[sdiy] Looking for Advice in spending a few hundred dollars ondesoldering technologies.

David G. Dixon dixon at interchange.ubc.ca
Sun May 31 18:29:16 CEST 2009


I use a $15 Chinese plastic plung-o-matic solder sucker.  In addition to the
occasional boo-boo, I've depopulated several very dense boards with it, and
it works like a charm.  The only caveat is that you have to plunge it
(preferably over a rubbish bin) every time you plunge, but once you get into
the rhythm of it, you can suck about 10 pads per minute.

If you have a fetish about spending money on fancy doo-dads, then by all
means fork over $200+ for the gun, but if you just want to suck solder off
of pads to recover parts, the plastic plung-o-matic is really all you need.


David G. Dixon
Department of Materials Engineering
University of British Columbia
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Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z4
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: synth-diy-bounces at dropmix.xs4all.nl [mailto:synth-diy-
> bounces at dropmix.xs4all.nl] On Behalf Of Loscha
> Sent: Saturday, May 30, 2009 10:45 PM
> To: synth diy
> Subject: [sdiy] Looking for Advice in spending a few hundred dollars
> ondesoldering technologies.
> http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200340544449
>  Has anyone had experience with this Seller's item? It's "Virtual
> Village". I've gotten an EPROM eraser, some cables, a few other bits
> and bobs from them, and they've been fine.
> Item is a gun type soldering sucker; About $175au delivered.
> =My budget for a desoldering gun doesn't extend to new at this point in
> time.
> =I don't desperately need one right away, so can wait to amass more funds.
> =I almost exclusively do through hole work, and want to be able to
> remove solder so I can change components, not just clear off the board
> to harvest. So I don't think a hot air blower is what I need, but,
> I've never used one.
> =Prefer Pistol/Gun type to be able to put into case and bundle into
> backpack to take over to Bill's house.
> =I don't plan to go into commercial parts harvesting. I wouldn't be
> using it for hundreds of germanium diodes from old PCBs or anything
> (well, just 100 diodes or so, actually, but, I figure that's a good
> test of it's functionality, and some old Logic ICs from some junk
> PCBs)
> =Do I go this sort of route, or wait a few weeks until I can afford
> Hakko or Den-On?
> =Looking to avoid false economy.
>  Any input welcome, thanks.
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