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Chris TickTock04/09/2019 16:11:54
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Hi, anyone recommend a decent brand of demagnetiser for smaller objects up to size of dial calipers.



Brian H04/09/2019 16:43:28
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Baz04/09/2019 16:46:36
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Plus one for Eclipse

Howard Lewis04/09/2019 16:57:32
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Depending upon the size, all that you need to demagnetise an item is to pass it through a fluctuating magnetc field.

Cassette recorder heads are demagnetised using a "wand" fed with low voltage AC.

Larger items are demagnetised by passing through a coil carrying an AC voltage.

So, it should be possible to make a demagnetiser, AS LONG AS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

I E Electrically safe,

No acessible terminals; earthed, or double insulated, and not taking excessive current likely to cause overheating and fire. The insulation should be adequate for the voltage applied. (Don't put 230Volts AC onto something insulated for 12 volts!)

For short term, intermittent use, an Induction motor, minus the rotor, used WITH CARE, might suffice, to pass small items through.

But switch off, and disconnect when not in use.

Now this should bring in folk who really are expert in electrics and such devices


Chris TickTock04/09/2019 17:00:38
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And anyone got a safe relative easy build way to make a home made piece of kit. Seen several but some look very dangerous in terms of exposed electrical connections.


XD 35104/09/2019 17:46:06
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Here is a home made unit for small tools that doesn’t use any power .


i use a degaussing wand that is designed for degaussing tv screens , bought it of ebay and is ok foe small tools like digital callipers.

Oldiron04/09/2019 18:20:17
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I made one like this Demagnetiser from an old spin dryer motor many years ago. Many more video's on YouTube. Hope it helps.

Neil Wyatt04/09/2019 18:33:21
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I've degaussed a TV by furiously waving a loudspeaker manget at it and slowly retreating. Took a couple ot tries to get it spot on.


BW05/09/2019 07:22:33
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No electronics just 4 neodynium magnets. Described somewhere in popular mechanics - and a video of a similar one is here



Edited By BW on 05/09/2019 08:44:53

SillyOldDuffer05/09/2019 09:04:22
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Posted by Chris TickTock on 04/09/2019 16:11:54:

Hi, anyone recommend a decent brand of demagnetiser for smaller objects up to size of dial calipers.



How about a Greiner Magnomatic Demagnetiser? Meant for watch and clock parts but also suitable for small tools.

Interesting that demagnetisers range in cost from waving an old loudspeaker magnet at the object for free up to professional devices like the Greiner costing a cool £1200.

Unless money is unlimited it pays to think about what the tool is to be used for and how often. My casual need to demagnetising the occasional screwdriver is easily met by carefully passing the object over a magnet in different directions until I manage to reduce the residual magnetism 'enough' by trial and error. An amateur clockmaker / watch-repairer would probably need a less labour intensive demagnetiser often enough to buy at least a simple AC demagnetiser. These still require the operator to manipulate items, but are easier to operate and get rid of most residual magnetism. Prices start from about £30.

Looking at the expensive Greiner, you get a far more sophisticated unit for your money. Its operation appears to be completely deskilled. The item to be demagnetised is dropped in the slot and the button pressed. I suspect an AC magnetic field is scanned several times from side to side along the item. When the first pass has finished, the operator presses the button again causing a second scan at 90° to the first. Expensive but no doubt results are quick and effective. The Greiner is ideal for a profitable repairer working against the clock. It's completely over the top for me and my screwdrivers unless I find one dirt cheap at a car-boot sale!

Doesn't help much, but as most of the cheaper units consist of little more than an AC coil and a timer, almost any of them will do for most purposes. For more serious use, what's your budget Chris?


Chris TickTock05/09/2019 09:56:08
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Thanks Guys I have gone the eclipse route as the time I spend messing about might as well pay some money. It's second hand but if it works fine.

Regards to all poster I can see


John Pace05/09/2019 09:58:44
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I made this unit from the drawings in Model engineer
designed by H.D. Bickley
Vol 167 no 3903 16 August-5 September 1991.
It works very well for small workshop items.


Andrew Johnston05/09/2019 10:48:27
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Posted by Chris TickTock on 05/09/2019 09:56:08:

Regards to all poster I can see


Bit early to have someone on the ignore list?


Chris TickTock05/09/2019 11:03:06
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Posted by John Pace on 05/09/2019 09:58:44:

I made this unit from the drawings in Model engineer
designed by H.D. Bickley
Vol 167 no 3903 16 August-5 September 1991.
It works very well for small workshop items.


That looks a good project. Truth is when you enjoy making things its easy to get sidetracked in ancillary projects, sometimes its better just to spend the cash and conserve your time for the core objective.. Equally for most times a suitable magnet will do if used accordingly.

Useful post thanks John


Ian S C05/09/2019 11:04:15
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I made a demagnetizer using a primary coil from the transform,er from a microwave oven, powered by a 12v transformer from a low voltage electric blanket. The coil is in the ply box on the left.

Ian S C

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Bandersnatch05/09/2019 18:31:06
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They used to sell demagnitisers for VCR cassettes. There ought to be a few of those going spare still.

Russell Eberhardt05/09/2019 19:33:55
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I made a very crude demagnetiser for my three jaw chuck jaws using an old instant soldering iron:


It took five minutes to make and did the job. Much quicker than buying one!


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