Electronic Component Salvage

I needed to salvage a few electronic components off some old boards and since last week’s video went so well I decided to do another.

I use a heat gun to melt the solder then a quick tap on the bench and the components just start falling off!

Tools Used

Bosch PHG630 DCE Heat Gun
3M 6000 Series Half Face Respirator – I use this a lot and actually really rate it

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17 Responses to Electronic Component Salvage

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  3. Digital Meters December 22, 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    Thanks for the share,I will try the same so that I can easily take off components in the PCB.Instead of doing desolder which can spend a lot of time I” just follow your tips.

  4. David December 6, 2010 at 12:35 am #

    Seems like the process would be expedited by a tilted table. Just bang the board on it, and the components slide out of the way by themselves.

    • RhysGoodwin December 6, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

      Yeah great idea David. I guess you could even make up a sloped MDF board with collection tray at the bottom.

  5. Chris November 29, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

    I thought of this same thing a few months back. I use a cheap HF heat gun set on the low setting. it usually takes only about 10 seconds to take off most any part and works great. The only problem I have really had is that sometimes the airflow alone will try and throw smt resistors. Other than that, I have only ‘browned’ one or two pcb’s.

  6. Thesoundkid November 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    nice cheers bro

    got here from hackaday.com

    i thought you sounded kiwi in the video and noticed your from AK thats awesome.
    good to see New Zealanders on hackaday

    • Rhys November 29, 2010 at 8:31 pm #

      Cheers! Yeah you know us Kiwis we’re everywhere!

  7. Mike Cochrane November 29, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    That heat gun is awesome. A lot cleaner than the blow torch I saw you use in the late 90’s for this task.

    … brings back memories….

    • Rhys November 29, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

      Hey! Long time no hear! Yeah we sure did salvage a lot from that Telecom bin ay.

  8. kidcrash November 29, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    definitely gotta do the paper phenolic boards outside

  9. netbit November 29, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    if you have a electric plate stove try it, i lay down my boards on the plate when the soder melts just bang the board on a table all components fall

    • Rhys November 29, 2010 at 8:51 am #

      Good tip. Yeah I guess a solder bath would be pretty good too but a bit more costly. Cheers, Rhys

  10. CK November 29, 2010 at 5:58 am #

    What temp is your heat gun set to for this?

    • Rhys November 29, 2010 at 8:50 am #

      I have it set to about 500 C. Cheers, Rhys


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    […] Goodwin] is grabbing parts from junk PCBs but he’s not using a rework station. Instead it’s a hot-air gun and a brisk tap on the bench to send the parts flying. Well, at least he’s not using a blow-torch like [Ben Heck] […]

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