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Speaking from experience, I have found


Shortly after restoring the vintage cleaning machine, I purchased an Elma cleaning machine (the ElmaSolvex SE).




Visually this is like going from the Cutty Sark to the Starship Enterpise. But, to all intents & purposes it still does the same job.

The are four cleaning jars, I have two with cleaning solvent and two with rinse. It has a timer (with cutoff) and variable speed control. And the hot air drier also has a fan and cutoff.

Its not fully automatic, which means it needs to be attended to cycle through the various stages (clean, spin, clean, spin, rinse, spin, rinse, spin, dry) which all told takes about 25 minutes.
Just wondering if you are still liking the Elma Solvex SE? Is there anything about it that you don't like? I see that it comes with an exhaust port that you are supposed to hook an exhaust fan up to. Did you end up doing that?
 

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My Elma Solvex SE continues to perform perfectly. Given how much it gets used I would really like the significantly more expensive fully automated version (Elma Solvex RM) because the SE model requires the basket to be manually lowered into each jar, then raised to be spun, then moved to the next jar. With 4 jars and the drying location this does require a lot of interaction.

However ... I still cannot afford / justify the spend so will continue with the SE for the indefinite future. One consideration against getting the automated version was that there is a LOT more to go wrong with this and the possible need to get the machine itself serviced.

I have not vented the exhaust port - I just open a window in the room.
That's great, thanks for the feedback.
 
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