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First post, by DoomGuy II

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I just got a Commodore 64 with bad RAM and would want to get started on (de)soldering the chips. Unfortunately, I don't have the necessary tools to do so. So, what would be the best soldering kit to use for computers such as my C64? Please let me know ASAP. BTW, this is going to be my first time (de)soldering components, so maybe you guys can point me to a REALLY good tutorial on how to get started as well.

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Reply 1 of 14, by Lo Wang

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https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL926EC0F1F93C1837

Randy Fromm has some real useful stuff as well.

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Reply 2 of 14, by badmojo

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I've had success de-soldering C64 chips with a cheap 40watt iron and de-soldering wick. If the old solder won't budge then just add some new solder and try again.

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Reply 3 of 14, by Evert

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I use a Valleman 50W station that I bought for R200 ($20), a chisel tip, soldering wick and a plain solder sucker. Good enough. Don't forget to tin your tip and maintain your iron properly!

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Reply 5 of 14, by kin

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I recently got a AOYUE 936 Soldering Station.
It's a cheap clone of the discontinued Hakko 930.

So far it does well for soldering circuitboards. Only thing is that it's not calibrated according to the label, so you need to add up about 50 more degrees (celsius)
to get the desired temperature.

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It's only 32 bucks (or 37 euro's)

Reply 7 of 14, by kin

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Evert wrote:

That's a pretty nice budget soldering station! Can you use Hakko 930 tips on the iron as well?

Not sure, but according to this vid, it can 🤣. Around 17:08
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GdV7XBae74

Guy is a bit harsh, but you can't blame him because he got highend stuff.

Reply 11 of 14, by jwt27

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Jorpho wrote:

It's hard to beat soldering wick when it comes to cost, I reckon. (You just dab it in the melted solder and it sucks it up.)

Great for SMD, but generally this does nothing when clearing solder from holes. Vacuum solder suckers work okay-ish. Sometimes pushing a hollow needle though can help, but it's easy to mess up the plating on the inside. Nothing really beats an automatic vacuum iron. (I'm still looking for an affordable set too)

Reply 12 of 14, by Unknown_K

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I just got one of these:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/361165556271

And I have been using one of these:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Variable-Temperature- … W-/271033881727

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Reply 13 of 14, by SquallStrife

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Unknown_K wrote:

I just got one of these:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/361165556271

Do let us know how it goes! I've been eyeing these off for a while, but I'm not finding any reviews of them.

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Reply 14 of 14, by jhl2600

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I use an analog Weller soldering station and a solder sucker attachment. Think dedicated desoldering stations like the Weller WR2000X aren't really needed unless you do regular professional repair, they're way to expensive for what they are and the old $100 station performs almost as well with a solder sucker attachment.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141291544640

I've had my system running - I'll admit it's not the best
The data isn't right, and the response time is a mess
It crashes every hour, and it isn't worth a damn,
But I'm satisfied because it runs just like an IBM!