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Old 03-12-2012, 01:43 PM   #1
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Harbor freight - Parts washer vs Ultrasonic cleaner?

Im going to be running through the carbs on my fourwheeler and dirtbikes soon. I have thought about buying an expensive 300-400 dollar ultrasonic cleaner on ebay to aid in cleaning carbs. I was wondering if a Harbor freight parts washer, or their cheap ultrasonic (or vibrating becuase Ive heard its not actually ultrasonic) cleaner would be any where near useful to me, and keep me from buying the high dollar machine? ive heard good and bad on both units. Any experience from anyone on the board with these 2 units, and cleaning small carburetors?
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i wouldn't even do that. I would go buy a container of berryman and just let the parts soak in that overnight, blow it all out with compressed air and put everything back together. parts washer isn't going to get into all the metering holes and .
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pinesol works well on carbs too and doesn't harm the o-rings
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Either of those machines would be a wayyyyyy overkill purchase for carbs IMHO. I do great with a can or two of carb cleaner and compressed air.
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Either of those machines would be a wayyyyyy overkill purchase for carbs IMHO. I do great with a can or two of carb cleaner and compressed air.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:17 PM   #6
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Easy enough. Lol wasnt looking forward to hand cleaning 4 carbs but I guess being lazy doesn't help here.
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the guys on advrider seem to be happy with a cheap HF ultrasonic cleaner with pinesol.

If it cost more than $30 at HF something is wrong.
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ya i may just take the bowls off, pull the jets and stick all the carbs in a cooler with a small aquarium pump circulating some pine sol.
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been doing some reading on pine-sol for carb cleaning. Anyone ever have issues with pin-sol for carb cleaning? I know pine sol is water base, wouldnt that possibly cause corrosion on aluminum?

Also saw this thread where a guy says his pine sol carb dip ended up stripping the plating off his choke shaft, and linkages... http://www.xs11.com/forum/showthread.php?t=29211
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Berryman Chemdip as the doctor already prescribed.
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i use odorless mineral spirits in an inexpensive and pretty small ultrasonic parts cleaner for my jets and my stainless steel oil filter followed by compressed air. I have only used it with the jets once, but it works well on the filter after every ride. Shakes a lot of stuff free.
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i wouldn't even do that. I would go buy a container of berryman and just let the parts soak in that overnight, blow it all out with compressed air and put everything back together. parts washer isn't going to get into all the metering holes and .
This is what I used to do on Stihl Chainsaws... so I would assume it would work great on a 2 stroke Dirtbike carb as well...
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I couldn't find a link quick enough to edit my post.

This is the ultrasonic parts cleaner I use: I got it closer to $25...it currently is $30.



It has done well with other items around the house too filled with only water.
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hrm, after more reading i think ill just use kiss method, lol. rip the bowl off and spray the passages with some carb cleaner, hand clean the jets, compress air blow it out and put it back together...
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check this out first

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ya I saw that thread, its definitely interesting. I just dont want to mess up any chromed or plated linkages. the bikes are all 07 and newer so they are no where near as dirty is the carbs in that thread.
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Berryman Chemdip as the doctor already prescribed.
Who sells this?
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