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  • Am I using this wrong?

    posted by shadowsill on 06/26/2009
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    Involvement:Novice (still getting used to it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    -Not expensive.

    -Scrapes solder.

    Cons:

    -Pretty poor build quality. The pictures make it look like a sturdy steel tool, but it's some kind of cheap aluminum, I think I could break it in two with one hand if I tried.

    -Given the build quality, even at its low price, I feel like it was too expensive.

    -Most importantly - the tip used to scrape is pretty hard and has no give to it - I think it's damaging my soldering iron tips, they have a very thin (nickel?) coating on them that keeps them from oxidizing, and they are not meant to be scratched at so hard.

    OtherThoughts:

    -I really don't know if I am using this right. I am using it to scrape solder off of soldering iron tips, because it is called a "soldering scraper tool", but I feel like it is not good for this purpose because it's damaging my tips. Other reviewers have used it for spreading solder and as a putty knife, I think these are good ideas, and that it would work well for these tasks.

    Bottomline:

    -I am too afraid to use it on my soldering iron tips.

    -Despite the somewhat poor build quality, it's strong enough to work well in other tasks.

    -If you are looking for something to remove solder from soldering iron tips, I would strongly recommend the brass sponge that DX also sells.

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