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Ultrasonic cleaners

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by ftsdoc, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. ftsdoc

    ftsdoc albany New Member

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    Does anyone know if there is a difference in ultrasonic cleaner for jewelry and the ones made for the gun community. I see that you can get a jewelry ultrasonic cleaner for around $30 and Hornady cost around $100. I am hoping to save on the ultrasonic cleaner and buy more gun parts. :)
     
  2. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Its going to come down to size. You are only going to be able to get small parts into a jewelry cleaner. If that's all you are going to use it for then it would be fine. but you may have trouble getting a barrel or a metal frame into one.
     
  3. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    Might just be a larger capacity cleaner for bigger parts like slides and BCG's. Don't think there is a functional difference.
     
  4. oli700

    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    they all do the same thing some at varing degrees

    if you have a Harbor freight they have a decent size unit that works well for 86 or so bucks......it is almost identical to Lymans 2500
     
  5. F2CMaDMaXX

    F2CMaDMaXX West of Portland from England Bullet goes where now? Staff Member Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Functionally, no, it is as already said, size, then there is the quality on top of that.

    I'm not saying the firearms stuff is higher quality, just make sure that you get one with a good emitter setup, some of the really cheap ones may have construction issues giving some inconsistency in the waves given out.
     
  6. Gunfinish

    Gunfinish Pacific NorthWET Member

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    I own a "firearms" ultra sonic cleaner.
    I paid a GRAND for mine. SHARPERTEK
    Don't waste your money.
    You really want an effective cleaner?
    Buy a steam vapor cleaner.
    Amazing!
     
  7. Classic

    Classic Federal Way WA Well-Known Member

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    I personally dislike cleaning revolvers... Way too much work so I popped out the money on the Lyman. After running the cylinder through (10) 8 minute cycles using the Hornady cleaner for guns I figured out I could have cleaned my gun 3 times and guess what? It was still dirty!!!
    It cleaned easier but at what cost?
    Bag the cleaner and buy EVEN MORE GUN PARTS!;)
     
  8. SinisterSouthpaw

    SinisterSouthpaw SW WA Active Member

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    Ultrasonic cleaners for firearms AND brass = expensive, sloppy, ineffective. I had a "good" "powerful" one with a heater. I gave it away--to someone I don't like.
     
  9. FortRock

    FortRock Bend/Salem, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If only cleaning brass consider the stainless steel pin method. Best I have used yet. For brass. There are a number of them available on Midway.
     
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  10. Gunfinish

    Gunfinish Pacific NorthWET Member

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    Well, I went and bought the MiniMax Steam Vapor Cleaner.
    http://www.minimaxcleaner.com/play/Small-Arms-Cleaning.html
    I was able to demo one at the Shot Show, and was fairly impressed. I should receive it Monday and after doing a few guns I've got in for Cerakoting and other work, I'll start a thread on it and report in detail.
    It's a bit different than small conventional steam cleaners, like for food service cleaning, and dental labs in that it uses a much higher pressure of at least 150-190 psi rather than the normal 45-75 psi.
    It also uses very little water.
     
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  11. PORSCHE928S4

    PORSCHE928S4 Newport, Oregon Active Member

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    They make short work of cleaning a AR BCG !
     
  12. Silver Hand

    Silver Hand Southern Oregon Coast Well-Known Member

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    Be careful to not leave water in the crevices of your arms.
    Silver Hand
     
  13. Mr Bill

    Mr Bill Salem New Member

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    I wonder how well this would work cleaning the hard carbon deposits on suppressor baffles? That stuff is nigh impossible to remove without a ton of scrubbing.
     
  14. F2CMaDMaXX

    F2CMaDMaXX West of Portland from England Bullet goes where now? Staff Member Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I've heard pretty well, it's the hard stuff that ultrasonic excels at. By that i mean crusted on carbon etc.
     
  15. P7id10T

    P7id10T Cedar Hills Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I use my ultrasonic for range pickups, brass with encrusted dirt (and my wife's jewelry). It works well for that, but doesn't get brass nearly as clean, and certainly not as shiny, as tumbling with stainless pins.
    I'm not a fan of cleaning any gun parts with water. You think you have it dry, but that little bit of moisture you don't see can ruin your day. I prefer careful disassembly and solvent cleaning. My laziness comes out in that I just don't clean my guns religiously like I used to do.