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Offline Busted_Knuckles

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Ultra Sonic cleaner
« on: July 26, 2012, 08:42:10 AM »
I picked up hobo freight ultrasonic, 2.5L (I think) model yesterday, with timer and heat. Keeping in mind where I got it, the appearance of quality is better than I expected, I also bought the warranty for 2yrs for $20, because I know I will burn it up, long before then. You can exchange them at the store, without receipt, they just need your phone number and first name. I figured I cant loose on that one, Im a bit of a clean freak with tools and parts.

Ive got an older Smith Kline that I burned up (was made for doing fuel injectors), being meaning to repair, but have not got around to it. It has much larger dual transducers, than the hobo freight one, but that should come as no surprise, it was made in the USA, and probably cost 10x as much when new.

Ive got some brass that needs cleaning. Also miss having it in the shop.

Anybody else been playing with one of these ? Anybody try cleaning bearings with one ? And if you did, what did you use as liquid in the tank ? Ive played with castrol super clean on tools in the ultrasonic cleaner, but never tried a bearing.

Works real well on tools,..

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Ultra Sonic cleaner
« on: July 26, 2012, 08:42:10 AM »

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Re: Ultra Sonic cleaner
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2012, 03:53:12 AM »
I bought one (HF) and have not used it yet. I picked up a smaller one at goodwill for $3 and used it and was quite impressed. I need to try it on some tools.
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Re: Ultra Sonic cleaner
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2012, 03:54:35 AM »
oh, I just used dish soap but I hear simple green works well.
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Re: Ultra Sonic cleaner
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2012, 10:03:55 AM »
$3 for a used one is essentially free, nice score, that is suckage.

Be sure to use a basket, or what ever you do, dont put anything heavy on the bottom the tank. I causes the tranducers to get hot, and burns them up. They have a hard time vibrating the tank, if there is something heavy absorbing the vibrations. Thats how I burned up the first one, I loaded it up with tools, and they where sitting on the floor of the cleaner. It only lasted several hours. It was an expensive American made model.

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Re: Ultra Sonic cleaner
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2012, 10:34:35 AM »
That really sucks.

Yep NEVER let any weight lay on the bottom of them. The one we had specifically stated that damage determined to be caused by that was not covered by warranty.
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Re: Ultra Sonic cleaner
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2012, 11:11:41 AM »
It was an expensive lesson, I didnt know any better, and mine came with no warnings, although I never did read the "destructions" ! I was specifically set up to clean fuel injectors, so it had a tray that was stamped for the injectors, and it just got them under the water, so the tray was pretty useless, so I never used it.

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Re: Ultra Sonic cleaner
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2012, 11:20:01 AM »

ours had a big sticker that said it.  Of course it was sold by a ag supplier so they probably figured they had better make it plain.
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Re: Ultra Sonic cleaner
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2012, 12:33:27 PM »
What where you guys cleaning with it, or if it was AG supplied, what was the intended use ?

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Re: Ultra Sonic cleaner
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2012, 01:30:53 PM »
Injectors, carbs, and about any other small parts that needed 30 years of crud removed.
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Re: Ultra Sonic cleaner
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2012, 03:54:12 PM »
That is about what mine is for, I also clean old tools, that plus Im reloading now, I wanted to clean my brass wet, so that's what motivated me to buy another.

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Re: Ultra Sonic cleaner
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2012, 08:26:28 PM »
They worked good on cruddy cases.
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