Hornady Lock N Load Sonic Cleaner Review

Ultrasonic cleaning is often recommended for small metal objects and equipment parts that are heavily soiled with grime and dirt in hard to reach corners. In this review, we talk about the Hornady Lock N Load Sonic Cleaner which is a popular choice among gun owners in cleaning their firearms and their cases.

Read on to find out the pros and cons of getting this particular ultrasonic cleaner.

Features at a Glance

  • Powered by an 80-watt Heater and Transducer;
  • 2L Capacity Stainless Steel Tank;
  • Includes Digital Control Pad;
  • Compact and Portable Design;
  • Timer Can Be Set Between 5 to 30 minutes


The Hornady Lock N Load Sonic Cleaner achieves its cleaning powers with the use of both a transducer and a heater. It generates ultrasonic energy that agitates any dirt, rust, or residue found in the tiniest corners of an object. The heat also helps in loosening up these stubborn particles. To illustrate, the Hornady Lock N Load Sonic Cleaner harnesses these capabilities and can clean up to 150 .308 cases or up to 300 .223 cases in one batch.

Another advantage associated with the Hornady Lock N Load Sonic Cleaner is its clean and compact design. It can fit in most countertops or workshop tables. It is also portable enough that you can bring it anywhere that is convenient for you to do your cleaning sessions.

The Hornady Lock N Load Sonic Cleaner’s tank is capable of holding up to 2 liters of cleaning solution and metallic objects. This high tank capacity is helpful if you have a number of things to clean.

In addition, the cleaner comes with a digital control pad where you can adjust the device’s cleaning settings. This modern addition makes operating the device easier and more convenient.
Another advantage of getting your own ultrasonic cleaner is the convenience it brings you. You no longer have to rely on expensive professional equipment cleaners nor wait around for your objects to get back from the cleaners. With your own ultrasonic cleaner, you can do the cleaning at your own home, whenever you want.


A minor downside of having a Hornady Lock N Load Sonic Cleaner lies in its low ultrasonic and heating capability. This is usually not an issue if you use the device for small cleaning tasks. However, if you intend to do a major cleanup of the heavily soiled gun and auto parts, the Hornady sonic cleaner may not cut it in just one try.

Another minor gripe is that the Hornady Lock N Load Sonic Cleaner cannot fit larger and longer objects. If you wish to use the ultrasonic cleaner for cleaning dental tools and/or other larger devices, it is best to consider a bigger Hornady model.

Most of these minor gripes come about when customers are not fully aware of a device’s capabilities. Often, workarounds may be sought in order to use the machine. But if you do your research well and you know what to expect from a product, fewer product issues will arise.

May this review guide you in your journey of selecting the best ultrasonic cleaner for your needs.

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