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Want to take the plunge on a ultrasonic cleaner

after doing a bunch of homework I want to finally buy an ultrasonic cleaner to clean Honda carburetors.

the selections are overwhelming.

my main question is what SIZE should i get? 3-6-9 Litre or other size ?i will only need one big enough to do one carb at a time.

and what brand do you all recommend? I don't want cheap but don't need an industrial/professional grade either as i will probably only do about 12-20 in a year.

I have seen them from $69 to $699 and just don't know what would work for my hobby shop. what works for you?

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This one at Harbor Freight seems to be well liked for an inexpensive unit... Looks like the right size for a carb.
https://www.harborfreight.com/25-lit...ner-63256.html

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The HF one is cheap, I know I have one. What I learned is never leave solution in the tank overnight with the cover on. The plastic can and will turn opaque even with a non solvent solution for cleaning. Don't walk away from it as the heater doesn't always turn off when the timer for the cleaning cycle ends. Boiled off a tank of cleaning solution and ruined a carb that way.
One trick I thought was excellent was to put the carb/parts into a glass container or even a plastic bag with solution into the cleaner filled with water. The ultrasonic will still penetrate the glass but it's so much easier to clean up the bottom of the glass jar or just toss the bag than the plastic tray and cleaners tank. Just want to make sure the glass or bag is on the plastic tray and not on the tank itself. You don't want to have metal against the tank as it will wear a hole in your tank. I'm not sure about glass but I wouldn't take the chance.

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+1 on the HF unit. Mine is around 5 years old, has cleaned a few dozen carbs, and lots of other little parts and tools. I too put the cleaning solution in another container, and then that put that container on the plastic tray, with around 1/2 full water. Seems to work just as well, and no worries about corroding the tank.

I will probably upgrade at some point, always looking for a good used unit.

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I started with the smaller HF unit...and used it for three years, but it is too small for most carbs, I now use the lager one...about $89 if I remember, then the 20% coupon......
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Dumb question....do you first go though the normal cleaning process with carb spray and wire in holes before the ultasonic cleaner --- or do you just disassemble the carb and run it through the ultrasonic cleaner?

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Dumb question....do you first go though the normal cleaning process with carb spray and wire in holes before the ultasonic cleaner --- or do you just disassemble the carb and run it through the ultrasonic cleaner?
I'll spray them down with some brake cleaner first, to get the heavy grime off. The dis-assemble and run it in the Ultrasonic. And then run welding tip cleaners thru the holes. Pre-clean saves on having to change the cleaner in the ultrasonic to much. I use Simple Green.




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I soak in Simple Green straight in the sonic cleaner.....I dismantle the carb first......then blow out the passages with air, make sure the orifices are open with torch tip cleaners, put in a new welch plug and try her out.
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I try to clean heavy junk off the outside first, if possible. Then I disassemble it as much as I can easily.

For a float carb, the bowl comes out, jet & emulsion tube comes out, etc. For something like a diaphragm carb (chainsaw), I take off the plates at both ends, remove the diaphragms and things that will come out easily.

I have not removed Welch plugs, nor have I done mechanical cleaning, like running a wire through the jet. Admittedly, that would be important if there was a piece of grit/rubber stuck in it.

Then I heat & degas the solution, and clean them using Simple Green HD. I usually give them an hour, since I'm rarely in a rush. If I'm concerned, I may flip the carb over halfway though, or give it another whole cycle that way. I figure too much beats too little, at least within reason.

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