Best Mid Price De-soldering Gun

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Best Mid Price De-soldering Gun


By Kickout

3 months ago



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    #1 3 months ago

    Looking for a good mid priced de-soldering gun. What are your recommendations?

    #3 3 months ago

    Pays for itself! Recommended!

    #5 3 months ago

    I bought this one yesterday (DOH!) Hakko FR300-05 that one was $300 looks like the 301 is slightly better.

    #6 3 months ago
    Quoted from heni1977:

    amazon.com link »

    Even better

    amazon.com link »

    #7 3 months ago

    I've got this one here from Circuit Specialists when it was on sale for $110usd shipped.

    https://www.circuitspecialists.com/Compact_Desoldering_System.html

    This other one is like a Hakko 808 knock off and been as low as $75usd shipped in the past few months.

    https://www.circuitspecialists.com/csi8900-portable-desoldering-system.html

    #8 3 months ago

    This other one is like a Hakko 808 knock off and been as low as $75usd shipped in the past few months.
    https://www.circuitspecialists.com/csi8900-portable-desoldering-system.html

    I bought one last year looks just like that one but white for around $100.00 that works excellent, the cheap solder suckers like listed above for 6 bucks work good but make it hard for pulling off multiple leg chips, just cant beat one with a vacuum pump.

    #9 3 months ago

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    #10 3 months ago
    Quoted from crlush:

    This other one is like a Hakko 808 knock off and been as low as $75usd shipped in the past few months.
    https://www.circuitspecialists.com/csi8900-portable-desoldering-system.html
    I bought one last year looks just like that one but white for around $100.00 that works excellent, the cheap solder suckers like listed above for 6 bucks work good but make it hard for pulling off multiple leg chips, just cant beat one with a vacuum pump.

    I've used this to do several board repairs and am really happy with it. It desolders very well and is easy to clean. I think I got mine on ebay for $80 or less with a discount code.

    #11 3 months ago
    Quoted from FatPanda:

    I've used this to do several board repairs and am really happy with it. It desolders very well and is easy to clean. I think I got mine on ebay for $80 or less with a discount code.

    Will Hakko tips fit this unit?

    #12 3 months ago

    This is the one ive been using for the past few years. Not perfect, but does a good gob.

    ebay.com link

    #13 3 months ago
    Quoted from mbwalker:

    Will Hakko tips fit this unit?

    Was told they do but never checked.

    #14 3 months ago
    Quoted from pacmanretro:

    Even better
    amazon.com link »

    I have a few of these and if you keep them clean , they work well.

    #15 3 months ago
    Quoted from chad:

    I have a few of these and if you keep them clean , they work well.

    I actually just ordered them a little bit ago because of this thread. Lol.

    I like having them around and just dropped and cracked my last one a couple weeka ago.

    Not fancy or perfect, but handy for small repairs.

    #16 3 months ago

    Hakko FR-300 is the best tool I've ever purchased, has paid for itself in time saved many times over. I should have bought one years ago. FR-301 is the new version.

    Whatever you get, make sure different / replacement tips are readily available. If you manage to clog a <1 mm tip you're not going to be drilling it out.

    #17 3 months ago

    I have good success buying older Hakko 470s on ebay. I've bought two and each was less than $100. One warning on the older desoldering stations (and/or guns) is that some replacement parts are obsolete. But Hakko does offer a solution for converting the 802 to 808 desoldering gun.

    #18 3 months ago
    Quoted from crlush:

    This other one is like a Hakko 808 knock off and been as low as $75usd shipped in the past few months.
    https://www.circuitspecialists.com/csi8900-portable-desoldering-system.html
    I bought one last year looks just like that one but white for around $100.00 that works excellent, the cheap solder suckers like listed above for 6 bucks work good but make it hard for pulling off multiple leg chips, just cant beat one with a vacuum pump.

    Hmmm...might have to look into this if it's reliable. Wouldn't mind the Hakko, but considering how much I would use it, it might fit the bill if it's reliable and I can get tips easily.

    #19 3 months ago

    amazon.com link »
    Any thoughts on this one?

    #20 3 months ago
    Quoted from mbwalker:

    Will Hakko tips fit this unit?

    Not sure as I'm using the ones that came with the unit still, but I believe they do.

    #21 3 months ago
    Quoted from heni1977:

    amazon.com link »
    Any thoughts on this one?

    I ordered this one. Everything I researched on it was goo about a 85% up vote on it. A few youtube vids on it.


    In this one he states as having the station for a year and using up to a hour a week and still working well. The only draw back so far is it is a little noisy. I guess this should be expected when you have a small air pump built into the station.I will report back on it after I have finished my snubber boards for F-14.

    #22 3 months ago

    I've got this one: https://www.circuitspecialists.com/csi8900-portable-desoldering-system.html
    I haven't done any heavy duty stuff with it, but was able to pull two PIAs out of a board in under 30 minutes, and I was just figuring out how to work it.
    I think I got mine for closer to $79 last summer

    #23 3 months ago

    I'm eyeing both of these, but leaning towards the CircuitSpecialists. Unfortunately, they now only have the one with the iron.

    #24 3 months ago

    amazon.com link »
    This one works very well so far. I have only done a few snubber boards but it worked like a champ. Made a short video. How could I post it to this site?

    #25 3 months ago
    Quoted from RatShack:

    If you manage to clog a &lt;1 mm tip you're not going to be drilling it out.

    I did all the time.

    Put the tip in a vice or just hold it steady. Run the 1.0mm tip cleaning drill (i had the hakko made wand holder). Smack / blow the black crud out. Run the poker/push rod through and if it is still rough drill again.

    The 1.0mm drill bit and holder is a must. It really should come with the unit. Just the push rod does not keep the small tip clean.

    1.3mm and bigger and i don't seem to ever need to drill those.

    Right now my Hakko FR300 is not working. Neither is my 808. Both need full pump rebuilds. The flux in solder ends up eating up the rubber bits breaking seals and making clogs.

    The little gasket thingy in the pump needs replaced fairly often too. Specially if you are desoldering stuff with nasty rosin flux. Maybe replace it after you go through two packs of filters.

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    #26 3 months ago

    I’m thinking about going with the FR301. I can’t see that it comes with any accessories. What would you recommend to start with for tips and other items? I’m gonna go for one of the stands also.
    Thanks

    1 month later
    #27 51 days ago

    Finally sprung for one. Will report back. I have about 80 pins that need desoldering, figured I'd take the plunge.

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