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mjnurney
13th March 2012, 16:01
I've finally managed to get a solder station or more accurately a desolder station - which is far more important to me.

A Duratool desolder station (Farnell / RS)

80 wat , 240v, 24v desolder torch.

The torch can be replaced as its listed in the accessories in the farnell catalouge.

The kit cottons the following.

Pump unit (240v)
desolder torch
some files
3x tips
power lead.

Setup is easy and in 5 mins you are ready to go - set the temp and away you go. i have found that around 350c is good but it depends on the size of component and the type of track/pcb its on. Big tracks & big components = more temp. smaller stuff is easily done with a lower temp.

Flux is also very handy when removing stuff as it allows the solder to run away. You may find that the pins of components are often leaning on the side of solder hole, you can move the pin gently with the torch to centralise it.

so a test component was chosen and quickly removed to proved pics and then replaced - i was lazy and used the desolder tool to solder too.

total time - 5 minutes from removal to refit.

easy, simple and non destructive to the board if you use the correct sized tip (hole size)

mike.

Overall.

heating up speed - very quick.
suction - good.
ease of use - excellent, simple & quick.

i should of got one years ago.

mike.

Quick vid
http://youtu.be/KZSGdxo0CkQ

Allen1
13th March 2012, 16:28
That's a nice de-soldering station you have there Mike, the one I use is made by Pace and although its an old model, it still keeps on going. The amount of time I spent with a soldering iron and separate solder sucker or solder braid over the years must run into a heck of a lot of hours, these things really do make light work of duff part removal in comparison to the previous methods I tried.

Congratulations on getting your station and on the nice job you did trying it out :thumbsup:

Justin
13th March 2012, 16:35
Mike, colour me green matey!! that is one spanky bit of kit:nod:

johnim
13th March 2012, 18:05
+1 on that a very nice piece of kit mike

mjnurney
13th March 2012, 18:08
thanks guys I'm looking forward to doing some more detailed work with the old girl :-)

Dazxy2001
13th March 2012, 18:32
Could you PM me how much you paid for it ? their site appears to be down for maintainence so I cant check

keropi
13th March 2012, 18:50
wow, count me in the green amigos as well ! :lol:

mjnurney
14th March 2012, 12:56
youtube vid added.

http://youtu.be/KZSGdxo0CkQ

johnim
14th March 2012, 13:43
nice vid mike thats quick

i want 1 niw

Justin
14th March 2012, 13:49
youtube vid added.

http://youtu.be/KZSGdxo0CkQ

i hate you:p

mjnurney
15th March 2012, 08:29
Lol :-)

ElectroBlaster
7th August 2013, 01:42
Can I use this on cruddy pc motherboards? I have a medium collection of dead boards here, all of them have the same issue! failed capacitors. They all still work just not very well due to dodgy caps.

Allen1
7th August 2013, 02:05
You should be able to, but on the ground side, you may need to also use a soldering iron to get enough heat to be able to melt the solder to be sucked away. The ground plane sucks a lot of the heat away very fast or it did on the motherboards I re-capped a year or two back :)