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Cleaning Brass

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by agedhunter, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. agedhunter

    agedhunter Member

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    Hi just wanted to share my home made cleaner I just built.
    The idea came to me last night when I was trying to fall asleep.

    Photo 1 I used rubber heater hose to isolate the top board from the base.
    Photo 2 I used an old sewing machine motor and wrapped a piece of mechanics
    wire around the pulley for vibrating weight.
    photo 3 completed unit.
    There are two pans the bottom one is attached with double sided foam tape.
    The brass you can see was dark brown when I started the pics were taken after about 45 minutes.
    I just used hot water ,
    oxyclean powder,
    and a citus based liquid soap.

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  2. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Holy smokes that is smart. I think you are a genious and I've got to try it. Thanks.
  3. agedhunter

    agedhunter Member

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    Couldn,t be farther from the truth.
    I'm just cheap :)
  4. USMCSpeedy

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    Genious or cheap, either way its a great idea. I'm thinking I may need to build one as well. Any idea of the RPM on the motor?
  5. agedhunter

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    The rpm wasn,t marked on the motor, but the way it winds up it might be a 3450.
    If I get to my cousins shop I have a mechanical tach I'll bring home and check it.
    Just don,t let your other half catch you robbing the sewing machine motor.:D
  6. The_Vigilante

    The_Vigilante New Member

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    One suggestion: you've got the right idea but I would suggest buying some stainless steel media to add to your solution-will really imrpove your results.
  7. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Product name by chance? Sounds like a good idea.
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    Sadly, at least for me??? I cannot see anything in the image box. No pics of any kind!
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  11. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member

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    It appears to be a great idea and the stainless pins will definately aide in cleaning. I would just be real cautious using liquids around that unsealed motor. The results could be quite shocking :yikes::thud:.
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    Guys, looks great, do you have a counter weight on the motor to make it shake? Also I tried the vinegar water solution, it worked, just did not trust it. I bought the hornady ultrasonic solution, and wow! it works great, I have the harbor freight ultrasonic though, give it a try, I think you will like the results!
  13. agedhunter

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    Look at pic #2(little fuzzy) you can see the wire tail sticking off the pully about 4 o clock position for counter weight.

    howlnmad: good point about shock.
    I just put about 2 inches of water. it just vibrates like an ultrasonic cleaner.
    Just not as quiet.:)
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