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Old 03-22-2013, 03:19 PM   #11
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The only drawback to a vibratory is you lose the ability to wash with warm water and Tide.
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I use an ultrasonic cleaner, and I couldn't be happier. It runs super quiet. My brass comes out clean and for the most part shiny. I also deprime first and the primer pockets come out spotless. I don't really need super shiny brass, it's all just range ammo for me. I'm not out to win a brass beauty contest. I usually run my sonic cleaner about 20 minutes, maybe more if I have more than 100 rounds in it.

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I use an ultrasonic cleaner, and I couldn't be happier. It runs super quiet. My brass comes out clean and for the most part shiny. I also deprime first and the primer pockets come out spotless. I don't really need super shiny brass, it's all just range ammo for me. I'm not out to win a brass beauty contest. I usually run my sonic cleaner about 20 minutes, maybe more if I have more than 100 rounds in it.
I'm curious about the ultra-sonics. Initial cost. cost of chemical solution, safety precautions(if any)

Do you have a link to one like your unit that gives a good detailed description?? Thanx!
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I'm curious about the ultra-sonics. Initial cost. cost of chemical solution, safety precautions(if any)

Do you have a link to one like your unit that gives a good detailed description?? Thanx!
http://www.harborfreight.com/25-liter-ultrasonic-cleaner-95563.html
This is the cleaner I have. This unit looks identical to the Lyman unit, probably made by the same company but you pay for the Lyman name. I have a bottle of the Lyman turbo sonic cleaner, which works pretty good. The Hornady cleaner is supposed to work good too. Lately I have been mixing my own solution containing white vinegar, a drop of dish soap and water. It works really well and is very cost effective. I have also cleaned gun parts using the gun part cleaning solution(different solution than for the brass).

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http://www.harborfreight.com/25-liter-ultrasonic-cleaner-95563.html
This is the cleaner I have. This unit looks identical to the Lyman unit, probably made by the same company but you pay for the Lyman name. I have a bottle of the Lyman turbo sonic cleaner, which works pretty good. The Hornady cleaner is supposed to work good too. Lately I have been mixing my own solution containing white vinegar, a drop of dish soap and water. It works really well and is very cost effective. I have also cleaned gun parts using the gun part cleaning solution(different solution than for the brass).
Thanks for the info!

I use dish soap and warm (NOT HOT) water in the tumbler. Works very well indded. I may try adding a bit of vinegar. Hadn't thought of that!
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I'm curious about the ultra-sonics. Initial cost. cost of chemical solution, safety precautions(if any)

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http://www.harborfreight.com/25-liter-ultrasonic-cleaner-95563.html
This is the cleaner I have. This unit looks identical to the Lyman unit, probably made by the same company but you pay for the Lyman name. I have a bottle of the Lyman turbo sonic cleaner, which works pretty good. The Hornady cleaner is supposed to work good too. Lately I have been mixing my own solution containing white vinegar, a drop of dish soap and water. It works really well and is very cost effective. I have also cleaned gun parts using the gun part cleaning solution(different solution than for the brass).
I've had the same (Harbor Freight) unit for a couple years. Other than the brand name and the shade of paint, it's pretty much indistinguishable from the Hornady unit. I use dish soap or Simple green for cleaner. Unless what you are cleaning is truly foul, you don't really need anything too fancy.

For Vibratory tumblers, I had a Lyman that crapped out after about 2.5 years. I replaced it with a Hornady model. It was a step up in quality.
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OOOPS!!

I use laundry detergent (Tide) not dish detergent. Very little difference though.

Been using my Thumler's model B tumbler for ~35 years now. changed out half a dozen drive belts, but no other problems.
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I went ona couple week hell mission with brass cleanin set-up. I wanted to buy local and i wanted somthing that does the job and does it right.(i build alot of my own ****)

After finally deciding to drop the coin ona decent Vibster i had to find one! Went to one LGS and got a tip that another GS had one. Jumped in my truck drove 35miles freakin out cuzz the kids were getting off the bus real soon. Made it to the shop in time,but as i walked through the door i noticed this clown had one in his hands at the counter.

He bought the only one they had minutes b4 i got there. Him and his porkchop wife just laughed and walked out when i told the owner what i came for. Next day i drove staight to another shop 45miles in the opposite direction and bought a Lyman Turbo with a sack of TuffNut( treated walnut shellz)unit and media-100spot.

Next i hit Wallyworld picked up some corncob pet bedding and Nu-finish car polish and havent looked back. I dont regret any of it.

I deprime dump couple hundred 45s in with TuffNut 1st for a heavy hour,then switch it over to the corncob for 1-2hours. They come out looking better then factory finish i think.I really like the waxxy finish they end up with also.

I havent been doing it long but man what a feeling when u start sifting the corncob out of ur shells,its almost like panning for gold i tells ya!!
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Rotary tumbler will last longer than a vibrator, and as a plus is much quieter. They both get the job done, but a true tumbler can be used both dry and wet.
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Thanks for the tip on the tumbler, being new I never thought using it wet or dry.
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