Ultasonic Cleaners love them or leave em?
I am contemplating getting an ultrasonic cleaner that can handle 1-2 handguns. Are they worth the money for the time they save? I have been looking at L&R, Branson, and Sonic Systems HG575.
If you think they are worth it, what brand and model do you suggest?
They can definitely speed up cleaning, but you still have to manually clean the bores with bore solvent.
What solvent you use in the tank plays a big part in how fast you can do a cleaning. Most solvents remove ALL lubricant and you have to rinse the parts, dry, then apply a lube that gets into all tiny spaces.
A very good way around this is to use Cylinder & Slide Shop "Dunk-kit". This is a cleaner mixed with a lubricant.
It cleans off the dirt, and leaves a lubricant coating on everything.
All you have to do is clean it, shake and wipe off the excess and put the gun in use.
I still recommend using a good gun lube on key parts.
As for cleaners, L&R and Branson are leaders in the field with a very good reputation for a lot of years.
I have a proprietary mix that I will not share except to say, Ballistol is the key ingredient.
Cleans the nastiest of gun parts like AR bolts to like new.