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Offline Caucasian Blackplate

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Re: First Project Necessary Tools & Advanced Suggestions
« Reply #60 on: March 28, 2015, 07:49:58 am »
I working up the courage and gathering the tools to build a crack w/sb. One question: what about an anti-static mat and/or wrist strap? needed?

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Re: First Project Necessary Tools & Advanced Suggestions
« Reply #61 on: May 20, 2015, 09:56:33 pm »
I recently found an actual really good solder sucker while looking for some JIS screwdrivers!  I've always wondered why they more or less follow the same (poor) design wherever I've looked.  Of course no solder sucker is going to outperform a desoldering gun or other specialty tool, but like solder wick they're comparatively really easy and quick when they do work. 

Especially this one:
 http://www.amazon.com/Engineer-SS-02-Solder-Sucker/dp/B002MJMXD4/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432194018&sr=8-1-spell

I wish I'd had it when I was learning and screwed up a lot more often.  Sure it's a little more expensive than your typical practically expendable solder sucker but absolutely worth it so far.  Not only does it come with a far more heat resistant tip, but it's replaceable and enough for 5 or is included with it.

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Re: First Project Necessary Tools & Advanced Suggestions
« Reply #62 on: May 21, 2015, 02:45:12 am »
Thanks for pointing out that solder sucker, looks really good & I need a decent one.

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Re: First Project Necessary Tools & Advanced Suggestions
« Reply #63 on: September 10, 2015, 11:10:17 am »
I know I'm late to the party but I just found this to be really handy ...

A small tablet or smart phone with front and rear cameras.

I just shove it into places I can't readily see and take a picture.  Even used some editing software to enhance detail...

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Re: First Project Necessary Tools & Advanced Suggestions
« Reply #64 on: September 12, 2015, 11:48:53 am »
That is a good idea.  I have neither but see the logic.  I added it to advanced suggestions in the OP.

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Re: First Project Necessary Tools & Advanced Suggestions
« Reply #65 on: January 11, 2017, 09:38:13 am »
Hi there. I'd like to get an opinion on the below soldering station and whether it would of high enough quality for a first-timer. I wanted to get the Hakko FX888D but in New Zealand it's well over $300NZ... pretty hard to justify.

Thanks heaps.

/www. jaycar .co.nz/48w-temperature-controlled-soldering-station/p/TS1564

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Re: First Project Necessary Tools & Advanced Suggestions
« Reply #66 on: January 11, 2017, 10:45:18 am »
That looks like a good choice. They list a few replacement tips, I'd grab one of each when you buy the station.
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Re: First Project Necessary Tools & Advanced Suggestions
« Reply #67 on: January 11, 2017, 11:18:32 am »
Thanks PB, appreciate the quick response!

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Re: First Project Necessary Tools & Advanced Suggestions
« Reply #68 on: January 11, 2017, 11:52:30 am »
Hi there. I'd like to get an opinion on the below soldering station and whether it would of high enough quality for a first-timer. I wanted to get the Hakko FX888D but in New Zealand it's well over $300NZ... pretty hard to justify.

Cheapest price for the FX-888D I've found $238+GST @Synergy Electronics. I bought one a few years ago & not regretted the investment (but I do a lot of projects :D).
Had a generic station for a while, but the Hakko is so much better.