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Most Helpful Positive Review Great sonic cleaner for hobbyist
Good machine, a little fragile, plastic construction. Great features like heat, valve and hose for draining, digital controls, basket, extra tank. C...
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Big, powerful, but not big enough sometimes

by Scott, from United States, KY Written on January 20, 2015
My first thought opening the box was that this thing was huge. I've used a Hornady Magnum ultrasonic clearer for years but wanted something I could clear AR platform uppers in. Filled it up, turned it on, and was amazed at what the four transducers put out. It got hot quickly and the ultrasonic action was powerful. Then I got to my primary goal of cleaning AR uppers. My Sig 516 AR015 upper just didn't fit. If I removed the flash hider it would just go in, but who wants to go removing things for a product that is "designed" for it to fit? Needless to say my Sig 716 AR-10 was not going to fit, but even my dedicated .22 AR rifle wouldn't fit.

I was able to get all of them good and clean by had to do it by leaving part of the receiver out for half of the time, and then part of the barrel out for the other. The cleaning action was good, but the whole thing would be great if it were just 2 inches longer....
Pros:
  • Big
  • Small bins for smaller items
  • Dedicated drain mechanism
Cons:
  • HUGE
  • Not big enough for AR platform uppers to fit
Would recommend: Yes
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Exactly what I've been needing for far too long

by Denvershooter, from United States, CO Written on October 14, 2014
I've wanted a large capacity sonic cleaner for rifles in particular for 20 years now. I've always hemmed and hawed at the $1000 price tag of the big stainless tanks, but figured one day I'd justify spending the tax refund on one. Well here comes Hornady to the rescue again.

I've only used this twice thus far but the SBR AR upper/BCG and 2 pistol uppers I've run through have come out nice and clean.

Pros: Very affordable entry into a Sonic Cleaner, Easy to understand features and fairly clear instructions. Easy to separate parts with the extra bins

Cons: Like most, it's loud, Cleaning medium is stupid expensive and this baby needs lots o'cleaning juice. Fit and finish isn't the best, I'm expecting failure with the plastic parts (of which the majority of the exterior components are made)

Final impressions: Time will tell and seeing as I'm a slacker about cleaning rifles (clean my semi auto's about every 2K rounds) and pistols, this should remove my excuse to clean more often. Just make sure you rinse the cleaning fluid off the parts really well (I use a large basin and pressure sprayer with hot water), lube the heck out of them again before use. Taking the time to fully disassemble parts that can be (field strip the pistol upper and AR BCG) will net the best results. Be warned.. if you've painted with Avero or Krylon, expect to have to re-touch/re-paint.

It's a worthy buy, but I expect that at some point I'll move up to a larger heated system just so I can clean multiple r...
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Pros:
  • Affordable
Cons:
  • mediocer quality fit and finish
Best Used for:
  • Weapons and Reloading cleaning
Would recommend: Yes
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Hornady Sonic Cleaner Tub

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, IL Written on December 30, 2013
This is the best product for the money. If you shoot a lot and reload this is the answer.
Pros: Excellent and makes cleaning AR a breeze
Cons: No issues at all...
Would recommend: Yes
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Great sonic cleaner for hobbyist

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, NC Written on May 2, 2013
Good machine, a little fragile, plastic construction. Great features like heat, valve and hose for draining, digital controls, basket, extra tank. Controls are not intuitive. Not sure if a pro unit would clean better, possibly. Drain hose will leak a bit when draining. A hose clamp would fix that if you want to permanently install it. Heat gets VERY hot, a good thing. Great unit for home/hobby use. Works as advertised. Pricey in some ways but cheaper than pro units, so the value is there. If you shoot a lot like I do, it is a real labor saver. Even if the gun comes out less than perfectly clean, it loosen things up and saves you time and chemicals in the end. Be careful because you can damage your guns. Speak to a local smith who knows some tips on sonic cleaning. That worked well for me. Lastly, be gentle with it and it will last.
Pros: Many features for the money, fits AR upper.
Cons: Plastic construction, a little fragile...
Would recommend: Yes
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