Ultrasonic machine not working

I recently aquired a,
Sonic Scrub by Clairol
Denture Cleaner model UDC-1
which I hope to use for cleaning small mechanical parts but,
unfortunately, it doesn't 'SONIC'.
When in the 'on' position, the light comes on but there is no 'action'.
Is this likely to be an issue that I can fix, or do these things just
burn out and need to be trashed?
Lewis.
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limeylew
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Yeah... well, it probably DID "Sonic" at one time, but most likely NEVER "ultra-sonic'd".
A lot of those "sonic" cleaners are just 60Hz buzzers glued to the bottom of a thin metal or plastic tank.
A very few low-end jobs actually have the circuitry to generate a higher frequency oscillation, but seldom are they truly ultra-sonic.
Not that it's hard or expensive to generate the high frequency, but a transducer beefy enough to deliver any real power to the pot is pretty costy. It's just my opinion, but I think "no WAY would Clairol be mass-marketing a _real_ ultrasound unit."
LLoyd
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Lloyd E. Sponenburgh
Some of these have a reed switch that is activated by a magnet in the lid. If you don't have the lid, run a magnet around the edge and see if it turns on.....Paul
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catguy
Fuse?
randy
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Randy Replogle
The Clairol unit used to be a proper ultrasonic cleaner. I have one, and looked inside! I also have a larger Bransonic machine. Both use a transistor multivibrator, driving ceramic transducers.
Steve R.
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Steve R.
The Clairol unit does indeed have a magnetic reed switch, and a magnet in the lid.
Tip: Never run the machine without water in the tank!
Steve R.
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Steve R.
On 11 Oct 2006 04:49:54 -0700, with neither quill nor qualm, " snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com" quickly quoth:
Ask Clairol for a refill bottle of Magic Smoke, Lew.
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Larry Jaques
You must have fluid in the tank when you turn it on.
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Martin H. Eastburn
No kidding? That's quite unusual. 90% of the mass-market cleaners are just buzz-boxes.
Good to know. That thing was made, I think, back in the 80's, and would be showing up in garage sales by now.
LLoyd
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Lloyd E. Sponenburgh

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