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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #4975 on: December 08, 2017, 05:36:17 AM »
Today I have purchased my second soldering station after reading about others peoples experiences with different brands etc, and it seems that Metcal is one of the ones to get if possible. The price of them makes it a no-no for me but apparently there is one that offers 75% of the performance at a fraction of the price that gets favourable responses so here we go, with a UK plug of course.

https://i.imgur.com/Vh5slez.jpg

I purchased the same unit, its great value for the money.
Although I did change out the handle for a push-in style that brings the tip closer to your fingers (metcal style handle), for precision work.
When you first power it on with the new tip, the temperature readings will go crazy, after some minutes it should settle down.
 

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« Reply #4976 on: December 08, 2017, 05:42:00 AM »
That will be dead handy for tracking hot spots like shorts on PCB's and parts getting excessively hot. I use a cheap Lidl variant for that and its quite effective in that role.
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« Reply #4977 on: December 08, 2017, 06:15:21 AM »
Today I have purchased my second soldering station after reading about others peoples experiences with different brands etc, and it seems that Metcal is one of the ones to get if possible. The price of them makes it a no-no for me but apparently there is one that offers 75% of the performance at a fraction of the price that gets favourable responses so here we go, with a UK plug of course.

https://i.imgur.com/Vh5slez.jpg

I purchased the same unit, its great value for the money.
Although I did change out the handle for a push-in style that brings the tip closer to your fingers (metcal style handle), for precision work.
When you first power it on with the new tip, the temperature readings will go crazy, after some minutes it should settle down.
Thats interesting, could you tell me which handle you used for that was there any modifications required to effect the change?

Big question for me now is will it arrive before Christmas??
« Last Edit: December 08, 2017, 08:40:46 AM by Specmaster »
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« Reply #4978 on: December 08, 2017, 08:05:27 AM »
That will be dead handy for tracking hot spots like shorts on PCB's and parts getting excessively hot. I use a cheap Lidl variant for that and its quite effective in that role.

Looks like Raytek are now part of Fluke (Fluke Process Instruments) and indeed the recommended replacement is now a Fluke branded device. Also, this model is the MX4+ which was top of the range at the time. Going to have some fun playing with it :)
 

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« Reply #4979 on: December 08, 2017, 08:25:30 AM »
You know what else is good for that? LCD coated plastic sheeting, it can be used as a poor mans thermal imager, it shows exactly where the temperatures are rising. Its very sensitive.


A £10 ebay score  - this Raytek MX thermometer. Seems to work OK. Looks well made (German manufacture) unlike many others at this price point. No longer made so I don't know what the original selling price was.
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« Reply #4980 on: December 08, 2017, 10:05:17 AM »
Thats interesting, could you tell me which handle you used for that was there any modifications required to effect the change?

Big question for me now is will it arrive before Christmas??

They shipped mine with epacket (few weeks) so hopefully you will get yours quickly as well.

Handle was recommended in another T12 thread, but did require modifications, as I did not realize that some stations are 4 or 5 pins.
So the following had to be done:
- Buy handle: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Professional-t12-welding-handle-oled-digital-welding-station-modified-handle-FX-9501-handle-silicone-wire-handle/32774926734.html The FM2028 handle should work too but would require replacing the connector on it (probably easier than what I've done).
- Change 4 pin circular connector on station for a 5 pin GX12, re-used existing 4-pin jst connector inside.
- Moved one side of spring connection from earth to gnd inside the handle (for sleep detection).
- Connected the last pin (from the NTC temperature sense in the handle), to the board with a jumper wire. This step isn't necessary.

The handle it comes with should still be a good improvement though.
 
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« Reply #4981 on: December 08, 2017, 10:10:11 AM »
Thats interesting, could you tell me which handle you used for that was there any modifications required to effect the change?

Big question for me now is will it arrive before Christmas??

They shipped mine with epacket (few weeks) so hopefully you will get yours quickly as well.

Handle was recommended in another T12 thread, but did require modifications, as I did not realize that some stations are 4 or 5 pins.
So the following had to be done:
- Buy handle: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Professional-t12-welding-handle-oled-digital-welding-station-modified-handle-FX-9501-handle-silicone-wire-handle/32774926734.html The FM2028 handle should work too but would require replacing the connector on it (probably easier than what I've done).
- Change 4 pin circular connector on station for a 5 pin GX12, re-used existing 4-pin jst connector inside.
- Moved one side of spring connection from earth to gnd inside the handle (for sleep detection).
- Connected the last pin (from the NTC temperature sense in the handle), to the board with a jumper wire. This step isn't necessary.

The handle it comes with should still be a good improvement though.
Thanks, you really like the station then, how long have you had this now?
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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #4982 on: December 08, 2017, 10:20:55 AM »
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« Reply #4983 on: December 08, 2017, 11:07:03 AM »
Thanks, you really like the station then, how long have you had this now?

Just a week so far, I think the handle I got will be the weak point as its plastic, but I'm constantly changing tips.
 

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« Reply #4984 on: December 08, 2017, 11:53:02 AM »
I just bought a Samsung 850 120GB SSD to replace the OS drive in my HP N36L Server (currently a slow mechanical) - this will finally give me the excuse I needed to take the server down and upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2 to 2012 Essentials (I've had the licence sitting around for to waaay too long!).

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« Reply #4985 on: December 08, 2017, 12:35:10 PM »


Just purchased the above handle to go with my new Quicke soldering station.
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« Reply #4986 on: December 08, 2017, 04:54:40 PM »

Just purchased the above handle to go with my new Quicke soldering station.

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« Reply #4987 on: December 08, 2017, 05:23:03 PM »


Just purchased the above handle to go with my new Quicke soldering station.

Ok I caved and bought the single tip set for $56 plus the 10 tip pack for $30, for $86 delivered it was too cheap to pass up.  ;D I've always wanted a station with the JL02 style tip for drag-soldering SMD chips.

 OLED equipped T12-952 with the 9501 handle for $56 AUD .
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« Reply #4988 on: December 08, 2017, 05:31:14 PM »
Tempting. Very tempting.
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« Reply #4989 on: December 08, 2017, 09:29:14 PM »
Tempting. Very tempting.
Come on in the waters just fine.

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« Reply #4990 on: December 08, 2017, 10:54:35 PM »
After all the talk about decade resistor boxes, I kind of accidently bought one. It's super ugly, but cheap enough. It's just convenient to have a dail-a-resistance.
 

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« Reply #4991 on: December 08, 2017, 11:26:33 PM »
After all the talk about decade resistor boxes, I kind of accidently bought one. It's super ugly, but cheap enough. It's just convenient to have a dail-a-resistance.
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« Reply #4993 on: December 09, 2017, 07:35:39 AM »
I think i may have gone slightly excessive over this last month,
2, Fluke 8400As in the hope of one working unit.
1, Heathkit ID-22 in perfect cosmetic condition.
2, R9 280X GPUs to exchange for a 580x from a friend.
1, chineseium transistor tester / LCR meter (surprisingly not awful)
The Doors L.A. Women LP.
About 120 dollars worth of general electronic parts for repair or experimentation, capacitors mostly. 

Thats a single month when i have gone completely off the rails.  :-DD
At least the GPUs didn't come out of the main budget.
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« Reply #4994 on: December 09, 2017, 07:40:58 AM »
I think i may have gone slightly excessive over this last month,
2, Fluke 8400As
1, Heathkit ID-22
2, R9 280X GPUs to exchange for a 580x from a friend.
1, chineseium transistor tester / LCR meter (surprisingly not awful)
The Doors L.A. Women LP.
About 120 dollars worth of general electronic parts for repair or experimentation, capacitors mostly. 

Thats a single month when i have gone completely off the rails.  :-DD
At least the GPUs didn't come out of the main budget.
No wonder the wallet is groaning  :popcorn:
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« Reply #4995 on: December 09, 2017, 07:55:31 AM »
I love auctions!

Wanted a scope for very long time!  Bought a Hantek 6022B few months ago, very disappointed.  (didn't use on Windows computer, may work better there).

Ultimately, my project had 240 VAC and didn't want to plug my Mac into that circuit!

So, from auction this week :

BK-2542 100Mhz scope with 1G/s sample rate and 4k storage points and usb plug.  Not bad.
TDS-340B With floppy disk, communication port, also 100Mhz but with only 1K points storage and 500M/s sample rate.
HP5240A counter

All calibrated in 2015!

I'd promised wife I'd get rid of one of these scopes but I kinda want to hold on to both of them.  Hmm could I trigger one from the other and effectively get a 4 channels.  Will try!
 

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« Reply #4996 on: December 09, 2017, 08:07:01 AM »
Finally went ahead and bought a 3D printer, the Cetus 3D Mk.2 to be exact.

Really surprised how easy it is to get pretty good prints, after watching a couple of videos about 3D printers I expected a lot more tinkering  :-/O
I have already printed a couple of my own designs and I have to say it's a great feeling to be able to build complete prototypes in one day, including etching, drilling and soldering PCBs whilst printing whatever enclosures or mechanics I need.
It's been running pretty much 24/7 since I got it yesterday.
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« Reply #4997 on: December 09, 2017, 09:36:12 AM »
Received today the HP3478A Service manual and the Power Designs 5015A schematics.

I also received the HP3312A from JohnG.
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« Reply #4998 on: December 09, 2017, 09:39:04 AM »
Black - Tulip Soft Matte Fabric Paint 2oz

This should be the type of paint recommended by others, for light blocking led's in scale models. I am guessing that this is a more goo like black paint.
 

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« Reply #4999 on: December 09, 2017, 09:39:26 AM »
Nice, not sure about the blue cal buttons though?
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