Heya. starting a small hackerspace with some guys.
I’m the resident electronics dude, so i’ve taken it upon myself to get a semi-decent lab going.
I already got a fairly decent digital soldering station there.
However, at work we have these super sweet Hakko vacuum-desolderers and i’m absolutely addicted.
A sucker would be a blessing when salvaging parts and such.
Enter the old solderstation from way before i was ever employed at my company. donated to me.
This combi rig seemed decent for its age but the pump was terrible. if the legends around the office are true, it has always been terrible.
My brother, TinkarLjarl suggested i try this pump. a 350w mains driven vaccuum pump!.
Never thinking i’d actually use it, i went along and hooked up the hose and he plugged it in while i tried to desolder some components.
A bit loud, but it worked like a charm!
Seeing as these pumps have never been of use to the company, and my boss never explicitly saying no, I got to work after hours at the office.
The carrier plate for the pumps looked useful for making this beast more manuverable, so i got one pump off..
..and bolted the station snugly it its place.
A quick relay board for driving the thing, triggered by the old pumps 24v. fuse for good measure.
Cut open a slot for the vacuum and pump mains with a hacksaw. ugly but functional.
Works good. the relay sparks like crazy so i might go SSR when the contacts go bad.(they will!)
And there you have it! weighing in at 18Kg its not for lugging around.
A bit of a pain to get to the hackerspace.
going from 8w to 350w will put on some weight.