Bicycle Mechanics - Clean Parts with This Sonic Cleaner?
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01-31-09, 07:35 PM
I got this this jewelry cleaner at a garage sale for $1:
It takes 4 AA batteries, and did a good job of cleaning my glasses. Do you think it will work for cleaning my chain, for example?
01-31-09, 08:12 PM
Give it a whirl.
Whaddya' got to lose??
I'm guessing ... if you search ... there are quite a few threads/posts about using ultrasonic cleaners for bike parts....
02-01-09, 11:12 AM
Yea, but the search function didn't allow me to brag about getting it for $1, and to post the pretty picture. :)
It's probably too wimpy to do much, but I'll give it a shot.
02-01-09, 12:29 PM
I would clean your chain by hand first to get most of the crud off before putting in the ultrasonic cleaner. Does it seem like the motor is going to handle the weight of a bike chain? Oh and I wouldn't put your glasses back in there after cleaning bike parts ;)
02-01-09, 12:47 PM
If it runs on 4 AA batteries, it's too wimpy!
You can pick up a plug-in 110 AC ultrasonic from Harbor Freight on the cheap (though not for one buck!). It'll suit your purpose much better I think.
02-01-09, 03:04 PM
Why would there ever be crud on your chain? bk
02-08-09, 02:08 PM
I used it today on headset parts, and it seemed to work very well. That is, I put the parts in with mineral spirits, turned it on, and after 20 minutes there were a lot of crud particles in the bowl.
I am guessing that you probably did not receive any instructions with your $1 cleaner but if you had those instructions would have warned against putting any flammable liquids in the cleaner. Ultrasonic energy will cause flammable liquids to vaporize copiously and possbily self ignite or be ignited by static electricity resulting in fire!!!!!!!!!
02-08-09, 06:26 PM
FWIW, I know lots of people who clean bearings in the ultra sonic cleaners using mineral spirits or alcohol (90% or higher). Haven't heard of anyone blowing up yet.
02-08-09, 06:56 PM
what are you supposed to use, if not flammable? Orange degreaser?
02-08-09, 07:53 PM
I use Simple Green and water. A 50-50 mix.
02-08-09, 08:37 PM
FYI...look into the solution your using...i know you cant clean anything with seals in a parts cleaner. as it destroys the seals. so id just look out after that
ONlY thing bad ive seen with these is that sometimes it messes up the finish of whatever your cleaning
and deff DONT set youself on fire please
02-08-09, 11:06 PM
I concur with the previous admonishment to not use flammable liquids - unless the machine is equipped with a sparkless-motor. Such would be available in science supply houses. And NOT be resembling cheap in price.
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