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Can you recommend SMD tweezers?
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Can you recommend SMD tweezers?

by Hamradio2008 on Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:35 am

Can you recommend SMD tweezers?
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Re: Can you recommend SMD tweezers?

by adafruit on Sun Jan 02, 2011 1:05 pm

we just bought a pair for our metcal, but havent tried them yet. they're good for removal/rework but not soldering (we think)

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Re: Can you recommend SMD tweezers?

by mikeselectricstuff on Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:09 pm

Do you mean heated tweezers for SMD removal or just normal metal tweezers shaped for SMD use ?
This is my favorite shape for small parts down to 0402
http://grovesales.co.uk/products.php?id=166
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fine point with a gentle curve - the curve gives a more consistent hand position than straight, as it helps clear other parts on the board.

For larger parts, something like this is good -
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http://uk.farnell.com/ideal-tek/sm117/tweezer-smd-handling/dp/3480604
again a slight curve, but larger pads at the end for gripping the sides of parts where fine points would tend to slip.

I have lots of others, but use these two shapes 95% of the time & could live with pnly having these..
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Re: Can you recommend SMD tweezers?

by cyber.shifter on Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:39 pm

I really like those slightly curved tweezers that Mike suggested. However, I placed thousands of SMT components with curved tweezers like these:

http://www.tessco.com/products/displayP ... ventPage=1

They work pretty well and they are easy to clean if you get something on them. The curve allows you to reach over any component previously placed, and you can use them to hold down a SMT component if you happen to need to solder a single component. It's really a matter of personal comfort really. I'd say get a cheap pair of each of the shapes you want to try, find the one you like the best, and get a good pair of that shape.
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Re: Can you recommend SMD tweezers?

by smindinvern on Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:52 pm

Hi,

sorry to butt in on this thread, but i've been looking for a good pair of tweezers for a while now as well. i've seen what look to be relatively nice tweezers all over the place, but the one question that i can't find an answer to is how wide do they open? i want to be able to place stuff up into the range of QFP64/128s with them, as well as 0603s, so i need something with some nice sharp tips that can open a few centimeters. does anybody know of or have a good pair of tweezers like that?

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Re: Can you recommend SMD tweezers?

by mikeselectricstuff on Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:33 am

smindinvern wrote:Hi,

sorry to butt in on this thread, but i've been looking for a good pair of tweezers for a while now as well. i've seen what look to be relatively nice tweezers all over the place, but the one question that i can't find an answer to is how wide do they open? i want to be able to place stuff up into the range of QFP64/128s with them, as well as 0603s, so i need something with some nice sharp tips that can open a few centimeters. does anybody know of or have a good pair of tweezers like that?

thanks

I'd suggest getting a a second pair and bending them out.
However for QFPs I tend to either use fine tweezers and grip one leg, or use a solid rod type tool with a lump of blu-tak on the end, like a sort of passive vacuum pickup.
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Re: Can you recommend SMD tweezers?

by Hamradio2008 on Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:28 am

smindinvern wrote:Hi,

sorry to butt in on this thread, but i've been looking for a good pair of tweezers for a while now as well. i've seen what look to be relatively nice tweezers all over the place, but the one question that i can't find an answer to is how wide do they open? i want to be able to place stuff up into the range of QFP64/128s with them, as well as 0603s, so i need something with some nice sharp tips that can open a few centimeters. does anybody know of or have a good pair of tweezers like that?

thanks


I recently got a pair of tweezers from here...

http://www.cmlsupply.com/tweezers/aven- ... -7-sa.html

they are very nice and work very well, I highly recommend them.
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Re: Can you recommend SMD tweezers?

by smindinvern on Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:44 pm

Thank you both for your responses.

mikeselectricstuff wrote:However for QFPs I tend to either use fine tweezers and grip one leg

This actually never occurred to me. Probably because the regular tweezers i've been using are too pudgy for that.

Hamradio2008 wrote:I recently got a pair of tweezers from here...

http://www.cmlsupply.com/tweezers/aven- ... -7-sa.html

they are very nice and work very well, I highly recommend them.


Thanks for that link. For that price I'll probably pick up a pair.

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Re: Can you recommend SMD tweezers?

by Electricjon on Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:54 pm

Hi,

We use the fine pointed bent tweezers from Kaisertech.

They work well for us. They have a large selection, but we've only used the above.

http://www.kaisertech.co.uk

I think they are under hand tools and service aids...
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Re: Can you recommend SMD tweezers?

by pstemari on Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:31 am

At $3.40, these Pakistan-made Erem's from Digikey are quite nice for the price. No trace of magnetism to tombstone your 0603's.

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