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WFO-KZ 03-04-2019 08:54 AM

Ultrasonic cleaners
I have decided to invest in an ultrasonic cleaner. My main use would be for delicate things like carburetor cleaning, but I understand that some of them can also work pretty well as a degreaser for heavily soiled parts. Comments?

I would love to hear from anyone who has recommendations on ultrasonic cleaners that work well. What features should I be looking for. Also what are your favorite cleaning fluids? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

rbentnail 03-05-2019 11:07 AM

Hmmm, I'm not a lot of help on this one. At work we have a sonic one, along with sand and steel bead blasting. Plus some cleaning solutions that, frankly, I won't even bring home. Powerful industrial stuff, ya know? So I just take my stuff there, the boss doesn't mind if we don't abuse the time spent.

I don't recall even a thread on this before. Sorry! But check out the following posts from another forum I frequent:

go to post #66- 68 of this thread -> https://www.fjrowners.com/forums/8-f...ml#post1197795 Both posters are trusted and well-respected in that world.

WFO-KZ 03-06-2019 04:34 PM

Thanks rbentnail, I will check it out. I did search all forums on this site and could not find a thread dealing with ultrasonic cleaners so I figured I would start one. I hope in time, to get some more feedback here.

For those who have not heard about this clever invention, it is a device with a liquid-filled tank that holds the part you want to clean. You fill the tank with whatever cleaning solution you want; It could be just water or something stronger. When the device is switched on, it uses high frequency sound waves that travel through your cleaning solution. The sound waves create millions of tiny cavitation bubbles that form on and inside the part you are cleaning. When the bubbles burst it removes whatever dirt, grime or oxidation that is adhering to the parts you are cleaning. The bubbles continually re-form and re-burst.

I am told it is ideal for carburetors because the bubbles will form inside the smallest of holes, including blind holes. No more scrubbing or brushing or sanding which can physically damage the part. The carb comes out looking like new. A typical wash cycle takes about 5 to 10 minutes. Although some say it may take more than one cycle to get it completely clean.

I am looking for those who have advice to give on what features are best and which models work well for carbs and which don't

Grey Hawk 03-12-2019 10:59 AM

Ultra sound
I had in the past cleaned carbs with chemicals, was not happy with the environment issues, and removing plastic parts and rubber seals. I then decide to try using my wife's foot bath massage and hot water with Dawn detergent, let it soak for 4hrs, in massage mode, worked well, only jets were removed and soaked in chemical.
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WFO-KZ 03-26-2019 04:13 PM

LOL. Clever. But what did the wife think? Or did you not tell her about it?

rbentnail 03-27-2019 08:07 AM


Originally Posted by WFO-KZ (Post 2399979)
LOL. Clever. But what did the wife think? Or did you not tell her about it?

Buy her an upgraded fancier model, she'll never notice 8)

AirborneSilva 03-27-2019 11:24 AM

Got an ultrasonic cleaner from Harborfreight, used it on a carb for my Yamaha 400 Enduro, did a great job of cleaning it.

WFO-KZ 03-27-2019 06:27 PM

Hey Airborne, do you mind telling us what cleaning solution you used and which model did you get?

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