I use my RS slder sucker quite a bit but it’s a real PITA because it has no switch and the stand that came with it is worthless. I may not know any better but it’s an awesome and fast tool for removing stuff from boards.
The worst thing about it is that it takes a couple of minutes to warm up and before using it I have to plug it in under the bench and make sure it’s not touching anything and then crawl around to unplug it when I’m finished and keep an eye on it while it cools etc.
Anyway, I got a new soldering station and figured I’d put the old one to good use:
The soldering station used the same iron as the sucker so it was an easy swap. I also moved the cord to the iron so it comes out the front rather than the rear.
I have some little pumps/motors/solenoids that came from blood pressure machines so I was thinking about trying to turn it into a home brew hot air station. It gets REALLY HOT but air moving through the tip may cool it off too much to be of any use.
Any thoughts or should I forget about the hot air deal and just get back to the project I was working on before I ran off on this?