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Old April 8, 2012, 08:59 AM   #1
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ultrasonic cleaner

Anyone have any input on the harbor freight ultrasonic brass cleaner at 29.00>????
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Old April 8, 2012, 09:05 AM   #2
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I have one and I consider it useless, too small a motor. Get the large $79.95 one if you get one at all.

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Old April 8, 2012, 09:18 AM   #3
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Thanks jim i'll look in to that one.
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Old April 8, 2012, 12:14 PM   #4
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I have one. It works. Though If you can afford the bigger one I would say for it. You can run it for longer cycles. The small one you are stuck with 3 minute cycles. You have to restart it every three minutes. Though brass usualy cleans up in four cycles or less in mine. For super shiny, and clean flash holes use the sonic cleaning powder with a touch of dish soap, and a quarter cup of white vinegar. Also be sure to rinse the brass well when done.
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Old April 8, 2012, 07:40 PM   #5
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I went to the harbor freight store in des moines and looked at the $29 cleaner, it is wayyy too small, looked like it would only hold 20-30 223 cases at a time, they were sold out of the bigger one
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Old April 9, 2012, 05:24 PM   #6
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I can fit about 80 or so .223 Rem cases in mine. It works just fine for what I use it for. If I am doing a large number of cruddy range pick ups I tumble them for an hour, then process them. After lubing, sizing/depriming, and trimming I trow a couple of hand fulls in the cleaner, and run for 3 cycles. Pull the basket, rinse, then repeat with the next batch. I only process a couple of hundred .223 at a time as I do not do large batches for trimming.

Pistol brass if it is cruddy range pick up. Goes into the tumbler for an hour or so. After that it gets reloaded till I loose them, or the case mouth cracks.
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Old April 9, 2012, 08:01 PM   #7
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I have the 2.6 quart unit. It works fine for what I do with it. I mix 80% water and 20% white vinegar with a spoonful of dish soap. I run it 4 or 5 cycles (3 min.) and the brass comes out pretty clean. I fill it up with as much brass as will fit and still be under the surface of the liquid. Maybe 75 or 80 .30-06 cases, over a hundred .223 I think will fit. I do use the heater when I clean with it. When I did a bunch of rifle brass it was already sorted by headstamp so I just did however many of that headstamp I had that would fit.
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Old April 9, 2012, 09:21 PM   #8
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I agree with the guys that said get the larger one.
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Old April 9, 2012, 09:45 PM   #9
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I have the Hornady Lock-N-Load Sonic Cleaner 2L model & I use the Hornady One Shot Sonic Clean™ Solution - Cartridge Case Formula & Gun Parts Formula.

Does a fantastic job on cases & the best thing going for cleaning AR parts.

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Old April 10, 2012, 08:02 AM   #10
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I have the larger of the harbor freight models, and I have found that it really only has the power to clean about twenty .308 cases at a time. You can put a lot more in at once, but it just takes a lot longer to get them clean. Also, I put my cases in a container, which is filled with the cleaning solution, and the cleaner itself is filled with water.

I have found that this process works very well:

http://www.6mmbr.com/ultrasonic.html

Using these containers to hold the cases:

http://www.etundra.com/Camwear%C2%AE...fhu=3735333038
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