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Question regarding ultrasonic cleaners

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This is not a machine issue, both my machines are working great. My question is that I have made the transition from extremely harsh but very effective chemical carb cleaners to an ultrasonic unit. What I'm looking for is what type of cleaner is the best for using with this. Right now I am using Simple Green (purple) . What have you used and what results occurred. Results on a good old green slimy carb. Looking for cleaner and temperatures used (10C - 80C). Your input will be appreciated.
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A month ago I wrote a long piece on ultrasonic cleaners. Search for that. I also covered using various cleaners and the reasoning why. Carbs should be precleaned before putting in the ultrasonic cleaner. What type of machines do you have? From where? Used?

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Good morning all
This is not a machine issue, both my machines are working great. My question is that I have made the transition from extremely harsh but very effective chemical carb cleaners to an ultrasonic unit. What I'm looking for is what type of cleaner is the best for using with this. Right now I am using Simple Green (purple) . What have you used and what results occurred. Results on a good old green slimy carb. Looking for cleaner and temperatures used (10C - 80C). Your input will be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
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A month ago I wrote a long piece on ultrasonic cleaners. Search for that. I also covered using various cleaners and the reasoning why. Carbs should be precleaned before putting in the ultrasonic cleaner. What type of machines do you have? From where? Used?


Good advice in that thread!!
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Morning gentlemen
That was a very good piece on ultrasonics thank you . Very informative. My main concern is the precleaning, the parts cleaner I was using is excellent , quite toxic but very effective. and have not had experience with the Berryman cleaner (odor, toxicity etc.) This is the reason I have switched over to ultrasonic in hopes to get away from using a odorous cleaner. My wife gives me he** everytime I come in the house after using it. I guess I will continue to experiment with Simple Green HD (purple) at 80 C and 1/2 hour soak time.
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Berryman has an odor but not bad, but still an odor. You'd want to use it outdoor or in a basement. I've used it both and in a 1st floor laundry room when she was not around.

SharperTek makes a specific solution for ultrasonic cleaners that will break up the varnish. And this is what concerns me, breaking up, removing the varnish, but inside the holes and passageways. Just as there are different effectiveness of soaps for cleaning your hands, I'm not convinced they attack effectively the hard gas varnish. Dirt, oil, and fresh gas, yes, but not when the volatile components evaporate. So your carburetor looks clean on the outside because the Simple Green is doing a super job cleaning the dirt off the carb but is it breaking down the varnish inside the small passages we don't see. That's what concerns me. How well does Simple Green break down gas varnish.

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How well does Simple Green break down gas varnish.
That's a very good question, manually I use a stainless .020 wire to probe the tiny orifices and for the real small ones I use an acupuncture needle. I haven't had any really dirty messed up carbs yet since I got the ultrasonic cleaner so I'm still in the experimental stage. You've given me some good ideas to peruse and I thank you.
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That's a very good question, manually I use a stainless .020 wire to probe the tiny orifices and for the real small ones I use an acupuncture needle. I haven't had any really dirty messed up carbs Regards Snoman110
Most of us use a welders torch tip cleaner set to clean the orifices. $2-$3 buys you a set of 10-12 of varying sizes, plus they are slightly abrasive, just barely as not to enlarge the hole, doing a better job.

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Very true with the welder tip cleaners. I also use those but the .020 stainless tag wire is good for making a 1mm 90 degree bend to clean up the orifice inside the main nozzle in tecumseh carbs.
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