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Does anyone own the Lyman? I bought the Harbor Freight ultrasonic cleaner for around $50 using a 20% off coupon. The Lyman sells for $100-$150. They look exactly the same and have the same features. The HF unit came it’s a parts tray, but I bought a replacement Lyman basket and it fit perfectly.

The HF unit works. I’ve used it to clean ar bolt carriers, pistol barrels, brass, and even my wife’s jewelry! I’m curious if they are the same “Made in a China” product, with just different labels.
 

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I investigated the same thing a year or so ago. After reading a lot of forum posts, and watching YouTube reviews until my eyes bled, I gathered the machines were the same. Having said that, its likely that someone here has actually owned both machines, and will be able to speak definitively about it.
 

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They don't have/follow copyright laws in China, so anything they can copy is game. And they have are very loose with the law over there.

Had a friend that was having parts manufactured there for his business, he would go there periodically to check up. One visit he was driving by the manufacturer facility late at night and noticed they were running, they were supposed to be shut down. He popped in and found they were making his parts but without the logo. So your HF machine could very well be a knockoff of the Lyman or it could be an unbranded Lyman.
 

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Got any favorite mix for the cleaner so far? I'm hearing Simple Green and water and Mpro7-either one filtered and reused. Guess there are the commercial premixes that are are gun safe. Plan to make it a way to do AR bolts and maybe field stripped 1911s.
 

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I use about 2\3 teaspoon of Lemishine with a few ounces of Dawn dishwashing soap on brass. Works great. Not sure about using on gun parts though. Be careful with Lemishine. Too much actually oxidizes the brass. I'll try an old piece of steel in my next barch before doing gun parts.
 
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