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Ultrasonic Tumblers

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by MoreIsLess, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. MoreIsLess

    MoreIsLess Member

    Aug 26, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    Has anyone had any experience using an ultrasonic tumbler. What are the pro's and con's of an ultrasonic one

    Harbor Freight has one on sale near me.
  2. RandyP

    RandyP Participating Member

    Jan 28, 2009
    New one to me, I've heard of ultrasonic cleaners (wet process) and tumblers using dry media, but was not aware they made an ultrasonic tumbler?

    What's the HF part number?

    I am very happy with the results I get from my Lyman Turbo 1200 dry tumbler. (found it on sale at Midway a couple years ago).
  3. rsrocket1

    rsrocket1 Participating Member

    May 20, 2010
    Sacramento, CA
    Do you mean ultrasonic cleaner? Ultrasonic cleaners don't tumble, there is a transducer that shoots ultrasonic waves that clean the cases by causing little bubbles to form and explode against the case walls.

    They clean pretty good and they also clean the insides of the case and the primer pockets. Unless you use a cleaning solution, the bigger HF US cleaner only does about 15-20 cases at a time (three 8 minute cycles). I prefer the 5 pound vibratory tumbler and crushed walnut ($17/50 pounds). I don't need clean insides or clean pockets, just the soot and dirt knocked off. The vib tumbler makes the cases shiny enough for me too.

    The cleaner is useful for cleaning parts such as 1911 frames and AR-15 bolts, but for case cleaning, it is too much baby sitting for me (have to reset the timer every 8 minutes, then rinse and dry the cases). I prefer to simply dump the cases into the vib tumbler, set a lamp timer to turn it off in a few hours, then dump the cases into a separator and be finished.
  4. Sin City Shootist

    Sin City Shootist Member

    Dec 11, 2009
    Las Vegas Nevada
    I use the large HF ultra sonic cleaner almost daily. I clean 200-300 223 cases at a time. Takes about 40min with clean solution. I use a handful for goop hand cleaner and a 1/2 cup of lemon juice. I agree that the timer does suck and I'm going to look for someone that will just put an on off switch on the unit while allowing the heater and the overload circuit to function.
  5. Steve in Allentown

    Steve in Allentown New Member

    Nov 16, 2008

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