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Ultrasonic cleaner recommendations

Discussion in 'Repairing your own Gear' started by flymolo, Apr 7, 2021.

  1. flymolo

    flymolo DIR Practitioner

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    Can anyone recommend a good ultrasonic cleaner for reg servicing that won't break the bank?
     
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  2. asher102

    asher102 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I am looking as well and I have come to the conclusion that you can have good or you can have cheap, but not both. It seems like the HF model ($90) will get the job done, it will probably take longer though. There are lab ultrasonics that are amazing but they can be crazy expensive. I have been looking at this model P4831 and would love any commentary on it.
     
  3. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    I went through two Chinese ones in three years. When the second one broke right at the 18 month mark, I sprung for a Branson 3800.
    Initially, I figured, "for $180, I can replace it IF it breaks..." I was wrong. I ended up spending for two of the cheap ones AND a US made unit.

    Caveat emptor
     
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  4. -JD-

    -JD- Eclecticist ScubaBoard Supporter

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    18 months for you might be 18 years for us mortals. Just sayin' :wink:
     
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  5. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Are you sayin' I'm hard on my toys!? :D
     
  6. flymolo

    flymolo DIR Practitioner

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    good point- how much use did it see? I tend to service my regulators only once in a blue moon.
     
  7. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Probably died at about 20 hours of cumulative use. I think it was more the on/off than the total time. They sent me a replacement circuit board, but I haven't had the energy to wire it in. Maybe when I need two ultrasonics - one just warm detergent; the other with phosphoric acid. Probably not this lifetime.
     
  8. greeniguana

    greeniguana Contributor

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    I have have been using an $80 Chinese one for a while. It has never failed to remove grunge.I just don't use it enough to justify an expensive one.
     
  9. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

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  10. -JD-

    -JD- Eclecticist ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Not in the least, sir - maybe a back-handed complement:). Strictly talking about volume of use in this case, for us amateurs.

    You'll know when I'm throwing barbs ... :p (And I freely admit that I am far more interested in using, rather than polishing, my stuff; just to get that out of the way. :cool:)
     
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