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Offline TD

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OK Industries Equipment, such as MTR-5000-4000, BTR-1201 Ect.
« on: February 15, 2020, 09:29:29 pm »
I came across some gear for free. I have an older friend with a son that's been in the military for some years now. Knowing I'm into working on Tech, He called me and ask me if I wanted some free equipment that he knew his son used for working on circuit boards. You know me I don't care what kind or age of free gear I'll take. What the worst that happens, I get some good parts, right?

I get there and he has some gear I don't recognize. I recognize the name Ok Industries from the Metcal gear I'm currently using. However, I have never seen or heard of the equipment in front of me. I take it to load it up and now it's at the shop.

What I got:
Modular solder hot air station = Ok Industries MTR 5001 Soldering / De-soldering MTR-5000
Desoldering Station               = OK Industries BTR-1201 with the handpiece
SMT Rework station               = OK INDUSTRIES MTR-3101

I got some other fun stuff as well.
However, this gear is what I'm a little confused about. Of course, the first thing I did was, you guessed it. (Take It Apart).
This equipment is very well built, great attention to detail, quality electronic & mechanical parts. I don't mean just, okay, this gear is some impressive engineering with build quality surpassing most current name brand Tech gear. The BTR-1201 has one of the best vacuum pumps I've seen in a (Self Contained) De-soldering station. I Measure the Vacuum and Flow. 26.3 - 26.9 in-Hg on average & CFM was around 3.8-4.3. This thing can suck a __________you know the rest :-DD.  All the other gear is very impressive as well for what it is!

My confusion: :-//
With the quality and functionality of this gear. Why can't I find anything about this gear? I have found the same or similar units on eBay for sale. However, Finding Schematic, Manuals, Datasheet is proving to be difficult, to say the least. Review videos or just videos of anyone using or talking about this gear is no were to be found. Blogs, forum threads or just information, is very scares & for the most part nowhere to be found.

What's the deal? does everyone just hate this equipment or somthing? I find that hard to believe, just looking at the quality I would think this would be some of the best gear out there especially before the new iron & iron tip technology hit the market for hobby-grade equipment.
I even searched EEVblog for any info on the units I have and for any gear by OK Industries similar to mine. I believe I found one mention of it. I can't remember if that was in EEV or not though.

Questions:
Why is there no talk or info on this gear.?
Why is Service Manuals & User Manuals so hard or impossible to find?
Is anyone currently using this gear or have any experience or opinion on this gear?

Links of some of the same or similar gear selling on eBay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/OK-INDUSTRIES-MTR-5001-Mixed-Technology-ReWork-System/302709305957?epid=671933665&hash=item467ae17265:g:D3gAAOSwd9Za182v

https://www.ebay.com/itm/OK-Industries-BTR2000-SOLDERING-DESOLDERING-SYSTEM/291843812067?hash=item43f33f2ae3:g:QQgAAMXQIBBRBge5

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ok-Industries-BTR-1201-Desoldering-Station-w-DG-28110-Gun/233463708821?hash=item365b857c95:g:Gn4AAOSwjyZeG2Df



 

Offline AJ3G

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Re: OK Industries Equipment, such as MTR-5000-4000, BTR-1201 Ect.
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2020, 01:56:10 am »
I can tell you that OK Industries is “top drawer”.  I owned some in the 90’s and it was very good stuff. I believe they were consumed by another company. I may be wrong, but thought it was METCAL.
 

Offline ResistorRob

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Re: OK Industries Equipment, such as MTR-5000-4000, BTR-1201 Ect.
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2020, 03:08:46 am »
OK Industries made very high quality products. They were fairly popular when they were in production. I don't know the history, but remember seeing them in the late 80's and 90's. You don't see much talk about them because they went out of business, and the demand for 25 year old soldering equipment isn't there. Not sexy like an old oscilloscope. I loved their stuff back in the day, and still have a mint copy of their catalog from the early 90's, lol.
 

Offline Monkeh

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Re: OK Industries Equipment, such as MTR-5000-4000, BTR-1201 Ect.
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2020, 03:23:17 am »
You don't see much talk about them because they went out of business

Uh, no, they're very much still in business..
 

Offline oPossum

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Re: OK Industries Equipment, such as MTR-5000-4000, BTR-1201 Ect.
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2020, 04:21:40 am »
...and they acquired Metcal

https://www.okinternational.com/metcal
 

Offline AJ3G

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Re: OK Industries Equipment, such as MTR-5000-4000, BTR-1201 Ect.
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2020, 12:10:07 pm »
...and they acquired Metcal

https://www.okinternational.com/metcal

It appears as though I had it backwards.  OKI acquired  METCAL.  I remember when I owned OKI soldering tools/equipment, it was very expensive. I personally thought it was very good, and the station I had was awesome for the time.

Rich
 

Offline Gregg

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Re: OK Industries Equipment, such as MTR-5000-4000, BTR-1201 Ect.
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2020, 11:12:51 pm »
OK industries also made the good wire wrap guns, Kynar wire and tool kits for wire termination.  25 years ago every telephone company in the US used OK industries tools as they had jumped through the official telco hoops to become a preferred vendor with special pricing to the big customers while grossly inflating pricing to small buyers.  The super expensive replacement parts helped discourage employees from taking the wire wrap guns. 
 


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