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Ultrasonic cleaners
Last Post 09/25/2021 10:35 PM by smokey 52. 6 Replies.
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Dale

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09/24/2021 10:08 AM
I know we discussed this before but after futzing with another filthy chain I'm ready to go this route.

Tips. Pointers. Features to look for. Things to avoid.

I'm not looking to clean a big block Chevy, just something where I can clean bike parts- chains, cassettes, bearings.

'fanks
Cosmic Kid

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09/24/2021 12:56 PM
Here's the one I got....works fine. Only *issue* is that some larger cassettes (36t+) require you to flip the cassette over halfway through the cleaning process (or clean it twice after flipping it around). Same for chainrings.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0144E3WPM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Quick note - if you are trying to clean a brand new chain, you gotta let it sit for awhile (I do it overnight) in a solvent first to really strip out the factory coating.



Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Dale

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09/24/2021 01:03 PM
What do you use for solvent?
Cosmic Kid

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09/24/2021 02:08 PM
Water with some Simple Green Purple tossed in....but you can use plain water too. You don't necessarily need a solvent.

Avoid any sort of combustible solvent since the unit can heat the liquid....bad things happen. Also, don't use regular Simple Green as it can cause aluminum to become brittle.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
smokey52

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09/24/2021 11:41 PM
Diesel fuel has a higher flashpoint than most organic solvents like turpentine, gasoline, acetone, mineral spirits, or shellac thinner (ethanol). It may work in ultrasonics without causing a fire, plus I understand it's a great chain lube. I don't care for the smell.
Orange Crush

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09/25/2021 10:25 AM
Would an ultrasonic toothbrush work?

Double purposing equipment is brilliant.
smokey52

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09/25/2021 10:35 PM
Hah!
But would you want to use a toothbrush after cleaning your chain with it?
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