It is difficult to beat the performance of a Hakko 808
available even on Amazon. With the vacuum pump located in
the gun, there
is no air flow restriction within a long hose to a
source. Frankly, the Hakko 808 gun has *serious* suck!
I've not found
anything better for through-hole de-soldering.
On 5/7/2013 4:28 PM, Philip wrote:
> I have been using an old Soldapullt solder sucker I
refurbished to work
> on boards. It has been working pretty well up until
recently. It just
> doesn't seem to have enough umph to really pull the
solder out of the
> holes. I end up getting most of it out but not enough
to free the lead.
> I then heat it up some more and pull on the device
from the other side.
> Then I put some solder on the land with the device
removed and then the
> solder sucker will usually clean it out.
> Is this as good as can be hoped for on these old
boards and solder or is
> there a better way? Does any one have a
recommendation for a good solder
> sucker or other desoldering method than I have
described for removing
> components while preserving the integrity of the
board and lands?
Larry McDavid W6FUB
Anaheim, California (SE of Los Angeles, near Disneyland)