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Old 12-18-07, 07:17 PM   #1
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Ultrasonic Cleaner

I inherited an old Heathkit ultrasonic cleaner. After disassembling and wiping off the old Dia Compe side pulls on my ancient Univega I tossed all the parts into the ultrasonic cleaner with some soap and water for a few minutes. It may be my imagination, but I think the parts look cleaner after vibrating awhile. Is there a better solvent then soap and water to use in the ultrasonic; Or, am I just all wet?
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Old 12-18-07, 07:46 PM   #2
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Try some diluted simple green and hot water before you go out and buy any specilal ultrasonic cleaners. Simple green is pretty good at cutting through greasy buildup. bk
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Old 12-18-07, 09:28 PM   #3
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I've found normal dish soap (i.e. Palmolive) to be just as good as anything else in breaking down grease/grime.

Could work well in a soaking cleaner.
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Yeah, you don't need the fancy stuff from medical suppliers. I get great results on everything from jewelry to car parts with a mild diluted degreaser such as pine-sol. Though not at the same time...
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I use diluted Simple Green in a cheap ultrasonic cleaner. I just drop my parts in for six minutes and let it buzz. Comes out better than just soaking.
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I inherited an old Heathkit ultrasonic cleaner. After disassembling and wiping off the old Dia Compe side pulls on my ancient Univega I tossed all the parts into the ultrasonic cleaner with some soap and water for a few minutes. It may be my imagination, but I think the parts look cleaner after vibrating awhile. Is there a better solvent then soap and water to use in the ultrasonic; Or, am I just all wet?
Is your cleaner equipped with a heater? I use an ultrasonic cleaner in my shop, and without heat, it is not very effective. With the solvent heated to the 190-200f range, it is very effective. I also use a specially formulated solvent from Safety Kleen, so that likely makes a difference too. I have not tried dish soap or simple green, so I can't comment on how they would work.
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I also use a specially formulated solvent from Safety Kleen, so that likely makes a difference too.
That makes a huge difference. The "biodegradable" aqueous solutions a lot of companies are using now are heat activated. The one in my shop is basically worthless until scalding hot, but at high temps, it works like a charm.
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Not again! The ultrasonic cleaner thread.

Do you intend to perform surgery with your Dia-Compes?
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Ever tried the dishwasher (without wifey knowing?). Works just perfect...

You don't have to buy any special solvents or products, but be sure to get some band-aid in case she finds out. (I may be handy to keep a suitcase in reach.)
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Ever tried the dishwasher (without wifey knowing?). Works just perfect...

You don't have to buy any special solvents or products, but be sure to get some band-aid in case she finds out. (I may be handy to keep a suitcase in reach.)
Too Funny.

No surgery required, just trying to get the grime out of some very old parts. Judging by the sediment left in the bottom of the pan, a drop or two of Liquid soap seems to be working. My ultrasonic must have a heater as the water gets very warm; either that or my almost 40 year old ultrasonic cleaner is developing a short.
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Funny. I was looking into a cleaner but could not find a good price. Any news on that end?
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