(Topic ID: 29318)

Low cost desoldering station


By pdman

7 years ago



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    #1 7 years ago

    Don't know how good it is but the Price is very reasonable.
    http://www.mpja.com/Desoldering-Station-for-Circuit-Repair-ZD-915/productinfo/19034+TL/

    I have ordered parts form here before with no issues. Good Surplus prices.

    #2 7 years ago

    For that price, I can also recommend the Aoyue 474A+.

    amazon.com link »

    Really great station. I do like the one pdman linked though, with the digital temperature. I had to measure my Aoyue station and write on the dial so I would know what temperature was where, instead of just 1 - 10.

    #3 7 years ago

    What's the benefit of a station versus something like a Hakko 808?

    #4 7 years ago
    Quoted from pdman:

    Don't know how good it is but the Price is very reasonable.
    http://www.mpja.com/Desoldering-Station-for-Circuit-Repair-ZD-915/productinfo/19034+TL/

    I have ordered parts form here before with no issues. Good Surplus prices.

    Description says for "lead free solder", that does not sound like it was designed for our very leaded games.

    #5 7 years ago

    That thing is dope

    #6 7 years ago

    My .02 on station vs. hakko is the "gun" on the station is relplaceable.

    If the hakko fails, pretty sure u either have to rebuild, or replace the whole thing. Very reliable from what I hear though. And portable.

    If you're on the move, go with hakko.

    I use one of those $10 RadioShack desoldering irons and it works great. Just did a bunch of socket replacement on a Bally -35 a week or so ago. Worked great.

    #7 7 years ago

    It looks nice, but the site lists filters but doesn't show them for sale. I wonder if the Hakko filters would work. The gun looks identical to the one listed at the Amazon link. I wish they listed what brand it was.

    #8 7 years ago

    Leaded solder stations (which are becoming harder to find now) don't cope well with lead free solder. Lead free solder stations can do both, you just don't need to set them as high when working with leaded solder.

    I'm afraid you get what you pay for with solder stations. I use a Xytronic LF9000, but they don't make them anymore. They pay for themselves in time saved if you use them a lot, and are essential if you want to remove chips/etc without wrecking the PCB. I've repaired about 140 JAMMA boards with mine so far.

    #9 7 years ago
    Quoted from Hammerhead1550:

    I wonder if the Hakko filters would work. The gun looks identical to the one listed at the Amazon link. I wish they listed what brand it was.

    The one I linked, the Aoyue 474A+ uses the same filters as the Hakko, they fit fine. It's a knockoff off the Hakko station.

    #10 7 years ago
    Quoted from Wolfmarsh:

    The one I linked, the Aoyue 474A+ uses the same filters as the Hakko, they fit fine. It's a knockoff off the Hakko station.

    Good to know, thanks. I have a nice Weller soldering station and a Hakko 808, but wouldn't mind having something I could leave in the garage for the few things I do out there. (My normal work bench is in the basement, and it would be nice to not have to move stuff back and forth all the time.)

    #11 7 years ago

    Just got a hakko 808 in mail today, cant wait to try it out.

    #12 7 years ago

    Aoyue get decent reviews. I would strongly advise against Circuit Specialists or Specialty tools. I've had a couple of their desoldering guns melt down. Literally. On the workbench.

    #13 7 years ago
    Quoted from centerflank:

    Just got a hakko 808 in mail today, cant wait to try it out.

    The thing is a beauty of function. Just remember to let it completely melt the solder before you hit the trigger. Once you get it down it's just amazing to watch it completely strip a solder point clean.

    Enjoy!

    #14 7 years ago
    Quoted from pinster68:

    The thing is a beauty of function. Just remember to let it completely melt the solder before you hit the trigger. Once you get it down it's just amazing to watch it completely strip a solder point clean.

    Thanks for the advice, would hate to gum it up right away

    #15 7 years ago
    Quoted from johnwartjr:

    Aoyue get decent reviews. I would strongly advise against Circuit Specialists or Specialty tools. I've had a couple of their desoldering guns melt down. Literally. On the workbench.

    Thanks John, that decides it then. Glad to get info from people with past experience with products.

    #16 7 years ago
    Quoted from centerflank:

    Just got a hakko 808 in mail today, cant wait to try it out.

    Just make sure you let it warm up the full 5 minutes before using it like the manual says. You will love it, it works great. Buy some extra filters (the paper ones) you will need them. If I can find the link on rgp there is a good post on what tips and accessories to get for it. Also if you need a good place to get tips and parts go to Testequipment.net they have every replacement part made for Hakko guns, and good prices. They also sell and have good prices on Weller stuff.

    #17 7 years ago

    Thanks for the advice, would hate to gum it up right away

    Also get this. After each draw or two I like to clean the tip. Any build-up slows heat transfer, and a wet sponge is far less effective.

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    #18 7 years ago
    Quoted from centerflank:

    Just got a hakko 808 in mail today, cant wait to try it out.

    You will love it....

    I put off buying one for a LONG time. I had some SYS 11 display boards with pricey and hard to find display chips I wanted to harvest and the Hakko did it easily and without damage.

    #19 7 years ago
    Quoted from pinster68:

    Also get this. After each draw or two I like to clean the tip. Any build-up slows heat transfer, and a wet sponge is far less effective.

    Yeah that came with it! I dont think the guy even mentioned it on the ebay ad (Niosales out of Minnesota). It also came with the holder to keep off the work bench. Tonight I tear into my TZ power driver board. Wish me luck.

    #20 7 years ago

    My favorite desoldering station, done everything I have ever needed

    http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062731

    #21 7 years ago

    +1 fireman. Works great.

    Would be nice to have something for the bench, but then I'd have to get a bench!

    #22 7 years ago

    Raul use's Desolder Braid , Quick , Clean , Cheap .

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    #23 7 years ago

    As Raul points out Desoldering braid works well. Never breaks, always ready to go on the bench. Make sure to get good quality braid. Not worth the couple dollars of difference between the best and the cheapest. Buy the best you can find.

    If I had to do a bunch of desoldering I would use a desoldering station.

    But I would hate to have someone new to soldering thinking that they need one to do excellent soldering work. Excellent work can be done with braid and one of those cheap spring loaded sucking pen thing that cost a few dollars. It will just take you more time.

    Personally, if I am only replacing a few things on a board I just use braid and the sucking pen to clear out the hole if solder does not wick out. Not worth setting things up (but I don't have a dedicated space to do board work at so I have to get everything out onto the bench and set-up when I go to do a job)

    #24 7 years ago

    Yes solder suckers, Bulb suckers, Combos built into an Iron, Solder Wick, yes they all work and sometimes very well. But if you do a lot of repairs and de-soldering, nothing beats a Vacuum de-soldering Station!!!

    #25 7 years ago
    Quoted from pdman:

    But if you do a lot of repairs and de-soldering, nothing beats a Vacuum de-soldering Station!!!

    Yup - 808. Best thing, since, well, pinball

    #26 7 years ago

    Braid I have never had any success with, not even one single time.

    It's also pretty wasteful - I'm not some kind of Earth champion, but most people know by now that copper is getting expensive because it's becoming harder to extract while we're using more of it. Why then would you waste it, using it to absorb solder in 20x the time a vacuum pump will do a better job in, with less heating?

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