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Randy from Kansas
01-19-2010, 16:11
Has any of you good folk tried the Lock-N-Load Sonic Cleaner? I seem to have a little room on the Bench and am thinking of purchusing one. I like the idea of cleaning the inside of the case.

Good or Bad what do you people think?

http://www.hornady.com/store/Lock-N-Load-Sonic-Cleaner-and-Accessories

thorn137
01-19-2010, 16:14
It's a little pricey, compared to the average tumbler... not just the machine, but also the solution. I'm curious as to how many cycles the solution can be used. I imagine you could also use it for gun cleaning...?

All aside from the costs, it strikes me as something i might not buy myself, but WOULD put on my Christmas list.

thorn

GioaJack
01-19-2010, 16:37
If you have extra room on your bench forget about the cleaner and set a blond up there. Very distracting but well worth the occasional squib or double charge.

I've blown up three guns so far but I don't care. :supergrin:

Jack

Randy from Kansas
01-19-2010, 17:03
Well Jack

I may be able to swing more reloading tools and even a couple of new guns a year, but another blond around the bench would cost me at least another house. And I lost a paid off ranch style house back in 94 took me 10 years to pay off this one don't think I want to go thru that again. That is why I called her the little house keeper

unclebob
01-19-2010, 17:24
Read this.
http://www.6mmbr.com/ultrasonic.html

unclebob
01-19-2010, 17:40
This one is a little cheaper.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=95563

Jumper
01-19-2010, 17:44
I wonder if the Hornady solution requires a neutralizer? Regardless, it may be more effective than a tumbler but it creates an extra step called "drying". I think I would get more use out of it for cleaning gun parts. I think it would make short work of cleaning my AR bolt's.

glock-ewe
01-19-2010, 17:52
This one is a little cheaper.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=95563

Just bought this one from Harbor for $60 plus delivery. Works very good when used with Lemi-Shine. Definitely not a process for large batches. I also use the cleaner for other tasks such as gun parts and the GF's jewelery.

DoctaGlockta
01-19-2010, 18:21
I use this one at work.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31QYHTsyxAL._SL500_AA280_.jpg

http://www.amazon.com/Blazer-Ultrasonic-Cleaner-Digital-Capacity/dp/B0013J85ZO/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=industrial&qid=1263946814&sr=8-3

Doesn't it look familiar? Just paint it black.

IndyGunFreak
01-19-2010, 18:37
When I'm a Gazillionaire, I'm gonna get me a Thumler Model B. I think it can take Liquid media as well as Walnut and Corncob.

IGF

Randy from Kansas
01-19-2010, 18:54
Read this.
http://www.6mmbr.com/ultrasonic.html

Great write up wow you just saved me some money:wow:
no wonder I like coming to Glock talk

Harbor Frieght it is

Thanks Unclebob

glock-ewe
01-19-2010, 19:28
I use this one at work.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31QYHTsyxAL._SL500_AA280_.jpg

http://www.amazon.com/Blazer-Ultrasonic-Cleaner-Digital-Capacity/dp/B0013J85ZO/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=industrial&qid=1263946814&sr=8-3

Doesn't it look familiar? Just paint it black.

All of these, including the 2.5 liter one I bought from Harbor, are made by the same Chinese company, The Shining Image. Just search ultrasonic cleaner on ebay.
Added: I paid $59.99 plus shipping from Harbor.

shotgunred
01-19-2010, 20:01
If you use rice in your tumbler it will clean the insides of the case.

GioaJack
01-19-2010, 20:03
If you use rice in your tumbler it will clean the insides of the case.


And when you're done you can make a delicious stir-fry. :whistling:

Jack

glock-ewe
01-19-2010, 20:08
If you use rice in your tumbler it will clean the insides of the case.

My experience is that with Lemi-Shine added to the water both the insides and primer pockets are cleaned of all carbon residue.

BK63
01-19-2010, 20:19
It makes the cases shiny clean but as soon as you pull the trigger it's all dirty again. Unless you are preparing cases you are going to load and put up on the shelf for years I think the regular tumbler does good enough for the weekend shooter. I buy the fine walnut media from the pet store in the bird section and there is no dust at all from it. When I was a kid we didn't have any kind of case cleaners but then there were no carbide dies either. I run cases in the tumbler now so I don't get dirt and grit in the carbide dies. In the old days we had to lube them and wipe them off anyway, didn't matter much.

crew
01-19-2010, 20:40
I work in the jewelry industry and use ultrasonic cleaners a lot. The cheap one just don't work. We have 3 sizes and not one of them costs less that 1200.00 bucks. I've seen claims all the time about units for the "home use" and they all do the same. Heat a solution and make noice. Save your money.

Crew

glock-ewe
01-19-2010, 20:51
I work in the jewelry industry and use ultrasonic cleaners a lot. The cheap one just don't work. We have 3 sizes and not one of them costs less that 1200.00 bucks. I've seen claims all the time about units for the "home use" and they all do the same. Heat a solution and make noice. Save your money.

Crew

The ultrasonic I have is rated as 160 watts which is about 3 times what most others are rated. My GF is extremely pleased at how well it cleans her rings, earrings and bracelets. I also us it to clean gun parts. It is certainly not a professional product but I am not a professional cleaner.

WiskyT
01-19-2010, 21:02
Don't let jack fool you. He has one that he turns on when his SS check shows up. It stops his ex's from coming up the driveway.

crew
01-19-2010, 21:06
The watt rating refers to the heating power. Ultrasonic power is produced by transducers. If a piece of aluminum foil is placed into the unit, the foil should be distorted. This is a standard test.

Crew

crew
01-19-2010, 21:11
http://www.bransonultrasonics.com/

Crew

thorn137
01-19-2010, 23:09
I use this one at work.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31QYHTsyxAL._SL500_AA280_.jpg

http://www.amazon.com/Blazer-Ultrasonic-Cleaner-Digital-Capacity/dp/B0013J85ZO/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=industrial&qid=1263946814&sr=8-3

Doesn't it look familiar? Just paint it black.

Looks freaking identical. Thanks for the post. :)

thorn

glock-ewe
01-20-2010, 14:11
The watt rating refers to the heating power. Ultrasonic power is produced by transducers. If a piece of aluminum foil is placed into the unit, the foil should be distorted. This is a standard test.

Crew

I guess it will cook the rice faster then.

skytop
02-05-2013, 17:00
The larger model is only $99. for model #043320 Hornady Lock N Load Sonic Cleaner II at Midway now. Get this larger model, for sure. Easier to read angled readout, more capacity, better cleaning.

Usually Midway rarely has lowest prices but this time they do. Watch for coupon code or else Midway will nail you with high shipping charges.

Only downside I have found to sonic cleaners (regardless of brand) is that your brass comes out wet and must be dried. For some reason, putting gun powder into soaking wet cases doesn't work for me.