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Recommend an ultrasonic cleaning machine

#1 Post by coronado » Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:13 am

My L&R Vari-matic tore itself to pieces today.

Looking for a modern ultrasonic cleaning machine... any recommendations?

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Re: Recommend an ultrasonic cleaning machine

#2 Post by SFC » Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:12 pm

I don't think there is an affordable modern ultrasonic. If you are trying to go big the ACS 900 is fully automated and the industry standard...its extremely comfortable but pricey. I like the vibrograf mark v for home use/ non-production shop. Its got everything you need and is very compact. The only downside is you have to manually move the cleaning process along. There is a modern version of this machine called the matador 4000 which retails for $3700. The vibrograf mark v is the same machine but you can get (used) for around $1,000. If you have to have automated and modern you have to spend quite a bit. I use two big old machines as pre-clean before disassembly and use the mark v as final clean because I can swap out the fluids frequently since the containers are small

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Re: Recommend an ultrasonic cleaning machine

#3 Post by Squash61 » Wed Aug 03, 2016 6:17 am

Agreed, the Marc V is a quality machine. I think you're a little light on the price for a used one.
I have the one below with all the parts and all 6 baskets and a new belt. I would need $1,500 plus shipping to the US only.

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Re: Recommend an ultrasonic cleaning machine

#4 Post by GreenBayStamps » Wed Aug 03, 2016 6:58 am

You guys are talking big Money! Dan and Rene' turned me onto iSonic® Professional Grade Ultrasonic Cleaner P4820-WPB with Heater and Digital Timer, I use baby food jars to not waste the chemistry. Maybe I'm missing something? Why all the power? :geek:

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Re: Recommend an ultrasonic cleaning machine

#5 Post by Squash61 » Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:16 am

GreenBayStamps wrote:You guys are talking big Money! Dan and Rene' turned me onto iSonic® Professional Grade Ultrasonic Cleaner P4820-WPB with Heater and Digital Timer, I use baby food jars to not waste the chemistry. Maybe I'm missing something? Why all the power? :geek:

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I'll let the professionals chime in on this one.

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Re: Recommend an ultrasonic cleaning machine

#6 Post by retroworx » Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:39 am

GreenBayStamps wrote:You guys are talking big Money! Dan and Rene' turned me onto iSonic® Professional Grade Ultrasonic Cleaner
Pat, are you using this for movements or just case and bracelet cleaning?
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Re: Recommend an ultrasonic cleaning machine

#7 Post by GreenBayStamps » Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:36 am

Everything. Look at Dan's blog, this is how he cleans things in baby food jars. I use full strength Hagerty Jewel cleaner. If I'm doing the bracelets I use the whole thing, just parts the baby food jars.

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GreenBayStamps wrote:You guys are talking big Money! Dan and Rene' turned me onto iSonic® Professional Grade Ultrasonic Cleaner
Pat, are you using this for movements or just case and bracelet cleaning?
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Re: Recommend an ultrasonic cleaning machine

#8 Post by retroworx » Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:07 pm

GreenBayStamps wrote:Dan help, pipe in here?
No need for help. :lol: I have the same machine, just didn't know you were working on your own movements now: Cool!
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Re: Recommend an ultrasonic cleaning machine

#9 Post by GreenBayStamps » Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:54 pm

We need to restate that! I'm cleaning cases, dials, hands, sometimes I will rebuild a stem assembly. It can be said I do very well with bracelets, however I have many piles to demonstrate my inadequate abilities.
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GreenBayStamps wrote:Dan help, pipe in here?
No need for help. :lol: I have the same machine, just didn't know you were working on your own movements now: Cool!
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Re: Recommend an ultrasonic cleaning machine

#10 Post by inatime » Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:49 pm

I to use an inexpensive ultrasonic (Fabuluster $200 Canadian, eh) in baby food jars but I use the L&R cleaning and rinsing solutions. For watch parts, cases and bracelets (not together of course).

The Mark V I imagine does an amazing job but my Fabuluster hasn't failed me.
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