From Printed Circuit Boards

13.7 Other Hand Soldering Tools

The soldering workstation should be clean, ESD-controlled and organized for an easy access to all the tools. The typical tools may include:

  • Solder iron;

  • Cleaning material;

  • Cored solder;

  • Pliers (bent, nose and straight);

  • Wire stripper;

  • Lead forming tools;

  • Toolbox

  • Fume absorber;

  • Solder iron station including holder;

  • Set of soldering iron bits;

  • Flux; sponge; soldering braid;

  • Tweezers;

  • Wire cutter;

  • Screwdriver set;

  • Board holder; and

  • Cleaning solvent and brush.

13.7.1 Cutters

Good cutters are an essential tool for component lead cutting and removing insulation prior to soldering or performing. Ideally, they should be of the side cutter type with insulated grips. They should be slimline and lightweight for precision work. Cutters up to 35 cm long are employed in electronics applications. The cutters should be made of high quality tool steel so that they will make a sharp, clean cut. The tips of the cutters should be tapered to allow the user to reach a particular wire in a crowded area. Cutter jaws should be every well aigned so that cutting edges meet squarely and allow little or no light to pass through when held together. Cutter action should be smooth and clean.

Cutters should be used only for cutting copper wire or leads and not for trimming PCBs or metal parts. The cutting blades are easily blunted if misused. A blunt pair of cutter is worse than useless as it will not crop leads cleanly or strip insulation from wire without snagging and breaking strands. Some...

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Angle Cutters
Angle cutters are milling cutters with the cutting face angled with respect to the axis of rotation.
Splice Kits
Splice kits are used to establish a connection between two cables.
Pipe and Tube Cutters
Pipe and tube cutters are hand-held tools or machines that use a rotating cutting wheel, blade, or other tool head to separate a long piece of tubular material into two or more parts.
Fly Cutters
Fly cutters are rotary tools that use one or more single-point tools for plane surfacing.
Wire, Cable, and Connector Tools
Wire, cable and connector tools are used to assemble and install wires, cables and connectors.

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