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 Post subject: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Sun 26, 2017 4:25 pm 
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I had a couple of solder suckers that were made in Switzerland and worked fairly well but over the years they wore out. One was labelled Paladin. I bought some cheapo brand and it wore out really quickly, because it was mostly plastic. Then I splurged on what was supposed to be a quality solder sucker, shown below; called an Engineer SS-02. I think it's sold under different names; cost $28. It works, but has a major flaw: the solder keeps blocking the pipe, to the extent that I must take it apart and use a drill bit to remove the debris, sometimes after each use. I have tried squirting a little solder flux in the hole, but that is only moderately helpful.

Any solutions?


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 Post subject: Re: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Sun 26, 2017 5:31 pm 
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Here’s what I use:

http://www.edsyn.com/product/DS017.html

It’s kind of a beast, as in big, but works great. They run about $20 or so.

I’ve not had any issues with it.

After having three of the cheap Chinese suckers fall apart I decided to try the SOLDAPULLT and have been very pleased with the quality.

Carter


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 Post subject: Re: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Sun 26, 2017 5:37 pm 
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nwsalmon wrote:


I've used these for years as well and they work great for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Sun 26, 2017 6:13 pm 
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I've used the large Edsyn suckers for decades.
They work well and are very sturdy.

If the nose clogs up with solder, you take it off and push the solder out.

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 Post subject: Re: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Sun 26, 2017 6:39 pm 
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nwsalmon wrote:
Here’s what I use:

http://www.edsyn.com/product/DS017.html

It’s kind of a beast, as in big, but works great. They run about $20 or so.

I’ve not had any issues with it.

After having three of the cheap Chinese suckers fall apart I decided to try the SOLDAPULLT and have been very pleased with the quality.

Carter


I use the SOLDAPULLT also for years. I wore one out. I'm on my second one now that I bought 20 years ago and it's about worn out now too. Time to buy another one.


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 Post subject: Re: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Sun 26, 2017 6:47 pm 
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As to making the one you have work better, maybe try and improve the piston seal with a little grease or something. Then drill the nozzle out a little more.

If considering a new one, I have a Hakko sucker gun and the thing is amazing. Slurps up the biggest pool of solder imaginable. Since it is heated it really pulls every bit of solder out of a joint unlike any other sucker I have used. Not cheap but it is an order of magnitude better than a un-heated sucker. And no trying to keep the joint hot and then quick try to suck it out. Just get the joint nice and hot and pull the trigger ant watch the solder disappear.


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 Post subject: Re: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Sun 26, 2017 7:15 pm 
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HI:

THE SOLDPULLT Hve STRONG SUCTION.
I HAVE 3 DIFFERENT MODELS.ONE HAS A PLASTIC SHAFT WITH INNER SPRING WITH A 3/4"DIA PLASTTIC BOOT.
THE OTHER IS THE SAME LENGTH BUT WITH A SMALL DIAMETER METAL SHAFT.THE CAP IS A 1-1/2"DIA.FLAT KNOB WHICH IS A LITTLE EASIER ON THE PALM.

IN CLEANING I FIRST REMOVE THE PLUNGER AND EMPTY THE SOLDER FROM THE CYLINDER ONTO A SEVERAL INCH PLASTIC CAP.REPLACE THE PLUNGER AND PLACE THE PLUNGER END AGAINST THE SIDE OF THE WORK BENCH AND HOLDING THE CYLINDER PRESS HARD TO POP OFF THE TIP.I USE A SCREWDRIVER THE SAME DIAMETER AS THE HOLE TO CLEN THAT.THEN TURN IT OVER TO USE THE SCREWDRIVER TO REMOVE THE SOLDER FROM THE REST OF THE TIP.
NEXT REMOVE THE PLUNGERR AND REMOVE THE SOLDER FROM THE WASHER.PUTTING ALL SOLDER ON THE CAP.
IF THE END OF THE TIP GETS ROUGH IT CAN BE FILEDD SMOOTH AND EVEN.REPLACEMENT TIPS ARE AVAILABLE.IT SAYS NOT TO USE ANY SOLVENTS OR LUBRICANTS.

MY WELLER WTCP-L SOLDERING I DO NOT USE A WET SPONGE WHICH ARE EXPENSIVE BUT BUY A PACKAGE OF GREEN SCOURING PADS.I CUT THEM TO FIT THE TRAY AND NEVER WET THEM.
NOW I PUT THAT SOLDER FROM THE CAP OVER THE PAD SO WHEN CLEANIG AN IRON TIP IT IS ALSO TINNED.

WALTER-W2WIQ


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 Post subject: Re: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Sun 26, 2017 7:19 pm 
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Also, for the soldapullt, the piston is sealed by an o-ring that you can replace as well.

The hakko or weller powered suckers are awesome, but very expensive.


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 Post subject: Re: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Sun 26, 2017 7:23 pm 
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Hello guys
i to use the SOLDAPULLT had one since the 1980s great tool


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 Post subject: Re: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Sun 26, 2017 7:55 pm 
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I agree it’s bulky It’s bulky, but i’ve Tried the others and Soldapullt works best . Tried and true.


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 Post subject: Re: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Sun 26, 2017 10:24 pm 
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here's a deal on the DS-017, used, but he has a lot of them, some school? 2 for $12.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/132337040262

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 Post subject: Re: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Sun 26, 2017 11:02 pm 
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glue-ru, thanks for the link; I ordered two of them.


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 Post subject: Re: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Sun 26, 2017 11:33 pm 
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I've had one of those for 20 years, but that's such a good deal I'm going to get some spares. Thanks for the link

For most work, I use a Metcal desoldering gun, which is awesome, but there are times when a solarpullit is just the tool.

I also have a good assortment of braid.


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 Post subject: Re: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Sun 26, 2017 11:43 pm 
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If it is a board or something loose, the heat and whack method will work in a pinch. Heat the connection up, then give the board a whack on the table. Works every time! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Sun 26, 2017 11:54 pm 
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lol, you're all welcome, check that sale, 5 sold in the last hour!
He's probably wondering what is going on ?
Got my order in too, before they are gone, too funny

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 Post subject: Re: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Mon 27, 2017 1:51 am 
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Thanks for the tip and everyone's input. I ordered 2 - they accepted my "best offer" of $10 for the pair. I'll probably get the grimiest ones at the bottom of the box . . . :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Mon 27, 2017 1:54 am 
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Got one too. :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Mon 27, 2017 2:40 am 
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Watch out using suckers that have a button on the body, and the plunger pops up
the full length of the body.

The knob on the end can hit someone in the eye. Unlikely an experience tech.

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 Post subject: Re: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Mon 27, 2017 4:58 am 
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I have a Pace PC-10 which I am sure is at least 20 years old but I have kept it working so far. It works

great on circuit boards but I have not tried it on old radios yet. I also bought a set of those listed in the

above link.

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 Post subject: Re: Suckers
PostPosted: Nov Mon 27, 2017 5:45 am 
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I bought a Chinese knockoff of an Edsyn Soldapullt off The Bay; it almost lasted a month. Then I bought the real deal for about 20 bucks, and it's been a peach!

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