Maintaining Desoldering Tools

What is Desoldering?

Desoldering involves melting and removing solder and the attached components from a PCB. It is a necessary process when removing excess solder from components or during PCB rework.

Hakko has several desoldering tools that are suitable for various types of desoldering work. Check out which best suits you!

 FR-301 FM-204
The Hakko FR-301 is a portable desoldering tool with a wide range of nozzles and shapes. It also has a high-precision temperature control function. The Hakko FM-204 is a vacuum pipe-type desoldering tool with excellent thermal recovery and sleep function that can help reduce oxidation on nozzles.
 FR-410 FR-400
The Hakko FR-410 is a desoldering tool with a built-in vacuum pump and delivers 140W high power that enables desoldering on multi-layer PCB.  The Hakko FR-400 is a heavy-duty desoldering tool with a built-in vacuum pump and high heat capacity. 

Importance of Maintenance

Maintaining your desoldering tool regularly is essential to prevent a loss in performance and clog issues. It is recommended to do some maintenance on the desoldering tool after every 10 to 15 desolder joints. Follow the steps below to learn how to maintain your desoldering tool appropriately.

How to Maintain the Desoldering Tool

  1. Leave the desoldering tool powered on to ensure the solder is molten.
  2. Insert the cleaning pin (B1086 to B1089) into the nozzle and clear the debris out into the collection chamber.
  3. Use a separate cleaning drill (B1302/B1303) to clear solder or flux that are harder to remove in the nozzle.
  4. Use the cleaning pin again to clear the solder or flux out into the collection chamber.
  5. Remove the nozzle.
  6. Use another cleaning pin that resembles a flat head screwdriver (B1215 for FR-410 and B1085 for FR-301) to clear the debris out from the heater core to the collection chamber.
  7. Clean the collection chamber.

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