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4 Things to Look for in a Replacement Ultrasonic Cleaner

All good things must end, and no matter how good your ultrasonic cleaner is, you’ll eventually have to replace it. The good news? If you’re careful about your choices, you can end up with a unit that’s a vast improvement. Here are four things to look for when you’re choosing a replacement ultrasonic cleaner:

A WARRANTY THAT INSPIRES CONFIDENCE

Nothing tells you a product is dependable and well-made like a strong warranty. Your new cleaner should have a warranty that’s lengthy, but length shouldn’t be your only consideration. Be sure to check what components are included or excluded and whether some have shorter coverage than the main warranty. Be sure your warranty begins on the date the cleaner is shipped or delivered, not the date it’s manufactured. A warranty agreement that goes into effect months before you even order your ultrasonic cleaner is not much use.

If you’d like more detail on this subject, we’ve prepared a handy list of questions and concerns to consider in regard to these warranties.

A “MADE IN THE USA” LABEL THAT MEANS WHAT IT SAYS

Many US-based ultrasonic manufacturers source their components and materials from outside the US. Since you may be reading this on a phone made in South Korea or running a facility that assembles foreign-sourced parts into new products, that may not seem like a very big deal. But red tape, language differences, increased transit times, differing standards and time zones can affect everything from the quality of your cleaner to the quality of service the manufacturer provides after the sale. Make sure the company making your cleaner has control over every aspect of the process and can ensure a consistent and high level of quality.

A CLEANER WITH MULTI-FREQUENCY CAPABILITY

Different ultrasonic frequencies can deliver a diverse range of capabilities, but a transducer that produces a single frequency at a time can carry with it a number of problems and inefficiencies. For example, a single-frequency setup can produce standing wave patterns that lead to incomplete cleaning on some areas of a part, and the transducer diaphragms tend to erode much more quickly.

Transducers such as our Vibra-Bar® units transmit across a spectrum of frequencies above and below the main frequency—typically 40 kHz—all at the same time. This Simultaneous Multi-Frequency® technology improves cleaning, increases durability and provides a number of other benefits.

A CONTROL SYSTEM THAT WORKS THE WAY YOU DO

If the mobile and digital revolution is changing the way your team works and the way you interact with customers and suppliers, why shouldn’t it make your ultrasonic cleaner easier to use and more effective? An ultrasonic cleaner should include controls that work with mobile technologies to provide information and receive instructions.

We’ve introduced the Sonic Touch®II multifunctional digital control panel to deliver that capability. It can be controlled or monitored with an Android or iOS smart phone or tablet, and can be set up to run the ultrasonic cleaner with a countdown timer or a seven day schedule. The unit monitors cavitation activity levels using a patented Liquid Condition Sensor, and can notify supervisors of changes in system status through multiple methods. The Sonic Touch®II can give notice of scheduled maintenance or alert the user of a problem by sending emails or text messages to an appropriate account. It can also continuously record system data in real time, and download that data to flash drives.

There’s a lot to consider when making a purchase as important as an ultrasonic cleaner, but if you begin with those that are made here in America, have a rock-solid warranty, include multi-frequency technology capability and integrate mobile-friendly technology, you’ll be ahead of the game.

3 Reasons Why “Made In The USA” Matters when Choosing an Ultrasonic Cleaner

We don’t have to tell you that more than ever before, the products we use — from sneakers to jumbo jets — are manufactured outside the United States, or assembled here from foreign parts. You may even assemble off-shored parts in your facility, or you might be reading this article on a phone built in China or South Korea. Does it really matter whether your ultrasonic cleaner is made in the USA?

In fact, where your ultrasonic cleaner is manufactured can affect everything from the basic quality to your customer service experience. Giving our customers the best product we can deliver is why we make 100% USA designed and manufactured products right here in Freeport, Illinois.

Here are three solid reasons nothing beats American made:

THE PARTS

Some of our competitors gather components from far flung regions of the world and assemble them here in the States; others use offshoring for the entire build. We choose to build here with 100% American-sourced materials because it gives us control over every aspect of the manufacturing process. This allows us to ensure this process — and the equipment it produces — follow a consistent standard of quality.

That’s not to say foreign suppliers can’t provide good quality. But each offshore component brings with it not just that subcontractor, but all the suppliers and service providers they themselves depend on. Each new link in the chain is a new degree of separation between you and the necessary resources to build your equipment, and the separation is increased by differences in time zone, standards, geography, etc.  If one of the links is weak, the manufacturer has to struggle through all that in order to fix the problem. That’s why even the best offshore components seldom match the quality of domestic ones.

Instead, our process is completely under our oversight. We ensure quality not with a promise from a distant subcontractor, but with our own eyes on the products as they are built.

THE PEOPLE

We have great employees, and we doubt we have to sing the praises of the American worker to you. Yet, we’re not speaking just about the skill of our people but about the connectedness of our people.

Think about how the ease of instant communication has made our world smaller. Now imagine how small the “world” your ultrasonic cleaner is made in will be when all the action takes place in a single facility. The same person who helped you choose or design your cleaner is in an office just a short walk from the team that will assemble it, and he or she works with them every day. No hitch can develop from differences in time zones, languages or location. The whole team is on the same page at all times.

THE SERVICE

Even the customer care you receive after the sale can be affected by offshoring. Imagine a component fails in your ultrasonic cleaner. If it was built using foreign components, the nearest one might be in a container on a ship somewhere. In our case, your part is on a shelf in Freeport and we are generally able to ship them overnight. The turnaround time for requesting and receiving a part from us might actually be shorter than the time it takes another manufacturer to receive an initial response from their subcontractor on a different continent.

Again, the “small world” of our single American facility means that there’s no need to pass information back and forth between different organizations. That means you get your need satisfied in short order — on your schedule, not Shanghai’s.

Our All-American manufacturing process allows us to deliver ultrasonic cleaners that are so dependable that we recently increased the length of our warranty by three years.  If you want to learn more about how some of our customers reduced costs and delivered a cleaner product with our highly reliable products, click here to learn about Ushers Machine and Tool or download Ultrasonics to the Rescue, a case study of the results seen by Componex.

6 Questions You Need to Ask About Warranty When Choosing an Ultrasonic Cleaner

Without doubt, reliability is the one feature you need to have on every piece of equipment in your facility. If your line is shut down and you’re paying through the nose for repairs, it doesn’t matter if your your new piece of equipment is the greatest invention ever. And nothing tells you a product is dependable and well-made like a strong warranty.

But how can you be sure you’re getting a great warranty and therefore a great product? Here are some questions to consider:

IS IT SIMPLE?

Beware multi-page monstrosities! You know to read the fine print, but all other things being equal, the more clauses a warranty has and the more complex the language, the more outs the manufacturer is putting in. No one needs three pages to say “If it breaks, we’ll fix it.”

IS IT TOO SIMPLE?

There’s nothing wrong with a warranty that boils down to something like “1 year on everything.” But some components are supposed to last longer than and/or are more important than others, so give some thought to whether the warranty should be multi-tiered. For example, we warranty our entire product for two years, but warranty all ultrasonic generator components for five years and our Vibra-bar® transducers for ten years.

WHEN DOES THE WARRANTY PERIOD BEGIN?

Watch out for warranties that guarantee the product from some point well before you can use it, such as from the date of manufacture. For example, say a company sells you an off-the-shelf unit that is warrantied from the date of manufacture. In that case, your coverage began before the off-the-shelf unit reached the shelf, and possibly months or years before you even ordered it! Look for warranties that begin when the product is shipped or delivered.

DOES IT COVER THIRD PARTY COMPONENTS?

Your warranty should definitely include a clause which mentions coverage for parts of the unit that were provided to the manufacturer. This clause will usually take the form of a guarantee to transfer the third parties’ warranties, but the important thing is that it’s in there. If it isn’t, you could find large portions of your machine—including vital components like transducers and generators—are not covered.

WHAT REMEDIES ARE AVAILABLE?

Every manufacturer sets parameters on what they’ll do to remedy a problem; it’s a perfectly logical practice to protect them from unreasonable demands and costs. But be on the lookout for remedy clauses that don’t necessarily require the manufacturer to repair or replace the part and get you back on track.

ARE THE EXCLUSIONS REASONABLE?

Virtually every warranty has some logical exclusions, but look this clause over carefully. If a manufacturer is saying they won’t pay in an instance that is either somewhat likely and/or completely in their purview—such as the failure of a transducer they manufactured—it indicates they’re not certain about their product’s dependability.

ANY OTHER QUESTION YOU WANT TO ASK!

We’ve all heard the old saw, “the only stupid question is the one you didn’t ask.” If you’re unclear on anything in a warranty, ask away. This will not only give you the information you need to make a good decision, it will show you what kind of customer care you can expect from the manufacturer. Are they forthcoming or cagey?

What is our warranty like, you ask? We were already describing it as “industry-leading” for years before we decided to lengthen it. As mentioned above, our world class 10-5-2 warranty backs our Vibra-bar® transducers for ten years, our ultrasonic generators for five years and all other components for two years.

You can be certain we’ll deliver a reliable product and stand behind it.  If you want to learn more about how some of our customers used these highly reliable machines to reduce costs and deliver a cleaner product, click here to learn about Ushers Machine and Tool or download a copy of our case study, Ultrasonics to the Rescue, showing the results seen by Componex.

3 Reasons Why You Should Clean Your Guns

Gun cleaning practices vary from person to person, and there are differing ideas as to how often people should clean their firearms. Some gun owners choose to clean their weapons at the beginning of a hunting season and then again at the end of the season. Other times people opt to clean their gun after every use, maybe after activities like range shooting. One fact is clear, however. Eventually, your gun must be cleaned.

There are benefits to having a clean firearm, and reasons why you should clean your gun regularly.

BEING FAMILIAR WITH YOUR GUN

Maybe you aren’t the most mechanically savvy, but you should at least be familiar with how to disassemble and reassemble your gun, and the functionality of each part of the gun. The easiest way to get familiar with your firearm is by cleaning it. The more you know about how your gun works, the better you will be able to repair it when something goes wrong.

PREVENTING MALFUNCTIONS

Firearms are built to last a long time, and many safety features are put in place to prevent accidents. But if you use your firearm consistently, the chances of something happening will always be present. In most cases, any malfunctions that take place with a gun aren’t due to manufacturer error, but due to negligence and user error. In order to minimize these problems, and ensure gun safety, cleaning your gun on a regular basis is the smart thing to do. In fact, some gun malfunctions are caused by a dirty gun, as best described by the firearm experts on the site Gun Vault:

Incomplete Discharge – This is when a round is fired but gets stuck inside the gun barrel. This can be caused by damage to the inside of the barrel or by residue buildup from previous rounds. If you tried to fire another round in this scenario, it can cause the gun to explode.

Failure to Eject – When a cartridge is fired, it must then be extracted by the gun’s mechanism and ejected. The problem here is if the gun is dirty, rusted, or corroded, it could fail to extract the used cartridge. A live round would then be forced into the base of the jammed cartridge, potentially causing the gun to explode.

MISINFORMATION

Don’t believe everything you read online. The internet can be the source of misinformation. One such rumor that often surfaces, related to gun cleaning, is that you don’t need to clean your gun for it to function properly. While it’s true you do not need to clean your gun every time you use it, it does not mean that you never need to clean your firearms. Just by searching on the web, it is very easy to find different forums listing people’s experiences with better accuracy or more efficient firing after multiple uses of a gun without cleaning. You may take what these posts say to be truthful, but do not interpret it as “not cleaning your gun ever.” You have consistency with firing a gun that has been used versus one that has been freshly cleaned, but if going too long without a thorough cleaning, your gun will get too dry, or fouled up, and begin to have trouble firing. So in this case, you may not need to clean your gun after every use, but still make sure to clean it after a few uses, otherwise you will risk ruining your gun, or endangering yourself and others with the chance of a malfunction. In an article on American Rifleman, an NRA sponsored site, it further supports the idea of cleaning your firearms to keep them in their best condition, but your guns may be cleaned less or more often depending on how often you use them.

3 Ways Ultrasonic Gun Cleaning is the “Greenest” Solution

There is an increased concern for reducing the negative impact on Mother Earth  than there was just a few years ago. That means that only the greenest, cleanest, and most environmentally safe solutions are being used to prolong the life of our planet. You can find an increasing amount of people using solar energy, recycling, eliminating the use of fossil fuels, and more just to be “greener.”

But what about the way you clean? If you own a shop with multiple guns, or just are in charge of cleaning an array of firearms, you need to find a method of cleaning that is both efficient and environmentally friendly. With Ultrasonic Gun Cleaning, you can accomplish both these tasks. Ultrasonic technology and the cleaning detergents used in our tanks are both proven to be eco-friendly options for your cleaning needs.

ECO-FRIENDLY DETERGENTS

When experimenting with chemical cleaners for any reason, it is a concern as to whether or not what you are using could be harmful to the environment. After all, you want to be able to recycle back any water and cleaner you use, and be assured it is safe to do so. Fortunately, you do not need to have such fear with the detergents used in ultrasonic cleaning. The chemicals that are used in the ultrasonic cleaning systems are mostly nontoxic and biodegradable. Check with local municipalities on disposal. The making of some chemical cleaners can often times be harmful to the environment, releasing toxic fumes into the air, and sometimes generating greenhouse gasses. Ultrasonic cleaners use no such chemicals, and are as safe as any cleaning chemicals you may find at home.

REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGY

You will find that even the technology behind ultrasonic cleaners has made great strides in eco-friendly cleaning. Ultrasonic cleaners have been recognized by organizations and government agencies alike for the superior method of cleaning through immense, non-abrasive scrubbing action, instead of relying on toxic chemicals alone. In most cases, ultrasonic cleaners are a smart investment for any business, as they provide some of the most delicate cleaning of any product out there. Not only for gun cleaning, ultrasonic cleaners have been used to clean manufactured parts, automotive and aircraft materials, and medical and musical instruments alike.

POWER-SAVING EQUIPMENT

Such powerful cleaning must come at a cost, right? Certainly the energy to support such a machine is where the real problem is. Well, actually, ultrasonic cleaners are fairly efficient when it comes to use of electricity. Overall, the whole machine runs entirely on electricity but uses much less compared to other cleaning systems. As well, with the production of electricity becoming greener all the time through such methods as solar or wind energy, ultrasonic cleaners are ahead of the game. Through the speed of an ultrasonic cleaner cleaning equipment, as well as the lack of big “power-sucking” pumps (like other cleaning machines), electricity is being saved through the efficiency of ultrasonic technology.

5 More Ways to Reduce Manufacturing Labor Costs with Ultrasonic Cleaning

These days, people are one of the costliest parts of any operation, and the more you need them to do, the more expense gets grafted on to the final price of your product. In our previous blog post, we discussed six ways ultrasonic cleaning can reduce your labor costs. To be specific, we covered how you won’t have to pay for workers to clean your product by hand (or operate a cleaning machine), or deal with all the hassle of harsh chemicals and the training, equipment and paperwork they require.

So what else can this technology do to reduce your costs? Glad you asked! Here are five more ways that ultrasonic cleaning can reduce manufacturing labor costs.

1. You won’t have to pay for workers to reapply paint or other coatings.

Removing cutting oil from machined parts or taking dirt and/or chemical contaminants off units you’re about to refurb—it can all be a real hassle to begin with. But then the product  reaches a station where paint, chrome, etc. will be applied and disaster strikes. The coating won’t stick because of remaining contamination. Suddenly you’re paying for more cleaning, building up more queue time or even slowing a whole line. And that’s before you pay someone to reapply a coating.

But because ultrasonic cleaning reaches every spot on every surface, you can be certain the entire part is clean. There’s no chance of someone missing part of a groove or being distracted and leaving oil clinging to the product.

2 & 3. You won’t have to pay for time spent reworking or scrapping parts

Eliminating hand cleaning means less handling, and less handling will also mean fewer opportunities for parts to be damaged. It’s difficult to drop, scratch or dent a part while it’s lying motionless in a cleaning tank. Moreover, ultrasonic cleaning is an extremely gentle process, so scratches or other damage won’t interfere with subsequent steps or create the need to rework a part.

If you don’t have to rework or scrap, and you don’t have to recoat any parts, think of all the time/money you’ll save just from eliminating carrying parts back and forth and documenting the problem.

4. You won’t have to pay for as much maintenance labor.

You may be using a machine setup instead of having your employees clean by hand. It’s often more efficient, but the downside is more maintenance. An ultrasonic cleaning unit will have no moving parts except for a single filtration pump. That lets your maintenance crew concentrate on other tasks.

If you wish, you won’t even have to pay for workers to place and remove the items being cleaned.

We now offer customized automation options for our equipment. If a worker places a basket of items to be cleaned in the correct zone, a smart sensor will recognize it and an automated system will move the basket through a pre-programmed cycle. This can include multiple rinse and cleaning baths as you require. Then, when the cycle is finished, the system will place the basket in a retrieval area, allowing it to be moved to the next station.

This system ensures each part receives the proper treatment for the proper amount of time, so you won’t have to pay an employee to monitor the process, which frees up your skilled workers to perform value added tasks.

The bottom line is your bottom line will improve if you can use your workforce more efficiently, and ultrasonic cleaning is the perfect technology to help you do it.

6 Ways to Reduce Manufacturing Labor Costs with Ultrasonic Cleaning

“Time is money” is a cliché, so allow us to share a different take on that old chestnut. Nothing is more expensive than the time of your workforce. The more you need your workers to do, the more expense gets grafted on the final cost of your product.

The good news is that ultrasonic cleaning technology can reduce the amount of labor used to make your product, reducing costs and increasing efficiency. In fact, one customer, Ushers Machine and Tool, cut costs and increased their production by 20%using one of our ultrasonic cleaners. There are so many ways ultrasonic cleaning can reduce your labor costs that we’ll have to take this in two doses. Let’s take a look at the first few things you can stop paying for if you replace other methods with an ultrasonic cleaner.

1. You won’t have to pay for scrubbing, brushing or other applications of elbow grease.

Ensuring a part is truly free of contaminants can take an enormous amount of time, especially if it has a complex shape. Each nook, cranny or groove has to be scoured somehow, with precise attention to detail. Handling scrubbing, spraying, inspecting, scrubbing again—it definitely adds up.

With ultrasonic cleaning, microscopic bubbles constantly form and collapse on every surface of the item being cleaned. As the bubbles collapse, the liquid slams into the dirt or other contaminants and scrubs it off the surface. No one will need to turn the part over and over looking for that one smear of cutting oil they may have missed; the bubbles from ultrasonic cavitation will form everywhere and remove everything that doesn’t belong. And depending on the cleaning application, the process often takes as little as five to seven minutes.

2 & 3. You won’t have to pay workers to break down parts or put them back together

There are spots in some components that can’t be reached by a scrub brush or sprayer, including spaces that are simply too small to work a tool into. But the bubbles formed by ultrasonic cavitation will form anywhere liquid reaches. Unless the sections you need to clean are watertight, the part can be left intact and simply submerged in the cleaning tank. Although for best results we do recommend disassembling as much as possible.

4 & 5. You won’t have to pay workers to undergo chemical safety training or don, handle or maintain safety gear.

Most cleaning methods in an industrial setting will require the use of strong solvents or other chemicals, but ultrasonic cleaning needs none of that. For most applications, the cleaning medium is simply water and mild detergent. Not only will your employees not need to protect themselves from harsh chemicals, they won’t have to spend time applying them during the cleaning process.

6. You won’t have to pay workers for the labor surrounding hazardous chemical disposal.

We’ll deal with the savings related to getting rid of noxious solvents in a future post, but while we’re focused on labor costs, consider this: You won’t have to pay for employees to handle the solvents, dispose of them or keep records related to them. And that’s all before any savings from the disposal fees themselves.

The water in the tank can be used through multiple cleanings, and when it’s time to dispose of it, it can be treated just like dishwater, depending on the cleaning application and your local municipality requirements.

7 Ways Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaning Improves Efficiency

Sometimes, increasing efficiency in a manufacturing environment can seem like an inch-by-inch process. A slight improvement here, some overhead shaved off there. But what if you could invest in a single proven technology and achieve shorter throughput time and reduced costs?

You may have to clean parts turned in for refurbishment, prepare aerospace components for a coating or expunge contaminants from equipment used to fabricate medical devices. But whatever the application, ultrasonic cleaning can make the process more precise and make your facility more efficient. Here are seven ways:

1. LESS TIME SPENT ON DISASSEMBLING AND REASSEMBLING

Contaminants in many parts and tools hide away in areas that can’t physically be reached with a cleaning tool or the stream of a sprayer, so the part must be disassembled for cleaning, then reassembled at some point later in the process. But the “cleaning tool” in ultrasonic cleaning is microscopic and can reach anywhere liquid can reach.

Ultrasonic waves produce microscopic bubbles through cavitation. Millions of these bubbles will cling to the object being cleaned, and create a high-energy impact when they collapse. This constant cycle of forming and collapsing bubbles creates a scrubbing action that reaches every point on every surface of the item. Unless part of the item is or there are air pockets present within the part, there will be no need for the disassemble/reassemble cycle, and eliminating it will save you production time and labor cost.

2. LESS LABOR SPENT ON CLEANING ITSELF

Depending on the complexity of the part, cleaning can be labor-intensive and take an enormous amount of time as well as precise attention to detail. Whether a worker uses manual cleaning with a brush or sprayers or places them in a machine, the parts must be handled, scrubbed and carefully inspected.

Take, for example, a part that has a complex geometry, such as a roller with deep, narrow grooves or a transmission component. Even after soaking or spraying, a worker will need to manually remove contaminants from the nooks and crannies of the piece. But again, the microscopic bubbles produced in an ultrasonic cleaner will form in all those hard-to-reach spots, cleaning them more effectively and in far less time. Depending on the nature of the items to be cleaned and the contaminants, cleaning can take as little as five to seven minutes.

3. FEWER SCRAPPED AND REWORKED PARTS

The ultrasonic process is gentler than any human worker (or any other cleaning process) can be, and the component is handled far less than it would be in manual cleaning. This makes it much less likely that any given component will be damaged and end up scrapped or sent back for rework, saving you material and labor costs.

4. FEWER “DO-OVERS” FROM INCOMPLETE CLEANING

If a tool, parts or product remains partially contaminated, you’ve lost time, and therefore money. For example, if your product needs to be cleaned between fabrication and the application of a coating, partially cleaned parts will bring your manufacturing process to a halt and sock you right in the bottom line as you pay to have them cleaned a second time. Since ultrasonic cleaning is precision cleaning, you can be certain that all contaminants are removed on the first pass and the components will always be ready for the next step.

5. LESS RISK, TIME AND COST ON THE SAFETY FRONT

The only chemicals used in ultrasonic cleaning are mild detergents; the rest of the cleaning medium is water. That’s because ultrasonic cavitation does the hard work of removing impurities, so there’s no need for harsh chemicals. This not only reduces the risk to your employees from handling toxic brews, it reduces your need for safety equipment, expensive waste removal, training and compliance.

6. REDUCED MAINTENANCE

You may be using a machine to wash your components, and while it’s far more efficient than hand washing, such machines can be a maintenance nightmare. Each will contain dozens or hundreds of moving parts in its pumps, sprayers and conveyors. However, an ultrasonic cleaning system will contain a single filtration pump and no other moving parts. That takes one more task (or more likely, dozens) off your maintenance team’s list.

7. INCREASED UPTIME WHEN IT’S YOUR OWN EQUIPMENT YOU’RE CLEANING

If you have machinery or tools that require regular cleaning, every moment you save on the cleaning process is a moment of downtime you’ve eliminated. With ultrasonic cleaning you’ll clean those items more quickly, with no chance that you’ll have to send them back through for a second cleaning. That means more uptime, and more uptime means a better bottom line.

Would you like to see how this worked out for a manufacturer with a difficult cleaning problem? Download our free report on the results Componex experienced when they converted to ultrasonic cleaning.

5 Important Tools You Need to Clean Your Gun

Welcome to the world of gun ownership! Or welcome back, if owning your own firearms isn’t a new concept to you. In either case, it is important to stay up to date on these pro tips for firearm care. One of the most important things you will ever do with your gun to make sure it is well cleaned and in a condition that it can easily fire. If your gun is dirty and not properly lubricated, you can expect it to not function correctly, and that could be dangerous for you and anyone around. So, for the safety of yourself and others, here are five important tools you need to get started with cleaning your gun.

Multi Tool

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Most newly purchased firearms will come with all the tools necessary to take the gun apart and reassemble it. However, those tools can be small, and sometimes easy to misplace. You may have other tools lying around, like a phillips or flathead screwdrivers, that would get the job done, but we, as well as those at the hunting site “Wide Open Spaces,” suggest investing a little money into a Multi Tool. A Multi Tool a small, handy product that keeps any tools you might need to disassemble your gun in one place. On top of that, the Multi Tool can be useful for just about any other situation that requires tools to accomplish.

Cleaning Rods

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Something interesting to note is that it can be a lot easier to damage your firearm during cleaning than you would think. It is as simple as purchasing the wrong equipment used to clean your gun. Cleaning Rods are one of those pieces of equipment you must be careful with. According to the gun reviewers and firearm range experts at Range365, the key is to purchase a cleaning rod (or any other piece of equipment) that uses metal that is softer than the metal of your gun. Bronze is usually the best bet, especially in the case of cleaning rods. If you want to spring for something of a bit more quality you may always try a carbon fiber rod as well. Both these kinds of rods are used in the cleaning of your gun’s barrel, so it is important to find something that won’t “knick” the metal on the inside.

Bore Brush, Jag or Loop

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These three products are what are attached to the end of your cleaning rod. All three are safe to use, but each tool has its own purpose. For the bore brushes, you may find two types: bronze or nylon. Bronze brushes are a bit more abrasive than nylon brushes, but the nylon tends to last longer. Bore brushes are used to break up or remove any build-up on the inside of the gun barrel. As for Jags and Loops, both are instead used to run a patch (square cotton swab) to pick up any mess inside the barrel. With a jag you stick the patch on the small point on the end, and with the loop you push the patch through the needle-like hole. With each pass of the patch through the barrel, it must be replaced, so you aren’t continually pushing the same gunk back and forth through the barrel.

Ultrasonic Gun Cleaner

An ultrasonic gun cleaning system may not be a requirement, but it is a smart investment. Having the right tool for the job can cut down your cleaning time. Ultrasonic gun cleaners with the correct options and chemistry can also clean more thoroughly than manual hand cleaning.

The Right Chemicals

If you think WD-40 is going to help grease up your gun, then we’ve got some bad news for you: it’s not. According to the site for the publication “Outdoor Life,” WD-40 will leave behind a waxy residue that can be just sticky enough to collect dust and grime. After cleaning a gun, there are a variety of chemicals you need to use in order to keep it in the best condition possible. Of those chemicals, you have:

Extras

Not every one of these products is necessary for you to clean your gun, but they each help in unique ways:

  • Organization Tray – As simple as it sounds, it is used to keep any tools, screws, or components from your gun together, without fear of losing them.
  • Gun Vise – Mostly for use with rifles, this vice will keep your firearm secure and in one place. It is especially handy if you plan on having to clean your gun quite a bit.
  • Toothbrush – You can use one of your own you, or specially designed ones for gun cleaning.
  • Bore Guide – It helps to keep your cleaning rod centered and prevents solvent from dripping into the receiver.

UPC Firearm Cleaning Guide