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When it comes to ultrasonic case cleaners, Lyman has typically gone very big or gone very small. In turn, those who fall into the “moderate” reloader category have been left out in the cold.
In all likelihood, this group — those who thumb off a hundred or so rifle or a couple hundred pistol rounds monthly — probably make up the lion’s share of reloaders. But it seems the Connecticut company has finally realized it was just off the mark when it came to this shooting demographic.
Or at least it appears that way with the introduction of the Turbo Sonic 1200. The ultrasonic case cleaner is the Mama-Bear model in the Lyman family, just right for those with middling reloading projects.
The cleaner is outfitted with a 6.5×5.4×2.6-inch tank, designed to handle 350 9mm cases, 150 .223 Remington cases or 75 .30-06 cases. And it appears to be compact enough to solve another reloading problem — limited bench space.
Ultrasonic case cleaners have become a popular option in recent years. First off, the technology has become more affordable. Secondly, and more importantly, they do a dandy job in knocking off the carbon, grime and oil common on spent brass.
As those who have been reloading for a while know, case cleaning is definitely more than an exercise in aesthetics, though that is a fringe benefit. Instead, polishing up brass helps maintain consistency in case volume, making for more accurate loads. At the same time, it also adds a layer of safety, helping reloaders more easily identify damaged cases.
Like its other ultrasonic case cleaners, Lyman’s new Turbo Sonic 1200 appears to have a number of handy features. The unit is outfitted with a see-through cover, four timer settings, sealed control panel and removable basket that drains the cleaning fluid.
Lyman has made models compatible with American 115-volt outlets and European 230-volt outlets. The domestic version has an MSRP of $119.95, while the European variation is $125.