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Old 11-05-2013, 10:50 PM   #1
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Anyone have one? I'm researching it and have some questions. I've written Hornady but haven't heard back yet.
I dont reload yet, but may in the future, so I'm thinking about how this thing would do on the rifle, handguns and parts.
Why two options in voltage?
Are they safe to use on cerekoted finishes?
They are not cheap. $435 +
Just wondering if they are worth the price

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I have the Hornady 2 Liter ultrasonic cleaner, and it works very well. I am hard to please in this subject because I used heated industrial ultrasonic cleaners for surgical instruments in industry. So I know how they work, and how they should perform. If the 9 Liter unit you mentioned works as well as the 2 Liter unit I have, (and I expect it will) then I would say it is well worth the price, and only wish I had one, also.
A bit of advice: one does NOT need to discard the solution each time it is used. Simply allow the solution to stand undisturbed in a separate, tall container for a couple days, then decant the clean fluid off from the sediment at the bottom of the container. The solution is not what is doing the work; the ultrasonics do all the "heavy-lifting" and the solution is simply a "carrier", so to speak.

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Hornady responded. In previous tests, cerekoted firearms were not damaged. They recommend no heat and only 10 minute cycle.

The 110v is the one to use in America.

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this may be to late but I have one and was not pleased with it at all, it didn't get my brass cleaned on the outside, I like my brass shiny clean. I ended up buying the red tumbler from Midway USA and used the one shot solution and stainless steel pellets and after 2hrs later they where very clean and shiny, it worked so well to other people I know went and bought one. however I will use the ultra sonic cleaner to clean certain gun parts.

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this may be to late but I have one and was not pleased with it at all, it didn't get my brass cleaned on the outside, I like my brass shiny clean. I ended up buying the red tumbler from Midway USA and used the one shot solution and stainless steel pellets and after 2hrs later they where very clean and shiny, it worked so well to other people I know went and bought one. however I will use the ultra sonic cleaner to clean certain gun parts.
sonic cleaners do not polish stuff they merely remove particulate matter from the object. brass can be ugly and unpolished and still be squeeky clean. brass can also be highly polished and dirty as hell.
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What JonM said is true.
Plus, ultrasonic cleaners do not remove metal from parts, whereas tumblers do, if they do any polishing. They use an abrasive of some kind to remove the "tarnish" (dull metal). If they don't use an abrasive then the metal comes out as dull or duller than an ultrasonic cleaner. And why take the extra step of mechanically cleaning the primer pockets (when using a tumbler) when the sonic cleaner does everything at the same time?
Of course, this comes from someone who cares about function primarily, with appearance a distant second.

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