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Roger the Dodger

Heads up -- Lidl Ultrasonic Cleaner.

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For anyone who wanted a Lidl Ultrasonic cleaner, they will be available in the middle of Lidl from next Sunday 8th Dec. while stocks last. Anyone on here, including myself, will tell you how useful they are.

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That seems like a good deal but how do you actually use one? A bit of soapy water and just switch it on for an hour?

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1 minute ago, relaxer7 said:

That seems like a good deal but how do you actually use one? A bit of soapy water and just switch it on for an hour?

yep unless its your teeth and then use steradent.and leave them over night, 3 nights if youve had a mince pie. 

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Just now, relaxer7 said:

That seems like a good deal but how do you actually use one? A bit of soapy water and just switch it on for an hour?

My Lidl one has 3 pre-programmed settings... 180 secs (3 mins), 300 secs (5mins) and 480 secs (8 mins). You can buy specialist watch cleaning fluids, but for amateur use (Ie. cleaning bracelets and case parts), I always use slightly hotter than hand hot water to help start the grease melting and a few drops of detergent (washing up liquid) on the 180 second setting. This always gives me perfect results. Make sure you rinse and thoroughly dry the parts (I put mine on top of a radiator for 20 minutes) before reassembly. You will see an accessory in the pic that looks like a bridge...this is to fit a watch to so that the head stays above the fluid while the bracelet is submerged, but I wouldn't trust this not to fall over when the machine starts...far better to remove any bracelet from the watch first. Others may use different methods and timings.

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14 minutes ago, relaxer7 said:

That seems like a good deal but how do you actually use one? A bit of soapy water and just switch it on for an hour?

Pretty much, I use fairy liquid and a bit of Flash , the highest setting on mine is 480 seconds which is usually ample sometimes do it for another 480 seconds on really cheesy bracelets/cases so not long really .
Invaluable piece of kit imho :thumbsup:

As above , sorry Rog typing at the same time 

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3 hours ago, Speedy112 said:

Always Works for me

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46 minutes ago, Andy Jackson said:

I've been waiting one of these for a while now

But would my TAG Connected be OK submerged in one of these?

You would want to remove the watch case first .... then dunk the bracelet... :thumbsup:

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I clean bicycle chains in mine, in paraffin. Probably not supposed to, but it works. Carburetors too. 

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1 minute ago, Andy Jackson said:

So Ultrasonic cleaners are no good for watches then?

 

For stripped watch parts they are perfect, but I wouldn't put a complete watch in one, unless it was someone else's. :laughing2dw:

Here's a brief description of how it works.

Ultrasonic cleaning uses cavitation bubbles induced by high frequency pressure (sound) waves to agitate a liquid. The agitation produces high forces on contaminants adhering to substrates like metals, plastics, glass, rubber, and ceramics. This action also penetrates blind holes, cracks, and recesses.

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1 minute ago, Andy Jackson said:

So Ultrasonic cleaners are no good for watches then?

 

Personally I would not put even a 300M rated watch in one of those , I would always only treat the bracelet. Only watches like 1000M Professional watches would I consider. The thing is the machine cleans by way of resonance, which is not great for watches on many levels in theory. Of course most watches would survive a session in one of these but that's not to say its wise.

That said , for bracelets these are amazing little machines and this one highlighted by @Roger the Dodger is a very good one ( a buddy of mine has one ).

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I'm intending to try servicing a watch. I have an ultrasonic machine from long ago, a cast off from work. I decided to use the same detergent as I used to clean carb jets and etc. Teepol L. It's a neutral industrial detergent that goes a long long way so just ordered 5L of it. Probably last for ever.

:rolleyes:  Now I just need a cheap watch to wreck. One's on it's way. Then comes courage and time.

John

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13 hours ago, Andy Jackson said:

I've been waiting one of these for a while now

But would my TAG Connected be OK submerged in one of these?

 If you just want to clean the case as well as the bracelet, you must remove the movement first, quartz or mechanical. There's a risk the intense vibrations could shake something loose if the movement is not removed. The only safe way to put the movement in for cleaning is to completely disassemble it into its component parts first...and then you probably would need some proper watch cleaning fluid.

The first time you use one of these machines on a well used bracelet, you won't believe the muck that comes out.

This first pic is a used Seiko 7T32-7F70 stripped down for cleaning the case and bracelet...I have removed the movement first. Nice clean water.

In here is the case, crown and pushers, bezel and click spring, endlinks, springbars and bracelet. The caseback had already been cleaned.

Seiko 7T32-7F70

This is after the 180 second cycle. Note the dirt that has come out, mostly from the bracelet.

Seiko 7T32-7F70

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