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Lead forming

Post by Flounderguts » Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:52 am

I've just been using the cheap plastic lead forming tool that comes with every soldering iron since forever.

I just came across the Pace ComForm. Has anyone used one of these rather expensive solutions? Any favorite lead forming pliers or tools?

I never cared about my lead shapes that much, but as I get more into making synths, I want my work to be as great behind the panel as in front of it.
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Re: Lead forming

Post by wiperactive » Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:15 am

For years I was happy to just bend the leads by eye with reasonably neat results, but I've recently bought a widely available and cheap plastic 'preset' lead former and I use it all the time for increased neatness. I like the way this variant (usually in blue but also in red) has a selection of widths in the mid section drop to accommodate and steady varying sizes of component body for the same through hole spacing. Some other plastic shallow factor formers don't cater for this.

Very quick and easy to use with a minimum of fuss.
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Re: Lead forming

Post by sduck » Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:51 am

I have a bunch of them, but never use them. I just bend them with my fingers - it's faster.
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Re: Lead forming

Post by msegarra » Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:47 pm

I bought a tool that i had printed from shapeways for like 15$ and it works perfect for me and I’m hemiparetic so it was impossible for me yo get it good without this Thing
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Re: Lead forming

Post by emmaker » Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:01 pm

I've had a 1/4W red lead former for 40 years and know how to use it. While it might take more time I think my boards look a lot nicer when I use it.

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Re: Lead forming

Post by thetwlo » Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:32 pm

Flounderguts wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:52 am
I've just been using the cheap plastic lead forming tool that comes with every soldering iron since forever.
never got one with any of my irons :cry:
Always just used a CD jewel case, or a CD Digipak for smaller spacings.

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Re: Lead forming

Post by Flounderguts » Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:31 am

thetwlo wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:32 pm
Flounderguts wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:52 am
I've just been using the cheap plastic lead forming tool that comes with every soldering iron since forever.
never got one with any of my irons :cry:
Always just used a CD jewel case, or a CD Digipak for smaller spacings.
To be clear, *this* is the cheap plastic lead former I mean...the one that comes with irons...
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The split end is the side I always thought was for holding wires while soldering and forming leads. Now that I think about it, that was entirely an assumption on my part. No one has ever actually told me what it was for!
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Re: Lead forming

Post by arthurdent » Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:06 pm

I use the plastic tool for components that sit flat on a PCB. I've done a number of builds where the resistors sit vertically, I use a pair of rosary pliers for the 180 degree bend on those.

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Re: Lead forming

Post by AlanP » Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:12 pm

For one component, I use my fingers. For more than one, I use an unbelievably blunt old steak knife (that I doubt was able to cut butter when it was new.)

I don't think I've ever owned a lead forming tool

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Re: Lead forming

Post by Flounderguts » Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:47 am

well fuck. I guess I ended up ordering the world's-most-expensive-purpose-built-lead-forming-tool.

Moral of the story, don't leave stuff in your Amazon cart
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