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Jamie said in May 16th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Hey Jeff,

Nice post. 🙂 I’ve been soldering for about 1.5 years now…. I had a solder sucker from Radio Shack that I used occasionally, but never had good results with it. I stuck to using braid for everything. Then, I bought a SoldaPullt DS017:

It blows the radio shack solder sucker I have away. The difference is incredible. When you use it, you usually won’t need to use any braid afterwards.

If you aren’t familiar with these, if you do end up getting one you’ll notice its huge compared to the one you have. I think the size might help it work better, and you can still get into some pretty tight places with it.

I was amazed at how much better these worked.

That Radio Shack braid in your picture worked great for me. Last time I went to buy some, they changed the packaging AND the braid inside. IMO, the new braid does a horrible job.

Jeff Waldron said in May 16th, 2008 at 4:57 pm

I appreciate the feedback! I’ve gone through 3 solder suckers. One from Bob Roberts and 2 from Radio Shack. Haven’t had the opportunity to find a different one. I’m going to need a new one soon, so I’ll check out the DS017. I also need to get a better soldering iron.

I also agree on the braid. The stuff I used last is the newer stuff, and it seems packed too tight to draw in the solder.

I do have a desoldering iron too. It works really good, especially on cap legs during cap kit installation. I don’t like it on smaller components because of the spacing between pins.

Francis Mariani said in May 22nd, 2008 at 2:21 pm

These are the best solder suckers Jeff:

I have one of the blue deluxe models that I use most all the time, and I have an older anti-static model also.

You’ll still need to use a wick in certain situations, and Jamie is right the new RS wicks suck while the old stuff worked good.

I use these wicks now: http://www.mcmelectronics.com/browse/Braid/3831794
I use both the blue (0.1 width) and yellow (0.05 width).

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