Sonic Cleaner by Hornady?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Randy from Kansas, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. Has any of you good folk tried the Lock-N-Load Sonic Cleaner? I seem to have a little room on the Bench and am thinking of purchusing one. I like the idea of cleaning the inside of the case.

    Good or Bad what do you people think?

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  3. thorn137

    thorn137 Walther

    It's a little pricey, compared to the average tumbler... not just the machine, but also the solution. I'm curious as to how many cycles the solution can be used. I imagine you could also use it for gun cleaning...?

    All aside from the costs, it strikes me as something i might not buy myself, but WOULD put on my Christmas list.


  4. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    If you have extra room on your bench forget about the cleaner and set a blond up there. Very distracting but well worth the occasional squib or double charge.

    I've blown up three guns so far but I don't care. :supergrin:

  5. Well Jack

    I may be able to swing more reloading tools and even a couple of new guns a year, but another blond around the bench would cost me at least another house. And I lost a paid off ranch style house back in 94 took me 10 years to pay off this one don't think I want to go thru that again. That is why I called her the little house keeper
  6. I wonder if the Hornady solution requires a neutralizer? Regardless, it may be more effective than a tumbler but it creates an extra step called "drying". I think I would get more use out of it for cleaning gun parts. I think it would make short work of cleaning my AR bolt's.
  7. Just bought this one from Harbor for $60 plus delivery. Works very good when used with Lemi-Shine. Definitely not a process for large batches. I also use the cleaner for other tasks such as gun parts and the GF's jewelery.
  8. #9 DoctaGlockta, Jan 19, 2010
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  9. IndyGunFreak

    IndyGunFreak KO Windows

    When I'm a Gazillionaire, I'm gonna get me a Thumler Model B. I think it can take Liquid media as well as Walnut and Corncob.

  10. Great write up wow you just saved me some money:wow:
    no wonder I like coming to Glock talk

    Harbor Frieght it is

    Thanks Unclebob
  11. #12 glock-ewe, Jan 19, 2010
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2010
  12. shotgunred

    shotgunred reloading nut

    If you use rice in your tumbler it will clean the insides of the case.
  13. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack


    And when you're done you can make a delicious stir-fry. :whistling:

  14. My experience is that with Lemi-Shine added to the water both the insides and primer pockets are cleaned of all carbon residue.
  15. It makes the cases shiny clean but as soon as you pull the trigger it's all dirty again. Unless you are preparing cases you are going to load and put up on the shelf for years I think the regular tumbler does good enough for the weekend shooter. I buy the fine walnut media from the pet store in the bird section and there is no dust at all from it. When I was a kid we didn't have any kind of case cleaners but then there were no carbide dies either. I run cases in the tumbler now so I don't get dirt and grit in the carbide dies. In the old days we had to lube them and wipe them off anyway, didn't matter much.
  16. crew

    crew Member

    I work in the jewelry industry and use ultrasonic cleaners a lot. The cheap one just don't work. We have 3 sizes and not one of them costs less that 1200.00 bucks. I've seen claims all the time about units for the "home use" and they all do the same. Heat a solution and make noice. Save your money.

  17. The ultrasonic I have is rated as 160 watts which is about 3 times what most others are rated. My GF is extremely pleased at how well it cleans her rings, earrings and bracelets. I also us it to clean gun parts. It is certainly not a professional product but I am not a professional cleaner.
  18. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Don't let jack fool you. He has one that he turns on when his SS check shows up. It stops his ex's from coming up the driveway.
  19. crew

    crew Member

    The watt rating refers to the heating power. Ultrasonic power is produced by transducers. If a piece of aluminum foil is placed into the unit, the foil should be distorted. This is a standard test.


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