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Recommendations for sonic case cleaners

pjames777pjames777 Senior MemberPosts: 1,421 Senior Member
Looking to add sonic case cleaner to my reloading. Any and all suggestions are gratefully appreciated. Thanks.

Patrick :cool2:

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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 22,374 Senior Member
    I bought one from Harbor Freight. It LOOKS identical to the Lyman model but is quite a bit cheaper.

    I use Hornady cleaner in it and it works well for me.
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    What's the advantage of an ultrasonic cleaner over the 3 vibrators and one tumbler that I've been using for 20-something years?
    Jerry
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 22,374 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    What's the advantage of an ultrasonic cleaner over the 3 vibrators and one tumbler that I've been using for 20-something years?
    Jerry
    can get ALL the carbon off/out of a fired case in 24 minutes, including cleaning the primer pocket.

    My vibratory cleaner/polisher leaves the primer pockets and inside dirty, but it DOES make the outside shinier. So I'll polish my brass afterwards if I want it shiny.
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 5,008 Senior Member
    One advantage I found was cleaning real dirty crud filled "barn guns" , remove the stock, and the gun comes out spotless, even removes some copper and lead fouling.
    I never owned one but used one at the airline, we also would put our hands in for a couple of min. it got all the grease, oil off and cleaned your fingernails.

    JAY
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  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,797 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    can get ALL the carbon off/out of a fired case in 24 minutes, including cleaning the primer pocket.

    My vibratory cleaner/polisher leaves the primer pockets and inside dirty, but it DOES make the outside shinier. So I'll polish my brass afterwards if I want it shiny.


    Then how long does it take to rinse and dry them so that they can be used?
    snake284 wrote: »
    For my point of view, cpj is a lot like me
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    I had a Hornady NIB I inherited from my brother.............didn't work for beans, an early smaller model. I even bought their $20 a quart cleaner, no go. Plus you have to dry the brass when done.

    So for now I'll stick to one of my media cleaners. Not saying ones that work don't work, but mine didn't so I gave it away.
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  • olesniperolesniper Senior Member Posts: 3,763 Senior Member
    Fisheadgib wrote: »
    Then how long does it take to rinse and dry them so that they can be used?

    Rinse in boiling water, then dump them in a salad spinner. They're dry in a couple of minutes.
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 22,374 Senior Member
    Fisheadgib wrote: »
    Then how long does it take to rinse and dry them so that they can be used?
    Couple of minutes to rinse, and they're dry by the time I get around to loading again.
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 22,374 Senior Member
    Fisheadgib wrote: »
    Then how long does it take to rinse and dry them so that they can be used?
    And how long do you tumble yours?
    I know it takes a LOT longer to clean the cases in my vibrating cleaner than 24 minutes.
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Not saying they don't work, but the one I had sure didn't. In fact, I don't thunk it was even emitting ultrasonic sound waves and the only cleaning my brass got was from a wash in the Hornady fluid.

    Can you notice anything going on in the tub when you turn yours on? Does the liquid move any or do your hear anything from the device as it generates sound waves?
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    Big Chief wrote: »
    Not saying they don't work, but the one I had sure didn't. In fact, I don't thunk it was even emitting ultrasonic sound waves and the only cleaning my brass got was from a wash in the Hornady fluid.

    Can you notice anything going on in the tub when you turn yours on? Does the liquid move any or do your hear anything from the device as it generates sound waves?

    If an ultrasonic cleaner is operating the surface of the water should be doing a good dance, and the machine case should be vibrating enough to feel. At least the ones I got to use in the nuke plant did. I set a sewing needle on the lid of one once, and it seemed to levitate above the lid.
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  • N320AWN320AW Senior Member Posts: 648 Senior Member
    Vibrating cleaner is the way to go:

    Corn cob media for average dirty case,

    Walnut media for REALLY cruddy cases . . .followed by corn cob.

    Never used, or will I ever, use this sonic-cleaning stuff! $$$$$$
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    There are a lot of homemade concoctions (instead of the expensive stuff) I read about when I had one using regular household supplies folks also use.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,384 Senior Member
    Think I'll stick with the vibratory polishing tub I have. I don't know the value of having the inside of the case free of carbon, and I can clean the primer pocket in about 5 seconds. I like my brass shiny.
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  • Johnny rebJohnny reb Member Posts: 700 Senior Member
    I have a rcbs ultrasonic cleaner. I like mine it's quiet no dust doesn't take long. Yes the cleaner is 25-30 but you use so little it lasts forever. You can throw all you're small parts in one and clean them bolts, pistol barrels,you're wifes jewelry
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