the de-soldering gun broke while i was using it.

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dafid...@gmail.com

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Jun 27, 2021, 10:14:31 AMJun 27
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The plastic frame-bit that holds the nozzle has broken.

The gun is NOT usable. 

Alex Gibson

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Jun 27, 2021, 10:38:04 AMJun 27
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Thanks for the notice, could you post some photos?

 

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Stephen Rodway

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Jun 27, 2021, 3:40:59 PMJun 27
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OK I've updated it's status on the wiki, can you order a replacement
assembly for it?

Steve

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Vance Briggs

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Jun 28, 2021, 2:37:22 AMJun 28
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From what I can see there are spare tips

 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/322514244629 

Spare elements


and spare glass collection tubes


Haven't found any spare plastic parts.  If anyone knows where to get them please post here. 

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luke parker

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Jun 28, 2021, 5:40:42 AMJun 28
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To be honest I doubt you will find the encasment for this desolder gun. 

Advice from me

Desolder guns aren't designed for high lateral forces and are ment to be used with plenty of flux, if for whatever reason its not wetting the solder, clean the tip with tip files or chemical tip cleaner if we have it.

I don't know if this one is compatible but worth a look.

"RS PRO Desoldering Gun, 90W Output | RS Components" https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/desoldering-reworking-tools/1372294/

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Nigel Worsley

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Jun 28, 2021, 12:22:47 PMJun 28
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There is a broken pair of these at work:

I suspect that the required part could be cannibalised from one of them. Is there a photo of it?

Nigle

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Jun 30, 2021, 7:22:46 AMJun 30
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a couple of photos.
IMG_20210630_121111.jpg
IMG_20210630_121126.jpg

dafid...@gmail.com

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Jun 30, 2021, 7:53:52 AMJun 30
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Two more photos focused on the damage.
IMG_20210630_122050.jpg
IMG_20210630_122114.jpg

Vance Briggs

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Jun 30, 2021, 8:30:19 AMJun 30
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I will look to order a replacement desolder station. Even if we could fix it I don't think it would hold for long. 

Vance

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dafid...@gmail.com

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Jun 30, 2021, 9:40:08 AMJun 30
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I think I replied earlier.. but can not see it.

This appears to be the gun for the station.

Vance Briggs

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Jun 30, 2021, 9:56:39 AMJun 30
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Yes, just found that too. I'll order one. Not sure about lead times from the US though so may be out of order for a while...

Will also discuss alternatives with other directors.

Vance

Carlo Zinzani

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Jun 30, 2021, 12:46:23 PMJun 30
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Hi, I was planning to do some desoldering too.
A new gun would help.
Carlo

Vance Briggs

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Jun 30, 2021, 4:53:43 PMJun 30
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I have ordered a new desolder station and will announce to the group when it is in the space.

Vance

Vance Briggs

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Jul 2, 2021, 8:21:14 AMJul 2
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New desolder station is now on the bench. Very similar to last one, but the on/off switch is on the back. 


Vance

David Price

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Jul 8, 2021, 1:47:34 AMJul 8
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I use the Duratool unit Nigl links to, and the spares are very cheap from CPC-Farnell, eg £2.45 for the glass tube kit vs the £9.60 from ebay in Vance's link. A replacement gun unit is £22. It paid for itself recovering a bunch of 12v relays and connectors on first use.

The tools does need to be used and maintained appropriately, I've found you need to clear the tube quite often during use else it stops sucking and maybe encourages more jiggling than the plastic can withstand. After use I always clean out the heater and glass tubes out to keep it working efficiently. It's not difficult with the rods provided.
David

Vance Briggs

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Jul 8, 2021, 3:15:51 AMJul 8
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The physical connections on these desolder stations all look very similar - does anyone know whether they are compatible electrically?
 For £22 it may be worth a chance to try it out?

Vance

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