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post #1 of 9 Old 06-13-2015, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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I've been wanting a hot air soldering station for a long time so finally bit the bullet: 2in1 Rework Soldering Station Iron Welder Hot Air Gun Tip with 878AD Adjustable | eBay

I've only used it a few times in the week but found it to be very handy. The soldering pencil has a rheostat to control temperature which seems handy as over heating with an electric soldering tool is always a problem. So much so that the old soldering iron/soldering copper made from a big chunk of metal is still very useful.

The hot air side of this station is the really handy part. The digital display shows the output air temperature from the air nozzle so no guessing as to actual temperature. One can adjust the fan speed also. The unit automatically switches off the heat and runs the fan at low speed when the nozzle assembly is placed into the holder. I've used it to do a couple of soldering jobs on circuit boards to try but the real test was last evening.

My collector Toyota MR2 had the brake master cylinder replaced by a PO who was unable to obtain the original cylinder having the reservoir on top. The shop substituted another Toyota master which uses a remote reservoir. All looks good because it is behind a panel but the fuel/coolant hoses used to connect were sweating brake fluid through the jacket.

I used the hot air at 260 F to warm the Teflon lined air brake hose to form it to fit over the barbs. Could have done with a conventional hot air gun but the constant fiddling to try to control temperature would have been a PITA.

I'm expecting to have good service in heating smaller parts, welding plastic and soldering because of the ability to control air temperature precisely.

For $58.00, I should have had one much sooner.
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-14-2015, 02:28 AM
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That's an awesome soldering gun kit. Thanks for posting. I didn't even know it existed. Will have to get one.

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Another great item I bought a year or so ago was an ultrasonic cleaner. It works a treat for carbs and other smaller parts using Pinesol, Simple Green, Windex and some others, depending. 2 5L Digital Ultrasonic Cleaner Tattoo Dental Jewerly Stainless Steel Tank Timer | eBay

So far, am very happy with this one although it's like a boat, always either too big or too small. I'd buy another one of these as it's big enough for bike carbs and fairly convenient to bail out to save the chemical in a jug and then rinse out the sludge from the bottom. I have several jugs of various mixes- depending. A bigger one would take more liquid and be more trouble but....

Anyone else use one and perhaps have some thoughts?
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I bought one of these for drilling and grinding: Mist Coolant Lubrication Spray System Unit For CNC Lathe Milling Machine Sale-Banggood.com

It is great! It uses shop air as the venturi effect to suction the cutting oil or just water through the small sintered filter and plastic hose. Plastic tubing locks into the supplied coupler. For $8 bucks it was one of the best deals I've bought. I'll epoxy a magnet and use it as a portable sprayer when drilling frames and on my drill press and grinders.
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Great idea, NormK! I'll have to start saving those. Amazing the things we throw away that still have use.

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I have the Harbor Freight version of that ultrasonic cleaner. So far it has done well. I've cleaned a few motorcycle parts, gun parts, and pistol brass. It did a great job on a couple of old safety razors, got ALL of the crud out with no brushing.
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MacG the 2-1/2 liter HF looks like the one I bought from a local vendor through EBay so appreciate hearing that yours is also useful. I'm using a dilute Simple Green for some parts including some carbs and ABS modulators, Pine Sol for carbs, and did use some other things however those two seem to work well for my work.

I'm curious as to what you prefer & what works well for brass? How do you compare the ultrasonic with tumbler for cleaning brass?
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So far I have primarily used Simple Green. I've had great luck with soaking carburetors in Pine Sol with out the ultrasonic so I may try it when I need to clean a carb. I filter the cleaner through a coffee filter afterwards to re-use it.
As for the brass, I have only played a bit with simple green but it did clean well. I can't confirm but suspect that the liquid can get into the corners of the primer pockets better than media. Also no problems with the liquid plugging the flash hole. I load primarily for handguns so the limited capacity of the cleaner is a bit of an issue. I suspect that the abrasiveness of media may take off heavy crud better though. I'm building a 10/22 to shoot in ABRA matches and the receiver I am using was NASTY! After a couple of cycles in the US cleaner with heat, it looked great.
I think with a coupon I paid about $70 ish dollars for the cleaner. It will take a while to pay for itself but it is worth the money IMO.
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I bought a HF ultrasonic cleaner exactly like the one pictured. I just used it on the carbs of my '83 BMW R100RT and it did a great job with Simple Green diluted. Kinda dulls the aluminum though. Bike runs like charm after assembly.
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