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Does anyone have one? I was going to buy one from harbor freight just to clean my carbs before I "rebuild" them. HF has one for about 85 bucks and it's 2.5 liters. I'm thinking I could get a better one for cheaper on Amazon. Anyone have a link for a good one they use?
 

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I have the HF 2.5 liter unit, and it works well. The next one I buy will be the 6 liter machine from eBay or Amazon. I think they run about $110 to $120.
 

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I have a 30 L and I love it Well spend Cash
use Simple Green industrial strength mixed
works well and easy to wash all the parts with hot water and done

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30 liter? You could take a bath in that!
 
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YES bathtub
I do other carbs and large items
So bigger is better

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You could ultrasonically clean a CX engine block. Might be good for oil passages.
 

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Not that big
Need a bit larger one
sure nice to have a 30 L tank
will fit a CBX Six pack
 
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After watching a YouTube video of a guy who took a lunch box and strapped a orbital sander to the top to fabricate his own ultrasonic cleanser I tried the same thing using a large coffee can. I taped the orbital sander to the lid and left it run for a few hours. I was trying to clean out a carburetor that was on a cement mixer. It seemed to work.
 

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Hi
Sure it will work using a orbital sander
It needs to vibrate that's all
the concept is the same as the ultrasonic tank the only thing is that the frequency is different
and with out heat

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My 6 litre one is just big enough . I wish I had the next size up - then I could do carb bodies without having to turn the body half way through to get the other side submerged . But otherwise they are the best thing since sliced bread
 

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Well I bought the harbor freight unit and I'm very impressed. Works great. They even had a cleaner to put in the machine that I bought. It's a powder and no telling what it consists of but it seemed to do the job. Larry's carb book says he uses simple green hd so I'm going to try that. So far so good though
 

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My 6 litre one is just big enough . I wish I had the next size up - then I could do carb bodies without having to turn the body half way through to get the other side submerged.
The 6 liter should allow full immersion of the pair. I get about 3/4 cover in my 2.5 liter unit.
 

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I find this to be as good, if not better than Simple Green, and less expensive.
 

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Well I bought the harbor freight unit and I'm very impressed. Works great. They even had a cleaner to put in the machine that I bought. It's a powder and no telling what it consists of but it seemed to do the job. Larry's carb book says he uses simple green hd so I'm going to try that. So far so good though
Just make sure you don't use anything that is caustic to aluminum or you won't be happy for sure. I use Dawn and it works pretty good, won't harm metal parts.
 

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Does anyone have one? I was going to buy one from harbor freight just to clean my carbs before I "rebuild" them. HF has one for about 85 bucks and it's 2.5 liters. I'm thinking I could get a better one for cheaper on Amazon. Anyone have a link for a good one they use?
I have a 3 liter cleaner and while it works great, a little larger one would be even better. Look at the size of your carbs and compare it to the size of the basket in the cleaner. Be sure to get some decent liquid cleaner and mix it properly with water and run the cleaner at the proper temperature.
 

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Well I bought the harbor freight unit and I'm very impressed. Works great. They even had a cleaner to put in the machine that I bought. It's a powder and no telling what it consists of but it seemed to do the job. Larry's carb book says he uses simple green hd so I'm going to try that. So far so good though
I bought the HF 2.5L one and the HF powder a few months ago to clean carbs. I was disappointed that the max timer setting is only 8 minutes when Larry recommends cleaning for hours. The instructions say it will overheat and shut down if you run it too long. I tried the powder on some sample small items and saw no effect at all. I did use simple green HD to clean a carb from an 86 Honda Civic in it. But I had to flip the parts over and over and over to get it all cleaned. I was not impressed with the results. I would not recommend this one. It's too small and too weak.
 

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Take this as a simple sugg
I bought the HF 2.5L one and the HF powder a few months ago to clean carbs. I was disappointed that the max timer setting is only 8 minutes when Larry recommends cleaning for hours. The instructions say it will overheat and shut down if you run it too long. I tried the powder on some sample small items and saw no effect at all. I did use simple green HD to clean a carb from an 86 Honda Civic in it. But I had to flip the parts over and over and over to get it all cleaned. I was not impressed with the results. I would not recommend this one. It's too small and too weak.
I hate to give advice….it’s seldom any good…..but here’s my two pence worth. For a sonic cleaner, a minimum 3 liter is needed. Probably another half liter is even needier. Get one with a built in heater and set it at least 10 degrees less than the directions on the cleaner indicate. The sonic motion will generate heat and overheating is probably worse than under heating. Lastly, do your homework. Different metals and different items require different cleaning solutions. Dish soap and vinegar are a good start. Cheers!
 

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I bought the HF 2.5L one and the HF powder a few months ago to clean carbs. I was disappointed that the max timer setting is only 8 minutes when Larry recommends cleaning for hours. The instructions say it will overheat and shut down if you run it too long. I tried the powder on some sample small items and saw no effect at all. I did use simple green HD to clean a carb from an 86 Honda Civic in it. But I had to flip the parts over and over and over to get it all cleaned. I was not impressed with the results. I would not recommend this one. It's too small and too weak.
Oh, and a couple of other things. A handy feature on an ultra-sonic cleaner is a drain tap/valve to drain out the old cleaning solution without having to unplug the unit and dump it somewhere. Most cleaning machine timers will go to at least one hour. And try and be very careful about the amount of time you run the machine. Softer metals (like the aluminum used on motorcycle carbs) can be damaged by over-heating or using the wrong solution.
 

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Does anyone have one? I was going to buy one from harbor freight just to clean my carbs before I "rebuild" them. HF has one for about 85 bucks and it's 2.5 liters. I'm thinking I could get a better one for cheaper on Amazon. Anyone have a link for a good one they use?
I bought a Zokop brand 230HT 3.2 liter on ebay for $120.62 and I am very pleased with it. Heater and Ultrasonic works well just remember to turn it off with switch on the back side.
 
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