Solder Suckers, what's everyone using?

Discussion in 'Burnt Fingers DIY Effects' started by gimmefuel, Aug 5, 2020.

  1. gimmefuel

    gimmefuel TDPRI Member

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    Can't stand the braid, tried the bulb (meh), the spring loaded pen ones work and are affordable, trying to justify the Hako.
    what you using?
     
  2. Paul G.

    Paul G. Friend of Leo's

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    I've got a no-name with a metal body and nylon tip. It works fine, I just keep a straightened paper clip nearby to clear the tip when it clogs.
     
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    Yeah, me too. The bulbs are terrible.
     
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    I use a Radio Shack sucker, metal body w/ nylon tip. works quite well, but I fear I will have a hard time finding a replacement now that Radio Shack is out of business.
     
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    Using good, quality braid is an acquired skill...I wouldn't use anything else. Different sizes for different jobs using different soldering tips...

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    I use the generic metal tubes with the nylon tips. I made the mistake of leaving one "plunged" for many years and the spring isn't as springy now, but it still works. I also have the bigger, blue plastic Sodapult for when I really get angry. The bulb has its uses, but they are fewer. The braid seems best for taking solder off of a circuit board, where you can press down on the braid with the iron tip and push it around. Not something I do very often.

    If I did a LOT of desoldering I might be interested in the fancier thing.

    So, yeah, mostly it's the metal tube, even with the weakened spring.
     
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    Plain ol’ springloaded thingy. Works.
     
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    Cheap radio shack spring loaded sucker for big blobs of solder. Braided wick material is ideal for cleaning up solder otherwise.
     
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    I've always used braid, myself.
     
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    I prefer to heat the joint with my 60W Weller soldering gun (with lights!) and blow all the solder away with the air gun on my compressor.

    This is, without any doubt, the most personally dangerous way of removing solder. If you are worried about personal safety, and eyesight and things like that - DO NOT DO THIS. Or at the very least, you might want to wear gloves and a long-sleeve shirt and goggles and a hat, etc etc. I myself never bothered with all that.

    Desoldering a joint takes one second. All the blown-off solder blasts all over the room, but it has all cooled to tiny beads by the time it sets anywhere. Residue inside the amp or on the board is easily removed with a stiiff-bristle brush.

    All that braid stuff is just to slow and finicky. And apparently, from a post above - I need to use good, quality braid in different sizes, and with different soldering tips.

    I don't know about you guys, but who has time for all that? It's an amp. It ain't the Taj Mahal!

    Heat the joint, blow the solder away. One second. On to the next task.

    DISCLAIMER: don't try this at home, and blame ME if something goes wrong. I do it all the time, but maybe you don't work the same way I do.
     
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    I like the braid. You're going to need to use the braid anyway to clean up the pad.
    But everybody works on different things, so do what works best for you.
     
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    I have been using an Engineer SS-02 for a while now, made in Japan, its smaller than the usual sucker but very nice quality, the tip has a replaceable flexible silicone tube, so it gets much better suction than the usual type. Also the red anodised button looks nice :)
    SS-02.jpg
     
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    I've been using an Edsyn Solder-pult forever, but for single pad desoldering I use Chem-wik. When I went to soldering school (mil-spec) they went over desoldering with braid as much as making a good solder joint.

    That's not to say I've ruined PCB's with too much heat with braid, but not that many in the last thirty years at least. Most recently I ruined a submini tube daughter board, but that was on the third tube (that finally biased!)
     
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    I got one of those. i have had a really hard time with it being to small, to smooth and too fumbly to operate efficiently. Great solder sucking power tho..
    Finally I got a 3 pack of the big blue cheapies after flailing with it for months.
     
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    there's a chinese knockoff of the hakko if you just have to have it automated but the spring-loaded sucker, some braid, and some flux works as well
     
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    I got one of those for Christmas, I like it a lot. Especially for PCBs and things like that which really need to be sucked out well to be taken apart.
     
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    I would love to find one that works well - mine is horrible no matter how clean I keep it or if I oil the gasket for a better seal.

    I have found with braid painting some flux on the braid helps quite a bit.
     
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    Ahh yes, the Chinese S-993A....

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    I have one, it works ok,
    but certainly not on par with the Pace.

    Parts are available for the S-993A thank goodness, I've needed to rebuild mine several times....

    https://www.ebay.ca/itm/S-993A-110V...294995?hash=item421e021713:g:wu8AAOSwNZFfLSas



    That is a sweet machine, wish I could afford it.

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