The Pedros Chain Machine comes in a set, complete with Bio Degreaser and Ice Wax, a wax based lube. This first thing that stands out about the cleaner is that it looks like something from a Capsella commercial. If you were around in the late 70's and 80's you might be familiar with the clear plastic encapsulated, geared and motorized building blocks of mechanisms that you could create. You look at the Pedros chain cleaner and see its red plastic gears attached to black bristles, through a transparent plastic case and think, "Hmmmm, this thing looks impressive enough."
Atop the machine is a button that pushes into a spring loaded plunger that once depressed is said to "Shower" the chain with degreaser from above.... It all looked like it could do some serious chain cleaning.
Though I must admit that I was skeptical. I went ahead with my first test run. I followed the instructions and hooked the cleaner around my chain, then filled the reservoir with degreaser. Ha, immediately the fluid flooded straight to the bottom. So much for showering my chain... So, I filled the cleaner enough to raise the degreaser up to the brushes. I then spun the crank in reverse and watched the cleaner do its job. The chain came through clean as a whistle. Gleaming, sparkly chainness abound. I was happy with the performance of the chain cleaner even if the process didn't work quite as I planned it. And I was looking forward to seeing it shower my chain....
But to test for consistency I went out and rode the heck out of my bike and piled on tons of thick waxy lube. Then it was time to clean the chain again. The links of my chain were so caked with greasy wax chunks that they clattered as I rode. For a moment before using the cleaner I fiddled with the "Showering" mechanism to try and figure out why it wasn't working. Suddenly the button popped up a little higher then it originally had. Hmmmmmm, maybe it will seal this time.
Again I clamped the cleaner around my chain. I poured Oranj Peelz degreaser into the reservoir. The reservoir filled to its line and held onto the fluid this time. When it was time to spin the crank, I padded the button. A bit of degreaser spilled over the chain. I continued to to give little blasts of degreaser as the chain spun. My chain was being showered quite aptly. Within seconds..... shiny chainness! And oooo, look, I only used a little bit of degreaser... cost effective.