ultrasonic cleaning for disk heads

Anders Nelson anders.k.nelson at gmail.com
Sat Jan 27 10:23:32 CST 2018

The most versatile, effective cleaning tool /ever/. Not even sarcastic.


Anders Nelson

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On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 3:45 PM, dwight via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org>

> I always use my finger and finger nail. Your finger is very sensitive to
> even the tiniest piece of crud. I then just need to do a final clean with
> IPA.
> Dwight
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> Subject: ultrasonic cleaning for disk heads
> I watched with great interest one of curiousmarc’s recent Alto videos,
> wherein they clean a Diablo drive head ultrasonically.  I’ve been
> struggling a bit with my restored RK05 drives to completely clean the heads
> after minor head crashes.  Not being able to get them really sparkling
> clean makes me always worried about running the drives for more than a few
> minutes at a time, and a little nervous every time I spin them up….
> Scrubbing and scrubbing and scrubbing with IPA and kimwipes just doesn’t
> seem to get all the crud off.
> I do have an alignment pack that I could use to re-align the heads after
> removing them for a proper cleaning this way.  Decent ultrasonic cleaners
> aren’t terribly expensive and might be nice to have around the shop anyway
> (I could also do all my eyeglasses :-)
> In the video, the heads are submerged in IPA in a glass cylinder, which is
> then placed in the ultrasonic bath.
> Has anybody on the list here done this and have tips/advice beyond what
> can be seen in the video?  It looked very effective!  I’m also having a
> little trouble sourcing the squat form glass graduated cylinder online.
>         cheers,
>            —FritzM.

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