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post #1 of 17 Old 12-18-2018, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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I bought a new Ultrasonic Cleaner

Yesterday FedEx Ground delivered my NEW Ultrasonic Cleaner, SharperTek XPS120-2.5L, on sale for $270, digital display (which I don't prefer), basket, heater to 140F, USA assembly, some parts made here, some in China, 2 year guarantee. I also bought a specialized carburetor varnish shellac remover for $65 (wow), plus shipping. I thought I'd try it instead of the Berryman's I've been using, with success.

At $75/carb removal, disassembly, cleaning, reassembly, installation, adjustment, guarantee, I'll get my money back this week. I have at least 6 carbs to do, all from snowblowers which are surging.

It's small, but large enough to put a snowblower carb in it.

The location is in the laundry furnace utility room, on top of the washer, until laundry day.

Today I am using it.

Boy does it get HOT! The heat will help dissolve, with the solvent, the varnish in the orifices and passages.

I will reinstall the carbs to see if they still are surging.

Up to now I've be using a neighbor's, old, lab quality, no basket, it sure has worked when I needed it. But it is demeaning to use it, beg him to open the garage door, walk there, cut his lawn for free, do his snow for free, discount other services, painting, leaves for $75 where he got prices for $250! Then he complains! Now every carb will be done using the Ultrasonic Cleaner since the machine is accessible and convenient to me.

For buying information, read my post, "Some info about buying an Ultrasonic Cleaner".
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Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
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Awesome...those are handy, wish I owned one.

But since I don't do it for a living, it'd be an "extravagance". I simply try to ensure my gas is always fresh and above all free of "floaters". I make sure when I fill that I do it inside my shed so there's nothing flying into the tank, no dust etc (farm fields and an interstate nearby...LOTS of dust)...and use a coffee filter on the tank spout and end of the funnel. Then, fresh gas lines etc. I've even taken to keeping the filter on the spout when storing. I'm amazed how many bugs and spiders crawl into the spout.

Takes longer to fill...but I gotta do what I gotta do. I probably am a little obsessive compulsive about fuel storage nowadays and a 1/10th of 1 percenter in this process. I'm simply tired of rebuilding carbs on my machines and am convinced the issue is how I stored gas in the past.

But yeah...I'm jealous. That'd be standard equipment in my dream garage.

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that would be nice to have but hard to justify when replacement carbs are like $15 delivered next day from amazon.
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that would be nice to have but hard to justify when replacement carbs are like $15 delivered next day from amazon.
Agree but the original carbs are better, better thicker aluminum, possibly better tolerances in the orifices, aluminum fuel bowl compared to generally a steel bowl.

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I am quite sure you will be happy with it. I'm on the lookout for a good used one. Until then the inexpensive one does ok for me. Let us know how it works on the 1st batch, and how well the cleaner works too.

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I bought the smaller HF cleaner a couple of years ago, and have done at least 100 carbs in it...but it was too small ...I went to HF today for something else, and they had the big one ther...,on sale...got it with the 20% coupon for less then $65. Big enough to do what I want....hope it lasts.....
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I bought the smaller HF cleaner a couple of years ago, and have done at least 100 carbs in it...but it was too small ...I went to HF today for something else, and they had the big one ther...,on sale...got it with the 20% coupon for less then $65. Big enough to do what I want....hope it lasts.....
I've done most carb cleaning on Honda's in frame and have had pretty good success with that. Occasionally i have to take it off and do a more complete cleaning. usually just spray out all passages , remove main jet and idle jet and clean , maybe the O ring needs replacement etc and I'm good to go.

If i did this professionally like the OP I would def get a ultrasonic. might anyway because I'm anal about doing things perfectly.

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Nice, enjoy it! I haven't tried any dedicated cleaning solutions, I've had good luck with the Simple Green HD so far. I'll be curious how that stuff works for you. If you're getting $75/ea, and have a bunch to do, I'm impressed you held out this long without buying one!

bergs, many carbs are cheap, that's true. But I bought my ultrasonic when I realized a new carb for my generator (no rebuild kit available) was about $50, or that for not much more, I could get a tool that can help with a bunch of things. Mine has cleaned 5-6 carbs at this point, I think. So I'm about broken-even, even if all mine were $15. It's a nice tool to have available, though certainly not essential.

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Hello ok it looks nice. Iím going to order one myself. Itís a tool well worth the price. I repaired/ rebuilt a lot of carburetors using several different cleaning products and washes in small plastic containers. But since Iíve been using a ultrasonic cleaner at my part time work Iím hooked. I do my normal cleaning then place it in the tank. Sometimes they look so good they look new.

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i have always wanted one but also can't justify the cost of buying one. don't clean enough carbs or parts to make it worth it. i have heard boiling a carb sometimes works but never tried it. only boiled nes 72pin connectors to clean/restore them. always seemed to work. i guess it just softens and loosens up any crud just like hot water loosens up crap off dishes.

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