So are these gizmos all they are cracked up to be? Are they really mess-free? Doesn't the chain get wet anyway and spray all over everything anyway?
I heard of folks soaking their chain in mineral spirits - that sounds easy enough, cuz then you just wipe it and or let it drip-dry? But doesn't that strip the lube from the innards and make it difficult to re-lube every joint?
Anyone use an automated unit and like it - or is it just hype? The sample videos I've seen don't show an actual cleaning - they are always of clean chains without any solvent in the device.