The one thing I really dislike about the FR-301 is that it doesn't have a timeout safety feature. If you think about walking away it's better just to shut it off. I am always scared of burning down my house :unsure:
Find boards that are completely dead to practice on. CPS2 boards with battery damage, MVS 4 slots with battery damage are good candidates and they are cheap because they look (and maybe are) so hopeless.
People are pretty aware that boards can be revived with infinikeys and usually try and...
These are great for clearing clogs too. I second Bodgit's advice about holding the PCB vertically. The tool only needs to make light contact with the PCB. Just need to make good contact with the solder blob.
@Joko3 and I went on a digital adventure together. I went cruising YAJ for Gundam sticks so I could put together a Monkey Ball panel. I found what I needed BIN so I contacted Joko to handle the transfer to the states.
I figured since I was having stuff sent I may as well look at the DDP boards...
Just learning Fusion 360, so I started with something simple. My Vewlix L was in need of plugs to hide the cut for the leveling feet. I did up an Invader plug and a Logo plug.
The board that went for $1500 was a killer deal on a board that required a (potentially) known repair.
I don't know if this price tracker has been updated in the past few months but it should help you get a better idea of the going rate...