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Old 10-30-12, 02:50 PM   #1
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My new toy! Ultrasonic Cleaner :)

Just got a package with this beauty in it! Big enough to hold a few cranks So far it's working fairly well only using Dawn. It's requiring a wipe down to remove excess dirt left over though. Think I need to find a stronger cleaner maybe.
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I have a small one designed for jewelry and it does well, for an experiment. When cleaning used chain for crafts, I use Super Clean De-greaser(purple bottle/jug) in water(much more water than de-greaser, but I'm going for a clean-but-well-used look), which seems to do wonders, as long as there is not too much sludge in the bottom of the tank. I have also found that having warm/hot solution helps tremendously as well.
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Shucks - now I feel like I'm slumming it just using a dishwasher.
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Not really. For parts cleaning, not much beats a ultrasonic unit, especially with the right solution.
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What approach have you developed for disposal of the liquid?
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Big enough to hold a few cranks So far it's working fairly well only using Dawn. It's requiring a wipe down to remove excess dirt left over though. Think I need to find a stronger cleaner maybe.
That looks like serious commercial equipment, but I'm not sure it's large enough to hold Pcad.
I have the larger Harbor Freight unit. I use Simple Green in varying concentrations, with 50/50 for the really grubby stuff.
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Simple Green works for me, as Shimagnolo stated, although I have to take the cleaner outside. I can't stand the Simple Green fumes.

My cleaner has a heater element that I always use to speed up the process. Maybe without the heat Simple Green would be alright inside---I just haven't tried it cold.
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I've read Simple Green has a habit of eating finishes on aluminum. Ever have any problems with that?
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I'm sure there are cautions against using mineral spirits in that thing, but it would work pretty well.
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I've read Simple Green has a habit of eating finishes on aluminum. Ever have any problems with that?
I've read that too.
But don't tell all the aluminum parts I've used it on w/o problem.
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Yeah, you aren't supposed to use flammable(especially highly flammable) solution in ultrasonic cleaners, something about how the process works. I get away with small amounts of denatured alcohol in solutions I use, but mine is only 35 watts. His is MUCH better than mine.

http://www.ultrasonicsdirect.com/sha...l-cd-2800.html
(same company, different site)

As far as disposal of the solution, I pour the solution out of my cleaner, into a pitcher, then into a large clear plastic jar. I let the solution sit(multiple tanks worth, since it's a small unit) and let gravity pull larger particles to the bottom. after gravity has the large particles, I pour the light stuff down the drain. I would try and filter it further, but to do that properly would be a tad expensive, and space consuming.

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sweet, i could use one of those!
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TheJoys Of Ultrasonic Cleaning

My old college roommate gave me one that has about a 4-quart capacity. It also warms the reservoir as it runs. I would never go back to cleaning components by hand.


In 5 minutes, anything is clean. Usually, I scrape away any surface grime/grit buildup and go over everything with a toothbrush prior to immersing in the ultrasonic unit.

When I service someone's drivetrain, I usually remove the derailleurs and give them a thorough cleaning - they come out looking brand new. Just a bit of WD-40 after a rinse (to chase the residual water), some drying time, and lubrication - and they're ready to go. Takes 20 minutes while I'm off doing something else.

For fluid, I use a dilute mixture of Dollar-store liquid degreaser/cleaner (although I can't remember its one-word name, maybe Awesome) mostly as a surfactant, sometimes with a bit of Dawn added to cut grease. For lightly rusted steel bits, I might use vinegar or a weak oxalic acid solution.

For disposal, it's the basement bathroom toilet (sorry). I try to change the fluid pretty frequently.

Again - I don't see how I could have survived without one before...

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poli-dent. just drop it in like an alka-seltzer. might work for dentures....

i want one (not dentures, the cleaner thingy).
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