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PostPost by: types26/36 » Sat Aug 11, 2012 2:53 pm

I aquired an ultrasonic cleaner but never having used one :? any recommendations on what fluid I should use, probably main use will be carbs and small parts
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PostPost by: ardee_selby » Sat Aug 11, 2012 4:18 pm

Brian,

No doubt you know all this already but FWIW...I don't think a single "solution" would necessarily do everything. Depends on what cleaning on what metals is required. e.g. would small parts include ferrous metals?

This stuff is aimed at carbs for pro & DIY use. Might help. Needs 50-80 degrees C. Temp controlled tank?

http://www.allendale-ultrasonics.co.uk/ ... litre.html

http://www.allendale-stores.co.uk/pcb/i ... lution.pdf

But if oxidation is also to be removed they have this (which also mentions carbs) ...

http://www.allendale-ultrasonics.co.uk/ ... litre.html

(This site has some tips on carbs cleaning: http://www.sharpertek.com/ultrasonic-cl ... -faq-.html)

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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:25 pm

types26/36 wrote:I aquired an ultrasonic cleaner but never having used one :? any recommendations on what fluid I should use, probably main use will be carbs and small parts


Hey, Brian... keep yer goolies well out of the way until you know what yer doing with this tech.
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PostPost by: reb53 » Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:28 am

I have a couple of ultrasonics to use in my business of repairing/restoring clocks.

Just in case your manual doesn't mention it, don't let anything rest on the bottom of the tank as apparently the transducers don't like it.
If you don't have a mesh basket cobble something up to keep stuff off the bottom.

And if you're not sure if it's working put a bit of aluminium kitchen foil in there and it will pretty soon be full of little holes, ( any fluid will do for this, even straight water).

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:14 am

Thanks for the replies,
Richard, not sure what the ?small parts? will be but possibly ferrous metals so will have a read over your links.

Pete, as stated they will be ?small parts? so obviously my ?goolies? have no chance of ending up in there.
(mental note to myself)..... don't let Pete borrow this without him signing an indemnity to cover me. :twisted:

Ralph, I did not get a manual with it but have now downloaded one from the net, I did not know the parts should not touch the bottom of the bath so thanks for that.
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PostPost by: reb53 » Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:32 am

Brian, another handy trick with these is to remember that the waves go right through glass so you can put small items in a glass of cleaning fluid and then put that glass into the cleaner that has only water in it.
That way you don't have to have the cleaner filled up with cleaner all the time, you can just use a small jar of it.
Also, as I'm sure your newly acquired manual mentions, always have the correct amount of fluid in there.

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Sat Aug 18, 2012 5:04 pm

Thanks Ralph.......good tip.
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PostPost by: prezoom » Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:41 am

tedpella.com offers two ultrasonic cleaning solutions for aluminum. MC-1 and MC-3.

There are some restrictions, but both seem to be compatible with aluminum. I am looking to purchase an ultrasonic cleaner, but want the ability to clean brass, steel and aluminum. Do not know if this solution will damage the body of a Weber carb or not, but........ Various shooting suppliers offer a number of different sized ultrasonic cleaners, but do not offer a cleaning solution for aluminum. YMMV. I do know that a high pressure water with glass beads cleaner does a wonderful job on SU style carbs, but I have two Webers on the shelf that are in dire need of a good cleaning and am looking for methods that can be done in house.

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