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Old 3rd Nov 2017, 9:51 am   #1
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Looking for a 3 litre or thereabouts ultrasonic cleaner . Have looked on the net but the choice is bewildering . Has anyone got one that works well and they can recommend ? all help appreciated , Regards, Tim.
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Hi Tim

I have an article from Model Engineers' Workshop mag (2016) testing a 3 litre tank from Allendale Ultrasonics (150), results were impressive. If your interested I'll scan it.

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Mine came from Allendale, I think it's a 5 litre model. I've been quite satisfied with it.

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Happy with my Ultrawave, think it's 5 litre, bought ~20 years ago. Be wary of used models without some warranty - often mis-used. For new or used check out http://www.severnsaleslabequip.com/. No connections, but happy customer.

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Martin, would love to see the article , if you could e mail it , would be appreciated, regards, Tim.
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In 2010, - having had two of the cheapo baths - one sold as a 'special buy' by budget supermarket chain - the other from Maplin, which were completely ineffective and went back same day for a refund, I decided to fork out for a decent commercial model which I bought from Allendale.

The problem with cheap baths is that though they may oscillate at ultrasonic frequencies, (generally 40 kHz) they don’t do so with sufficient amplitude to be very effective – typically 20 - 30 Watts. I don't think they achieve anything that couldn't be achieved just as quickly, and probably more effectively, with a toothbrush and detergent. That said, there are those who claim they do an adequate job.

Allendale Electronics, sell professional small ultrasonic baths as used in hospitals, dental practices, surgeries, GP practices (GPs), vets, laboratories, marine work, tattoo studios, jewellers, watch repairer, acupuncturists etc. One that seemed to suit my needs was just over 100 – not cheap, it has to be admitted, but not expensive for what it does and how it’s made. The tank size is 150mm (6”) x 135mm (5.3”) x 100mm (4”) deep, which holds 2 Litres of cleaning fluid. (I’m glad I didn’t get anything smaller). The ultrasonic power (at a frequency of 40 kHz) emitted by the transducer to the bath is 70 Watts, and the thermostatic heater, which is pre-settable up to 80 C, is 60 Watts. It has a built-in timer for up to 80 minutes, and all the settings are displayed on a digital display.

That model has since been superseded, the replacement being this one, at 112.69:

112.69.

https://www.allendale-ultrasonics.co...allendale.html

Allendale do a 3 Litre model, tank size 240mm x 137mm x 100mm, (approx. 10" x 5" x 4"), which would probably meet Tim's needs and is I think remarkable value for money at 122.54. It's just a tenner more than a 2 Litre model, with more ultrasonic power and a more powerful heater. It has two transducers, the ultrasonic power is 100 Watts, and it has a 100 Watt heater, and a timer. It's oscillation frequency is 40 kHz. The model is called US-CU-CA-3L and can be found here:

https://www.allendale-ultrasonics.co...allendale.html

A comparison of the full range of ultrasonic baths sold by Allendale is here:

http://www.allendale-ultrasonics.co....cs-compare.pdf

The User manual is here:

http://www.allendale-ultrasonics.co....asonics-v1.pdf

FAQs about ultrasonic cleaners can be found here:

http://allendale-ultrasonics.co.uk/d...asonic_FAQ.pdf

Incidentally, you also need a wire basket if one isn't included, as it's inadvisable to have items placed directly into the metal bath. If you have lots of small items - nuts and bolts etc that would fall through the coarse mesh of the basket, you can place them in a jar with fluid in, with the jar immersed in the bath and the ultrasonic cleaning is just as effective.

Allendale sell various types of cleaning fluid too.

If you want to see how effective the baths are, there are countless youtube videos of them in action, cleaning motorbike carbs etc.

Hope that helps.
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David , many thanks for the comprehensive reply , will digest the info and probably opt for the one you recommended, Thanks again, Tim.
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Hi Tim

Article e-mailed to you.

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