Ultrasonic cleaners - any good ?

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by chrisu, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. chrisu

    chrisu Guest

    I've gots a lot of SOB bits that need cleaning - especially a set of
    carbs. I was wondering if these Ultrasonic baths are as good as people
    claim. Any experience ? - other alternative is a few cans of carb
    cleaner and my trusty airline.

    yours in the (probably vain) hope of a helpful & non-piss taking
    response...........
     
    chrisu, Apr 8, 2006
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  2. chrisu

    mb Guest


    Yes, they do get stuff clean but...
    Make sure you find out what the solvent and/or temperature will do to
    any O-rings you have in the carbs.
     
    mb, Apr 8, 2006
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  3. Never used them, but for some jobs - such as cleaning gummed carbs -
    they're supposed to be indispensable.
     
    The Older Gentleman, Apr 8, 2006
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  4. chrisu

    JB Guest

    The £14 one from Aldi has proved itself to be essential for this and other
    tasks. For stubborn gum and shite in some old Dellortos, I used coca-cola as
    a solvent. you want to see the shit that came out.
    Good on valves/rockers too (with paraffin as solvent).
    JB
     
    JB, Apr 8, 2006
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  5. chrisu

    chrisu Guest

    coke as a solvent - great idea !
     
    chrisu, Apr 8, 2006
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  6. chrisu

    Timo Geusch Guest

    That's about as old as the hills, that one.

    Keep up at the back, willya?
     
    Timo Geusch, Apr 8, 2006
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    Roger Hunt Guest

    Can I use any old cola, or must it be the real thing? (Serious question)
     
    Roger Hunt, Apr 10, 2006
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  8. Check the ingredients -- you're looking for ortho-phosphoric acid,
    not caffeine!

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    Dr Ivan D. Reid, Apr 10, 2006
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    platypus Guest

    Laura has cleaned coins with cheap generic cola.
     
    platypus, Apr 10, 2006
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  10. chrisu

    Roger Hunt Guest

    ok ... I did Chem many years ago so I'll read lots of labels, and thank
    goodness I don't drink the stuff - it sounds filthy.
     
    Roger Hunt, Apr 10, 2006
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    Lozzo Guest

    platypus said...
    Jasmine cleaned rust out of an MZ tank with a mix of Dr Pepper and
    cheapo cola. IIRC Blaney did the same. We used to use it to unseize
    engines that had pistons corroded in the bores, just pour it onto the
    piston crown through a spark plug hole and leave it a few days to soak
    past the rings and do its work.
     
    Lozzo, Apr 10, 2006
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    Ovenpaa Guest


    They are very good, I use mine for carb and clock parts, for jets and bodies
    etc I use water and detergent.For clock parts I use a mix of water,
    ammonia, and cheap nail varnish remover (1), this cleans brass parts
    incredibly well. For really tarnished parts I use citric acid powder and
    water mixed.

    The UC is also very good for removing polish residue from alloy parts that
    have been polished.

    An essential bit of gear and a great labour saving device in my house.

    Steer clear of the eBlag units used for tattoo tools they have a poor
    reputation, oh, and you only get what you pay for with these things, also
    get one with a basket, or make a basket, parts left in contact with the
    stainless steel container for long periods of time can shag the
    transducers.

    (1) Don't use a plastic basket!
     
    Ovenpaa, Apr 10, 2006
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  13. it's also handy for cleaning the bog. and cheaper than toilet duck.
     
    Austin Shackles, Apr 10, 2006
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  14. chrisu

    Roger Hunt Guest

    I think I'm going to dismantle my Aldi £14 one, and dangle the
    ultrasonic thingie in the bog water to see how well that works.
     
    Roger Hunt, Apr 10, 2006
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  15. 100% coca cola, in my case. Worked a treat. Took me a year to put
    the tank back on the bike, mind - but that's another tale of
    ineptitude.
     
    vulgarandmischevious, Apr 11, 2006
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  16. I had a quick shufti at a bottle of Tesco cola last night; they
    list it as phosphoric acid (I think the ortho- denotes a straight-chain
    molecule; there's the possibility of a branched chain with the same
    chemical formula but the straight one is the common one).

    --
    Ivan Reid, Electronic & Computer Engineering, ___ CMS Collaboration,
    Brunel University. Ivan.Reid@[brunel.ac.uk|cern.ch] Room 40-1-B12, CERN
    GSX600F, RG250WD "You Porsche. Me pass!" DoD #484 JKLO#003, 005
    WP7# 3000 LC Unit #2368 (tinlc) UKMC#00009 BOTAFOT#16 UKRMMA#7 (Hon)
    KotPT -- "for stupidity above and beyond the call of duty".
     
    Dr Ivan D. Reid, Apr 11, 2006
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  17. I meant the generic cola, in fact. but it's possible that the ultrasound
    thing would clean the bog, as well.
     
    Austin Shackles, Apr 11, 2006
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  18. <VVBG>

    ukrmc - teaching you how to read soft drinks labels....
     
    The Older Gentleman, Apr 11, 2006
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    Roger Hunt Guest

    Oh I see - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phosphoric_acid (H3PO4)
    No idea why they call it ortho-, because metaphosphoric acid is
    ([HPO3]n), a glassy solid used as a desiccant, etc. It's tempting to
    think it might take in a water molecule and turn into the ortho- type.
     
    Roger Hunt, Apr 11, 2006
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  20. I would have thought with kids the age yours are/have recently been,
    it'd be mandatory. Of course, for people like JP, _not_ reading the label
    can be fatal. :-(

    --
    Ivan Reid, Electronic & Computer Engineering, ___ CMS Collaboration,
    Brunel University. Ivan.Reid@[brunel.ac.uk|cern.ch] Room 40-1-B12, CERN
    GSX600F, RG250WD "You Porsche. Me pass!" DoD #484 JKLO#003, 005
    WP7# 3000 LC Unit #2368 (tinlc) UKMC#00009 BOTAFOT#16 UKRMMA#7 (Hon)
    KotPT -- "for stupidity above and beyond the call of duty".
     
    Dr Ivan D. Reid, Apr 11, 2006
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