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181 of 186 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2010
I bought this wet cleaning system about 20 years ago, and it still works. I hadn't used it in many years, but a friend asked me to copy his VHS tapes to DVDs, since I have a Panasonic DVD/VCR recorder, that records to both DVDs and VCR tapes. Since his tapes were old, they weren't the best quality. I wanted to make sure that I got the most out of his tapes, so I dug around and found this cleaner. The bottle of solution had dried up, but it's only alcohol, so I just used a bottle of regular rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl alcohol).

The Maxell unit still works, and I noticed improvement when I played his tapes, so I know it still works. The only thing that is better than using this cleaner is to open the DVD/VCR, and wipe the recording head with alcohol. It's a quick and easy job, but this Maxell unit does a decent job. If the head was really dirty, I'd have cleaned the head by hand.

If you want to clean the head by hand, just take out the screws that hold the cover on the VCR, and remove the cover. That big, silver looking thing that is tilted on an angle, is the recording head. Just wet a cotton ball with alcohol, and wipe it all over the head. Make sure you wipe the entire head several times, using several clean cotton balls that are wet with alcohol. You can also wipe the rubber rollers that move the tape along to clean the tape residue that is on them. By the time you get the cover back on the VCR, the heads will be dry and ready to use.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2007
I have used this cleaner in several different VHS players (Panasonic, RCA, etc) and it works fine. The person that said their VCR player was rejecting the tape may have received a tape that was broken or damaged during shipping. This works very well for me. Also, my heads were extremely dirty...it was so bad that a TV recording would look so fuzzy you couldn't hardly watch it...now it's crystal clear! Definitely worth the price too!!!! One of my friends went to Walmart and paid more than eleven dollars for a similar tape cleaner (what a rip off). Buy this one instead...it's cheap and it works well (at least for me anyway).
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2010
Most people have long ago gotten rid of their VCR's. If you're like me, you didn't throw yours out simply because there was new technology to be had. Unfortunately, if you keep your VCR you'll probably have difficulty doing anything else but taping shows off of your television because there are no new movies being released on this type of medium. Having said all that, you'll most certainly need to clean the heads on the VCR once you've decided to keep it for the long haul and this is the product you'll want to use. The Maxwell VP-200 VHS Wet Cleaner cleaned my VCR heads so well, I thought I was viewing a non-taped TV program. It's certainly worth the money (especially since I have 2 VCR's) and if you run out of the liquid, you can replace it with alcohol.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2004
I've tried this tape on three different makes of VHS decks, and they all reject it. Check your manual about cleaning before purchasing a cleaning tape.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2011
After reading some reviews and getting recommendations on wet vs. dry head cleaners I decided I'd try both to clean the heads in my Panasonic VHS/DVD combo player. I've had the unit for more than 3 years but never cleaned the heads until now. I ordered this wet head cleaner, and the Maxell VP-100 dry head cleaner. This one arrived first just before Memorial Day weekend. The first thing I noticed when taking it out of the box was just how flimsy the cassette felt. I've used wet head cleaners in the past, and they always had a bit of weight to them. Almost like a regular cassette. The next thing I noticed was the shoddy assembly. The top of the cassette is solid, so you can't see the spools, but it's a good thing I looked at the underside of it carefully, because one of the wheels was halfway off its "track" and needed to be pushed (hard) back into place. I hate to think what might have happened had I just put it in the VCR like that! After opening the cleaning solution I tried to put the 5-6 drops in the top hole as it instructs but the first drop just formed a bead atop the hole! There would be no putting anymore in until we got this one thru. After fussing with it (and having the red ring around the hole just pop off!) I finally got some more drops of what is clearly water into the hole, and loaded the cassette into the player. WOW! The racket this thing makes! Buzzing, clicking, ka-chunking, you name it! If any of you have had VCRs for a while you know that sickening sound the tape makes as it's tangling itself around the innards of your machine, and getting chewed to Hell and back. This one made that sound, and I thought for sure I'd have to disassemble my VCR to remove it. Fortunately, it didn't jam, but it didn't PLAY either! I'd say maybe 2 seconds tops before the the whole thing wound down and just stopped. So much for the "Run it for 20-30 seconds" in the instructions. I ran it several times for as long as it would allow, usually just a couple of seconds. After loading a regular tape I'd been trying to copy to DVD I saw that the picture WAS clearer, without the snow and graininess from before I cleaned, so I guess it DOES work, as long as you're willing to run it several times in a row to get a full cleaning cycle. Another thing: When I came to write my review I picked up the head cleaner and saw that it's not even Maxell, it's an "AXIS" brand! HUH?
I guess that's what happens when you buy cheap, Made-In-China, crap! You GET cheap, Made-In-China CRAP!

-Slaughter
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2008
I could only see a snow screen on my VCR. Now it's like new!! I went with the wet cleaner since it looks like that is the best way to clean it if you have big problems.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2010
I guess I wasted my money on this, because both vcr's I tried to use it in just automatically reject it and turn off. I followed the directions on the tape of trying to hit record instead of play when I put the cleaner in, and that did no good either. The players just turn off and kick the tape out. Just know when you buy it, this may happen. I guess it's time to get something else.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
In the last 15 years, I've only used Wet VHS Cleaners. In comparison to 2 other Wet Cleaner brands I have at home, Maxell did the worst job. It cleaned the Head, but I had to re-use this Cleaner too frequently. The duration between cleanings was annoying & irritating.

We were able to view 1 VHS Tape, directly after Cleaning. But, in order to watch another movie, I had to Chean the Head again, which was much too soon. In the past, after using other Wet VHS Head Cleaners, we were able to view at least 6 or 7 movies, in-between cleanings. Therefore, something is defective, either the solution, or the Cleaner Tape.

To test this product, we wanted to see if we could view at least 1 more movie, without any problems. Therefore, I used the VHS Tape, but replaced the solution with rubbing alcohol. Believe it or not, it worked. We watched a second movie, and my VHS movie tape was not destroyed, because I've used it several times after this procedure.

Conclusion: I'm going to try the Dry VHS Head Cleaners in the future. When desperate for a movie in the mean-time, I'll repeat the same procedure, using my own solution. When you have 1 day off and just want to chill, viewing a movie always helps. But, I am looking into researching the Dry VHS Head Cleaners to compare the performance.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2011
The wet Maxell VCR cleaner does not work for all machines. I have two VCR players and one TV/VCR combo. It only works for the TV/VCR combo. It did not work for the two VCR players when I used it either in the play mode nor the record mode.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2012
I followed all the instructions, ran once but it did not clean head. Tried running several other times but just ejected and turned off VCR each time. Amazon does not allow returning this item because of "hazardous material" which I assume is the tiny amount of alcohol, so am out the cost of the cleaner. Not only am I disappointed by the product, I'm disappointed that Amazon dod not warn in advance that this item is not returnable.
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