Author Topic: Surface mount soldering. I don't like it.  (Read 1348 times)


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Re: Surface mount soldering. I don't like it.
« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2020, 12:37:07 AM »
How does that type R tip work - does the solder paste hold the component in place?  Id be worried that Id miss and squash the chip or something.  ;D
The link:
Has a picture on its use.
You can size it by several dimensions.
Keep your hand steady and there should be few issues, the paste should provide enough hold. Use a light touch.

See the image on that page?
The tip I used was only a bit larger than the leads on that chip.
And I mainly did those chips. But would swap tips for caps, resistors, etc.

Its really not that difficult to make your own though.
An exacto blade or a dremel and your options are damn near unlimited.

This one is similar, but seems to be a bit large:

Edit2: I've browsed Amazon a bit and I can't find anything like what I used. I'm bit surprised at that. It proved to be a very useful mod. And this was back around 87 - 89

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Re: Surface mount soldering. I don't like it.
« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2020, 03:28:53 AM »
I've found I actually quite enjoy the challenge of hand-soldering SMD parts. Will have to give that chisel tip a go for sure. Here's one I prepared earlier, with a SOT-23 JFET. I have a handful of through-hole JFETs saved for a rainy day but all my own designs/layouts will use SMD JFETs from now on. This one's the Echoplex preamp - see - getting 3 PCBs flown in all the way from California for $1.80 is quite nice.