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Jars for L&R Master watch cleaning machine

amilevad

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Folks -
I just received the L&R watch cleaning machine I got on ebay, and one of the jars was smashed in shipment. The seller says he doesn’t have a replacement. They are not OEM jars, but fit nicely. They have very wide mouths and are wuite heavy, measuring about 3-13/16” in diameter and about 6-3/4” tall. Can anyone point me to a source for replacemant jars, please?
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I would think you should be able to find a suitable replacement without being held up for the ridiculous replacement price. :)
 

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I see there are several on ebay. They probably won't go super cheap but they are available. I think it's pretty uncommon for them to be available.

I don't know which machine you have, but my Varimatic looks like it would be extremely picky about jar shape. The outside can't be any bigger, and the hole in the top can't be any smaller. The height must be just right. I seriously doubt I could go to the grocery store and find a pickle or mayo jar shaped like these. I'd sigh and pay the ebay price and move on. Sorry!
 
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When I got mine, all jars had broken, quart canning jars work well, just have to file the nubs on the basket holder to fit through the jar opening, have used then for over 10 years now and are easily replaced when stained.
 

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If you have a Master you can use a quart jar that uses a 89 mm lid all other machines must have a 95 mm mouth because of the switch that contacts the edge to make the machine reverse.
 

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Excellent! I can’t believe what I’m seeing on ebay - $53 for jars, and not yet final bids! I’ll check out the quart canning jars. Thanks!
 

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When I got mine, all jars had broken, quart canning jars work well, just have to file the nubs on the basket holder to fit through the jar opening, have used then for over 10 years now and are easily replaced when stained.
Hi; I seem to recall that there is a larger basket assembly that clips onto the holder using those outside nubs? I think L&R may have marketed it for small clock usage. The smaller baskets clip into the three spokes internally though, so they are indifferent to the nubs.
 

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I didn't have any broken, however imo its dysfunctional not having tight fitting, screw on lids. The cleaner and rinse just evaporate too quickly otherwise. Mine had the gravity sealed bakelite ones. In other words about no seal at all.

It feels almost silly posting glass jar info, but it wasn't as easy as I thought to find retail the right sized jar. All I found at first, the manufactures want to ship truck loads but finally amazon stocked one that work. For a couple of years now they have withstood the chemicals.

The only issue is the jar lip isn't the right size for the switch that sets if from rotate to oscillate. I think a machined or 3d ring would solve that, just haven't got to it yet


 

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imo its dysfunctional not having tight fitting, screw on lids.
Again my friend with the 3d printer has come through. It took us a couple iterations to get the thread right.


I got a roll of make-your-own-gasket material from the auto parts store and cut out circles to go inside these lids.
 
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The problem is the old threading on those old jars only fits the old chrome plated OEM steel lids. The gasket idea is a good one, as the old waxed-paper is lame. Few non-OEM jars have the same thread pitch, as everyone went to bakelite lids at some point, so it did not matter. Only the really old machines (Master, junior, etc. and earlier?) came with those jars / lids. I think the mastermatic was when they changed jars, but I'm not sure.

If you look on eBay, you will have to bid aggressively and resell what you don't need. Watch out for big chips. The older stars and baffles also work, but they made newer ones with multiple baffles on a ring that are worth it in my view if you can find them. Siphon (or pour off) and downgrade helps to save money. I think I have an L&R lid in stainless made just for that purpose somewhere :)

So, it's print or bid. or, turn from something (delrin?) and press stainless pins in the right place to thread correctly? That's nuts...unless you made a hundred and sold off the ones you didn't need to people like us...
 

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MEASURETWICE posted about these jars:

North Mountain Supply 32 Ounce
Quart Straight Sided Wide Mouth
Canning Jars - With Gold Metal Lids


Can you tell me if the mouth of these jars will pass the agitator unmodified (with the large basket) ok? I believe the jar mouth needs to be at least about 76mm inside diameter. Regular quart “widemouth” canning jars are about 72.5mm and the large basket mounting nubbins won’t pass through. In order for the motor’s bottom gasket to seal against the jar, the inside diameter of the jar’s mouth can’t be more than about 87mm. Maximum outside diameter can’t exceed about 95mm to fit into the machine pockets.
 
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amilevad

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I'm happy to report that I found a source for commercially available jars that work very well with the L&R Master machine, including the large basket and unmodified "nubs" on the agitator. These jars only come with plastic lids, which I have not tested with watch cleaning chemicals; however, the L&R baffles fit and should work fine. The jars come in pairs for $18.95 on Amazon, with a variety of plastic lid choices.
Glass Storage Jars with Lids - Extra Wide Mouth Storage Jar 32 oz - 2 (BPA Free) Plastic Storage Lids - Made in the USA by Jarming Collections
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Can you tell me if the mouth of these jars will pass the agitator unmodified (with the large basket) ok?
Yes, no modification needed (or wanted on my part). As I said, the only issue was the switch on the bottom of the head does correctly engage. There's a simple 3D printing solution or turning solution to that, just make a ring that sits on jaw when in use.

The ones you found may be the same thing but with plastic lids
 

amilevad

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Yes, no modification needed (or wanted on my part). As I said, the only issue was the switch on the bottom of the head does correctly engage. There's a simple 3D printing solution or turning solution to that, just make a ring that sits on jaw when in use.

The ones you found may be the same thing but with plastic lids
Thanks!
 

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