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Funny I look most days to see what is about in watch tools and I know how cleaning machines can be pricey. A nice good cleaning machine is so much better then cleaning by hand which is something many on here tend to do. I have thought about buy one just to keep as a sort of memento.

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1 hour ago, oldhippy said:

A nice good cleaning machine is so much better then cleaning by hand which is something many on here tend to do. 

Why? What it does that can't be done by hand or ultrasonic ?

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23 minutes ago, jdm said:

Why? What it does that can't be done by hand or ultrasonic ?

If you have never used a cleaning machine you wouldn't know the difference. With a good cleaner and rinse the difference from cleaning by hand is unbelievable.  

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21 minutes ago, oldhippy said:

If you have never used a cleaning machine you wouldn't know the difference. With a good cleaner and rinse the difference from cleaning by hand is unbelievable.  

What if one uses the same solutions and give the jar a good shacking? Isn't just warming up and shaking that an non-ultrasonic machine do? 

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1 hour ago, jdm said:

What if one uses the same solutions and give the jar a good shacking? Isn't just warming up and shaking that an non-ultrasonic machine do? 

A cleaning machine also has a built in dryer it dries and doesn't leave any marks. Shaking parts in a jar you can do irreplaceable damage, not recommended.  

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22 hours ago, jdm said:

Why? What it does that can't be done by hand or ultrasonic ?

A machine can keep your brain cells intact. Those who sits and cleans in the hand exposing themselves to a work environment like 50 years ago ... I could never dream of sitting and cleaning with toxic substances and solvents in front of my face ...

Why do the women sometimes are hard to be clever on? Think of all the times they have cleaned nails in acetone :-)

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A machine can keep your brain cells intact. Those who sits and cleans in the hand exposing themselves to a work environment like 50 years ago ... I could never dream of sitting and cleaning with toxic substances and solvents in front of my face ...

Why do the women sometimes are hard to be clever on? Think of all the times they have cleaned nails in acetone :-)

Sexism aside... I use isopropyl alchol in an ultrasonic cleaner far away from my bench. I don't think I'm placing my health at risk.

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2 minutes ago, jdm said:

Sexism aside... I use isopropyl alchol in an ultrasonic cleaner far away from my bench. I don't think I'm placing my health at risk.

Great…. You mentioned just hand cleaning too ..... it is not healthy in the long run for those who choose this option!

I hope you saw my smile at the comment about nails cleaning

 

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2 minutes ago, maclerche said:

Great…. You mentioned just hand cleaning too ..... it is not healthy in the long run for those who choose this option!

I simply meant "not using a specialized machine". I copied the term from previous postings. I also refrain from staying close to strong chemicals, it's common sense really.

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I have 2 of these type of cleaning machines in the loft from when I first started out at home and couldn't afford an automatic type machine, might have to dig them out and put them on the tinterweb, they are brilliant for someone just starting out. I used to set an egg timer so I remembered to move it round to the next jar and then put it on a socket timer when over the heater drying off.

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On 22. april 2016 at 0:17 PM, oldhippy said:

Not a bad price its old but looks in good condition and not a bad price with a buy it now tag.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VINTAGE-WATCH-MAKEER-JEWELRY-CLEANING-MACHINE-/162046336739

The price of the machine is now set down. I suppose that it is 110V, otherwise I could be tempted. There must be someone in the US who can use this fine machine?

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This is the one I had and they are absolutely wonderful. You will have to get the jars but they are available. Its an L & R Vari-Matic. Its a good price.

  http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/L-R-Vari-Matic-III-watch-cleaning-machine-/361544953482?hash=item542dc22e8a:g:aOQAAOSwn1RXIqEe

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These are cracking machines, one thing to be aware of is to make sure the jars are kept topped up with fluid, if you run them with not enough fluid in the jars it can burn the ultrasonic out.

there is a company in the uk that will do a full rewire, respray and replace the ultrasonics for a more powerful version for £1600. Sounds expensive but if you are after a cleaning machine that is upto standard for the brand accreditations then these are the cheapest way of getting a cleaning machine with ultrasonic that's  upto the standard the brands require.

 

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These are cracking machines, one thing to be aware of is to make sure the jars are kept topped up with fluid, if you run them with not enough fluid in the jars it can burn the ultrasonic out.

there is a company in the uk that will do a full rewire, respray and replace the ultrasonics for a more powerful version for £1600. Sounds expensive but if you are after a cleaning machine that is upto standard for the brand accreditations then these are the cheapest way of getting a cleaning machine with ultrasonic that's  upto the standard the brands require.

 

That one doesn't have the transducer - but very true what you said.

I had two varimatics with the ultrasonic units but I prefer my elma super elite - it's manual but never have a problem with it, plus I get to keep the watch in the jars for much longer should I want to.

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2 hours ago, Mark said:

That one doesn't have the transducer - but very true what you said.

I had two varimatics with the ultrasonic units but I prefer my elma super elite - it's manual but never have a problem with it, plus I get to keep the watch in the jars for much longer should I want to.

Sorry, I thought all the "vari matic" ones had ultrasonic and the none ultrasonic ones were called "watch matic" or something else.

I looked at buying one a couple of weeks ago and rang this company below about getting the ultrasonics repaired, he has a fully updated refurbished one for sale at £2200, he quoted me the £1600 to refurb one.

http://www.delphelectronics.co.uk/pre-owned-machines.htm

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3 hours ago, Tiktok said:

Sorry, I thought all the "vari matic" ones had ultrasonic and the none ultrasonic ones were called "watch matic" or something else.

I looked at buying one a couple of weeks ago and rang this company below about getting the ultrasonics repaired, he has a fully updated refurbished one for sale at £2200, he quoted me the £1600 to refurb one.

http://www.delphelectronics.co.uk/pre-owned-machines.htm

That's Graham Baxter - he's a very good chap. His workshop is just down the road from me.

The L&R shown in the OP definitely does not have a transducer (Big metal cylinder where the basket will be attached). But it can be converted to ultrasonic with the addition of a unit which sits under the main machine, and the transducer which is fitted to the head.

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