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I have used various solder suckers over the years. I still have the rubber syrange and will will work if patience is applied. I have also had some of the aluminum solder suckers similar to the engineer. They always failed while in use, falling apart when the plunger release is activated. The cylinder screws into the tip and they simply separate while in use. They also needed to be constantly disassembled to clear out solder bits. The Engineer has superior sucking action, and the solder entering the sucker is ejected by a steel rod when the plunger is pressed down. It is more effective as a sucker, disassembling to clean the sucker is no more. I am very happy with the Engineer.
This solder sucker is significantly more expensive than others of its kind, but once you start using it you realise why.
The silicone nozzle makes an unbelievable improvement to its solder removing capabilities. When desoldering components with leads that pass through plated holes this can frequently free the lead and clear the hole on the first attempt. The fit and finish of the tool is also in a different league to other pumps with every part feeling precise and perfectly machined.
The negative points made in some reviews are valid but, in my experience, only to the extent that it needs a bit more maintenance than other suckers. This is almost entirely due to it having such tight tolerances and doing such a good job of removing large amounts of solder. But I would say that, on balance, the extra maintenance is a small price to pay for the time saved when repairing items or salvaging components.
I couldn't consider using any other manual desoldering pump now.
I bought this after I damaged a mechanical keyboard and I needed to desolder most of the switches. I began working with a generic hard tipped solder pump and the going was very slow and I lost a couple of pads in the process. On a bit of a whim, I decided to try this out, thinking I was probably going to end up binning the keyboard. However the silicone tip works a treat. I desoldered over 400 pads yesterday, and while it doesn't always get it all on the first pump, I was able to remove about 70% of the switches first time.
This doesn't compare to the proper desolder stations you can get at 10x the cost, but it is a substantial improvement over the hard tipped sucker I got with my iron. For anyone who is interested, I did all 400 pads without changing the tip, but it will need changing soon, however there is enough tubing for about 5 changes in the pack.
Probably the best solder sucker I’ve used in a career of 40 years of electronics. The silicone nozzle creates a far better seal around the joint than the hard Teflon ones do. I desoldered a 40pin header from double sided board with no problems. It seems like an expensive tool but it’s beautifully engineered and I believe it should last me the rest of my lifetime. Throughly recommend it
This thing is amazing, there’s some reviews saying it clogs but if you do as the instructions say and push right down after each suction it will eject the solder, I’ve never had it clog up on me and have been using it a few months now. Definitely recommend it
I feel i need to leave a remark about this product.. Ive had many of these solder suckers in my time.. i even bought a electric one.. but i keep coming back to this one.. it is just so good.. its quick and strong.. top marks.. :)
This sucks! In that it does exactly what it’s meant to do and really very well indeed. Really powerful. Why didn’t I get one of these before instead of suffering with cheap bits of rubbish that never really work?