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Soldering starter kit -- any thoughts?

Discussion in 'DIY' started by Starquest, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. N8Nagel

    N8Nagel AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    you'll want some desoldering braid as well as a sucker. Sometimes one works and one doesn't.

    The suckers I use are labeled "soldapullt" curious if the one you listed works better or worse.

    Also get the Hakko tip cleaner scrunchie thing. It's way better than a wet sponge.
     
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  2. NAD80

    NAD80 Super Member

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    Those soldapullt DS-017 's are great. Been using them for 35 years. Will last for years by replacing the tips. Had the old one from work non ESD. Got extra tips. Use GC Electronics Z9 thermal paste. Solder wick is invaluable when it's the only way to remove solder from a PCB connection of a transistor or triac.
     
  3. arts

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    I hear that! I bought the 5 oz tube when I built this in high school.I still have that tube AND the magazine; fried the amp years ago:biggrin:

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  4. HypnoToad

    HypnoToad Ms Puss Puss Subscriber

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    As to the chisel tip that comes with the Hakko, I have other tips for my Hakko 936 but 99.99% of my soldering is done with the chisel tip and I have done thousands of joints with mine.
     
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  6. Champco

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    Have only used solderwic product. may be a brand name but wicking with the braid is all i have ever needed.
     

     

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  7. soundmotor

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    @Starquest I am a fan of the Soldapult suckers in the above link. They tend to resist clogging up but are easy enough to clear.
     
  8. arts

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    That's the thing with braid,you have to buy a top quality brand-name.Soder-Wick & Chem-Wik. Anything else is just an exercise in frustration!
     
  9. Champco

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    Yea the solder wic is embedded with a chemical. i think is probably a flux. I use it real sparingly and it's a shiny silver before i cut it off. Good to know you have tested other stuff. I wont waste my time.
     

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