_i3uL8CFbRj7AoduCkAPQ

    An amazing, foolproof product one should really look into....

    #46 4 years ago

    I've got the little one from Harbor Freight. It's OK. It sits on the counter and purrs like a baby kitten and does stuff. I don't see a huge advantage to using it versus warm soapy water and a brush, so I would not recommend it.

    I'm tempted to buy one of the big cleaners, but I wish I knew someone with one so I could see how well they actually work first. I think if I was going to drop $250 on a cleaner, I would buy a big tumbler first.

    #47 4 years ago
    Quoted from radium:

    I've got the little one from Harbor Freight. It's OK. It sits on the counter and purrs like a baby kitten and does stuff. I don't see a huge advantage to using it versus warm soapy water and a brush, so I would not recommend it.
    I'm tempted to buy one of the big cleaners, but I wish I knew someone with one so I could see how well they actually work first. I think if I was going to drop $250 on a cleaner, I would buy a big tumbler first.

    Interesting... I'm the exact opposite. My Lyman vibrate/tumbler is worthless; compared to my cheap HF Ultrasonic.

    #48 4 years ago
    Quoted from centerflank:

    This is my next Ultra purchase

    Now we now how TB is gonna get you clean before a porn shoot CF! Hey, you gotta get all those nooks and crannies. New Porn name...ULTRA-FLANK!

    On a more serious note ...My wife has a small cheap ultrasonic jewelry clean I bought her that really works pretty well. My trick is to boil hot water and use that in there. The hot water really helps to get the dirt off.

    Once in a while, I turn on the espresso machine, heat it up and use the steam wand to clean her diamonds. After seeing them professionally clean her diamonds like that a the store, the espresso machine idea hit me!

    Between the ultrasonic and the steam wand, her diamonds look like new!

    A word of caution...you cannot clean sterling silver in an ultrasonic machine. Why, IDK. They cleaned my wife's Pandora bracelet at Pandora after buying her a few more charms. It was beautiful when she got it back. I said, geesh, I'm gonna use the ultrasonic on this too. The lady gasped and said, no, no, no. Never clean sterling silver in an ultrasonic. I then asked how they cleaned it and she said a tumbler. I asked what kind of media they used and she said, and I quote..."A small sized something or other." while making hand motions. LOL I said ok, I'll research it.

    I have a HF 5lb tumbler I bought months ago, but have yet to open it. So I can't comment on that.

    Happy cleaning!

    #49 4 years ago
    Quoted from McCune:

    LOL, I don't have one and don't plan on getting one. I have a industrial two tub sink with a drain board. Lots of scrubbing by hand but that is ok .

    Buy a good one, Jim and you'll wonder why you didn't get one sooner. It works best on coils and harnesses.

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