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Old 09 March 2011, 15:45   #1
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Tips on how to avoid clogging of desoldering station spring filter

Hi everyone, haven't been on here for a long time but have been using the Amiga's quite a bit lately and thought I'd come and show my face again. Hope you've all been well.

I'm after a bit of advice regarding desoldering stations. I recently bought one and am finding that after desoldering 20 or so joints the hole in the end of the spring filter gets so badly clogged with solder that I have to drill it out!

I know a number of you guys here have these stations so if someone could give me some tips on how I could possibly avoid this happening so often that would be great.

In case anyone's interested, this is the unit I bought:

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Desoldering-S...item20b7bf9ab2

I have also owned an Aoyue 474A+ which gave me exactly the same problems.

Thanks in advance
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Hi everyone, haven't been on here for a long time but have been using the Amiga's quite a bit lately and thought I'd come and show my face again. Hope you've all been well.

I'm after a bit of advice regarding desoldering stations. I recently bought one and am finding that after desoldering 20 or so joints the hole in the end of the spring filter gets so badly clogged with solder that I have to drill it out!

I know a number of you guys here have these stations so if someone could give me some tips on how I could possibly avoid this happening so often that would be great.

In case anyone's interested, this is the unit I bought:

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Desoldering-S...item20b7bf9ab2

I have also owned an Aoyue 474A+ which gave me exactly the same problems.

Thanks in advance
But the Aoyue 474A+ comes with a cleaning rod.
Its clears blockages very quickly.
Well the one I have did.

I found it best to clean it when its warm.
This always unblocked it for me.
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I found that the tools included with the Aoyue worked well for cleaning out the heating element but it wouldn't budge the solder in the spring..
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I use a Pace solder/de-soldering station. The solder trap in the glass tube is a strip of metal which in theory cools the solder down once it strikes it and that stops it from flowing back through the tip. If your solder trap is a spring as you mention, it may be worth trying a bit of Vaseline on it to stop the majority of solder from sticking to it (a bit like the hand held solder suckers). You would still need to clean the tube out pretty often but its maybe worth a go.
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I may well try that. This station seems to be compatible with the Hakko filters/tips, I'm thinking about ordering some of those in and seeing if they perform any better. They do look considerably different:

Aoyue:


Hakko:
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