Carl Kidd: I have been thinking of getting an ultrasound cleaner. This video show
cleaning bike parts. Anyone have any experience with one? Here's some
info from the bike journal.
Here's one I'm looking at:
chickeee: what is the model number of that unit?
The Subjective Cyclist Review: eBay special...Although this is a budget Chinese cleaner, I have had no
issues with it in the two or o years I've been using it. Most of the
cleaning power comes from the citrus degreaser once it is heated up. The
ultrasonic portion helps to separate particles that are hard to get to
(such as dirt under the rollers in your chain) but again the degreaser does
most of the work within a few seconds. Additionally, there are larger
cleaners from this same no-name manufacture on eBay.
The Subjective Cyclist Review: I just rummaged through my paypal account to figure out what model this is
(the specs are not indicated on the unit) because more people have asked .
You are correct: 6 liters, but 430watts. Cheers
The Subjective Cyclist Review: Heat is everything! Although some chemicals like mineral spirits or aerosol
degreasers will cut through grease at any temp, the citrus solution I use
in my cleaner is drastically more effective when the solution is generously
heated. The ultrasonic portion helps to some extent but the majority of the
work is done by the solvent when it is brought to a high temp.
Additionally, I wouldn't use ultrasonic specific solution. They're
generally a mild detergent (at best) for cleaning jewelery.
chickeee: thanks again, good info
The Subjective Cyclist Review: Thanks for the comment. I can attest to ISO alcohol, it really has no
effect of breaking down the grease or oils I use on both either my
motorcycle or bicycle chains. Paint thinner or mineral spirits on the
other hand is incredibly effective and like you said it evaporates well
and therefore leaves no residue. I was using a parts washer and mineral
spirits for a very long time until I started getting migraines from even a
brief cleaning session.
The Subjective Cyclist Review: It is rated at 430 watts and can hold 6 liters. Thanks
Leo Schmitt: How many litters is that?
The Subjective Cyclist Review: I wish I had a better answer for you but this is a no-name Chinese model. I
purchased it on eBay for under $200 a couple years ago. If you search
"Heated Ultrasonic Cleaner" you will see your options. Cheers - Drew
HACKETT6205: which ultrasonic cleaner is that?? i'm planning on doing a full motorbike
carb rebuild and need a largish cleaner to drop components into to get the
Shao Zhang: You can soak the parts in iso/denatured alcohol which should displace and
remove most if not all of the degreaser and won't leave any water on the
parts in case they are steel. Then if you blow try it should dry up pretty
well as the alcohol will evaporate. You could also use mineral spirits but
I like alcohol better.
chickeee: thanks I got a small one 30W / 50W without the heater for about $40 - it
doesn't do anything even with hot water and solution. Yours looks like a 6
Heated Ultrasonic Cleaner - Clean Your Bike Components - Chain Cassette Cogs Chainrings Bolts4.8
out of 5