The motor in my desoldering gun croaked on me last night. At least, I think it's the motor. It's turning slowly and smells like it's burning up... you know, like a burned up motor.
Anyway, I'd like to repair the thing, but I can't see spending $75 for a small can motor at the manufacturer price.... who don't even have it in stock anyway and would have to order it from Japan. Anybody know how to source replacement motors? Only marking on it says "PC25G" Around the size of an RC car motor.
http://www.mabuchi-motor.co.jp/en_US/index.html is one of the biggies - there's like a half-dozen, and everything else is repackaging.
and "small" motors like that go up through 600W for electric scooters.
If you can't find the replacement miniature motor at a decent price, I'd just drill a small hole in the back panel,hook a chunk of hose to the vacuum port inside the solder station and find a little Gast or Thomas fractional-HP diaphragm vacuum compressor and set it on the table next to it. Boom, Done. And it's liable to last forever.