Tools … tools … more toooooollllllls.
Can’t get enough of that Sugar Crisps … opps, wrong thought. Ok, tools.
Eh, got mentally distracted by the TV.
My last post was about taking a Gauthier type shutter apart … and one of the things I really did not want to do was break the escapements down to their individual gears to give them a cleaning, as I would have to put it back together. So I thought of getting an ultrasonic cleaner.
Now I know somewhat about them, as my clock fixing friend has one and has suggested I get one, and also suggested by the Learn Camera Repair group … but I have never felt I needed it. Well, I changed my mind once I noticed that these thing are pretty cheap … in price, and possibly in quality … so why not.
I decided to buy the Magnasonic Compact Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner, cause it looked cute … and it was one of the cheapest ones, yes I have a cheap thing. Ok, so lets try out cleaning stuff by putting it into a collapsing void !!
Well, it is slightly larger than a Rolleicord.
Ok, so lets see how it does … I took a knob off of a Kodak Vigilant Six-20 (1939-49). I cleaned the right half with my usual Q-tip, toothbrush, ronsonal, alcohol, and soapy water … the left I left untouched for the ultrasonic cleaner to tackle.
First attempt at cleaning by hand.
One round through the ultrasonic cleaner … which is only 5 minutes long.
Solution of water, a drop of dish soap, and a cap of vinegar.
This is the second round.
I will let you be the judge.
I think it is a keeper.
Clean up those escapements.