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    What degreaser do you put in your ultrasonic cleaner?

    Sorry if this has been asked before but I'm thinking simple green or some bio degreaser so it can go down the drain. Maybe some alcohol after as a "rinse cycle". Mostly I'm talking chains here. Thanks guys

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    The Crest ultrasonic cleaner I have the pleasure of using requires you to use their own stuff, or you essentially screw the pooch (your warranty) on a multiple thousand dollar piece of equipment.

    If at all possible, consult the manufacturer of your cleaner to see what they recommend...in short, don't put stuff in that they don't expressly tell you is okay. You can dip the chain in alcohol after cleaning, if you wish. Blowing the parts off with compressed air after a thorough water rinse works pretty well, and quickly, too. Lubing shortly after removes almost any chance of rusting.

    As far as disposal, the rep I talked to recommended throwing the used solution in a bucket/pan/whatever, letting the fluid evaporate, and then chucking the sediment in the trash.

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    I don't have one (yet) but a friend does and I've used it a couple times and we've found 1/3 orange cleaner, 1/3 rubbing alcohol and 1/3 water (actually probably a little higher orange cleaner.. ) works great for a base start then just water one or 2 times till it runs clear...

    thou we are using a a "denture/CD/Jewelry" cleaner that's like 25 bucks not a massive thousand dollar unit.

    we also put the chain out to dry in the sun for most of the day, and beside it one of those disposable lunch container units with oil in it to heat up.. then put the chain in the container of warmed oil and threw it in the ultrasonic cleaner to vibrate the oil into the chain.. did it help? honestly no clue... but the chain ran really smooth after
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    What degreaser do you put in your ultrasonic cleaner?

    I may be a newb to biking, but definitely not to ultrasonic cleaners, I am a certified regulator technician for most scuba manufacturers. I have tried just about everything in the world, and the best stuff by far is blue and gold. Use it and you won't be disappointed one bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonb751 View Post
    best stuff by far is blue and gold. Use it and you won't be disappointed one bit.
    never heard of the stuff? where? what ? expensive? like more info .. sounds interesting...
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    What degreaser do you put in your ultrasonic cleaner?

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    never heard of the stuff? where? what ? expensive? like more info .. sounds interesting...
    http://www.bluegoldcleaner.com/cleaner.aspx

    We get it at a scuba distributor, it is a bit pricy at around $70 per gallon, but lasts a long time. On the website there is a number you can call and they can put you in touch with a distributor locally.

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    What degreaser do you put in your ultrasonic cleaner?

    Oh, and for ultrasonic you dilute it 5% so a gallon goes a long way.

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    In my little $25 jewelry cleaner that I use for chains and cassettes and the like, dish soap works pretty well, then I buzz it for 10 minutes or so in just water as a rinse.

    Probably not the absolute cleanest you could possibly get a chain, but I get 2-3000 miles from a chain doing that every 500 or so, with duMonde tech lube.

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    Blue gold looks like the way to go, I'm using a 35$ jewelry cleaner too. I'd follow the instructions but I can't read them....not even sure what language it is LOL. Thanks guys

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    What degreaser do you put in your ultrasonic cleaner?

    How do you guys like the $35 cleaners? I have a 10 gallon Sonicor, and I would like to get a smaller one that is quieter than mine for small parts.

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    I don't think it's nearly as powerful as an industrial unit but it's just right for a chain and ac powered. Results last night with Simple Green were only "meh, OK" but with a better degreaser I think we'll get better results. Next in my grand plan is a crock pot for wax

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    I'm using one of the cheap cleaners and use Spray 9 cleaner/degreaser, low foaming, biodegradable with corrosion inhibitors meant for power washers. Works great, probably a lifetime supply since I use a couple of cap fulls each time.

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    I've found that Simple Green works very, very well. It's also cheap and easy to dispose of.

    I've also learned it works a lot better when you use the basket instead of throwing stuff directly into the tub.

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    I know this is a grave dig but I wanted to add something as I just tried using an ultrasonic cleaner for bike parts for the first time. Some folks are worried about water infiltration (including myself). What I did is after the cleaning cycles (only Dawn dish soap/water) I took a ziplock bag and filled it with iso alcohol... I left a corner open for venting... I put the bag in a water bath in the machine and let it run for 5 min with temp on high... I did this with a jockey wheel and 2 chains... not only did it pull more dirt out but it was dry pretty quick after being removed. I then soaked the chain in some thin oil in the same bag (pneumatic tool oil as it was just to ensure no rusting and I had it on hand). It seems to have worked very well so I thought I would share.

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    I use dish soap. Dawn is the best
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    Wow...never thought about an ultrasonic cleaner...

    How chains get done in my shop (have good results):

    1. 'Marinade' in Simple Green
    2. In an old baking sheet, lay out and use brush on sides and down in rollers
    3. Back in Simple Green rinse
    4. Lay out on bench and blow out rollers with compressed air
    5. Works great


    But I bet an ultrasonic cleaner gets them near sterile, eh?


    I'm intrigued...


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    Quote Originally Posted by RSW42 View Post
    Wow...never thought about an ultrasonic cleaner...

    How chains get done in my shop (have good results):

    1. 'Marinade' in Simple Green
    2. In an old baking sheet, lay out and use brush on sides and down in rollers
    3. Back in Simple Green rinse
    4. Lay out on bench and blow out rollers with compressed air
    5. Works great


    But I bet an ultrasonic cleaner gets them near sterile, eh?


    I'm intrigued...


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    I've been using a Branson Ultrasonic cleaner for about 8 years now on my chains, cassettes and Chris King hub parts. I use a 50-50 Simple Green and Water mixture and the results are amazing. If anybody is looking into an ultrasonic cleaner make sure you get a heater option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSW42 View Post
    Wow...never thought about an ultrasonic cleaner...

    How chains get done in my shop (have good results):

    1. 'Marinade' in Simple Green
    2. In an old baking sheet, lay out and use brush on sides and down in rollers
    3. Back in Simple Green rinse
    4. Lay out on bench and blow out rollers with compressed air
    5. Works great


    But I bet an ultrasonic cleaner gets them near sterile, eh?


    I'm intrigued...


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    To me that amount of labor for a chain is a non-starter, it would be cheaper to just toss the chain and replace it every time I had to do that (if I consider my time to have value, which I do). Maybe if I had some trained monkeys to do stuff like that...

    The ultrasonic cleaner probably doesn't get the chain much cleaner than your technique, but there's basically no labor, I just toss the chain in, hit a button, come back in 30 minutes, hang the chain to dry, done.

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    What degreaser do you put in your ultrasonic cleaner?

    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker4life View Post
    I've been using a Branson Ultrasonic cleaner for about 8 years now on my chains, cassettes and Chris King hub parts. I use a 50-50 Simple Green and Water mixture and the results are amazing. If anybody is looking into an ultrasonic cleaner make sure you get a heater option.

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