[Coco] Soldering Irons/Stations

Salvador Garcia salvadorgarciav at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 1 11:42:10 EDT 2020

 I've been looking into desoldering tools and am partial to the desoldering gun similar to the one mentioned in this video (although it is quite noisy!):


I have the suction cylinder (second item mentioned in the video), but its latch is not at 100% and it sometime does not want to stay in its prepped position. Very tiring on the thumb :-).

I also have soldering wick, but from watching the video I see that I am not using it in the most effective way. I may have to do a re-cap on a motherboard, so I suspect that I'll get some practice ;-).

I am also watching for a soldering station and am reading this thread carefully. I get confused as to what temperatures to use for which tasks. Thanks! Salvador

    On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 06:20:16 PM CDT, John E. Malmberg <wb8tyw at qsl.net> wrote:  
 Nathan Byrd has recommended: Hakko FX-888D
Roy Justus has recommended: Xytronix iron from Jameco

I was looking possibly:


No temp gauge, and not sure what setting to use on on the control.

Was highly rated on a review site.  And replacement iron plated tips 
seem to be readily available.

Also recommended by that site was:

Weller WE1010NA Digital Soldering Station

Again, not sure what temperature to use when, so not sure how useful the 
that is.  Notice that it seems to take different tips than the other one.

Looks pretty comparable to the Hakko FX-888D but a bit more expensive.

So how do I know what temperature to set?

Or on the first case, what dial setting to use?

Looks like more stuff to lookup.

For de-soldering one article recommended getting a couple of 
"soldapullt" which appears to have several cheap clones for under $10.

One for primary use, and the other for backup when after a period of 
time it finally loses its suction.

Looks like a newer version of what I got from Radio Shack way back when.

Unfortunately it turns out the hobby budget is going to be tight this 


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