Absorbs particulates from the air caused by melting solder
Carbon activated filter traps noxious fumes
5" fan provides plenty of air circulation
Adjustable tilting base maximizes effectiveness
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've seen these fume extractors selling for more money. So I wasn't really attracted to buying one since I don't do solder work every day. But when I saw this one selling for a more reasonable price I looked a bit closer.
It seems to be exactly like the other ones that sell for more money. Something I've learned with other tools is that you can often buy the same exact tool, one being a name brand and the other being generic, and they both come out of China. Probably even the same factory in many cases. The only difference is the mark-up.
I like the configuration of the stand on this model. Other models I've seen look more prone to tipping. This one doesn't budge when set in place. It's also sturdy, reasonably quiet and vibration free. The extra filters were a nice touch.
I think it was money well spent adding this to my soldering kit. Solder fumes are definitely not something you want to be breathing in or getting in your eyes.
Very frustrated with this, but I suppose I should have lowered my expectations given the price. It works pretty well until you put the filter in, which, unfortunately, is the whole point. Out of desperation I've even tried hanging it horizontally from the ceiling directly over my soldering, and I've seen the smoke actually divert around the fan on the way up. I've now built a crude hood to force the fumes into the fan, but if there was sufficient airflow that shouldn't really be necessary. I think I might have been better off sticking a filter on a vornado.
The fan and filter keep the air clean while I'm soldering - works as well as a super expensive hood. Two thumbs up from this silversmith.
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