I dislike Gas irons , except as an emergency back up in the tool kit, for those moments
when the generator is the thing in need of fixing
Another Weller user here, although i would add that you should get a range of tips, as
each has it's uses.... and those little iron cleaning pots of compound are bloody
invaluable.... Also, it's best to dampen the station sponges with distilled water... it
avoids lime-scale build up if you live in an area with hard water.
easy de-soldering, My Favourite tool has to be the combined Iron and Pump that I got From
RS, it makes a much neater, faster and more accurate job of stuff, and has a range of tip
sizes to suit most applications... basically it's a soldering iron, with a hollow Tip and
element, through which it operates a suction pump, like the std metal syringe style
de-soldering tools, not those horrid little bulbs.... It's a bit bulkier than your
average iron, but damn it's useful....
other useful bits and bobs,
Copper Wire braid, for soaking up excess solder in places where it's difficult to get a
pump. (Even the all in one jobby like i described above , can be tricky to get close
enough to some components)
Dental scraper , a Hooked scraping tool, available
with dental tool sets, is invaluable for holding, manoeuvring and cleaning component legs,
and also some small degree of heat sinking when needed.
A full set of small
precision pliers, including pin nose, round nose, long bent & long straight nose and
ground flat side snips (With rear surface ground flush to the cutting edge)... and ground
flat Bull nose cutters.
a goodly number of elastic bands to hold spring loaded
pliers in place.
and those "helping hand" croc clip arm stands, are damn
useful, as is the magnifying glass on them....
You might also ask your GP about
being fitted with asbestos fingers
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