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Jeff
 Jeff
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02/02/2020 9:41 am  

Is it possible to use the fm 2023 hot tweezers to solder jumper wire on pulled pads? Or do I need the fm 2032 micro pencil for sure? I just bought the fm 203 work station and I  only really have the money for one of these irons. I know the tweezers work really well for the small SMd work, without risking blowing hot air on other components, making them move. If I need the pencil for jumper work for sure, then I will just have to take the risk with hot air for small smd removal. Need an experienced board repairman answer. Thanks.


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Mike
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02/02/2020 10:07 am  

I never had much success with the soldering pencil because the solder didn't stick to the end of the tip very well.  If I had to choose between the pencil and the tweezers, then I would definitely get the tweezers.  They are a little bit big at the tip, but with a little experimenting, you should be able to do most jobs with the tweezers.


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Jeff
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02/02/2020 11:13 am  

Thanks Mike.

What do you personally use for jumper work? 


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Mike
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02/02/2020 11:42 am  

I've used just about all  of the microsoldering irons out there and there is absolutely nothing better than the JBC NASE-2B nano station.  It's pricey as hell though, so it's definitely not for the hobbyist.  Some alternatives that I haven't tried are the T12-11:

https://www.mobilesentrix.com/t12-11-digital-smart-lead-free-soldering-station  

And the Hakko FX-100 induction microsoldering station.

https://www.tequipment.net/Hakko/FX-100/Desoldering-Equipment/Rework-Stations/?v=0

I've never used either, but they seem promising.


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Jeff
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02/02/2020 11:49 am  

I appreciate it mike. So for just starting out I will probably just go with the first recommendation on the tweezers. 😀 


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