I have been using Pace equipment for years. You can find some good deals for used Pace soldering/de-soldering equipment. My main station is an older MBT 3 channel model. The soldering iron's are great but the heating elements don't last as long as I would like. However, the de-soldering unit is a very robust and well designed piece that works very well. It was designed for production work and the heating elements last a long time. If de-soldering is all you need, I would look into one of their 2 channel units, like an MBT 200 series.
Pace used two different size heating elements to accommodate two different sized tips. The 3/16's unit is the better one, and carries more heat. Soldapullit units and wick have their place and I use them when needed, but nothing works like the Pace system, especially on double sided circuit boards.
73 de Billy N6YW
--- In email@example.com, "Paul Christensen" <w9ac@...> wrote:
> I'm still living in the past as solder wick is used here together with several Edsyn Soldapullts. Started using them in high school. After college, I worked for RKO Radio in Chicago where
> the Director of Engineering showed me that a well-maintained "pult" could be as effective as a desoldering station - albeit without the benefit of a continuous pump. Keeping the chamber clean is critical for maximum effectiveness. To accomplish cleaning, silicone spray is sprayed into the chamber and allowed to drip free, then cleaned with a rag. When the chamber is clean, it's sprayed once again with an even layer. Then, the "O" ring is cleaned and lubricated with silicone spray. You know you've serviced it properly when you load the spring and can hold the tip in your palm, and the pump doesn't release when disengaged. In other words, a near perfect suction is created. That condition will mostly last through most desoldering projects before cleaning is needed again.
> I've long labored with getting a new desoldering station but I keep thinking I can buy an awful lot of Soldapullts at $20 ea. when compared against the cost of a good desoldering gun or station. That, plus a really bad experience with an expensive Unger station back in the early '90s has kept me from a purchase.
> Paul, W9AC